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Avocado Bread: like banana bread, but with avocados

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Oh so long ago, back when I was still in high school, my mom came home from work one day clutching a photocopied hand-written banana bread recipe. I wasn’t impressed, but she claimed it was the recipe for the best banana bread she had ever tasted in her life. It was a pretty bold statement, especially for my mom, who isn’t really prone to superlatives – she’s more the stoic type. Still, she stood by it. She even had a bunch of bananas, purchased with the sole purpose of ripening for the bread.

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I had my doubts. I was wary of the illegible hand writing, the oil content, and, well, everything. But, I stand corrected: it really was the best banana bread ever. It was the banana bread dreams are made of. Moist, not too sweet, not overly oily, and loaded with banana flavor. The crowning glory was its crunchy, crisp, domed top. We must’ve made that banana bread hundreds of times after the first. The recipe got wrinkly, banana-stained, and well loved, until one day, it decided enough.

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It was gone. We spent a good half a day searching. Its usual spot was stuck to the side of the microwave with a Care Bear magnet. The candy colored, Care Bear stare magnet was still there, its innocent smile belying its poor job performance. The magnet had one job – keep the recipe safe – and it failed.

Sadly, at this point my mom changed offices and the banana bread creator wasn’t available for consultation. We tried again and again to re-create the loaf from memory, but it was futile: some loaves came pretty close, but to be honest, they were never quite right.

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To this day, I’m still searching for that elusive bread. In some ways whenever I have banana bread I feel betrayed. I’m always hoping for a taste of the past, only to be disappointed by overly sweet, dry loaves.

In desperation, I turned to the avocado. I don’t have a cool story for why I decided on avocados, aside from the fact that I thought it would be hilarious to have avocado toast made with avocado bread (the yeasted kind). From there I started thinking about quick breads and why bananas, zucchinis, and carrots got all the love.

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Essentially, I substituted avocado in a slightly adapted version of my second favorite banana bread recipe. I ended up with a pleasantly green, slightly sweet, tender loaf. I topped a still warm slice with a scoop of ice cream and even Mike, who was a skeptic at first, thought it was a winner.

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Avocado Bread Recipe
makes 1 small loaf


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup butter at room temp
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mashed avocado*
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Preheat the oven to 325°F and line a small loaf pan with parchment paper.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla throughly and then the mashed avocado and lime juice. Gently fold in the flour mix, being careful not to over mix.

Spoon the batter (it is very thick) into the prepared pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or until an inserted wooden skewer is clean with a few crumbs clinging. Cool completely, slice and enjoy.

Notes: The lime juice keeps the loaf a green color, you can skip out on it if you don’t have any on hand, just know that your loaf won’t be as verdant.

If you have a food processor or blender, blend your avocado – it needs to be completely smooth for this.

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It’s Sunday! You know what that means: it’s time for Sunday Brunch. Why don’t you skip the line and make brunch at home this week? The coffee’s truly bottomless, the booze doesn’t have a crazy markup and you can chill out in your pajamas. Every Sunday I’ll post a brunch recipe. Soon you won’t be asking, where should we go for brunch – instead it’ll be, what should we make for brunch today?

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81 Comments

  1. Hannah says:

    I’m emotionally invested in this banana bread situation. I really thought it was going to have a happy ending and then it didn’t. Was it anything like this one: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20144/banana-banana-bread/ ?

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      nope :( it had oil, not butter. i hope i find it one day!

  2. Avocado quick bread? I can roll with that! Having used avocado in baking before, I can see how it works. Green bread sounds like a pleasant surprise :D

  3. Jeanine says:

    Ha, avocado toast on avocado bread!! this is amazing, I would have never thought to bake avocado but I’ll be trying this one!!

  4. I’ve added avocado to banana bread before but have never had an avocado bread on its own!! I love how this is shaped!

  5. oh no, i hope you get reunited with your banana bread someday ): in the mean time, this sounds really interesting and i can’t wait to diversify my avocado use (they tend to get spread onto toast or made into guac).

  6. Medeja says:

    Looks so good! And so green! I am trying it :)

  7. Anthony says:

    Tried this today and flavor-wise, it was amazing. However, my loaf didn’t rise like yours did. Maybe my dough was over-mixed? My bread pan looks to be bigger ( 3.5W x 8L x 2.5H) though. Will definitely give this another shot, thanks! :-)

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      hey anthony! glad you got to give it a go :)
      i feel you, i’m always after domed loaves. like most quick breads, mix just until flour is folded in; a couple streaks are okay. it could also be the pan – my loaf pan is definitely on the narrow side. the other thing you could try is starting it at a higher temp and then lowering it to finish off. i didn’t do that with this loaf, but i’ve heard that works. hope you give it another go! and thanks for commenting!

  8. Chelsea says:

    I love this! I never would have thought to make an avocado quick bread but I am all about this! And I hope you find your elusive banana bread one day!

  9. Alice says:

    This looks amazing; what a creative idea! How many avocados would constitute 1/2 a cup? :)

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      i used half an avocado, it was a big one though. it’s best to mash one up and measure it out!

  10. steven kelly says:

    This is a brilliant idea.. I love that you serve it with ice cream!
    Steve

  11. GIRL! What is this?! I’m actually not a banana bread fan (sorry), but I loooooove avocados. Must try this.

  12. This sounds amazing. I will have to try it out. I’m sure Little Lady will love this bread, thanks!

  13. Cynthia says:

    Sounds exotic! Almost like an avocado shake from pho restaurants…

    By small loaf pan, do you have an exact size? I have the regular 9×5.

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      it’s a mini loaf pan, about 3 x 6. i think it would fit in this http://amzn.to/1KqThWS with a bit of a muffin top overflow.

  14. janice says:

    Ice cream makes EVERYTHING better! :D

    I hate banana bread but avocados? – LOVE THEM! This is an ingenious idea, must try it this weekend!!!

  15. lizzy says:

    Can you use whole wheat flour instead of white flour? and brown sugar instead of white sugar?

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      i haven’t tried – i’m not sure how they would affect the end result! let me know if you give it a try and it works out :)

  16. Monica says:

    So creative – and of course, I love the color! The crust on top is kinda mesmerizing! : )

  17. Two things:
    This looks and sounds amazing! Printing pronto so I can make it.
    Where is the little paddle spoon from? I’m in love

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      it’s from a dollar store in tokyo!

  18. Catie says:

    This looks so scrumptious and ingenious! I don’t have a small loaf pan, only a 9×5. If I doubled the recipe could I use a 9×5? Can’t wait to make this :)

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      definitely, but it would take quite a lot longer to bake, check on it at the one hour point and then every 5 minutes or so afterwards. and if the top starts to brown, cover with foil. let me know how it goes!

  19. This looks so wonderful I actually squealed a little when I saw it. I am 100% making this tomorrow! xo

  20. Love your writing style. Makes the recipe very personal and readable. Might have to give this one a go! But banana bread rules.

  21. Jemiro says:

    Hi, I’ve heard AND sadly experienced myself that warm avocado (baked, cooked, heated…) turns BITTER. I’ve tried an avocado cake before and it tasted yuk/bitter.
    Has anyone had that too? Any tips or so? Would make my day!
    I use Hass Avocado’s which is what is at hand here in Germany.

    Love to ya’ll baking lovers :)

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      strange, i haven’t heard that and i’ve had other warm avocado things. maybe it has to do with the ripeness of the avocado? the avocados used for this were really ripe.

  22. Vanessa says:

    I know this is a pain to answer but do you think you could sub a glutenfree flour, like almond flour/coconut flour for the regular wheat flour?

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      i haven’t tried, but i think almond flour might work. it would probably have a much denser consistency though.

  23. hayon says:

    So when I saw this recipe, I instantly wanted to do it. It looks SO SO SO GOOD!
    But I had a lot of trouble executing it. I wonder whether it’s because I didn’t use enough avocado, but my dough didn’t get mushy and as wet as yours and so I added a bit of soymilk and oil (that’s probably what ruined it…) and it also didn’t rise very well.

    Any suggestions?

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      it could be the avocado – it needs to be a completely smooth puree. it’s best if you use a blender or food processor to blend it up. how much avocado did you use? also, how old is your baking power and soda? if they’ve really old they won’t give you the lift that the fresh stuff does.

  24. Sandra says:

    I know what you’re saying about Banana bread… I make this one – only using olive oil, less sugar and himalayan salt. Give it a go, let me know. http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/old-fashioned-banana-bread

  25. G says:

    Mine wasn’t as tall and while delicious, didn’t really taste like avocado. Loved the color

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      hi g! glad you had a chance to try it out! it’s true, the avocado flavor isn’t super pronounced. i think you could try increasing it to 1 cup maybe.

  26. Wow, of course, avocados! This is so intriguing, and the photos are styled beautifully!

  27. Cynthia says:

    Would packaged guacamole work if we’re lazy? The kind from a supermarket fridge, not somewhere in the middle aisle.

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      i wouldn’t use packaged guacamole because there’s a savory element to it and this bread is supposed to be sweet, like banana bread.

  28. Morgan says:

    One of the few times I had all the ingredients on hand! I made this a few nights ago and it is perfect as is. I might try it again with a smidge less sugar and in muffin form as my 9×5 loaf pan resulted in a very short loaf.

  29. Catie says:

    I just made this and it is so delicious! I only have a 9×5 pan, so I doubled the recipe (used 1 and 3/4 avocados) and baked it at 350F (instead of 325) for exactly 1 hour and it came out perfectly! The top didn’t brown excessively so didn’t need to cover it with foil. It may have taken less baking time, but I didn’t check until the 1 hour mark (tester came out clean, but no crumbs clinging). I didn’t have white sugar so I used all golden sugar. I also added about 1/2 cup chocolate chips :)

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      chocolate chips!!! excellent idea! :D

  30. Savannah says:

    Hi, can’t wait to try this out! Do you think lemon juice would keep the green color like lime juice would? Thanks!

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      hi savannah! yes, lemon juice would work too!

  31. Elízabeth says:

    I tried this avocado bread today, and I liked the taste and soft texture almost melts in your mouth! There are two things that didn’t happen to mine: color: not green at all and I used the lime and size not that big one you show on the picture…nice recipe though

  32. Jane says:

    I’m really curious about this avocado bread. I haven’t tasted or seen one yet. I thinks I’m gonna love you recipe, thank you for sharing this.

  33. Chelsea says:

    I would have never thought of this! Your images make this look so appetizing, that I want to try it. Also, thank you for being so precise in you recipe instructions that is going to help a lot. Overall I love your blog because of its visual collectiveness and style, it is so well put together! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  34. ooh avocado bread sounds divine!

    Suggest adding gula melaka / coconut sugar instead of plain sugar for a slight coconut scent :)

  35. Looks amazing, can’t wait to try this…love using foods in unexpected ways

  36. Looks amazing, can’t wait to try this…love using foods in unexpected ways. That’s what I do in my recipes.

  37. Brimstada says:

    I’m excited to try the avocado bread.

    I saw that you Banana bread recipe had oil instead of Butter but this one is the best one that I have ever made. It was my Moms recipe and we have no idea where it came from but it is great.

    1/2 cup unsalted butter
    1 cup sugar
    2 eggs
    2 1/2 – 3 bananas mashed
    1 tsp vanilla
    3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
    1 3/4 cup flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    you can add about a cup of what ever else you want rasins nuts chocolate chips.

    bake 350 for 1 hour and 20 mins or about 23 for muffins.

  38. Marilyn says:

    I made this today as we have lots of fresh avocados here on Kauai! It was tasty. Next time I will add chopped nuts and twice the cinnamon. Thanks for the great recipe,

  39. Chealsea says:

    You should add the blending of the avocado into the actual directions. I didn’t read them all the way through before (totally my fault) so I didn’t blend the avocado. But I’m sure it’ll still be delicious!!

  40. Linda says:

    Hello! I just made this last night on a whim, and I’m surprised how quick and easy it was and also how amazing it looks, smells and tastes!! I have to admit I was a little lazy and didn’t mash the avocados super well, but that just means there were tiny chunks embedded within which I think kinda works too! Thanks so much for sharing this lovely recipe…I’m definitely going to make another batch of this soon!

  41. Brandon Harris says:

    Your style of writing leaves much to be desired. By that, I mean I want more.

  42. John says:

    “Small” loaf pan? What are the demensions of your small pan?

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      I used an odd sized 7 x 2 loaf pan, one of these pans should work

  43. Dawn says:

    Can this be made with coconut flour?

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      i haven’t tried – i’m not sure how coconut flour works compared to all purpose. i have a feeling it might be quite a bit more dense.

  44. Dawn Govan-Reese says:

    Love the recipe. Have you ever ventured to use coconut flour? Texture is different.

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      hi dawn, i haven’t tried with coconut flour, please let me know if you do!

  45. Claudia Trine says:

    Here is my great grandmother’s banana bread recipe which could be like the one you lost: cream one stick butter and one cup sugar add 2eggs one at a time and 2 cups flour one half at a time while beating. (electric mixer is easiest). Add 3ripe bananas mashed first then a tablespoon vanilla extract. Still beating add one level teasp soda and 1/2 teasp salt. Optional: 1/2 to one cup chopped pecans dredged in flour and folded in batter. You can also use chopped, dried fruit like dates or cranberries. Pour in parchment lined loaf pan, bake in 325° preheated oven for@1 hr. C.Trine

  46. Mel says:

    Just wondering if I left out the vanilla nbd the sugar could I make this as a savoury bread do you think?

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      hi mel,
      i haven’t tried but i’m not sure if it’ll really work out because it’s more of a quickbread rather than a regular loaf of bread.

  47. Winnie says:

    THe flour that you used…is it all-purpose flour or bread flour? Can I use oat flour or some other flour?

    1. Stephanie says:

      it’s all purpose :)
      i haven’t tried with oat flour or other alternatives. please let me know if you give it a go and it works out!

  48. barbra says:

    I just made your avocado bread. it’s really good. i made a few adjustments out of necessity… first, instead of a small loaf, i made it into 10 cupcakes. I used garam masala instead of cinnamon, and topped some (i’ll do all next time) with toasted sesame seeds. it baked at 325 for 23 minutes, and came out great!
    for a super banana bread, may i urge you to try this one, but cut the sugar by about half or a third.
    http://blog.openingceremony.com/entry.asp?pid=10638

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