What To Do With Over Ripe Avocados

Last week, I bought several avocados with the intention of cutting them in slices for my salad and chopping them up on top of egg toast. Then, I forgot the lettuce and didn’t have time to make the egg toast. Now I am wondering what to do with over ripe avocados! Does that sound like you every once in a while?

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Have Overripe Avocados_ Creative things to do with them 

Do you buy fresh avocados, never get around to using them, and then have to throw them away when they get overly squishy and slightly brown inside? Well, never fear! I am here to banish your food waste issues and tell you what to do with over ripe avocados! As long as they aren’t totally dark brown inside, they are still perfectly fine to eat, just a tad bit ugly. So, here are a few ways to use over ripe avocados instead of throwing them away!

What To Do With Over Ripe Avocados

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What To Do With Over Ripe Avocados

Overripe avocados no longer have to be wasted. With these ideas, there are so many different ways you can salvage perfectly usable avocados.  Remember, if an avocado is brown on the inside, it might not look pretty but they are still useful.  Avocado turns brown just like apples do when exposed to the air. It’s a chemical reaction called oxidation and not a sign of spoiled avocado.  So, get creative with your brown avocados this week!

Are overripe avocados safe to eat?  Well, if they are just a little brown, yes, although they may be a bit bitter.  If you are talking dark brown and squishy… I’d skip the avocado recipes and use the overripe avocado hair mask instead! 

Creative Ways to Use Over Ripe Avocados

Avocado Ice Cream:

There are a ton of avocado ice cream recipes that look absolutely heavenly. Many are even paleo, gluten free, and dairy free or otherwise allergy friendly. If you choose to make a chocolate avocado ice cream you don’t need to worry that your avocados are over ripe. The cocoa will make it brown anyhow! If you have never made homemade ice cream, it is absolutely amazing. Get an ice cream maker and get started.

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Avocado Banana Muffins and What to Do with Over Ripe Avocados

Baked goods: 

If you really need some easy ideas on what to do with over ripe avocados, baking with them is simple. Avocados are high in fat, which yields some nice, moist baked goods. It is also a great way to add a boost of nutrition to our diets. Try these Avocado Banana Muffins from Savvy Saving Couple and I bet your kids will be happy to eat a few!

Avocado Hair Mask Recipe and What to do with Over ripe avocados

Make an Overripe Avocado Hair Mask:

My daughter’s hair is incredibly thick and has a tendency to frizz quite a bit. We made her an overripe avocado hair mask that worked really well to condition her hair and cut back on the flyaways. Check out this hair mask recipe on Turning the Clock Back and get started using up those over ripe avocados and softening  your hair at the same time.

Make Avocado Chocolate pudding: 

If you love chocolate pudding, you can make a delicious but healthier version with over ripe avocados. Chocolate avocado pudding is thick, creamy and has a rich chocolate flavor. Even better? It comes complete with loads of added nutrients and healthy fat from avocado!

Pumpkin Pie Avocado smoothie recipe

Avocado Smoothies:

You might think avocado smoothies sound a bit weird but honestly, they give it an incredibly creamy and rich texture with very little additional flavor. Check out this avocado smoothie recipe from Simply Stacie that uses pumpkin, almond milk and pumpkin pie spice. Sounds like a delicious way to wake up to me! Avocados are a great way to add nutrients and richness to clean smoothies.

Avocado Body Scrub:

An avocado body scrub is a great way to pamper your skin in the shower. Mix an over ripe avocado with a bit of oatmeal and a few drops of essential oil. The oils in the avocado moisturize your skin and the oatmeal is a great exfoliator to get rid of dead skin. The essential oils just make it smell nice but depending on the oils you choose, they can be therapeutic as well.

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Avocado Face Mask and What to do with Over Ripe Avocados

Try an Avocado Face Mask: 

Just like the hair mask concept, avocados in a face mask are a great way to moisturize your face. The healthy fats in the avocado go a long way towards making your skin look and feel softer and smoother. Check out this avocado face mask recipe on Confessions of an Overworked Mom and put those over ripe avocados to good use in your beauty routine.

 How to grow an avocado tree
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Plant the Avocado Seed!

Once you have found a way to use your over ripe avocado, don’t forget to plant the seed from inside! Learn how to grow an avocado tree and you will have a wonderful supply of avocados right from your own back yard!

There are so many ways to use over ripe avocados that I am going to start buying them every week and not worry about it if they get a little bit brown inside. If you are trying to save a few pennies, try asking your grocery produce manager what they do with their over ripe avocados. They may just throw them away. Some stores are more than willing to set them aside for you to have for free if they are just going to end up in a dumpster at the end of the day anyhow.

Do you have any other ways to use over ripe avocados?

16 thoughts on “What To Do With Over Ripe Avocados”

  1. Just like bananas, u can cut up the items and freeze them for later. But note, either one will turn color regardless.

  2. Do not plant the seed if you want fruit, it’s fine if you want a foilage plant. The chances of getting a good fruiting tree & one that taste the same are slim, plus by seed almost takes twice as long to bear fruit if it does at all (6-9 years), it’s why commercial plants at nurseries are grafted cuttings from the mother variety tree onto a stock to insure duplication. I have a fuerte & a hass, I’m never without. Best of luck!

  3. I have started saving ripe avocados in a jar of water in my fridge! Best idea yet..they stay beautiful in color and taste for over 2 weeks 😋 😍

  4. I used to bring avocados to work every day. then when I went home, I put the avocado seed into my compost. I found that alot of them had started growing!

  5. For years we lived in a house that was part of a 62 acre avocado grove. We had avocado soup (chicken stock and garlic and ginger flavoring), avocado ice cream (add sweeteners and other fruits when available), avocado curries, avocado pesto with basil and pine nuts, avocado bread and cookies (using the creamy pulp instead of dairy products) and I even made avocado pasta.


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