I think that I nearly bought my weight in avocados today at the store. And you know what? I'm okay with that! I'm rather avocado obsessed and I'm always on the hunt for new and interesting ways to incorporate them into my meals.
This week for lunch I thought I would try my hand out at making some better-for-you baked avocado 'fries'. Avocado slices that are coated in spiced up breading and baked to perfecting for a quick, warm, and delicious lunch.
Since I was going for something a little different, and I wanted to avoid flour and a three-stage dredging process, I opted to use a sesame seed based breading mixture that I've used before. I did make one adjustment to it for myself, by cutting the sugar in half to be replaced with a natural sweetener instead. I also used some black sesame seeds as well for a little color difference.
These turned out great! I was a little concerned at first since the 'breading' mixture is a little spicy, but when added to the cool and creamy flavors of the avocado, it all works out in the end. That being said, if you don't enjoy spice as much as I do, you can always reduce the amount of cayenne used to suit your taste.
I served my avocado 'fries' over some butter lettuce and topped them off with fresh pico and diced mango; and some spicy ranch on the side for dipping! These would be great as an appetizer, inside a taco, or even as I have it here with being paired along side a light salad.
No matter how you serve them, they are definitely a hit!
By the way, if you are careful about your brand of corn flakes, these are also gluten-free.
Skinny Baked Avocado 'Fries'
I had half of the breading leftover, so I deduced that amount from the nutritional count below.
Servings: 3 • Size: About 3 'Fries' • Calories: 184.8 • Fat: 13.6 g • Carb: 14.8 g • Fiber: 5.7 g • Protein: 4.6 g • Sugar: 3.3 g • Sodium: 832.2 mg
1 Haas Avocado, Sliced
1/2 Lime, Juiced
1 Large Egg White
3 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds (I used black and white.)
1/2 Tbsp. Cayenne
1/2 Tbsp. Salt
1 1/4 Tsp. Sugar
1 1/4 Tsp. Natural Sweetener
1 Oz. Almonds
1 C. Corn Flakes (You could use wheat flakes too.)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place an oven-safe wire rack over a baking sheet and lightly coat with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
Squeeze fresh lime juice on avocado slices. (This is just to preserve their color while baking.)
Combine the 3 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds, 1/2 Tbsp. Cayenne, 1/2 Tbsp. Salt, 3/4 Tbsp. Sugar
3/4 Tbsp. Natural Sweetener, 1 Oz. Almonds , and 1 C. Corn Flakes in a food processor or blender and blend until reaching a 'bread crumb' consistency.
Set up your easy 2 step 'dredging station' by transferring the sesame seed 'breading' to a shallow bowl and using another shallow bowl for the egg white.
Dredge the avocado slices in the egg white and then coat in sesame seed mixture.
Be sure the avocado slices are coated very well in the 'breading'.
Place in a single layer on the prepared sheet pan and wire rack; lightly coat the avocado with non-stick cooking spray. (This will help the avocado slices crisp in the oven.)
Set the pan in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the avocados are golden and crispy.
Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!