Avocados have been a thing for awhile now, but thanks to avocado toast-shaming and something called the avolatte (it is exactly as it sounds), the fruit has gone viral. And while the question of whether avo-everything is keeping millennials from the American Dream remains up for debate, there’s one thing that can’t be disputed. All fruits considered, avocados are expensive.
But fear not millennial (or beyond), there are some ways you keep your avocado cravings from breaking the bank — or, dare we say, costing you the house. Whether you’re looking to repurpose overly ripe skins or hoping to utilize peel to nut, here are 15 smart ways to use an avocado.
1. Deep Treat Your Hair
Skip the expensive salon treatments and DIY your own deep conditioner by mixing a mashed avocado and an egg yolk. It sounds unappealing, but all the protein, vitamins and nutrients can have major benefits for your scalp. Detailed recipes are available on Pinterest.
2. Soothe a Sunburn …
An avocado’s nutrients can ease the pain of sun-ravaged skin, so feel free to slather some on if you over-do it at the beach this summer. Add some aloe vera to expedite the healing process.
3. … or Some Serious Razor Burn
Getting red bumps when you shave? Mix avocado with coconut oil and shea butter to quell the burn.
Say goodbye to rough feet (and pricey foot scrubs) by grinding up a dried avocado pit and mixing it with sea salt. You can also use the inside of an avocado peel to tackle particularly rough patches. Again, there are plenty of detailed DIY recipes on Pinterest. (Don’t want to bother? Maybe you’d prefer to shell out for these eight ridiculously expensive hotel spa treatments.)
5. Make Jewelry
Crafters can get some extra bang for their avocado buck by repurposing those perfectly round pits into the raw materials for some distinctive accessories. Simply wash the pits and let them dry for a few days until they shrink, then cut and paint as you please.
6. Dye Some Fabric
When used correctly, avocado pits can create gorgeous au naturel pink or russet red hues. You can find a full recipe for avocado dye on CUESA.org.
7. Make a Delicious Mousse …
If you have a sweet tooth but want to eat healthy, avocados are your go-to ingredient. Blending an avocado with melted chocolate, sugar and a few other ingredients makes a decadent dessert that everyone will love, even people who don’t care for avocado. There are dozens of recipes available online.
8. … or Tasty Truffles
While you’re at it, scour the internet for chocolate truffle recipes that swap avocados for heavy cream. They’re (somewhat) healthier, so you can feel less guilty about shoveling them into your mouth while watching TV. Bonus: Overly ripe avocados blend right in with chocolate.
9. Lose the Butter
Paula Deen may recoil in horror at this one, but, as many vegans know, an avocado’s buttery texture makes the perfect substitute for butter in many baking recipes.
10. Thicken Your Smoothies
An avocado’s signature creamy texture can also add some je ne sais quoi to your morning smoothie. Plus, juicing at home is just one way breakfast can fix your money problems. (You can track your financial goals by viewing your free credit report snapshot each month on Credit.com.)
11. Have a Quick Bite
Halve and pit your avocado, drizzle some Worcestershire sauce in the middle and voila! You’re ready to snack.
12. Put an Egg on It
After you’ve cranked the oven to 450, slice and pit an avocado and set the halves in a baking dish. Sprinkle with hot sauce and crack an egg into each half. Bake for 12 minutes.
13. Upgrade Your BLT
Ever heard of a BLAT? We haven’t either, but avocados really do go with everything.
14. Make Avocado Fries …
Sure, they may not be as satisfying as the real deal, but these little treats are delicious. Plus, no deep frier required — slice them up, dip them in egg and then breadcrumbs, bake and enjoy!
15. … or Just Go With Good Old-Fashioned Guacamole
Why mess with a good thing, you know?
16. Have an Avo-Cocktail In
Specialty drinks at a swanky restaurant are a quick way to run up the bill — especially if you’re opting for an alcoholic beverage. Satiate your inner foodie by blending an avo-cocktail at home. Most recipes are simple and only require a little bit of avocado puree, agave syrup, vodka, lemon and ice.
17. Throw Them in the Garbage
Well, not literally. When you’re finished eating an avocado or it’s gone bad, add the leftovers to your compost bin. The skin and peel, particularly, can facilitate some fertile and fabulous soil. Consider that a win-win, since avocados are expensive and gardening can help save a ton of money on produce.
18. Plant an Avocado Tree
Speaking of gardening, you can grow an avocado tree from an avocado pit. It’ll take some time, a lot of legwork and a little bit of luck, but if you’ve got a green thumb (and an insatiable thirst for guacamole), the project could wind up paying for itself. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube to help you get growing.