7 Recipes to Use Avocados in Baking ...

If you want to reduce the amount of fat used in baking, there is no better product substitute than the avocado fruit. Avocados can replace butter and eggs but be aware that the dough will be slightly green in color even after baking. However, it's great for baking on St Patrick’s Day or children’s parties, and you cannot isolate the avocado ‘taste’ after it’s baked. The texture of avocado is soft and creamy like butter and can simply be substituted cup for cup with butter. Unlike butter, avocados won’t melt so it might be beneficial to slightly increase some of the liquids being used. As an egg substitute, use up to ⅓ cup of avocado pulp for each egg. If you find that your cake is browning too quickly, just reduce the heat and increase the baking time. Try these 7 recipes to use avocados in baking and enjoy the benefits avocados have to offer.

1. Avocado Cupcakes

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Ingredients:
• 1 ½ cups plain flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• ¾ cup baking cocoa powder
• ¾ teaspoon plain salt
• ¾ teaspoon baking soda
• 1 ripe avocado
• 1 cup maple or golden syrup
• ¾ cup plain milk
• ⅓ cup vegetable oil (canola or soya)
• 2 teaspoon vanilla essence

Directions:
This is a simple and easy recipe to use avocados in baking. Preheat oven (350°F). Lightly spray a 12 cup muffin tin with oil or line with paper cups. Sift all the dry ingredients into a bowl. Place avocado pulp, syrup, milk, oil and vanilla in a blender. Blend for about one minute or until smooth. Add avocado mixture to dry ingredients and stir until combined. Do not over mix or you cupcakes will be tough and rubbery. Place equal amounts of batter in the muffin cups. Fill each to about two thirds and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick or skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Place cupcakes on a wire rack to cool. Ice with chocolate icing if you wish.

2. Chocolate Avocado Cake with Avocado Frosting

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Ingredients:
• 6 tablespoons baking cocoa powder
• 3 cups plain flour
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 2 teaspoons baking soda
• ½ teaspoon plain salt
• 2 cups castor/granulated sugar
• ¼ cup vegetable oil of your choice
• ½ cup mashed avocado pulp (about 1 medium sized fruit)
• 2 cups water
• 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
• 2 tablespoons white vinegar

Directions:
Preheat oven (350°F). Grease and flour two 8/9 inch round baking tins. Sift all the dry ingredients (except the sugar) into a bowl. In another bowl, mix all the wet ingredients, including the avocado pulp. Stir in the sugar. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix together until smooth. Divide mixture between the two baking tins and bake for 35 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Leave cake in the tin for 10 minutes then place on a wire rack to cool. Ice with avocado frosting.

Avocado Frosting
Ingredients:
• Flesh of 2 medium sized ripe avocados, about 8 ounces
• 1 lb castor sugar
• 2 teaspoons lemon juice
• ½ teaspoon vanilla essence

Directions:
Scoop out the flesh of the avocados, discarding any brown bits. Whisk avocado flesh and lemon juice together until smooth and less green in color. Add the sugar a small amount at a time and whisk well. Store in refrigerator until ready for use. The lime juice will prevent the mixture from turning brown.

3. Avocado Pound Cake

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Ingredients:
• 1 ½ cups plain flour
• ¼ cup cornmeal
• ½ teaspoon baking powder
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
• 1 cup castor sugar
• 6 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
• 2 large eggs (or 3 medium) at room temperature
• 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
• ¼ cup plain nonfat yoghurt
• ¾ cup mashed avocado (1 ripe medium one)

Directions:
This is a delicious recipe to use avocados in baking. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease and flour an 8 ½ inch by 4 ½ inch loaf tin. Mix together all the dry ingredients except the sugar. In a separate bowl, beat butter until smooth. Add the castor sugar and beat until fluffy (about 3 minutes). Beat in avocado pulp. Whisk in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla essence. Transfer batter into greased and floured loaf tin. Bake for about 40 minutes. (Check after 30 minutes to see if skewer comes out clean. If not, then check at 10 minute intervals.) Turn out on a wire rack to cool.

4. Avocado Cake with Lemon Sauce

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Ingredients:
• 2 medium sized eggs
• 1 cup plain sugar
• ½ cup butter
• 1 cup avocado pulp
• ½ cup buttermilk
• 1 ½ cups plain flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• ½ teaspoon nutmeg
• ½ teaspoon cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon mixed spice (allspice)
• ½ cup raisins
• ½ cup walnut pieces
• lemon sauce

Directions:
Add the 2 eggs and avocado pulp to the sugar and butter and mix well. Add baking soda to the buttermilk, then add to the batter. Mix spices with dry ingredients and add to flour. Sprinkle a little flour over the raisins and walnuts, then add them to the batter. Pour into greased loaf tin and bake at 350°F for about 30 to 35 minutes. Serve warm with a lemon sauce. This cake can be stored in the freezer.

5. Avocado, Lemon and Cornmeal Loaf Cake or Muffins

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Ingredients:
• 2 ripe avocados
• 1 cup plain flour
• ½ cup whole wheat flour
• ¼ cup cornmeal
• ½ teaspoon baking powder
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
• ¼ teaspoon plain salt
• ⅓ cup applesauce
• 2 large eggs at room temperature
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
• ⅓ cup plain milk
• juice of up to 2 lemons, need ¼ cup
• 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour the muffin tin or loaf pan. Sift together dry ingredients and set to one side. Use a mixer to beat the applesauce, add sugar and beat for about 20 seconds. Add avocado pulp and beat to mix in. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla essence, lemon juice and zest and beat well. On low speed, add half dry ingredients, all of the milk, then rest of dry ingredients, beating until well combined. Divide evenly into muffin tin cups or pour into loaf tin. Bake cupcakes for 20 to 25 minutes. Bake loaf for 40 to 45 minutes. Leave in pan for 10 minutes before placing on wire rack to cool.

6. Avocado Cake

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Ingredients:
• 1 cup plain sugar
• 2 medium sized eggs at room temperature
• ½ cup butter
• 1 cup avocado pulp
• ½ cup buttermilk
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 ½ cups plain flour
• ½ teaspoon cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon mixed spice
• ½ teaspoon nutmeg
• ½ cup raisins or sultanas
• ½ cup walnut pieces

Directions:
This is an easy recipe to use avocados in baking. Preheat oven 350°F. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and avocado pulp, and mix well. Add baking soda to buttermilk, then add to batter. Sift together spices and flour, add to batter in one go and mix well. Lightly dust raisins and walnut pieces with flour before adding to batter. (The flour will prevent them from settling at the bottom.) Pour into a greased tin and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Serve with your favorite lemon sauce.

7. Avocado Cheesecake

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Ingredients:
• 3 avocados (ripe)
• 1 teaspoon allspice
• 5 tablespoons honey
• ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
• 2 tablespoons lemon rind
• 2 tablespoon lemon juice
• 250g cream cheese
• ¼ cup cream
• 2 medium eggs at room temperature
Crumb crust: 200g ginger or Superwine biscuits (crushed), 2 tablespoons chopped (fine) macadamia nuts (or almonds), 60g butter.

Directions:
Mix together crushed biscuits and nuts. Melt butter and stir in biscuit mixture. Press into bottom and sides of pie dish (approx 20cm in diameter). Puree avocado flesh, honey, spices lemon juice and zest in a blender. Beat cream cheese until soft. Add cream avocado mixture and eggs. Combine well. Pour on top of biscuit base. Cook 10 to 12 minutes until it begins to set. Remove from oven and chill in refrigerator. Serve with whipped cream or your favorite ice cream.

I was really surprised that avocados can be so versatile. I hope you find these recipes to use avocados in baking not only tasty but great to make. If anyone has an unusual use for an avocado or a recipe using an uncommon ingredient please do share -- what's your favorite?

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