Bitter Leaf and Avocado Spread


Published: June 10, 2015

Healthy Eating

This is yet another delicious and healthy way to sneak more bitter leaf into your diet. Bitter leaf works wonderfully with creamy avocado on whole-wheat toast. To add another layer of texture, we topped the toast off with a little crushed peanut; this addition is completely optional.

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It is important that you first wilt the bitter leaf in order to create a better-textured spread. If using dried bitter leaf (as it is sold in most African food stores outside Nigeria), the leaves should be boiled until softened.

Bitter Leaf and Avocado Spread


  • 1 cup fresh bitter leaf, or 1/3 cup dried bitter leaf
  • 1 medium avocado
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon roasted groundnut (optional)


  1. Place fresh bitter leaf in a pot, cover and cook on low heat until wilted, 3-4 minutes. (If using dried bitter leaf, add 1/3 cup water and cook for 6-7 minutes.)
  2. Gently mash the bitter leaf using a mortar, or purée in a blender with no added water until smooth.
  3. Peel and mash avocado with a fork.
  4. Combine avocado, salt and bitter leaf to create a smooth paste.

Serve over toast and sprinkle with peanuts.

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