Photo Credit: Avocado & Lime Loaf from Avocados from Peru

Whether it’s playing the main role in guacamole or adding West Coast flair to a simple sandwich, the avocado is a favorite ingredient across the board because of its subtle taste and extra-creamy texture. In addition to being full of healthy monounsaturated fats and a great source of fiber and vitamins, the avocado is more versatile than you think. Here, nine unexpected (and amazing) ways to use this tree-growing fruit.

1. Fried Avocado Tacos

Avocados are no stranger to tacos, most often as the main ingredient in that tasty topping guacamole; but here, the avocado takes center stage as the crispy yet luscious filling in these incredibly flavorful tacos.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

2. Baked Avocados

One does not usually associate avocados with either baking or eggs, but this recipe combines both to delicious and decadent results. The eggs are cooked inside the avocado, sprinkled with a tad of bacon, and then baked—perfect for spreading on hot toast for a supersavory breakfast.
Photo and recipe from White on Rice Couple

3. Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Avocados are known for their “healthy fats”—and this fantastic vegan chocolate pudding takes advantage of that. The green fruit adds creaminess and depth to the chocolaty dessert, which is gluten-, dairy-, and guilt-free.
Photo and recipe from The Pretty Bee

4. Avocado Smoothie

Kale, banana, and avocado make for an extra-filling and nutritious smoothie. Hints of vanilla, honey, and cinnamon add sweetness to this superquick breakfast concoction.
Photo and recipe from RobinsBite

5. Avocado Pizza

Avocado might not be a conventional pizza topping, but it definitely should be! Chicken, fresh mozzarella, and lime-coated avocado top fresh pizza dough in this simple, crowd-pleasing pie.
Photo and recipe from The Pioneer Woman

6. Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake

What’s chocolate cake without eggs and butter? Well, in this case, it’s absolutely delicious—with the addition of almond oil and one whole mashed avocado. The bright green avocado buttercream provides a creamy, colorful topping—and it’s butter-free.
Photo and recipe from Joy the Baker

7. Chicken Avocado Burgers

We’ve all had avocado on a burger, but inside one? Probably not. The avocado keeps these chicken burgers supermoist in this easy grilling recipe.
Photo and recipe from Laughing Spatula

8. Avocado Daiquiri

This totally tropical cocktail combines light and gold rum with citrus juices and avocado, for a refreshing boozy beverage that’ll have you dreaming of the beach.
Photo and recipe from SheKnows

9. Avocado Fries

These crunchy avocado fries pack much more of a nutritional punch than the conventional potato variety, and are baked instead of deep-fried. Japanese panko breadcrumbs make them extra crispy while chili powder provides a kick.
Photo and recipe from Epicurious; header image of and recipe for avocado tea bread from Handbag

Leah Bhabha is a food writer, event planner, recipe tester, and cookbook author living and working in New York City. In her downtime, she hones her skills as a dumpling connoisseur and chronicles her cooking adventures at One Hungry Pickle.

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