Wondering What to Do With Overripe Avocados? Try These 11 Recipes

You’ve most likely tossed various avocados into the trash after lacking that (very slim) window between being completely ripe and turning brown, mushy and gross. And avocados are costly, in order that’s good cash you’re throwing away.

Here’s a little bit secret, although: As lengthy as there’s vibrant inexperienced meat someplace inside (simply scrape away the brown spots), that brown avocado can nonetheless be severely yummy.

Never once more will I toss an avocado simply because it’s previous prime guacamole-making texture. In my endless quest to lower your expenses on groceries and scale back meals waste, I’ve found a couple of overripe avocado recipes, and lemme inform ya’, they’re scrumptious.

What to Do With Overripe Avocados: 11 Recipes to Try

Sauces, dressings, desserts and even drinks, we’ve acquired your overripe avocado wants coated.

Sauces and Dressings

The easiest method to fancy up any meal (and expend these avocados) is by making a easy sauce or dressing. Five minutes, a meals processor and voila!

1. Magic Green Sauce

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This sauce from Lindsay over at Pinch of Yum is made with all inexperienced meals — proper down to the pistachios. It’s a scrumptious velvety sauce you need to use as a veggie dip, salad dressing or marinade (assume creamy chimichurri), or unfold it on a sandwich for an extra-fresh kick. Magic, I inform you.

2. Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette

I knew about yogurt-based avocado dressings, however they’re all the time a little bit overwhelming with nothing to reduce the wealthy, yogurty, buttery style. This recipe from Chef Emeril himself is my new factor. It’s mild and refreshing, and it has labored on each salad I’ve put it on up to now.

Appetizers and Snacks

Arguably the very best kinds of meals.

three. Avocado Nut Bread

In the identical method you’d flip your brown bananas into scrumptious banana bread, attempt making this avocado nut bread from Food along with your overripe avocados. I like any model of veggie bread, however the added bonus right here is that the bread seems inexperienced. (I feel possibly I by no means outgrew the entire funny-colored meals fascination — purple ketchup, the place you at?)

four. Corn and Avocado Fritters

If you’re a kind of folks wrapped up in a sordid love affair with avocado, attempt dipping these corn and avocado fritters from Give Recipe into the magic inexperienced sauce for a severely avocado-y snack. Snacks on snacks on snacks.

Lunch and Dinner

Even in a most important dish, the diva avocado manages to take middle stage.

5. Avocado Egg Salad

For this one from All Recipes, you need to let the avocado go an additional day or two previous peak ripeness anyway as a result of will probably be softer and creamier. So it’s excellent for these of us who aren’t in a position to time an avocado deliberately.

6. Avocado Pasta

Pasta is such a heavy meal — so it’s strictly a consolation meals in my eyes. But these things? This wonderful, mild, refreshing dish from Damn Delicious places pasta again in my common dinner rotation.

7. Blackened Chicken With Avocado Cream Sauce

This one from Popculture is a winner winner hen dinner (um, yeah, I did have to say that). Again, that avocado cream sauce is the proper place for a mushy avocado as a result of all of it will get smoothed out within the meals processor anyway.


I do know, I do know… wholesome meals and desserts shouldn’t combine. But simply hear me out: I promise solely good issues lie forward with these dessert avocado recipes.

eight. Chocolate Caramel Avocado Brownies

Do I even want to say something about this recipe from Mike over at The Iron You?

Chocolate? Yes please. Caramel? Keep it coming. A more healthy spin on my favourite meals group? Done and carried out. (Wait — brownies are a meals group, proper?)

9. Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Two cups of chocolate avocado pudding
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Since chocolate by the spoonful is rarely not a good suggestion, I commend to your consideration to this providing from All Recipes. It has simply six elements — 5 for those who maintain the cinnamon — and is prepared in 30 minutes.


What’s subsequent, an avocado cocktail?! Um, sure, really.

10. Avocado Margarita

The factor is, I’ve by no means met a margarita I didn’t get together with — for the night, anyway. But I feel this mild and creamy margarita from Bon Appetit is about to set the bar (pun supposed) fairly excessive.

11. Smoooooothies

Smoothies would possibly simply be the best method to disguise the feel of a mushy brown avocado. And whereas there’s no unsuitable method to make a smoothie, this recipe from Real Simple has the added bonus of utilizing up your not-so-perfect apples, too. But actually, avocados go nicely with nearly any smoothie elements given their buttery, virtually nutty taste.

Bonus Round: Avocado Face Mask

If you continue to can’t deal with the considered consuming an avocado that’s previous its prime, you can attempt a do-it-yourself avocado face masks. Over at Natural Beauty Tips, you’ll discover a couple of completely different variations that every one name for primary pantry elements, so that you received’t have to make an additional journey to the shop.

Consider this the start of the remainder of your avocado-filled life — no extra throwing your grocery funds within the trash.

Grace Schweizer is the e-mail content material author at The Penny Hoarder. 

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