49 Delicious and Healthy Avocado Recipes

If we could eat the avocado piñata hanging in our office, believe me-we would. Unfortunately, we aren't that lucky and will have to settle for the normal-size, edible ones instead.

So why does the Greatist team love these magical green fruits so much? First off, they're clearly delicious-dark chocolate avocado cookies or kale salad with avocado and grapefruit, anyone? But they're healthy too! Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fat (which can improve cholesterol levels, decrease risk of heart disease, and benefit brain activity), vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant), and vitamin B6 (which promotes healthy skin and serves as a back-up fuel).Monounsaturated fatty acids prevent the aversive effects of obesity on locomotion, brain activity, and sleep behavior. Sartorius T, Ketterer C, Kullmann S. Diabetes, 2012, Apr.;61(7):1939-327X.
Reducing saturated fat intake is associated with increased levels of LDL receptors on mononuclear cells in healthy men and women. Mustad VA, Etherton TD, Cooper AD. Journal of lipid research, 1997, Aug.;38(3):0022-2275.
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Monounsaturated fatty acids prevent the aversive effects of obesity on locomotion, brain activity, and sleep behavior. Sartorius T, Ketterer C, Kullmann S. Diabetes, 2012, Apr.;61(7):1939-327X.
Reducing saturated fat intake is associated with increased levels of LDL receptors on mononuclear cells in healthy men and women. Mustad VA, Etherton TD, Cooper AD. Journal of lipid research, 1997, Aug.;38(3):0022-2275.
Dietary fat and heart failure: moving from lipotoxicity to lipoprotection. Stanley WC, Dabkowski ER, Ribeiro RF. Circulation research, 2012, May.;110(5):1524-4571. While avocados are a great addition to just about any healthy recipe, just remember not to overdo it-this fruit can be fairly high in calories for those watching their intake.

Here are 49 of our favorite (at least semi-) healthy avocado recipes. Try one of them today!


1. Avocado and Egg Breakfast Pizza

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Pizza for breakfast? Yes, please! Whole-wheat Naan bread or other flatbread makes a great hearty base for a breakfast pizza. Top with avocado mash and an egg cooked any style. Throw on some extra veggies (we like arugula and tomato) for even more flavor and nutrients.

2. Kiwi Avocado Smoothie with Lime and Honey

Two of our favorite superfoods-avocado and kiwi-take center stage in this take on a green smoothie. You get healthy fats and vitamin E from the avocado, plus a megadose of vitamin C and fiber from the kiwi!

3. Avocado Buckwheat Pancake

Avocado in pancakes? Yep, you read right. Adding in some avocado purée means cutting out most of the butter or oil in this recipe. Plus, there's the added nutrition too.

4. Breakfast Tostada

Instead of carb-heavy eggs Benedict, try this take on an open-faced breakfast sandwich served on corn tortillas. Fresh veggies and lots of spices lend tons of Mexican flavor without heavy sauces or loads of cheese.

5. Baked Egg in Avocado

Easy, quick, and healthy, this recipe is the kind of simple that can't really be improved (unless you have some bacon on hand… in which case, it could be a little improved). Even better, these are equally suited for solo dining or made in batches, no sharing necessary.

6. Egg White and Avocado Breakfast Sandwich

Avocado, egg whites, and pepper jack cheese? A low cholersterol breakfast has never looked so good.

7. Caprese Avocado Breakfast Toast

Mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes welcome avocado into the fold with an egg to bring everything together. While not necessarily the healthiest dish on this list, it's an easy way to get your veggies in early if you're on the go all day.


8. Avocado Watermelon Salad

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Not only is this salad nutritious and delicious, it's beautiful, too! Chunks of watermelon (superfood alert-they're packed with vitamins A and C, and the amino acid citrulline), avocado, radish, and feta topped with mint and chives make for a light, nutrient-packed lunch or side dish.

9. Avocado Egg Salad

Avocado and eggs-a winning pair. In this egg salad, the addition of avocado means cutting back on the amount of mayo while also adding some awesome flavor. Not into mayo at all? Try subbing plain Greek yogurt!

10. Mayo-Free Avocado Chicken Salad

No need for mayo in this chicken salad. Mashed avocado and mustard bind a combo of lean chicken breast and chopped veggies (choose whichever ones you like!). Serve on whole-grain bread, crackers, or cucumber slices.

11. Avocado n' Tuna

Yet another perfect instance in which to use avocado as a substitute for mayo! Mash avocado together with a can of tuna, season with salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices you'd like. Serve in the avocado peel and eat with a fork, or enjoy in lettuce wraps for an easy, carb-free lunch.

12. Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Salad Sandwich

For a vegan alternative to chicken, egg, or tuna salad, nothing beats mashed chickpeas! Avocado keeps the cilantro and green onion together while providing a great creamy texture.

13. Avocado, Strawberry, Goat Cheese Sandwich

It may sound like an unlikely combination, but these three ingredients-and, of course, two slices of whole-grain bread-come together for a decadent and healthy lunch. Strawberries are rich in fiber and vitamin C, and a few tablespoons of goat cheese is a great way to get that cheesy flavor without having to pile on the calories.

14. Avocado Mango Chicken Salad

Try this topical twist on traditional chicken salad for lunch this week! Greek yogurt replaces mayo, and mango adds a little extra sweetness to this recipe for something a bit different.

15. Raw Avocado Soup

This one's great to keep on the docket for summer. Fresh green peas, avocado, cucumber, and mint make this soup as green as can be, and tahini and lemon add even more flavor.

16. Grilled Chicken with Mango, Bell Pepper, and Avocado

Mashed avocado is a great substitute for less-than-healthy mayo or a few too many slices of cheese. In this sandwich, the avocado helps hold together mango, red onion, peppers, and dandelion greens on whole-grain bread. The fiber-filled combo is sure to keep you full all afternoon long.

17. Peach Basil Avocado Balsamic Wrap

Try this for an interesting lunchtime wrap variation. Fill an herb wrap with peach and avocado slices, basil leaves, and a splash of homemade balsamic dressing (follow the link for this recipe too!) for a vegetarian-friendly lunch packed with flavor and color.

18. Avocado-Shiitake Spring Rolls

Sometimes the classic soup, salad, or sandwich just seems too boring for that mid-day meal. Enter homemade spring rolls. Stuffed with avocado, rice noodles, cashews, mushrooms, and bell pepper, they're super healthy and versatile. Add some cooked shrimp or chicken, more veggies, or different nuts to customize them.


19. 5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili

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Stove and slow-cooker are both viable options for this chicken chili recipe, the kind of meal just right for warming you up on cold fall nights. It reminds us of a hybrid between chicken and tortilla soup-which is our way of saying this is the best soup.

20. Avocado Pasta

While it seems like an unorthodox combination, avocados actually make a fantastic pasta sauce too. Combined with lemon, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and basil, it's like a healthier (and greener) version of the classic alfredo sauce. Use whole-wheat pasta and add some extra veggies to the mix to make it even healthier.

21. Chicken and Avocado Enchiladas

Avocados are pretty much crucial in South American dishes. So we had to include this one on the list! The creamy fruits are blended into a super smooth sauce to top chicken enchiladas filled with cheese, jalapeños, Poblano peppers, and onions.

22. Avocado Lime Salmon

Salmon is a favorite come summer time, but its tasty all year round (just make sure to choose safe salmon!). And as evidenced by the ever-popular salmon-avocado roll sushi, the two make a winning combination. Hot peppers and red onion round out the avocado salsa for an extra kick.

23. Stovetop Avocado Mac n' Cheese

This recipe sounds super decadent and diet-busting, but we promise it's not. Just make sure to savor every bite (and consume in moderation). Avocado makes it extra creamy, cilantro and lime kick up the flavor a few notches, and Pepper Jack cheese gives it a little oomph. Go with whole-wheat elbow macaroni for some extra fiber and protein.

24. Chicken Avocado Burger

The only thing better than chicken and avocado separately? Chicken and avocado joined in an holy patty union. Combined with a Poblano pepper, Panko crumbs, and garlic, this burger is so far beyond your basic beef, the argument is moo-t (sorry).

25. Blackened Chicken With Avocado Cream Sauce

A quick hit in the food processor is all it takes to whip up this avocado cream sauce, which gives light dimension to its blackened chicken counterpart. Truly greater than the sum of its parts (avocado, lemon juice, garlic powder and salt), it's an easy meal for any occasion.

26. Salmon Avocado Rice Balls

How's this for a less technical way of making sushi? Rather than meticulously rolling ingredients into a log and slicing, try making sushi rice balls with filling in the center! Bonus: This way requires no special tools like a sushi roller.


27. Avocado Brownies with Avocado Frosting

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Mashed avocado in both the brownie and frosting make this dessert the avocado Holy Grail. Make them a bit healthier by subbing in whole-wheat flour and cutting down on sugar.

28. Creamy Green Tea Avocado Popsicles

Mashed avocado and coconut milk give these pops a creamy texture, while vanilla extract and matcha powder give them a distinct green-tea flavor. You can sweeten them (totally optional) with agave or honey too.

29. Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Frosting

This slightly spiced chocolate cake (hint: It has just a bit of cinnamon!) is brought to the next level thanks to chocolate-avocado frosting. Both are naturally sweetened with agave.

30. Avocado Key Lime Pie

It's the avocado filling that give this Key Lime pie its bright green color. Ground almonds and dates make a healthy crust, and honey adds a bit of sweetness.

31. 5-Minute Avocado Sorbet

All you need for this recipe is a few frozen avocados, some simple syrup, and a blender. Much like with frozen bananas, tossing frozen avocados into a blender makes a simple, delicious, fruit-only ice cream.

32. Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Combined with coconut milk, some melted chocolate, and a few other ingredients, mashed avocado provides a great base for chocolate pudding. No one needs to know!

33. Greek Yogurt Avocado Ice Cream

Greek yogurt and ripe avocado make up the base of this ice cream, and just a bit of heavy cream gives it a decadent-but-still-healthy texture. Try one of these methods if there's no ice cream maker handy.

34. Avocado Vanilla Cheesecakes

An almond and coconut crust give these single-serve cheesecakes some crunch and natural sweetness, while the maple-vanilla avocado filling lends the texture of traditional cheesecake without any of the dairy.

35. Chocolate Chia Cake with Avocado Frosting

We're big fans of chia around here. So a recipe that joins chocolate, chia, and avocado is a winner in our book!

Snacks, Sides, and Extras

36. Avocado Deviled Eggs

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Greek yogurt and avocado health-ify the filling for these deviled eggs (making them not so so devilish after all). This recipe still uses the yolks but ups the nutritional value by adding yogurt and avocado instead of mayo.

37. Avocado Naan

This traditional Naan recipe goes dairy-free by using mashed avocado instead of yogurt.

38. Avocado “Caesar” Dressing

Creamy dressings: We want to put them on everything but wish they were healthier. This recipe solves both of those problems. Red wine vinegar, lemon, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and olive oil give it flavor, while avocado supplies the texture typically achieved by adding mayonnaise.

39. Creamy Avocado Rice

This recipe would make the perfect base for a burrito bowl or side for chili. It's simple too: brown rice, mashed avocado, some lime, salt, and cilantro.

40. Avocado and Lime Bread

Avocados and bananas have very similar textures, meaning they work similarly in baked goods. Instead of making yet another loaf of banana bread, try this very similar avocado loaf using whole-wheat flour.

41. Avocado Egg Rolls

Filled with avocado, onion, and tomato, these egg rolls may be a bit healthier, but they're still fried, so take it easy on the portions! They're basically egg rolls filled with guacamole. And anything stuffed with guacamole is gold.

42. Grilled Avocado With Melted Cheese & Hot Sauce

Avocado. Cheese. Lime. Tabasco sauce. Three minutes to prepare, four minutes to cook-if our math is correct, that's seven minutes until happiness and healthy fat.


43. Avo-Rita

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Avocado and tequila go together like peanut butter and jelly. This slightly savory, slightly sweet drink is a fun way to indulge in an adult beverage while getting at least some nutritional value from the green fruit (and cilantro)!

44. Avocado Smoothie

This simple smoothie is perfect for satisfying that sugar craving without actually overdoing it on the sweet stuff. The recipe calls for 2 and a 1/2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk, but you can always go unsweetened. You can also use a tablespoon of honey instead of the teaspoon of sugar.

45. Lemon Avocado Juice

This is a great avocado-focused take on the green juice trend. Simply blend the juice of 1 lemon, some water, cucumber, celery, greens (spinach would work well), avocado, and ginger until smooth.

46. Chocolate Avocado Banana Milkshake

The avocado-banana combo in this recipe makes for an extra-creamy and decadent smoothie appropriate for breakfast or dessert. Chia seeds and almond butter add even more essential nutrients like magnesium and iron (hey chia!), plus fiber and vitamin E from the almond butter.

47. Pineapple Avocado Green Smoothie

Thanks to the pineapple and honey, you'll be hard-pressed to notice the generous helping of spinach in this creamy sweet treat. Always find that a third of the smoothie refuses to blend? Try adding the frozen stuff last-it'll incorporate more easily.

48. Super Green Smoothie

While we love a good banana/avocado smoothie situation, sometimes that banana taste can be a bit overpowering. Which is when we turn to this guy: With a citrus focus (hello, kiwi, green apples, and pear) balanced by avocado, almond milk, and kale, it's a tasty way to pack in your nutrients for the day.

49. French Toast Smoothie

French toast in a glass-and vegan to boot. The ingredients are a bit unconventional (nutritional yeast and maple syrup, meet avocado), but it's a leap of faith, a trust fall worth taking. The end result: a breakfast smoothie done differently.