Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Recipes

Four Ways To Use Avocado

The avocado's high-fiber, low-sugar content makes it the ideal ingredient for health-conscious, flavor-packed cooking.

For access to all of our training, gear, and race coverage, plus exclusive training plans, FinisherPix photos, event discounts, and GPS apps, sign up for Outside+.

With its rich, buttery taste and creamy texture, it’s no wonder avocado is so popular in dips, on sandwiches, and in salads. Avocado contains high amounts of the heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that can lower cholesterol, and it’s also loaded with potassium, a valuable electrolyte for endurance athletes, as well as vitamins B, C and E. The avocado’s high-fiber, low-sugar content makes it the ideal ingredient for health-conscious, flavor-packed cooking.

Soup’s On

Use avocado to make soup. Photo: John David Becker


This chilled soup will satisfy a snack craving in a second, or make the perfect starter to any meal. Using a blender or food processor, purée until smooth 4 ripe avocados, 1 diced English cucumber, 1 Serrano pepper (seeded and chopped), 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth, ¼ cup fresh lime juice, ¼ cup light sour cream, 2 tablespoons (each) freshly chopped cilantro and chives, 1 teaspoon (each) sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Let chill in the fridge for 2–4 hours before serving.

Avocado Brownies

ways to use avocado
Avocado in brownies? Yes! Photo: John David Becker

Indulge in amazingly moist and dense brownies. Better yet, this recipe doesn’t require any flour or grains. In a food processor, combine 1 avocado, 2 large brown eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 tablespoon water, and transfer to a large bowl. Melt 7 ounces 70% dark chocolate and gently stir into the avocado mixture. Stir in 1 cup unsweetened raw cocoa powder, 1/3 cup maple sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda and ¼ teaspoon salt. Spread mixture evenly into a square cake pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center is removed clean. Cool, cut and store in fridge for several days, or in the freezer for several months.

Dress It Up

ways to use avocado
Use avocado in dressings or a dip. Photo: John David Becker


Make the most creamy, crave-worthy salad dressing. In a blender, combine 2 medium, ripe avocados with ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons agave, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. The dressing will be thick, so toss well into salads.

Fruity Salsas

ways to use avocado
This avocado salsa is perfect for summer. Photo: John David Becker


Try adding avocado to any fruit salsa recipe to use as a topper for tacos, grilled fish and chicken. In a bowl, toss 1 medium (ripe but firm) diced avocado, with 1½ cups diced mango, papaya, peach, or pineapple, along with 2 tablespoons finely diced red pepper, 2 teaspoons finely diced and seeded Serrano pepper (optional for spice), 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro, juice and zest of 1 orange, and a dash of salt and pepper.

More recipes from Jessica Cerra