I’m just going to come out and say it: I can’t stand it when people call it ‘guac’. I’m not really sure why… but then again I’m also one of those people who feels like they’re trapped in a medieval torture chamber when someone chews with their mouth open. I digress.

Guacamole is great and all (and there are many ways to make it), but avocado has so much more potential. Since we are so OBSESSED with these creamy green things, it’s about time we learned how to use them in a few other ways than as a dip for tortilla chips. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Fry it

Hot avocado can be a polarizing subject. Not everyone is a fan. Some people love it. Some have even gone as far as to slice up an avocado and deep-fry it just like French fries. Want to give it a try? Bake them instead of deep-frying for a healthier twist. Here’s a recipe: Crispy Baked Avocado Fries. 

Grill it

I recently saw Jamie Oliver do this and he generally makes delicious things so I figured, why not? Just like baking, the grilling brings out a different flavor in the avocado. Once that avocado is grilled, you can do pretty much anything you like with it. Here’s a great roundup of ideas: 15 Delicious Incentives for Grilling Your Avocados.

Blend it

Avocado can provide excellent creaminess and healthy fats to your morning smoothie. You can either use the store-bought frozen avocado chunks (a genius invention – no more brown avocados!) or just scoop some fresh avocado into your blender with your usual smoothie ingredients. Here’s a super simple recipe to try: The Best Three-ingredient Avocado Smoothie. 

Ice it 

No, I don’t mean force your avocado to chug a Smirnoff Ice. I mean use it as icing for your desserts! It might not sound like a logical idea, but just like avocado makes for smooth blended beverages, it can also produce creamy icing without having to use dairy. Try this recipe: Dark Chocolate Avocado Frosting.

Dress it

Have you ever thought of using avocado oil? Avocado oil is high in healthy fats and antioxidants. It has a very high smoke point, which makes it ideal for frying and its unique flavor makes it great for salad dressings too. Simply use it as you would olive oil in your favorite vinaigrette dressing.

Stuff it

In my opinion, not enough people take advantage of the avocado’s built-in flavor pocket. Once you take the pit out, there’s a perfect place for you to stuff pretty much anything you like, then dig in. I like to go with a few squirts of soy sauce, but the options are virtually endless. Shrimp ceviche? Why not?! BLT ingredients? Go for it! Here’s a recipe: BLT Stuffed Avocados.

Cream it

Do you love sour cream but dairy isn’t exactly kind to your tummy? Or perhaps you have chosen the vegan lifestyle. Whatever the case, avocado’s got your back. Try Oli’s Avocado Cream (like sour cream, but greener). 

Give up and just buy some avocado oil potato chips 

Potatoes fried in avocado oil? You heard me. Look for avocado oil potato chips in your favorite health food store. They are dang good.

How do you like your avocados? Share your favorite recipes with us in the comments section!

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