16 VEGAN WAYS TO EAT AVOCADOS

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Traditionally the stuff of guacamole or a topper of salads, avocados have certainly shown their diversity over the past few years. As bloggers experiment more with capitalizing on the creaminess of avocados, surprising soups, smoothies, and even desserts have emerged featuring this humble fruit. Since it’s an excellent substitute for dairy, avocados work well when recreating traditional dishes in vegan and Paleo form.

In addition to lending velvety textures, avocados are great for overall nutrition. They are full of healthy fats and antioxidants, which are key on the Paleo diet, and also boast lots of natural fiber, Vitamin E, and folic acid. Believe it or not, avocados have over twice as much potassium as bananas!

Since these versatile treats are great for recreating chocolate dishes, here’s a little tip: use avocados that are barely ripe. Because very ripe avocados are a little more pungent, you’ll want to choose one that will blend easily but won’t overpower the chocolate with its own flavor.

If you’ve got a bunch of ripe avocados lying around and need something new to do with them, we know just how to help! We collected 16 recipes to give you salads, desserts, dips, smoothies, and dressings that are not only paleo-friendly but vegan as well. Whether you’re throwing a party for both paleo followers and vegans alike or just trying to stay away from animal products for awhile, these amazing avocado recipes will astound and amaze!

Avocado Frosting

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You’ll never believe that this rich, velvety dark chocolate frosting is made from avocados! Spread them on Paleo cupcakes for something truly amazing.

Recipe: Avocado Frosting

Tomato Avocado Salad

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This fresh, crunchy salad of cucumbers, red onion, and cilantro is perfect as a side dish – or on its own!

Recipe: Tomato Avocado Salad

Avocado Crema

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Whip up this dairy-free crema to drizzle on burrito bowls, salads, or anything Mexican-inspired when you aren’t up for mashing up a guacamole.

Recipe: Avocado Crema

Avocado Truffles

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Got perfectly ripe avocados and a hankering for something sweet? This easy, four-ingredient recipe can be rolled up and chilled in a jiffy!

Recipe: Avocado Truffles

Creamy Avocado Dressing

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Blend avocados with pepitas, lime juice, cumin, and cilantro for a dip or dressing that’s even greener than Green Goddess!

Recipe: Creamy Avocado Dressing

Pink Grapefruit & Avocado Salad

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This super fresh and easy-to-make salad is dressed with lemon zest for a nice complement to the juicy grapefruit.

Recipe: Pink Grapefruit & Avocado Salad  

Vegan Key Lime Ice Cream

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Avocado is the key ingredient in this silky smooth ice cream, made with key lime juice, maple syrup, coconut milk, and coconut oil.

Recipe: Vegan Key Lime Ice Cream

Shamrock Shake

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this healthy version of a seasonal favorite. The shaved chocolate on top makes it even better!

Recipe: Shamrock Shake

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Garlic Sauce

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Get your spiralizer and make these raw zucchini noodles – or zoodles – drenched in a creamy sauce of blended avocados, basil, and garlic.

Recipe: Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Sauce

Heirloom Tomato Avocado Caprese Salad

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Recreate this summertime favorite with ripe avocado subbed in for mozzarella. This is the best way to showcase tomatoes in their prime!

Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Avocado Caprese Salad

Mango Avocado Salad

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Mangoes and avocadoes complement each other perfectly in this colorful and sweet salad, great as a side or all on its own!

Recipe: Mango Avocado Salad

Cucumber Avocado Rolls

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Become your own sushi chef and create these creamy, crunchy veggie rolls. Only minimal knife skills necessary!

Recipe: Cucumber Avocado Rolls

Cabbage Hemp Salad

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Detox your body with this super healthy, hand-massaged salad for a creamy, softened taste you’ll crave.

Recipe: Cabbage Hemp Salad

Chocolate Tart

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Impress your dinner party guests with this healthy, gluten-free chocolate tart made with almond flour, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. Garnish with fresh raspberries and serve with a dollop of whipped coconut cream!

Recipe: Chocolate Tart

Coconut-Crusted Avocado Fries

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Avocados, fried? It actually works, when you coat the outside of avocado slices with arrowroot and coconut. Dip them into your favorite vegan and Paleo dressings!

Recipe: Coconut-Crusted Avocado Fries

Chocolate Avocado Cookies

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These rich, chocolatey cookies really show off the versatility of the avocado. You’ll never believe that these cookies are healthy and gluten free!

Recipe: Chocolate Avocado Cookies

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