1. Substitute for Fat in Baking
We all love a good baking substitute that no one can tell was used. As it turns out, avocado may be substituted 1-for-1 with oil or butter in baked goods! Make sure you mash it well in order to get the measurements right.
The result is a lovely texture and rich flavor that will have people dying to know how you pulled it off.
2. In Salad Dressing
Avocado is an excellent addition to salads because the fat helps your body absorb all those great vitamins and minerals from the veggies. But you don’t always have to dump avocado chunks on there – it also makes a delicious salad dressing.
Avocado dressing is easy to make, too. Just put some chopped avocado, olive oil, and water in a blender along with seasonings of your choice. Include some acid like lemon juice or vinegar to prevent browning. Other tasty additions include garlic, cilantro, ranch seasoning, or Greek yogurt. The flavor profile is totally up to you.
3. Alternative to Frosting
That’s right. You can use avocado in frosting as well. If you are shaking your head right now, think about the recent trend of bacon cupcakes – it is no weirder than that! Avocado frosting has a satisfying texture and can be flavored most any way, including vanilla, chocolate, and buttercream.
Of course, unless you add cocoa powder, the resulting frosting will be green, so make sure that fits with your color scheme. Avocado frosting also requires a bit of citrus juice to prevent browning, which will also add a flavor element.
When you want a little indulgence but don’t want to go entirely off the deep end, try breading and frying slices of avocado. You can flavor your breading any way you like, but cumin makes an especially nice complement to avocado.
Pan fry your breaded slices for about 3 minutes on each side, salt, drain, and cool before dipping into homemade ranch dressing or layering on top of your salad or stir fry.