Move over coconut oil. There is a new healthy fat on the block with an addictive buttery taste and unforgettable bright green color. Of course, we are talking about avocado oil for cooking, one of the trendiest ingredients among health-conscious foodies.
This delicate oil is made from the pulp of the avocado and not the seed, thus it preserves its natural rich flavor. It is incredibly versatile in the kitchen and can be used in everything from salad dressings to decadent cakes.
Using avocado oil for cooking: the Pros
Tablespoon per tablespoon, avocado oil has about the same number of calories and fat content as olive oil. However, it has a higher smoke point (491F) and a richer, more buttery taste. It is ideal for sautéing, stir frying and baking.
Avocado oil is rich in monounsaturated fat, omega fatty acids and a wide array of vitamins including skin-enhancing vitamin E. In order to preserve these and other nutritional properties it is best kept refrigerated to prevent it from going rancid or spoiling.
How to purchase avocado oil
Before using avocado oil for cooking you must ensure you are purchasing only the highest quality. Read labels to make sure the avocado oil is cold pressed. Good-quality oils will state how many avocados were used in the production of one bottle (anywhere from 16 to 18 avocados).
Using avocado oil for cooking: Tasty Ideas
There are countless things you can make with avocado oil, but mayonnaise is at the top of our list. This raw spread preserves the nutrients in avocad oil and adds richness to sandwiches, wraps and can even be used as a dip. We recommend subbing regular oil for avocado oil in recipes like this vegan mayonnaise(keeping in mind it will turn bright green).