6 quick recipes that'll make avocado addicts drool

Make the most of these superfoods while they're in season by adding avo to everything from breakfast dishes to dessert

20 May 2018 - 00:00 By Hilary Biller
A dollop of pesto will add a gourmet edge to avo on toast.
A dollop of pesto will add a gourmet edge to avo on toast.
Image: Michelle Parkin/Pesto Princess

1. GOURMET AVO ON TOAST

A culinary marriage made in heaven - there's little to beat avocado on hot buttered toast or fresh bread, finished off with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

If butter is not your thing try mashed avo on its own. Double your greens and add a thick dollop of pesto, yum, hummus, mayonnaise or even cream cheese.

The key is good fresh bread - dare we say white bread - because it doesn't detract from the fab taste of rich and creamy avo.

2. AVO AND EGGS

Add an avo to omelettes; try grilled mushrooms, sprigs of thyme and salt and pepper.

Alternatively top scrambled or poached eggs with avocado slices — and for a touch of luxury, a slice of smoked salmon or trout with a squeeze of fresh lemon.

3. AVO AND CHEESE CROISSANT

Split a flaky croissant, top with avo slices, grilled halloumi and slow-roasted tomatoes, salt and freshly ground black pepper.

You can replace the halloumi with feta, mozzarella or even cheddar cheese.

Tex Mex avo wrap.
Tex Mex avo wrap.
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4. TEX MEX AVO WRAP

This makes a great snack on the go or lunchbox filler: fill a soft shell taco wrap (or any flat bread) with scrambled eggs (or use flaked chicken, cooked mince or tuna) topped with avo, a squeeze of lemon juice, chilli sauce or a spicy tomato relish and black pepper.

5. SMOOTHIE BOWL

Pack some punch into your day by kicking it off with a nutrient-dense smoothie: combine avo with plain yoghurt, almond or soya milk, 15ml (1 tbsp) runny honey, 1 ripe banana and a spoonful of protein powder (optional) in a blender, and blend till smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with granola or muesli, berries, nuts or seeds.

6. AVO AND CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

The best part about this dessert is that no one will know it's made with healthy avocado.

In a bowl combine 125ml (½ cup) cream and 85g of dark chocolate, broken into squares. Microwave on medium for four minutes, stirring after two. Whisk till smooth and cool.

Combine the flesh of 2 large avocados, the chocolate mixture, 5ml (1 tsp) vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and 30ml (2 tbsp) runny honey (or stevia or xylitol). Blend till smooth.

Spoon into bowls and chill for a couple of hours before serving.