A small Italian market near my house always sells avocados (not really Italian, right?) for a dollar each, so I can never resist buying at least two a week. Avocados are really filling and are loaded with fiber, potassium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K, and they add a delicious creaminess to almost anything (soups, smoothies, spreads, pasta, and more!). Plus, they just look cute, kind of like the Weebles of fruit.
All three of these yummy snacks can be thrown together in under 5 minutes. I actually made the guacamole and soft serve during commercial breaks! Can’t beat those quick, healthy, and delicious snacks when you’re a college student.
1. Cut one avocado in half, remove pit, and scoop flesh into a bowl.
2. Add spices and a few drops of lime juice. I used onion and garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand! My mom uses Old Bay seasoning, which is always delicious in guac.
3. Add a couple of spoonfuls of salsa (yes, from a jar)! If you want to make homemade salsa and add that, that’s awesome, but I didn’t have time. Jar salsa works great in a pinch to add more flavor and texture to your guacamole.
Avocado-Banana Soft Serve
Inspired by Averie’s Vanilla Avocado Banana Ice Cream
Throw a chopped banana, the flesh of an avocado, half a can of full fat coconut milk (this is what made the soft serve, in my opinion), a few drops of vanilla, some almond milk, a pinch of salt, and sugar (to taste) into your food processor or blender. Blend, transfer into a tupperware container, and freeze overnight.
You Don’t Need a Recipe to Make Toast…
…but this toast made an amazing study snack. I toasted some whole grain bread, and then layered three tasty, savory spreads. First, homemade paprika hummus, then half of a mashed avocado, and finally some hot pepper jelly (from local company The Berry Patch, find them at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip if you’re in the area!). So delicious and filling.
Those are just a few of the easy avocado snacks I’ve been eating in the last couple of weeks…what’s your favorite way to use avocado?