17 Ways To Use Up Ripe Avocados Before They Go Bad


Avocadoes tend to become overripe overnight, and annoyingly all at the same time. This list has you covered with recipes using avocados ranging from perfectly ripe, to the ones gone a little too far.

The ones which are brown and mushy are best for things like dressings, baking, and smoothies where they are masked by other ingredients, but still have some interesting results.

If you want to slow down the ripening of your avocados, check out my post why do avocados ripen so fast.

Here, you’ll find the 17 alternative ways to use up all your ripe avocadoes to save sending them off to the compost pile.

1. Make A Creamy Salad Dressing Using Avocado

There’s nothing worse than having all your avocados ripen on one day. Fortunately, avocados are incredibly versatile, and while they make great additions to salads, they are just as yummy when dressing a salad.

Furthermore, slightly overripe avocados are perfect for making a creamy salad dressing. So, you won’t have to throw away the unappealing avocados unworthy for your summer salad.

In addition, avocado dressing allows you to enjoy a creamy salad dressing without the guilt of tons of mayonnaise or oil. This dressing also works well on slightly harder vegetables like green beans.

Here’s a velvety, rich avocado salad dressing to recreate in 5 minutes.

2. Whip Up A Batch Of Moist Avocado Brownies

Adding avocado to your brownie mixture might have you a little skeptical at first; however, replacing butter or oil with these hearty fats is a healthy and creative option you won’t regret.

Ripe or overripe avocado gives baked brownies a rich flavor and moist texture without the unhealthy oils. Additionally, you’ll get a dose of extra nutrients and fiber with each bite.

The taste of avocado is almost untraceable in the brownies, and the coco hides the green coloration. 

Today.com has a healthy avocado brownie recipe that you and your family will love!

3. Add Avocado To Scrambled Eggs

Add a twist to your scrambled eggs in the morning by matching the eggs with ripe avocados; this has got to be a winning choice! This combination does not only taste amazing, but it has enormous benefits to your overall health. 

The yummy combination of eggs and avocado provides various nutrients that reduce the risk of heart disease and regulate blood pressure. More so, if you’re following a keto or low-carb diet, skip the toast and this straightforward breakfast is the answer.

The recipe is as simple as adding diced avocado to your scrambled eggs while cooking in the pan or adding the avocado afterward if you prefer it cold.

Follow this delightfully low-carb avocado and scrambled egg recipe for a healthy, tasty breakfast of avocados and eggs. 

Note that avocado works just as well with other methods of cooking eggs, including omelets, boiled eggs, and fried eggs. Try baking the eggs in the avocado for another showstopper by hopping over to damndelicious.net for a yummy baked eggs in avocado recipe!

4. Make Guacamole Using Ripe Avocados 

Avocadoes are the primary ingredient in guacamole, making guacamole dips powerhouses packed with vitamins and minerals. And fortunately, the best guacamole requires perfectly ripe avocados, making it a fantastic way to use up those extra avocados lying in the kitchen.

Among the most popular Mexican dishes, guacamole never disappoints! Guacamole is a beyond versatile rich and heavenly pairing for chips, nachos, toast, tacos, maki, and wraps, to name a few.

Whether you use guacamole as a simple dip or condiment, it is sure to spice up your snack or next meal. Moreover, guacamole is perfect for any meal of the day. Add a dollop to your cooked breakfast, use it as a dip for your veggies, or add it as a garnish for soups for dinner.

For a fresh, easy, and authentic guacamole, try this crowd-raving guacamole recipe by Dowshiftology.

5. Use Avocado As A Sour Cream Substitute

Whether you’re looking for a way to use up all your ripe avocados or searching for sour cream alternatives, you’ve hit the jackpot!

While avocados aren’t exactly the right color to substitute sour cream, adding a generous helping of cashew nuts and a squirt of lemon juice will whiten up the sauce.

The primary ingredient in this dairy-free avocado cream, aka sour cream substitute, is, you guessed it, avocado. Avocados are jam-packed with healthy fats, fiber, and potent antioxidants, making them a healthy alternative to your typical sour cream sauce.

You’ll fall in love with this tangy, delicious plant-based sour cream alternative as soon as you give it a try. For a well-balanced recipe, give the vegan avocado sour cream recipe a go. 

6. Fry Up Some Crispy Avocado Fritter

Even though avocados are mostly eaten raw, you can save the ripe avocados by cooking them the right way. So, if you’re growing slightly tired of eating raw avocado, try crispy, fried avocado fritters as a yummy alternative.

You’ll want to choose ripe but firm avocados for this recipe to ensure that they hold their own when you slice, bread, and fry them.

The combination of a crispy coating and creamy avocado will have guests delighted with this fun and unexpected party snack. 

To make this creative appetizer or side dish take a look at the Spruce Eats’ recipe for fried avocado with an excellent pairing of spicy cilantro lime-mayo.

7. Make Fluffy Pancakes Using Avocado

If you need to use up all your ripe avocados and feel breakfast and adventurous, try adding the ripe avocados to your favorite pancake recipe. The creaminess of avocado will make the pancakes soft and light with an irresistibly fresh flavor. 

Avocado will provide additional nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to your usual carb-dense pancakes. So we don’t have to feel guilty making these for a breakfast treat.

These avocado pancakes will provide a ton of delicious sweet flavors despite their funky color (or add cocoa powder to make them brown!). Delish.com has a yummy avocado pancake recipe that you can garnish with blueberries or chocolate chips.

8. Spruce Up Your Smoothie With Avocado

Avocado upgrades just about every dish, including eggs, pancakes, and smoothies. The latter might not be as expected, but avocados are the secret ingredient to create a creamy smoothie without overpowering the taste of the subtle and refreshing flavored fruits and vegetables.

Moreover, avocados give grandeur to your smoothie’s nutrition, and thanks to their high protein, fat, and fiber, you are guaranteed to enjoy a quick meal replacement or snack that won’t leave you hungry within an hour.

The bottom line is that avocados are a no-brainer to upgrade your next smoothie. The options to spruce your smoothie with avocado are endless; however, Superdrinks has 12 fun avocado smoothie recipes to try out to get you into the game of perfecting avocado smoothies.

9. Create A Delectable Chocolate Mousse Using Avocado

Avocado Chocolate Mousse is a quick-and-easy healthy dessert recipe made with less than a handful of ingredients. More so, it’s a vegan and refined sugar-free pudding that tastes sweet and rich! 

Avocado Chocolate Mousse is the kind of dessert you can indulge in without your conscience taking you on a guilt trip. The avocado ensures a thick and creamy texture, making it an excellent substitute for cream.

Stars like Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay know that ripe avocados are of more use than on a simple slice of toast. So to follow in the footsteps of these two legends, give their famous recipes a try.

10. Turn Into A Velvety Ice Cream

Avocados are pure bliss, even in ice cream!

Avocado ice cream is a healthier, more nutritious option than regular ice cream but provides the same creamy, smooth, and rich flavor −what’s not to like? In addition, avocado ice cream is a refreshing and delicious way to cool you down on hot summer days.

You’ll want to add a hint of lime or lemon juice to prevent the avocado ice cream from browning.

Consider giving feelgoodfoodie’s avocado ice cream recipe a go.

11. Use Avocado As Burger Buns

Have you ever thought of using your ripe avocados as burger buns?

These avocado “buns” are a delicious, fun, and healthy way to serve burgers. More so, they are great for individuals looking for unique ways to cut back on carbs while still enjoying a grill with friends and family.

Avocado “buns” are a fun way of eating a burger while diving into those ready and ripe avocados.

Don’t overthink it, you’ll friends will love it too − Kirbie’s Cravings has a fun and straightforward avocado burger bun recipe with pro tips on how to keep burgers intact.

12. Switch Up Your Bread Recipe With Avocado 

Why add your avocado on top of bread when you can bake it into homemade bread! So, use up your ripe avocados by baking fluffy bread. 

You can switch up the unhealthy butter and oil for a healthy dose of avocado. The avocado will give the bread a subtle yet distinct flavor with a low-key sweetness and creaminess while dosing it with healthy fat and nutrients. 

Consider adding lemon juice to the recipe to prevent the avocado from browning, proving an immediate punch of green when you slice through the bread.

Hop over to foodnetwork.com for a moist, tasty avocado bread recipe.

13. Create A Smooth Avocado Cheesecake With Ripe Avocados

Another super yummy dessert is to create a gorgeous green avocado cheesecake with your extra ripe avocados. 

Full of fats and unrefined sugars, the avocado cheese is another healthy dessert you won’t regret later during the day. 

Remove you’re feeling of guilt and give myfoodbook.com.au no-bake, vegan avocado cheesecake recipe a try.

14. Use Avocado As A Face Mask 

We all know the difficulty of resisting buying avocados on sale in the local market; however, we forget that our eyes tend to be bigger than our stomachs. After following copious recipes and putting avocado in pretty much every meal, there are other beneficial alternatives to put avocado to use.

Avocado has nourishing properties that will pamper and revitalize your skin, leaving it hydrated and glowing. The healthy fats and natural oils will moisturize your skin, and the copious amounts of antioxidants and vitamins will help treat redness and inflammation.

If you’ve had avocado too many times this week and you’re still looking for ways to use up the ripe avocadoes on your counter, opt for the second-best alternative and use it to treat your skin. 

Lifehack.org provides not only one but ten practical avocado face mask recipes for you to whip up and try in the comfort of your own home.

15. Preserve Ripe Avocado In The Refrigerator 

Once the avocados are ripe, you can store uncut avocados in the refrigerator for between one to two weeks. After that, however, the flesh rapidly darkens when in exposure to air.

So, to keep cut avocado fresh, you’ll want to use lime or lemon juice to slow the process due to the acid. You’ll want to brush the exposed area with the lemon juice and tightly cover the avocado with cling wrap to slow the oxidation process.

16. Preserve Ripe Avocados By Freezing Them

We all despise ending up with too many ripe avocados at once—fortunately, long-term freezing is an effective method that will keep your avocadoes fresh well into their off-season.

According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, whole and sliced avocados do not freeze well. So, it’s best to mash the ripe avocadoes into a puree with a squeeze of lime of lemon juice (one tbsp for every two avocados) before popping them into the freezer.

Place the puree into a zip-lock plastic back and remove all the air before sealing the bag. Following this process will allow you to store avocados in the freezer for up to three months. 

Note: Be sure to use the avocados immediately once you defrost the puree. You can refer back to one of our previously mentioned guacamole, smoothie, or salad dressing recipes.

17. Pickle Ripe Avocados To Preserve Them

Our last preservation method is to preserve the avocados by turning them into delicious pickles. However, this method works best when the avocados are barely ripe to ensure firmness.

Pickled avocados are tasty and suit most dishes that typically have avocado in them, like salads or sandwiches.

Pickling the avocados will keep them fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week. Next, follow delish.com’s recipe on how to pickle avocados. Lastly, be sure to allow the pickled avocado to chill before enjoying it.

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