You can make dessert a little healthier in a sneaky way—add avocado! These avocado dessert recipes will help you enjoy this creamy fruit in unexpectedly sweet ways. Most of these desserts with avocado use the ingredient to add its trademark creaminess and mask avocado flavor with bolder flavors from chocolate or citrus.

By Andrea Beck
July 19, 2019

We all love a slice of avocado toast, or an avocado salad, or even a chilled avocado soup. But while avocado is popular from breakfast ‘til dinner, it doesn’t pop up in dessert recipes very often. We think it’s time avocados got some credit for being an after dinner treat, too. For the most part, you’ll never know these desserts were made with avocado—they’re satisfyingly sweet, deliciously creamy, and healthier than a lot of other sweets. Here's proof that you can enjoy a ripe avocado any time of day.

Creamy Chocolate Pudding

Just by looking at, you’d never know this creamy pudding has avocado (and no dairy!). To get started on this chocolate avocado dessert, just gather five ingredients: Two ripe avocados, soymilk, unsweetened cocoa powder, agave nectar, and vanilla. The avocados give this recipe the richness you expect from chocolate pudding while making it healthier, too, but trust us—all you’ll taste is chocolate.

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Avolato

Avolato = avocado gelato. See what we did there? This smooth, sweet treat blends together a few ripe avocados with whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, and dashes of vanilla and salt. The result is the creamiest homemade gelato you’ve ever tasted, and it’s totally taking the top spot for us this summer over ice cream. You can serve it in a dish as you would ice cream, or slice the frozen mixture and serve it over sweet bread for a dessert take on avocado toast.

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Lemon-Avocado Sherbet

Similar to our Avolato recipe, the color of this chilly, refreshing sherbet recipe is a dead giveaway for avocado. Stirring in shredded lemon peel and fresh lemon juice will tip the flavor into citrus territory, but you'll probably pick up on its flavor a bit, too. Each spoonful is ultra-creamy and a pretty shade of light green, thanks to the base of avocado and light cream. To really ramp up the freshness, serve with more strips of lemon peel or fresh mint leaves.

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Other Avocado Desserts

Especially with chocolate in the mix to mask their flavor, you can add avocados to just about anything. They can be used like a replacement for butter in cookie recipes, whipped into a rich chocolate frosting, baked into a cake, or even stirred into decadent truffles. In each case, you’ll never know the green fruit is there, but it’ll give your desserts a healthy boost (and some extra creaminess, too).

Avocados also aren’t the only fruit (or veggie) you can hide in a dessert! Some vegetables are also a popular choice for making sweet treats healthier and sneaking in some extra nutrients. Especially if you’ve got picky eaters under your roof, sweet potato brownies, zucchini bread, and sweet corn ice cream can all be great choices to help get a few servings of veggies on your plate.

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