Oh these pictures are so true! First of all to ‘catch’ the perfect ripeness of an avocado is quite a task, second of all avocado is a great source of healthy fats that we should incorporate in our daily food.
I didn’t like avocado in the beginning because probably I just didn’t prepare it in the right ‘way’. Now I can eat it by itself – but I rarely do. That is why I have some recipe inspiration here, or more exactly, three ways to use your perfect avocados that are just waiting there in your fruit basket.
When choosing an avocado you have to ask yourself, when do I want to eat it? Really! Today, tomorrow or in a week? If the answer is today or tomorrow then choose those which are a bit soft (not too much!) when you gently squeeze them. If you want to eat them in a week you can buy those which are not ripe yet and just put them beside the other fruit so they will ripe quicker.
Off to the recipes – we have a breakfast idea, a snack idea and a dessert idea of course! All of these are really easy to make and even if you don’t like avocado you are going to love these!
Baked egg in an avocado and a smoothie bowl:
Ingredients: makes 1 serving
- ½ avocado
- 1 egg
For the smoothie bowl: ½ banana, rest of the ½ avocado, spinach, vanilla protein whey and soymilk
Slice the avocado in half and remove the seed. Scoop a bit of the avocado out and put that aside. Into the rest of the avocado, slowly crack an egg – really carefully because it can spill over. I suggest to do all of that already in a baking dish so it will go directly in the oven. When you got that, place it in a preheated oven at 220 Degrees Celsius (425 F) and leave it in there for 15 minutes – until the egg is done.
In the meantime prepare you green smoothie bowl. Blend the rest of the scooped avocado, ½ banana, handful of spinach, a bit of soy milk, ½ scoop of vanilla protein powder (you can skip that and just add vanilla extract or a tsp of stevia / honey for sweetness). The consistency has to be a bit thicker because it is a ‘bowl’ and you will eat it with a spoon! So don’t add too much milk / water. Transfer that to a bowl and top it with desired things – I added kiwi and coconut flakes. In the meantime check avocado, take it out and enjoy your healthy breakfast.
Macros: Depending on the size of avocado (mine was bigger and approximately 100g) 230 kcal: 9 g of carbs, 20g of fat, 8 g of protein
You have a lot of varieties and I’ll explain them later but the one I really like is this one:
Ingredients: per serving
- ½ of avocado – depending on your preferences
- 100g of cottage cheese or quark or greek yogurt
- ½ scoop of vanilla whey powder
- a bit of soy milk
Blend everything together – yes it is that simple! Just blend and slowly add milk to reach the desired consistency – it has to be really creamy!
The variations I mentioned are:
- you can omit cottage cheese and blend just avocado and protein powder with a bit of milk.
- You can leave out the protein powder and use cacao powder instead – 1 TBS will be enough (if you like it to be a bit sweeter add some stevia or honey)
- Or you can leave all the ingredients as they are and just add a bit of cocoa powder to have a chocolate avocado mouse!
Macros: (again I had a bigger avocado 100g) 310 kcal: 13g of carbs, 15g of fat and 32 g of protein
Avocado Chocolate cookies
I found this recipe here and tweaked just a bit the recipe and they were amazing!!!
Ingredients: makes 18 small cookies
- 100g of avocado
- 1 banana
- 1 egg
- 1 scoop of vanilla whey
- 30 g of cocoa
Mix everything together in a blender and place small chunks of the batter with a spoon on a parchment paper in a baking dish. Heat the oven on 180 Degrees Celsius (375 F) and bake for 15 minutes.
Macros: 33 kcal per cookie: 2g of carbs, 2g of fat, 2g of protein
I didn’t expect them to ‘work’ because when I was making them they seemed they won’t bake as good as I thought but to me they were just amazing!! Soft, just enough sweet and a perfect dessert after lunch. I topped them with mulberries and goji berries.
Hope these recipes encouraged you to go and get some avocados and enjoy their yumminess.