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 36 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!
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
This fresh, crunchy salad of cucumbers, red onion, and cilantro is perfect as a side dish – or on its own!
Recipe: Tomato Avocado Salad
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
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
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
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
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
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
Get your spiralizer and make these raw zucchini noodles – or zoodles – drenched in a creamy sauce of blended avocados, basil, and garlic.
Heirloom Tomato Avocado Caprese Salad
Recreate this summertime favorite with ripe avocado subbed in for mozzarella. This is the best way to showcase tomatoes in their prime!
Mango Avocado Salad
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
Become your own sushi chef and create these creamy, crunchy veggie rolls. Only minimal knife skills necessary!
Recipe: Cucumber Avocado Rolls
Cabbage Hemp Salad
Detox your body with this super healthy, hand-massaged salad for a creamy, softened taste you’ll crave.
Recipe: Cabbage Hemp Salad
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
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
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
Purple Kale, Avocado, & Blood Orange Salad
This simple, five-ingredient salad is balanced with crunchy seeds, sweet orange, bitter kale, and creamy avocado.
Creamy Broccoli, Avocado, & Berry Salad
Who would have thought to pair broccoli and raspberries? When topped with a sweet poppy seed raspberry vinaigrette, the whole thing comes together beautifully – and quickly!
Watermelon and Avocado Salad
In this recipe, cucumbers and watermelon combine for a juicy and flavorful salad that screams summer. The dollop of coconut kefir on top adds some staying power!
Recipe: Watermelon and Avocado Salad
Avocado Lime Pudding
This is one of the few avocado-as-dessert recipes out there that really lets the avocado shine! Blended with lime juice, salt, vanilla, and a little sweetener, this simple recipe proves that you don’t have to hide the avocado when you make it for dessert.
Recipe: Avocado Lime Pudding
Coconut Avocado Grasshopper Bars
These no-bake peppermint bars are quite the treat! Just whip up a minty avocado mixture, top with melted chocolate, and store in the freezer for a dessert far superior to anything you’ll find in the supermarket’s frozen aisle.
Recipe: Coconut Avocado Grasshopper Bars
Throw together this healthy mayo replacement in about sixty seconds flat. Just blend avocados with olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt for a dip or dressing that can be made up to a day in advance!
Recipe: Avocado Mayonnaise
Spinach and Avocado Dip
This easy, organic five-ingredient dip is raw, gluten-free, and comes together much quicker than guacamole!
Recipe: Spinach and Avocado Dip
Roasted-Chili Mango Guacamole
Want to elevate your go-to guac? Add a little more zip with hot chili, cubed mango, and a little apple cider vinegar. You’ll never have to test your guacamole for blandness again!
Recipe: Roasted-Chili Mango Guacamole
Grilled Pineapple Salsa
This sweet and smoky salsa is boosted in flavor with bell and jalapeno peppers, red onion, cilantro, and lots of cumin for a salsa you’d happily eat with a spoon!
Recipe: Grilled Pineapple Salsa
Orange Avocado Smoothie
Take your avocado smoothies in a new direction with this recipe, which combines frozen bananas, orange juice, and orange zest.
Recipe: Orange Avocado Smoothie
Avocado Pea Green Bean Salad
This simple, lovely salad is garnished with fried onions and fresh mint and heated with a minced chili for a fresh, flavourful, and surprising side dish.
Recipe: Avocado Pea Green Bean Salad
Chocolate Banana Avocado Pudding
This sweet and chocolatey pudding is sweetened with vanilla seeds and topped with shaved coconut for a Paleo and vegan treat that’ll please everyone in the family.
Recipe: Chocolate Banana Avocado Pudding
Avocado Caesar Salad
Toss your next romaine lettuce salad with this decadent “Caesar” dressing, which includes garlic, apple cider vinegar, and just a little nutritional yeast.
Recipe: Avocado Caesar Salad
This thick and velvety soup can be served hot or cold, and is great as an appetizer or light lunch. The homemade mint olive oil drizzled on top makes this dish shine!
Recipe: Avocado Soup
Green Goddess Cauliflower “Rice”
When you’re tired of grating down cauliflower for yet another “rice” dish, try this refreshing version topped with a dressing of basil, avocado, and lemon juice.
Recipe: Green Goddess Cauliflower “Rice”
Avocado Ice Cream
You don’t even need an ice cream maker to churn out this one! Just blend avocados, sweetener, coconut milk, and salt, and freeze for at least two hours.
Recipe: Avocado Ice Cream
Avocado Fudge Bites
This easy recipe heavily recommends dipping the five-ingredient fudge balls into melted chocolate before freezing them. Because why wouldn’t you?
Recipe: Avocado Fudge Bites
Berry Avocado Salad
Show off the flavors of summer with this bright and fruity salad, topped with a homemade ginger-lime dressing. It easily doubles as dessert!
Recipe: Berry Avocado Salad
Creamy Key Lime Pie
Craving a cool and rich dessert? Although key lime pie is traditionally filled with sugar, gluten, and eggs, this Paleo and vegan dessert tastes just as good as the original — it’s just a whole lot cleaner!
Recipe: Creamy Key Lime Pie
Avocado Lime Cheesecake
Whoever thought avocado would be the star in a cheesecake recipe? This version amps up the green color and flavor with lime juice and zest, and is topped with a pureed chia-strawberry mixture.
Recipe: Avocado Lime Cheesecake