Avocado Recipes & Giveaway


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I just received a beautiful shipment of fuerte avocados from CaliforniaAvocadosDirect.com


Avocado cut in half

I’ve posted previously about CaliforniaAvocadosDirect.com and mentioned that it’s a family farm and how each avocado is inspected, hand-selected, and hand-picked before it’s shipped to consumers.

The Holtz family avocado farm in 1973

The farm in 2010


Avocados in a box

Here are some of my favorite recipes using avocados:

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries (with a vegan option)

What’s not to love about squishy warm avocado, with melted cream cheese, flavored with two kinds of salsa to give the bites just a touch of sweet from the mango salsa and a kick from the green salsa verde.

Open Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries

Vanilla Avocado Banana Ice Cream (Raw, Vegan, GF)

You cannot “taste” the avocado.  Trust me on this one; it’s really rich, creamy, sweet, and very ice cream-like.

People write to me frequently telling me how much they love this healthier recipe for ice cream.  And that their unsuspecting husbands and kids do, too.

Vanilla Avocado Banana Ice Cream in bowl

Cheater’s Guacamole

3 minute recipe.  No veggie, onion, or garlic chopping required.

Guacamole on chips

Vanilla Avocado Banana Smoothie in a Bowl

Sweet, creamy, pudding-like.  Or thin it out a bit more and drink it with a straw like a smoothie.

Vanilla Avocado Banana Smoothie in plastic container

Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

This recipe takes 2 minutes to make and when I bring it to a party, no one ever guesses what the secret ingredient is, and it’s instantly devoured by all.  People tell me they prefer it to traditional chocolate mousse made with boiling cream and sugar.

Raw Vegan Chocolate MousseRaw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Would you like to win a shipment of creamy, delicious  fuerte avocados from CaliforniaAvocadosDirect.com that have just come into season and are being hand-picked right now at their peak?

Avocado cut in half

Avocado cut in half

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1. Tell me your favorite way to eat or use avocados?


Tell me about a great recipe that uses avocados.

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  1. I like to make guacamole with lime juice, garlic powder, minced dried onion, dried cilantro, salt and pepper, hot sauce. If I use for a dip, I chop tomatoes and grated cheddar cheese also. But, I really like to make guacamole tostados, spread refried beans (optional), guacamole, shredded lettuce, grated cheese, chopped tomatoes.

  2. How do I love them let me count the ways! No seriously have to em everyday!! A friend once complained to me “Avocados are so expensive!” I stick up for Avocados! “Seriously?” I answered…not when they can be my meal! They are so good for me, and delicious…people spend more for junk that has no nutritional value and think nothing of it” Give me my Avocados anyday or which way!

  3. My favorite weekday breakfast:
    I toast 1/2 slice pumpernickel bread
    put a tiny bit of ketchup
    thinly slice 1/6 avocado
    top with one egg, over easy

    An open-face breakfast sandwich that leaves me satisfied until lunch!

  4. I LOVE avocados! I wish I coul afford them more often- favourites include in sushi, on sandwiches, bagels, with lettuce wraps, EVERYTHING! i love them so much :D

  5. I love avocados as a mayo substitute or in guac. Only savory settings for me! I made your avocado banana pudding/ice cream and just couldn’t get into it. If I win, I’ll most likely try your vegan fudge recipe, because I’m so curious about it. And a huge bowl of quac. I mean HUGE!

  6. Avocados…yum! My favorite way to eat avocado is mushed up slightly, with a little bit of salt, and spread on tortillas for soft tacos. Such a perfect creamy flavor and texture. =)

  7. Mash avocado on bread with sambal oelek…the warmth of the spice combines with the butteriness of the avocado

  8. I love to mix avocado, fresh chipotle powder, salt and lime (and sometimes Mama Tutu’s Hot Sauce). I mash it together and eat them with carrots and celery. I have had this everyday for lunch.

  9. I love them with a squeeze of lime on toasty whole grain bread and a pinch of salt. UMMMM, is it time for lunch yet??

  10. There’s not much better than a warm piece of toast with a schmear of cream cheese, mashed avocado and a sprinkle of salt. Yum.

  11. My husband makes the best guacamole I’ve ever had. I’ve been invited to Girls Night Out functions and been asked to bring it before. Not sure they want me or the guac more! :)

  12. I love avocados on everything! I eat them plan, on my scrambled eggs, mixed with my pasta and oil. Loving the ice cream recipe you mentioned. Can’t wait to try it.

  13. omg I want fresh avocados more than anything right now! I’ve just been CRAVING fresh guac or ANYTHING with avocados! I think Chipotle’s guacamole is the best stuff I’ve ever had in my life. It’s the only reason I go there!

  14. I love avocado mashed on toast with a little salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. So simple, yet also decadently delicious.

  15. I love making guacamole. My favorite “restaurant” dish, though is a chicken & cheese stuffed DEEP FRIED avocado. It’s heaven!

  16. I am a AVOCADO-HOLIC. Weird, right?

    Most of the time I like to cut my avocado into wedges and dip in some honey. May not sound to appetizing, but it is truly amazing. Perfect snack item too.

    I also love a piece of whole-wheat toast topped with mashed avocado. Such a dream come true.

  17. My favorite way to eat avocados is making fantastic guacamole then layering in a Mexican dip with refried beans, sour cream, salsa and cheese.

  18. I love avocados and have ever since I had the chance to live in Mexico. I like to take 1/4 avocado and slice it thinly, then put it on top of salad with some grapefruit segments and drizzle it all with agave, lemon juice, and sriracha sauce. YUM.

  19. I love avocados in their simplist form. Smeared on a fresh tortilla. That is just heaven right there.

  20. My favorite way to eat an avocado is simple: avocado slices on top of a bagel with a shmear of cream cheese and a sprinkle of sea salt (also how I like to eat fresh tomatoes in the summer, minus the cream cheese).

  21. My fave way of eating avocados is in a green smoothie in the mornings with other green vegetables and a little lemon juice. Nice way to kick start the day… although I am very excited to try that ice cream recipe! My husband and I are on the raw food detox diet and that sounds like a yummy way to get a treat in! I could probably eat avocados in everything, I just love them and this giveaway is such a nice way to get the goodness they offer! Thank you!

  22. I love avocados the best when they are make my smoothies super thick and creamy. I’ve also tried your avocado ice cream and even using it to make vegan chocolate frosting. Delicious!

  23. It’s hard to pick a favorite recipe or one favorite way to eat avocados. I love them anyway I can get them!! I eat them pretty much every single day with eggs for breakfast, so I guess I’ll have to go with that!

  24. Liked california avocados direct on facebook.

    Oh! Another thing I love to do with avocados (when I’m being unhealthy) is to mash one up on top of a bagel then add salt, pepper and cayenne. So good!

  25. For the past few years I’ve made it my mission to develop a good solid guacamole recipe. And I have, people love it, even the ones who don’t like guacamole.

    But one of my more creative uses for avocados is avocado yogurt. It’s real easy and delicious (and could easily be converted to vegan). I take about 6 oz of greek yogurt and add mashed up avocado until I think it’s right, I usually use a whole one. Then I add my favorite sweetener and a little vanilla until it’s perfect. It’s a great after dinner snack.

  26. We don’t get a lot of fresh avocados in Kansas, but I love to have them on a sandwich or in guacamole! They are so yummy!

  27. I love avocados on everything, but I think my favorite is an Avocado and Tomatillo Salsa I make. I don’t make it often because I will it is ALL and have even licked the salsa bowl. It’s that good!

  28. I like it straight out of the skin with some salt and pepper… although if I can be more patient, on top of a salad is great too

  29. In addition to making avocado and tomato on toast, I enjoy chasing my boyfriend and best friend with homemade guacamole trying to force them to love its creamy deliciousness.

  30. My favorite is to add to a salad! Greens, black beans, sweet potato Kates (on my blog), avocado, and green salsa. Yum.

  31. Those avocados look delicious! I love guacamole but my favorite is smushed on toast with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Yummy!

  32. I follow you on Pinterest and repinned your Avocado Banana Ice Cream recipe. marthalynn16 (at) gmail (dot) com

  33. Avocado with roasted garlic and sea salt. Or make a sauce with garlic and olive oil and put it on top of spaghetti squash!

  34. my fave avo use is for my “cheese” sauce i use in mexican dishes. its like cheese and guac all in one. plus, im all about trying out this company since i just moved here to SD!

  35. Here in the northeast we love avocados too but it is pretty much impossible to find a decent avocado in the store. I’ve received from californiaavocadosdirect.com and they are always perfect, each and every one. And they are HUGE! Order some!! You know you want to.

  36. those avos look so beautiful! i love them cubed on salad with fresh squeezed lemon juice, or mashed up into the salad like creamy dressing.

  37. I love avacados in almost anything – I especially love guacamole. I especially love it in ceviche, which I don’t think is really traditional, and it’s certainly not vegan ;), but delicious!

  38. Yes, please, I would love to receive avocados picked at their peak :) Avos are my fave food. I usually buy 10 at a time – yum! I love them with mangos (also a fave), lime, red onions & cilantro.


  39. I LOVE avocado! My MIL has a tree and I have a bag full in the kitchen right now. I like them plain with maybe a little salt and pepper.

  40. Just plain raw! crave me some avacado’s
    I hate when people say they are expensive….I always say well not if they are your meal!! yum!

  41. I Loovvvvvve guacamole and could probably eat it every single day. I also like using avocados to make chocolate puddings.

  42. I have 2 favorite avocado uses right now… brown rice pasta with sauteed broccoli and kale (i like to use coconut oil), with half an avocado diced, salt, pepper, and lemon juice all mixed together, and then everything sprinkled (liberally) in hemp seeds. my other favorite is two slices of ezekiel toast, smeared with coconut oil, and topped with a mashed avocado, salt, pepper, and cinnamon. both are comfort food at its finest, and lately i’ve been eating both every day :)

  43. I loooovvvvve guacamole. I think I could eat it every day. I also like to use avocados to make chocolate puddings.

  44. OMG. When I saw this post come up on my blogroll, I immediately thought about how much I love avocados and how we (Iowa) haven’t had any good ones for – what seems like – ever. I love avocado in absolutely anything (and am currently diggin’ them in turkey wraps), but I’m dying to try the ice cream!

  45. I LOVE Avocados! My husband and I both love to make homemade guacamole with them, I like to slice them up and put them in salads, and I even add them to omelets. My favorite omelet EVER is egg whites, avo, feta cheese, tomatoes, spinach and roasted red peppers.

    You know by now, I’m a superfan of yours…

    Thanks for all of the inspiration!

  46. OMG Averie, an avocado giveaway?! You are a goddess. Hmm, I think my favorite way is still on salads. I use them to make puddings, ice cream, enchiladas, and more, but big chunks on salad are still my fav.

  47. I love them in my sandwich, tortilla soup, guacamole… Let’s face it – I can pretty much eat them on anything!!!

  48. I LOVE avocados! I have on sitting on my counter that I’m just itching to use (it isn’t ripe yet, dang it!) in a mexican lime soup recipe. :D

  49. I love that I can have an amazing filling meal with out hardly any prep with an avocado. My favorite is to make some quick guacamole and eat it over romaine.

  50. i have been OBSESSED with avocados lately…I use them on everything!! recently I mixed some with my tuna to make an avocado tuna salad and it was delicious and so different than waht i am used to!

  51. How do I NOT like avos is a better question. Lately, I’m loving them sliced as a sandwich filling.

  52. Now this is a giveaway prize I’ve never seen before!
    I’d make a whole hell of a lot of raw choc mousse >:)

  53. OMG I LOVE AVOCADO! I make a killa guac, if I do say so myself. I have bookmarked this and am planning to head out and buy out my neighborhood’s grocery store in the morning to make…everything. And if I win more avocados, I have no doubt I will handily consume them all as well! :)

  54. i’m actually one of those “freaks” that hates avocados but my bf LOVES them and i incorporate them into a lot of recipes (including that chocolate pudding)! i also “hide” them in recipes so that i can stomach them because they have so many great nutritional benefits!

  55. I just posted my favorite way to eat avocados on my blog today – as a creamy sauce over spaghetti noodles! It’s seriously my favorite meal. Ever.

  56. Hi Averie! This is possibly the best giveaway EVER. :-D I eat avocado almost every day–in sandwiches, guacamole and as a mayo substitute in egg salad–but my favorite way to enjoy it is sliced with a little bit of salt sprinkled on top. So delicious!

  57. I am SO curious about your avocado ice cream! My fav way to eat them is in “boat form,” with olive oil and balsamic in the pit hole. (That sounds bad.) Also over rice!

  58. I kid you not – I came here tonight to find that Avocado Ice Cream recipe!! And then I see this giveaway post! SOOOO freaky!
    Making it now!

  59. I eat them in Guacamole (probably like a lot of people) but I know some young boys (my nephews) who eat them just spooned out.

  60. Traditionally I’ve always enjoyed avocado in guac, but I think it’s time to branch out! I was actually thinking cookies… hmm…

  61. I’ve been eating avocados on salads this week, but I was just thinking how I’d like some guacamole! :)

  62. I can just eat avocadoes by the spoonful! I love guacamole and putting some in a lemony tofu pasta. Sauce. Yum!

  63. I love to eat them in homemade guacamole – avocados, fresh lime juice, a little red onion, sea salt, & garlic powder – yum! My 9 months old loves ’em mushed up!S

  64. I adore avocado. I actually just ate a mashed one on toast for a quick (and very filling!) lunch today. And last week I made an awesome tropical-inspired smoothie with one. Recipe is on my blog!

    Great giveaway!

  65. oh a slice of home here.
    I miss the avocados in the cali!!!
    you just can’t find good ones here on cape cod.
    what I wouldn’t do to win this giveaway!
    the best way to have an avocado (or two) is on a BLT
    or in fresh guac w/ cilantro, lime juice, tomatoes & onions!

  66. I love avocados in so many ways, but 2 always stand out….guacamole and just simply smashed on Ezekiel toast with salt and pepper. mmmmm

  67. I love using avocados in almost everything. I use them in a ton of recipes like soups, mexican food, veggie burgers and sandwiches. I am also super excited to try your chocolate mouse with the avocado I have in my pantry now. thanks for the awesome ideas and giveaway!!

  68. I am on an avocado BINGER lately! I can’t seem to get enough. In eggs, in salads, in soups, as spreads – I love em.

  69. my favvv recipe i pretty much always use wen i get any avocados is your chocolate mousse! ugh so good! and guacomole ofcoarse!

  70. Crazy! I was just obsessing about a way to use my avocados. I found a recipe for avocado wheat bread… it was DELICIOUS. I ate the entire recipe today. All delicious 800 calories and I don’t regret it at all.

  71. omggooooodnesss i love avocados!! i grew up eating it in dessert way in the philippines (avocado mixed with a little bit condensed milk and some ice… amazing!) then came to US, confused of eating it in savory way..hahah…but definitely loving every way of eating it! guacamole, using it to massage kale, or just sprinkling some garlic salt on it, scooping it and eating it that way!

  72. I love avocado on my salads. But I am so intrigued by these dessert ideas. I’m going to have to give them a try!

  73. My favorite recipe involving avocadoes is very simple – raw almond milk, chia seeds, raw cocoa powder, a brown banana, two avocadoes and some lemon juice make the perfect pudding. If you add a bit of coconut oil to the mix and put it into a raw nut crust then it can make the best icebox pie! ^^

  74. My favorite way to enjoy an avocado is to mash with some fresh lime juice and a pinch of cayenne..pure and simple!

  75. I love avocados on their own with a little salt. However I also love adding them to salads with a light vinagrette. I recently made Angela’s recipe for vegan Avocado pasta…oh my gosh..to die for. I think adding it to a smoothie would be fantastic.

  76. My mouth is watering!!!! I LOVE avocadoes!!! I eat 1/2 on my salad everynight and make my kids guacamole with the other half. We love our healthy fats in this house! :) Great give away!

  77. My favorite way to eat an avocado is the way in which it gets in my mouth the fastest.
    I put them on anything and everything, and cannot get enough of them.

  78. oh I simply adore avocado! I’ve not yet been spoiled enough to try a fresh california fruit, though. I love to cut one in half, drizzle a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sprinkle with salt and eat with a spoon! Divine. Oh, and I already like you on facebook!

  79. i love mashed up avocado with garlic salt and pepper atop whole wheat toast. yum!

  80. Avocados are the best in CA. Nothing compared to anywhere else. Your recipes looks fantastic! I’m in love with Avocado — My favorite way to to eat it is slathered on toast with lemon and ground pepper. Simple yet delicious :)

  81. ooooh i love that icecream and the fact that unsuspecting husbands cannot figure out what it is!:))
    I already like you on fb!

  82. You have no idea how much I want to win this giveaway. I can not pick out an avocado to save my life. I like pairing avocado with curry and spicy things.

  83. Favorite way to enjoy avocadoes has to be in homemade guacamole! Chips, salsa, and guac, it’s a wonderful snack!

  84. My ABSOLUTELY favorite way to eat or use avocados is Guacamole! I can’t seem to get enough of it!! I put it on just about everything!

  85. Yum, I love avocados and would love to win these, the ones in my grocery store lately have looked less than fresh! My favorite way to eat avocado is either on a sprouted grain english muffin with goat cheese and smoked salmon, or a simple salad of avocado, grape tomatoes, mozzerella, and a citrus vinegarette

  86. My absolutely favorite way to eat an avocado is to simply slice it in half, take a knife and slice it, sprinkle salt & pepper on it and put 1-2 tablespoons of freshly made salsa — SO GOOD!!!!!!

  87. I ♥ avocados! My favorite way to eat them is on any kind of sandwich…particularly with some cilantro-mayonnaise and Laughing Cow swiss cheese! :)

  88. SO timely! I’m actually thinking of making avocados the next food I introduce to Ms. Kaylin! I like to eat them on top of salads- so good!

  89. honestly, it doesn’t get much better than just adding ripe avocado to a salad or sandwich — you don’t need any sort of cheese or dressing if there’s avocado!!

  90. My personal favorite way to use avocados is the smush then on wraps and then put spinach, a cut up black bean burger, sliced tomato and cucumber, and drizzled with yougurt ranch. Mmmm!