In my job I hear a lot of praise for the quality, taste and versatility of California Avocados – and I, of course, whole heartedly agree. One of the things people are most fascinated by is the idea of baking with avocados, but I find most are hesitant to try it. Today, I wanted to share how avocados can replace ingredients like butter or oil in your favorite baked goods. With the holidays in full swing, you’re probably planning to whip up some baked goodies, so it’s the perfect time to substitute avocado in place of traditional baking ingredients such as butter or shortening to reduce your intake of saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and calories.
Bonnie Taub-Dix, a registered dietitian we’ve worked with over the last few years, shares how baking is a tradition in her family.
Need a little convincing that your family’s favorite recipes could do with a mini-makeover? Take a look at this nutritional matchup:
Not only are the calories and fat per tablespoon less in avocados than in butter (as seen above), you’ll be adding nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and plant compounds to your recipe– plus contribute good fats to your diet - without losing the flavor or creamy texture! You can learn more about avocado nutrition facts here.
If you’re ready to conquer your “fear” of baking with avocados, try swapping out the butter in your next baking recipe for avocado, typically a 1:1 ratio will work perfectly. So for example, replace 1 cup butter with 1 cup pureed avocado. And, if you’d like to try some of our tested and taste-approved recipes, be sure to check out our recipe box, or give some of these tasty looking recipes we found online a try for your next holiday get-together.
Avocado Pumpkin Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips and Almonds
Registered dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix wasn’t kidding when she said she liked swapping out other fats for avocados when baking – she even developed this recipe that proves it. A fall staple, pumpkin bread is the perfect place to start off your avocado-baking experience!
Pistachio Avocado Quick Bread
Kristen over at Dine & Dish is no novice when it comes to cooking with avocados and this recipe proves it. Tender and oh-so-flavorful, you’ll have to stop yourself from eating a whole loaf with your morning coffee.
Baked Chocolate Avocado Donuts
Moist and rich, these donuts are equally delicious as a dessert as they are a breakfast treat. You may even reach for one or two before your workout, because, like Gina from Running to the Kitchen claims, “The green gives you superpowers.”
Paleo Avocado Chocolate Cake Recipe
Paleo diet-friendly, vegan and gluten-free, there’s no one who won’t enjoy this chocolate avocado cake. Even better, one serving has 12 grams of protein and 8 grams of dietary fiber.
Avocado Blueberry Streusel Muffins
I love making muffins for breakfasts. I’ll make a large batch on Sunday for brunch and they make perfect grab-and-go breakfasts early in the work week. By using ingredients like avocados, bananas, yogurt and applesauce, these muffins from A Foodie Vet Student are like fuel for your day.
Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are a staple during the holiday season (at least in my opinion) and this recipe from Lemons and Basil that uses gluten-free flour, coconut palm sugar and avocado, sure caught my eye. You can bet I’ll be trying out this recipe soon.
Need more ideas on how to bake with avocados? Check out our avocado baking recipes.
Have any lingering questions or tips about baking with avocados? Leave them below!