updated 7:33 AM MST, Nov 17, 2017

5 Surprisingly Sweet Avocado Dishes

With its bright green color and savory flavor most people discount the sweet potential of the avocado. But don't judge a book by its cover, and don't judge an avocado by its color, because these rich, creamy fruits are extremely versatile.

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With a large seed at its center that is often unwieldy to remove, the avocado is indeed a fruit. Once you start to see it as such, there is no end to the culinary possibilities.

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 Because of the avocado's mild flavor, it incorporates well with other ingredients, and doesn't add an assertive taste to desserts. When used in chocolaty desserts, avocado creates a depth of flavor and a velvety texture, but it can also boost brighter notes of tropical fruits and citrus when blended with juices and smoothies.

Avocados are also a nutrient-dense food. One cup contains 4.6 grams of protein, 23 milligrams of vitamin C, and 1166 milligrams of potassium. Compared to other fruits, avocados are also low in sugars. Each serving has only three grams of total carbohydrates and zero grams of sugar. That means this tropical superfood will not only fulfill your dessert cravings, but also give you enough energy to keep you going all day long.

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So blend this smooth operator into your next milkshake, or use it to give a fudgy base to vegan brownies. No matter which of these seven selections inspires you, the result will be a summery treat that will both surprise and delight and certainly satisfy that sweet tooth.

Avocado Key Lime Pie

If you like avocado and lime on your tacos, then you'll love avocado key lime pie. The naturally creamy texture of the avocado is perfect for custard that is rich yet light. Citrus notes from the lime cut through the fruit's dense consistency, keeping each bite refreshing and flavorful. Pile it up on a graham cracker crust for a pie that is classically delicious with a nutritional twist.

Avocado Macarons

Avocado makes a perfect filling for this classic French confection. Made by sandwiching ganache, buttercream, or jam between two meringue cookies, the macaron is a timeless, bite-size treat that can be made in a wide variety of innovative flavors. Try serving the avocado with a berry jam or chocolate meringue. Macarons are not be confused with macaroons, a small, soft-baked cookie full of shredded coconut.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies with Avocado

 This is another vegan trick that can and should be adjusted for widespread appeal. Adding avocado is a great way to give a silky texture to classic chocolate chip cookies and throw in some vitamins while you're at it. The avocado's natural flavor works well with that of the chocolate chips, but if you're concerned about the taste being too strong, add some cocoa powder to the dough for double chocolate chip avocado cookies.

Avocado Brownies

Vegan bakers swear by this pairing, as the avocado is the perfect replacement for eggs and milk to give this baked good a dense, fudgy consistency. But don't let the vegans have all the fun; adding avocado to a traditional brownie recipe can give the batter a smoother texture and cut out some calories while you're at it. The avocado picks up the chocolate flavor, and goes well with favorite brownie additions like coconut and walnuts.

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Avocado Pound Cake

 Try blending avocado into your pound cake batter for a sweet loaf that will never let you down. Replace some or all of the butter in this heavy cake with a ripe avocado for a soft, satisfying treat you can feel good about eating.

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-Isabelle Burden, The Daily Meal