Give Your Stuffed Avocados the Ultimate Dessert Makeover With These Simple Toppings

Photo: Flora & Vino
There's an unlimited amount of ways you can use avocados. I mean, the green fruit can be mashed on toast, blended into a pudding or pasta sauce, or baked into a mouth-watering batch of crispy fries. One thing that never gets old is making stuffed avocados, or avocado boats—there are so many different topping choices to choose from. But after making them dessert-style, I might never go back to the OG ingredient lineups ever again.

Instead of filling her avocados with grains, eggs, and other typical stuffed avocado ingredients, Lauren Kirchmaier, the recipe developer behind Flora & Vino, went the sweet (and plant-based!) route with her Superseed SunButter Stuffed Avocados. After halving and pitting her avocados, she filled them with a handful of healthy toppings: organic sunflower butter, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp hearts, and date paste or maple syrup. That's all you need.

"I decided to combine all of my favorite healthy fats with a touch of sweetness for a fun snack or dessert you can eat with a spoon," she says. "You can also try adding shaved chocolate for even more decadence."

With every bite comes the perfect mix of savory and sweet, not to mention some nutritional benefits. You get healthy fats from the avocados and chia seeds, plus an impressive amount of plant protein from the hemp hearts, sunflower butter, and sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds contain 15 grams per half cup, and hemp hearts contain 10 grams of protein per 3 tablespoon serving. Combined, it's safe to say this is one seriously impressive (and delicious) dessert.

Don't wait another second to make a batch of these dessert-stuffed avocados. Pro tip: If you want to make a bunch in advance, you can pop them in the freezer to have them on hand for the entire week. Whenever you're ready to eat one, let it thaw out a bit and you'll have an ice cream-like treat to scoop into and enjoy. (You're welcome.)

Dessert stuffed avocados

avocados, split in half and pits removed
Organic SunButter, or your sunflower butter of choice
sunflower seeds
chia seeds
hemp hearts
date paste or maple syrup

1. Take an avocado half and fill in the center with SunButter.
2. Sprinkle avocado with sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and hemp hearts.
3. Drizzle with date paste and serve immediately.

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