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Oven-Baked Avocado Bites + How-To Video

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If you breaded and fried a boot, I’d eat it.

I don’t know why that crispy layer of breading makes such a difference, but it really does. For example, mozzarella cheese is awesome, but mozzarella cheese breaded and fried is amazing. And for further proof, just check out toasted ravioli or onion rings. Breading + frying = guaranteed deliciousness; it’s simple math, my friends. Certainly you learned that formula in middle school.

The only problem with most breaded delicacies is that they’re are all horrible for you. Yes, they taste like crunchtastic heaven, but they have unholy amounts of fat and calories. It’s really quite tragic.

Well, friends, it’s not all bad, because I have a delectable breaded snack that rivals any mozzarella stick or onion ring out there, but it’s about a hundred times better for you: Oven-Baked Avocado Bites.

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What makes these breaded beauties so much healthier is right in the title; one, they’re oven-baked, not fried, so you save boatload of fat and calories right there, and two, they’re filled with creamy avocado, aka the superfood. Avocados have endless benefits and can help you lose weight, but my favorite part about them is that they are downright delicious. I think they’re one of the tastiest things to come straight from nature.

The natural creamy, richness of avocados makes these bites seem much more indulgent than they are. A touch of garlic and parmesan cheese add great flavor, while hearty brown rice makes these as filling as they are yummy. It’s hard to contain all that goodness, but with a crunchy, golden-brown breading, we get the job done.

My challenge to you is to attempt only eating one of these crispy-on-the-outside, creamy-in-the-middle bites. They are so simple but tasty, guaranteed to please everyone. Serve ‘em with some marinara sauce or salsa, and you’re good to go. Forget fried cheese and fried onions; these Oven-Baked Avocado Bites are sure to become the new love or your breaded food life.

A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:

  • Add some diced green chiles to the avocado mixture if you’d like some heat.
  • This is a great way to introduce kids to avocados. What kid doesn’t love breaded food?
  • Diced onions would also be a delicious addition.
  • If you feel like skipping the healthiness and going all out, add some pepper jack or sharp cheddar cheese to these babies.
  • Make sure you flip the bites halfway through so they can get good and crisp on both sides.DSC_6423Oven-Baked Avocado Bites
    By The Smart Cookie Cook

    Ingredients:

    • 2 ripe avocados
    • 2 tsp. chopped garlic
    • 1 cup cooked brown rice
    • ½ tsp. salt
    • ¼ tsp. pepper
    • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
    • ¼ cup flour
    • 2 cups seasoned breadcrumbs
    • marinara sauce or salsa, for dipping

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray.
    2. Slice the avocado in half lengthwise, cutting around the pit. Separate into two halves so the pit is stuck in one half of the avocado. Stab the pit with the knife and twist it out of the avocado. Discard. Scoop innards into a large mixing bowl and discard skins. Repeat with remaining avocado.
    3. With a large fork, mash the avocado until creamy and smooth. Mix in the garlic, rice, salt, pepper, cheese, and flour until well-combined.
    4. Pour the breadcrumbs into a shallow bowl. Grab about a tablespoon of avocado mixture and pat down with your hands into a small patty, about 1/2-inch thickness (mixture will be sticky). Drop into the breadcrumbs and shake to coat. Gently flip and make sure the entire patty is well-coated. Transfer to baking sheet.
    5. Bake bites for 15 minutes then gently flip and bake another 15 minutes, or until golden brown on each side. Serve with salsa or marinara sauce.

     

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Colleen Bierstine

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