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10 Healthy Avocado Recipes That Go Way Beyond Toast Or Guac

Emily Laurence

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You’ve scoured the produce section and found the perfect avocados. You’ve waited patiently for them to ripen. Now, that patience is about to pay off.

Making avocado toast or a bowl of guac is child’s play compared to these next-level avocado recipes. It’s not that they’re any harder to master (they’re not, promise!). It’s that they use the beloved healthy fruit in unexpected new ways. Ever tried broiling an avocado? Using it to up-level your mac-and-cheese? Turning it into a convincing chocolate pudding? Soon, you’ll be able to say, check, check, and check.

Here’s what a registered dietitian has to say about avocados:

Keep reading to see 10 avocado recipes that have nothing to do with toast

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1. Get the recipe: Broiled Parmesan avocado

Since the most popular way to eat avocado is to dig into ’em as is, you might not know that the healthy fat actually tastes delicious cooked. For a savory breakfast or healthy snack, switch things up and broil your avocado in the oven or toaster oven. Topped with cheese and a little lime juice, it’s perfection.

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2. Get the recipe: Keto BLT stuffed avocado

Removing the avocado pit leaves the perfect pocket to fill with other ingredients that pair together to make a well-rounded meal or snack. This recipe shows how to make a keto-approved twist on a classic BLT by filling the middle with bacon, grape tomatoes, and romaine lettuce.

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3. Get the recipe: Thyme chicken and roasted red pepper hummus stuffed avocado

This recipe combines avocado with another tried-and-true healthy food fave: hummus. But don’t be fooled; this is not your average hummus. Thyme-seasoned chicken, shiitake mushrooms, and onion make these stuffed avocados more than a snack, turning ’em into a full-blown, delicious meal.

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4. Get the recipe: Crispy baked avocado fries

These avocado fries will have you licking every last breadcrumb off your fingers—they’re that good. The creaminess of the avocado combined with a crunchy breadcrumb coating creates a perfect balance. Enjoy them as is or dipped in aioli sauce.

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5: Get the recipe: Avocado deviled eggs

The healthy fats from the avocado and the protein from the eggs make this a delicious and filling snack. Besides the egg and avocado, all you need is tomato, onion, cilantro, and hot sauce—if you like some heat.

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6. Get the recipe: Lentil taquitos with avocado crema

Sometimes, the perfect topping can make the whole dish. Case in point: the avocado crema in this lentil taquitos recipe. Yes, the lentil taquitos are on point, but the crema—made with avocado, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice—brightens up the whole dish. And it only takes a couple minutes to make.

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7. Get the recipe: Avocado mac-and-cheese

Adding an avocado to your pasta makes it uber creamy. Just when you thought mac-and-cheese couldn’t get even more perfect, right? If you’re interested, try swapping out traditional pasta for one of the many alt-pastas options so your avo mac-and-cheese is extra high in protein. Great for energy and combatting post-meal sleepies.

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8. Get the recipe: Cheesy chicken baked avocados

Packed with shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, tomato, onion, and a few key spices, these baked avocados have a bit of a southwestern vibe. With a creamy yogurt sriracha sauce drizzled on top, this easy dinner might just become your new weeknight go-to.

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9. Get the recipe: Avocado chocolate pudding

Avocados don’t just work in savory meals; you can incorporate them into your dessert, too. Combined with cacao, vanilla extract, and a little nut milk, avocado makes a perfect, creamy chocolate pudding. Use avocados that are at just past peak ripeness and are a little soft, as they’re the easiest to blend into a smooth, pudding-like texture.

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10: Get the recipe: Flourless avocado brownies

These brownies are super fudge-y and moist—and they’re 100 percent gluten-free. The secret to their rich taste and texture is adding ghee and almond butter to the avocado batter. Between the egg, almond butter, and avocado, these brownies are nutrient-rich enough to eat for breakfast, not just dessert.

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