On the shelves of his supermarket, it is not always easy to find the ideal lawyer. We can therefore sometimes come across avocados that are not ripe at all and hard as rock. In this case, we can obviously always rely on tricks to bring them to maturity. However, in the opposite case, namely overripe avocados, there is nothing that can reverse the trend. It can also happen that you forget an avocado in a corner of the kitchen. Luckily, when you have an overripe, blackened avocado, there are plenty of solutions…and the trash can isn’t one of them! Also, instead of throwing them away, check out these recipes to use them and reduce your food waste. Whether for beauty or culinary uses, there is no shortage of ideas!
1) A spicy guacamole for your overripe avocado
In a well-seasoned guacamole, your browned avocado is quickly forgotten, especially since its soft texture lends itself very well to the realization of this recipe. It can then be enjoyed with delight as an aperitif! All you have to do is mash it carefully using a fork and add the desired ingredients: pieces of tomato or onion, lime juice, spices, etc. All you have to do is toast some toast or take out the tortillas before tasting.
2) In a healthy smoothie or an ultra-colorful milkshake
Brown and soft avocados are not a problem in homemade smoothies or milkshakes! To make a very tasty milkshake, just throw the damaged flesh in the blender, add vanilla or lemon ice cream, a little vegetable milk to dilute and possibly ice cubes for a very refreshing effect. You can also incorporate seasonal fruits for a more pronounced flavor. And then, all you have to do is sip it.
3) An overripe avocado pesto sauce for pasta
Avocado is generally used in cold recipes. However, it is also used in cooked recipes, especially when it is a little too ripe. To make an ultra-melting avocado pesto sauce, you can mix your avocado with garlic, basil, the juice of half a lemon and a dash of olive oil. This sauce will go well as well with pasta as with midday fish !
4) Overripe Chocolate Avocado Cake
Big cooking fans have surely seen chocolate and avocado cake recipes on their screens. If this association may seem unusual at first sight, it should be remembered that it allows lactose intolerant or allergic people to replace butter and enjoy some sweets that are normally inaccessible to them! And in addition, the taste of avocado allows you to enhance that of chocolate while obtaining a very moist cake. Want to get started ?
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Next, melt 200 g of dark chocolate and mash the avocado. Whisk 4 whole eggs with 80 g of fine sugar and 30 g of vanilla sugar until the mixture thickens and whitens, then add 100 g of sifted flour and a sachet of baking powder. Finally, mix with the avocado purée and the melted chocolate and transfer to a lined mould. After about 25 minutes of baking, you can unmold your cake. It is quite possible to accompany it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or custard and to decorate it with icing sugar or chocolate shavings according to your preferences.
5) Verrines for the aperitif
Nothing prevents you from making verrines with your blackened avocados! Just mix them with a little fresh cream, lime and Espelette pepper and top it all off with a few prawns, country ham chiffonnades or diced salmon to obtain a infinitely fresh and pleasant starter. Alternatively, you can also decorate your avocado cream with diced fruit and vegetables if you have surprise guests and you don’t have time to go to the store. Pieces of pepper or radish present in your fridge will do the trick!
6) A Mexican tortilla
Your overripe avocado can be used in a tortilla for a quick and delicious dish! To do this, mash your avocado in a bowl, then stir in an egg, 3 tablespoons of flour and some Mexican spices with a whisk. After obtaining a smooth dough, you can cook everything in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil or in the oven after forming round patties.
7) A chocolate cream dessert
If the idea of an avocado dessert tickled you, but you didn’t feel like cleaning the oven, you can also try the recipe faster and without cooking chocolate-avocado dessert cream! Here, just mix two blackened avocados with 50 g of unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup (or agave syrup if you prefer). If you wish, you can add a little ginger to add even more flavor. Once the dessert cream is very creamy, all you have to do is serve it in cups or ramekins and garnish it all with a few hazelnuts, chocolate shavings or raspberries. A delight !
8) A quick cake with an overripe avocado
No time to cook, but don’t want to let an avocado rot? Test this ideal recipe to make on your lunch break or for a quick and gourmet snack! To make this mug-cake, start by carefully crushing your avocado. Then add 3 tablespoons of flour, 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar, a hint of baking powder or baking soda, a little milk and 1/2 tablespoon of neutral oil. Feel free to add chocolate chips for more indulgence. Once you have whipped the ingredients well, all you have to do is put it all in the microwave for 1 min. 20.
9) An avocado mask
Just like overripe bananas, your avocados can be used in beauty recipes. These two foods rich in vitamins and minerals make it possible to nourish skin and hair. And it’s ideal for people who don’t dare eat the avocado when it gets too dark. To make a hair mask, just mix the ripe avocado with a vegetable oil of your choice (argan oil, avocado oil or coconut oil for example). Leave on your lengths and ends for 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water. No more split ends, dry and damaged hair !
10) A face mask
Another perfect beauty recipe for those who are embarrassed at the idea of eating an over-blackened avocado. Just crush it and add a little honey and/or argan oil. As for the hair, we leave here for 30 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. You will reveal a soft and nourished skin.
11) A care for dry and cracked feet
Mix your avocado with sweet almond oil or shea butter until you obtain a thick and smooth cream. Apply this mixture to your feet insisting well on your dry heels and leave on for about an hour under cling film and a pair of socks. If your crevices are deep, you can leave it on overnight for a nourishing and restorative effect even more efficient.