We are all in love with avocados. These little green fruits are the topic of many culinary conversations right now and it’s not surprising. Avocados are a source of healthy fat and really nutritious. They promote good heart health, reduce bad cholesterol, improve digestion and make our skin glow. Avocados give us lots of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. They even have more potassium than bananas. Learn more about the health benefits of avocados in Easy Ways to Work Avocado Into Your Day and Reasons Why You Should and Avocados Rule, and They Are Being Crowned The New Apple!

We know that avocados are creamy and delicious but do you know what to do with them? Sure, we love dipping tortilla chips in guacamole and avocados are a great topping for burgers, sandwiches and salads. Lots of us are starting our days with avocado toast for breakfast. But avocados are also useful for cooking. They can be used to substitute for oil or butter in baking and they can replace dairy in recipes. See How Avocados Can Easily Replace Dairy in All Your Favorite Creamy Dishes.

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Since avocados have a light, mild flavor, there’s no end to the ways we can use them. Check out How to Use Avocados in Recipes for Every Season of the Year, 7 Cool Ways to Use Avocado in the Summer, and 10 Fresh Vegan Recipes with Avocado. Let’s take a look at some creative ways to use avocado that are delicious and maybe just a bit surprising. Believe it or not, these 20 recipes were made with avocado.

1. Brownies With Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Brownies With Creamy Chocolate Frosting [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

These Brownies with Creamy Chocolate Frosting are made for your health and your taste buds. The brownies are made from fruit and nuts while the chocolate frosting has avocado for a luxurious, lush and creamy treat.

2. Avocatta Lasagna Rolls

Avocatta Lasagna Rolls [Vegan]

Avocado in lasagna? You bet! In these Avocatta Lasagna Rolls, avocados put a green twist on the traditional ricotta filling. You get a lasagna roll that’s creamy, dairy-free and delicious.

3. Beer Battered Avocado Tacos

Beer Battered Avocado Tacos [Vegan]

Avocados make a great topping for tacos but they can be the star ingredient too! In these Beer Battered Avocado Tacos, the avocados take center stage. Crispy on the outside and creamy inside, these will be your new favorite tacos.

4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie has a rich chocolate taste and the perfect hint of peanut butter. On top of the chewy hemp heart crust, the filling is smooth, delicious and extra creamy because there is avocado in it.

5. Cucumber Noodles With Avocado Pepper Sauce

Cucumber Noodles With Avocado Pepper Sauce [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

Avocados can be part of a delicious and creamy sauce like this Avocado Pepper Sauce. Made with cucumber, avocado and bell peppers, it’s a yummy and light sauce to top the julienned cucumbers noodles.

6. Pistachio Creme Brûlée – Vegan Style

Pistachio Creme Brûlée - Vegan Style [Gluten-Free]

Avocado is part of what makes the custard in this Pistachio Crème Brûlée so creamy and delicious. Just a few simple ingredients and you have a dessert with a complexity of flavor from the burnt sugar and pistachio vanilla bean custard that make this a beautiful dessert for any table.

7. No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake [Vegan]

This No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake will wow everyone. It has a cookie-based crust and a creamy filling of chocolate and peanut butter. No one will ever guess that the secret ingredient is avocado.

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8. Basil and Walnut Pesto Quiche

Basil and Walnut Pesto Quiche [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Homemade quiche is a classic but it’s so much better when you skip the milk, cheese and eggs. This Basil and Walnut Pesto Quiche is a creative twist on the classic quiche. Avocado is mixed into the pesto while sliced potatoes make up the unique and delicious crust.

9. Smokey Avocado Fries

Smokey Avocado Fries [Vegan]

If you’ve never had an avocado fry, you don’t know what you’re missing. They will change your life. So put down the potatoes and pick up an avocado and get ready for the experience of these Smokey Avocado Fries.

10. Chocolate Brownie and Peanut Butter Parfait

Chocolate Brownie and Peanut Butter Parfait [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

This Chocolate Brownie and Peanut Butter Parfait is absolutely delicious. It’s composed of a simple raw, vegan, and totally creamy peanut butter chocolate mousse that is made with avocado. The mousse is layered with a raw vegan brownie and it’s topped up with some coconut whipped cream for a heavenly treat.

11. Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake [Vegan]

Just one slice of this Black Forest Cake contains almost a half of the daily recommended intake for fiber and 25 percent of your iron, magnesium, and phosphorus needs per day! With healthy fats from the avocado and chia seeds and lots of protein, you can even eat a slice for breakfast and feel good about it. And the best part is it doesn’t taste healthy at all!

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12. Avocado Herb Pesto With Zoodles

Avocado Herb Pesto With Zoodles [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Avocado joins fresh cilantro, basil and parsley to create an amazing Avocado Herb Pesto. Zucchini noodles get tossed with the pesto for a raw dish that is healthy, filling and delicious.

13. Matcha Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches

Matcha Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

These Matcha Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches are the perfect refreshing cold treats on hot summer afternoons. The sandwich layers achieve the perfect, slightly crunchy consistency from the nuts and oats. The ice cream is made with bananas and avocado (shhh … don’t tell!) so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating two of them.

14. ‘Crab’ Cakes With Green Tartar Sauce

'Crab' Cakes With Green Tartar Sauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Change up the usual tartar sauce with some avocado to make this pretty Green Tartar Sauce. It’s the perfect accompaniment to these vegan “crab” cakes made with artichoke hearts and chickpeas.

15. Zucchini Carrot Cupcakes With Avocado Icing

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These Zucchi Carrot Cupcakes are filled with healthy veggies but they are totally decadent and delicious. The icing is made with carob and avocado for a creamy, chocolatey taste that tastes good and is good for you.

16. No Bake Mississippi Mud Pie

No Bake Mississippi Mud Pie [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

This No Bake Mississippi Mud Pie has three deep, divine layers of yumminess. The hazelnut chocolate layer is so creamy and decadent. The pudding layer which has avocado is so good, you’ll have to try hard not to eat it before putting it in the pie.

17. Red Beet and Zucchini Pancakes With Ruccola Tarragon Salad

Red Beet and Zucchini Pancakes With Ruccola Tarragon Salad [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

You don’t need dairy to make a creamy and luxurious salad dressing. Avocado and tahini merge to make a tasty dressing that goes perfectly with these Red Beet and Zucchini Pancakes with Ruccoloa Tarragon Salad.

18. Peanut Butter Bars

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Bars [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

These little beauties are not only sweet and decadent tasting, they’re packed with nutrition! These raw Peanut Butter Bars have a frosting made from cocoa and avocado – perfect for hot days since you don’t need to use the oven to make them.

19. Avocado Jalapeño Poppers

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When you bite into a jalapeno popper, you expect cheese but surprise – these Avocado Jalapeno Poppers have avocado inside! These are so scrumptious with the creamy avocado, spicy jalapeno and crunchy fried won ton wrapper, once you start eating them you might have trouble stopping.

20. Honestly Healthy Soy-Free Chocolate Dip

Honestly Healthy Chocolate Dip [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Chocolate Dip is super-healthy with avocado, chia seeds, maca, coconut, and cacao powder so you can eat it guilt-free. Have your favorite fruits or pretzels ready for dipping or just eat it by the spoon.

These recipes are so deliciously amazing. You would never know from first glance that they have avocado in them, making every bite healthy, creamy and yummy!

Lead image source: Chocolate Brownie and Peanut Butter Parfait