11 Avocado Recipes That Will Totally Guac Your World

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Americans ate more than 2.6 billion pounds of avocados in 2019; that’s six times the amount we ate in 1985, according to Statista.com. Why such a drastic increase? We’d like to think it’s because Americans are getting smarter. If you take a look at the average restaurant menu, you’ll notice an increasing number of establishments are incorporating the creamy, dreamy avocado into their meals and recipes.

There’s a reason this green fruit has taken the world by storm. From a nutritional standpoint, avocados get an A+. They’re loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids, which are said to lower total and bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol, says Healthline. These healthy fats are essential to the South Beach Diet. Avocados are also a great source of dietary fiber and are abundant in antioxidants. Packed with fat-soluble vitamins and minerals like iron, potassium and calcium, this heart-healthy fruit is a perfect addition to your healthy diet plan.

In addition to their superfood status, the taste of avocados is “avo” this world! They are rich like butter and can be used in a variety of recipes to replace mayo and dairy products. This decadent fruit is very versatile and its mild taste can take on a wide range of sweet and savory flavors. There are so many ways to utilize this keto friendly fruit beyond guacamole! From superfood side dish to center stage, the avocado shines in all recipes it is featured in.

Before we dive into these avo-licious recipes, it’s important to select an avocado that fits into your cooking timeline. If you plan to use them right away, make sure to select ripe avocados with bumpy dark green or black skin, says Avocados from Mexico. A ripe avocado will give slightly when you push on the skin. However, it should not have dents or feel mushy. If you plan to use your avocados in the next three to four days, purchase unripe fruits with firm, smooth skin that is a “lighter shade of green.”

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Here are 11 avocado recipes that are sure to guac your world!:

1. Baked Avocado Fries with Chipotle Garlic Dip >

avocado fries

Calories per Serving: 199

Net Carbs: 6 grams

Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside. We turned a fast food favorite into low-carb fare! Sliced avocados are coated in almond flour and baked to crispy perfection in this healthier fry recipe. Because these unique avocado fries are baked, they’re not drenched with unhealthy, overheated oils. Instead they’re full of heart-healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids from the avocado. And that dip? You’ll want to put it on everything! We swap out sugar-filled ketchup and barbecue sauce with a zesty Greek yogurt-based Chipotle Garlic Dip.

2. Avocado Shrimp Burger >

avocado recipes

Calories per Serving: 345

Net Carbs: 3 grams

Move over crab cakes. Step aside fatty burger. We created a unique and keto friendly seafood burger that is high in protein and healthy fats. Pork rinds take the place of breadcrumbs, acting as a low carb binder for your succulent shrimp patties. Cilantro, lime juice and chili lime seasoning add fresh flavor and spice, while fresh sliced avocado is the perfect topping. You can enjoy two of these burgers every day (really, one serving is two burgers!) and you’ll lose weight and feel like you’re in a gourmet restaurant. Serve with a zesty coleslaw, cauliflower rice or over a large salad. If you want to get even more creative, you can turn your avocado into a fresh salsa by dicing it up with some onions and cilantro.

3. Deviled Egg Stuffed Avocado >

avocado recipes

Calories per Serving: 285

Net Carbs: 3 grams

This clever recipe provides you with two Healthy Fat servings in an incredibly tasty package. In addition to a healthy meal, you’ll get a nutritious snack from the leftover hard-boiled egg whites. Make the deviled egg filling and bacon bits the day before to save time and take a whole stuffed avocado for lunch. Slice, fill, eat and repeat the next day.

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4. Creamy Avocado Pesto Dip >

creamy pesto dip

Calories per Serving: 103

Net Carbs: < 1 gram

Need a light and healthy dip to pair with your veggies? This creamy, dreamy Avocado Pesto Dip is the perfect partner for your favorite dippers—carrots, celery, cucumber, bell peppers and more. But don’t stop there! Dollop it atop grilled chicken or blackened shrimp. Spread it on whole grain toast, wraps or our delicious recipe for Almond Flour Bread. You can also enjoy it over spaghetti squash, zoodles or another low carb pasta swap. You’ll love the flavorful combination of toasted pine nuts, basil, fresh garlic, fresh avocado, avocado oil, lemon juice and sea salt.

5. Tomato Salsa with Avocado and Onion >

avocado recipes

Calories per Serving: 100

Net Carbs: 14 grams

Here’s another versatile recipe that is perfect with any meal! Whole wheat pita chips are delicious with this salsa. However, you can think outside the box and try it atop chicken lettuce wraps, taco salad or mixed inside a cheesy soup. The addition of lime juice and vinegar will keep the avocado green for at least a day. This simple, no-bake dip adds fresh flavor to any meal it’s featured in!

6. Avocado Crab Salad >

crab salad

Calories per Serving: 250

Net Carbs: 3 grams

Sweet lump crab meat is high in protein, making it the perfect companion to the creamy, high fat avocado. This dynamic duo is piled high atop a bed of fresh green lettuce for a keto friendly meal that will fuel your day. We recommend using lump crab meat here, which gives you the best bang for your buck in the crab meat world. Don’t choose imitation crabmeat: the highly processed fish is loaded with stabilizers and additives and contains a fraction of the nutrients of real crab. Plus, according to Healthline, 61 percent of the calories in imitation crab comes from carbohydrates, while 85 percent of the calories in Alaska king crab comes from protein.

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7. Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip with Rainbow Vegetable Skewers >

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Calories per Serving: 157

Net Carbs: 11 grams

Your afternoon snack just got a dose of fancy. This healthy rainbow treat is the perfect addition to your meal prep menu. Take a moment on Sunday evening to cut up your veggies and whip up the Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip. Then take it all to the office on Monday for a nutritious midday snack. You’ll be eating the rainbow and enjoying every colorful bite! This dip also makes a perfect pool party or barbecue appetizer. To make it a meal, add some protein and swap out the cucumbers for zucchini. Throw your skewers on the grill and you’ve got dinner.

8. 5-Ingredient Chocolate Avocado Pudding >

chocolate avocado pudding

Calories per Serving: 136

Net Carbs: 3 grams

While most of these avocado recipes are savory, the smooth, velvety fruit is also able to take on sweet flavors. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this recipe will be your stay-on-a-diet saving grace. Creamy, decadent and chocolatey, our Five-Ingredient Chocolate Avocado Pudding delivers one required Healthy Fat and just one Extra. Try it with almond butter, peanut butter or cashew butter and don’t forget your favorite seasonings like cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract.

9. Chicken Salad with Avocado >

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Calories per Serving: 380

Net Carbs: 5 grams

Sometimes the most basic avocado recipes are the best. We made our own dressing for this salad with extra virgin olive oil, lime juice, cilantro and salt. However, feel free to opt for something creamy if that’s your preference, such as the Garlic Chipotle Dip from our Baked Avocado Fries recipe. Once again, avocado proves itself as the ultimate salad topper.

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10. Stuffed Pepper Tacos >

stuffed pepper tacos

Calories per Serving: 345

Net Carbs: 5 grams

Is company coming? You don’t have to destroy your diet for the sake of entertaining others. We combined tacos and stuffed peppers to create a simple supper that is sure to impress. These Stuffed Pepper Tacos are comforting, can be assembled ahead of time and make a terrific presentation. For an even prettier platter, use tricolor peppers. This low carb recipe is so good, you won’t even miss the taco shells!

11. 2-Step Creamy Avocado Pesto Zucchini Noodles >

pesto zoodles

Calories per Serving: 403

Net Carbs: 6 grams

Satisfy your pasta cravings with a two-step dish that fits into your low carb diet. We create a flavorful homemade pesto out of avocado, basil, hemp seeds, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Fresh zucchini noodles or “zoodles” are the keto friendly base of this Italian-inspired no-cook pasta dish. Serve it up as a meatless main course or as healthy pasta salad at your next party. You can also top it with meat or seafood for added protein.

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