Remember when avo toast broke the barriers of Instagrammable foods a few years ago, and more than 100 000 #avotoast posts took avos to the forefront of foodie trends? Well, avo is back on the scene this year, but it’s migrated from the toaster to the freezer, with frozen avo treats among the hottest food trends.

Dairy-free ices made from milk alternatives and that all-time nice-cream favourite, bananas, are nothing new, but they are being given a serious makeover with nutrient-dense bases of avocado, chickpeas, coconut water and even sesame seeds. It’s time for bananas to split, because the frozen avo lolly is the new sheriff in town.

Frozen avo treats have made it to the lists of many trend watchers this year, who say the rise in plant-based foods – everything from burgers to ice-cream – is driving this craze. The smooth, creamy texture and buttery flavour of the avo makes it a hit in the frozen department. Grab some hummus, tahini, coconut water or even wasabi, add an avo (or two), whizz it all up, freeze it and you’ve got yourself this year’s go-to popsicle.

Also riding the plant revolution wave that’s sweeping the world are special days, weeks and even months dedicated to eating less meat. Think Meatless Monday, Flexitarian Friday and Veganuary. Once again, avos are right up there, dominating meat-free dishes like veggie bounty bowls, meatless makeover meals like tacos, and trendy newcomers, nosh platters. No matter when, where or how – just add an avo.

It’s not only in the kitchen that avos are shining on the trend forecasts; they’re also turning heads on the wellness A-list. The popularity of keto, paleo, grain-free and ‘pegan’ (paleo + vegan) diets, as well as ‘neurotrition’, which suggests a strong connection between gut health and cognitive function, has put ‘good fats’ back on the menu. This is supported by the current move towards embracing healthy fats for healthy ageing (fast replacing the old ‘anti-ageing’ idea).

With avos boasting high amounts of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, which has been linked to good HDL cholesterol, and being naturally cholesterol free, it’s no surprise they tick all the right boxes when it comes to these dietary and lifestyle choices.

One of the biggest food trends this year is convenience; this means on-the-go food, nutrient-dense snacks, bite-size surprises and hassle-free, healthy meal replacements that satiate and nourish for busy consumers. Eaten straight from the skin, avos offer a quick, easy and mobile meal option for breakfast, school and office lunch and supper – with 100% compostable ‘packaging’.

It’s safe to say that no matter what the trend, avos never go out of fashion – so go on, add an avo – Press release