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?  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

 

What To Do With Over Ripe Avocados

Avocado Ice Cream:  There are a ton of avocado ice cream recipes on Pinterest 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 not bright green any more since the cocoa will make it brown anyhow! If you have never made homemade ice cream, it is absolutely amazing and not hard to make.  Here is an affiliate link to a simple ice cream maker on Amazon to get you started.

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 nutrition to a kids diet who may not be very open minded with it comes to eating fruits and veggies.  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

Hair Mask:  My daughter’s hair is incredibly thick and has a tendency to frizz quite a bit.  We made her an 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.

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

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!

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.

Avocado Face Mask and What to do with Over Ripe Avocados

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

photo credit Kate Fries via creative commons on Flickr

Plant the 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?

About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

Comments

  1. What great ideas. I use lots of avocados here, but occasionally I do have a few I wouldn't want to use in my salad. I just might try that smoothie next time.

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