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Creamy Avocado Smoothie

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Creamy Avocado Smoothie, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

I crave avocados. Pretty much every day. By the way, is craving something so much supposed to indicate something? Like, that your body lacks a nutrient that particular food item provides? Maybe I need more potassium or vitamin E…or more unsaturated fats? Or maybe it just comes down to that creamy, nutty, buttery flavor, and it’s my taste buds that are really in control here. Whatever it is, I can’t really go more than a day or two without my avocado fix. Which is not exactly a bad thing, considering how good they are for you!

Being that they’re so rich in mono and polyunsaturated fats (the good kind of fat), avocados are a great substitute for foods rich in saturated fats, like cheese, butter and other dairy – and the perfect healthy solution for making rich and creamy shakes/smoothies!

Avocado smoothies are one of my favorite treats when the weather is warm and since it’s been about 8 months since my last Green Smoothie post, well, here you go…

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Half a ripe haas avocado. Half an apple. Milk of your choice (soy, almond, rice or regular). Agave syrup to taste. Splash of water and ice. Blend!

I definitely get the ew face pretty frequently when tell people about my avocado smoothies, so if you’re skeptic too, maybe it’ll make you feel better to know that avocados are technically a fruit. Nickname: butter pear.

An extra swirly of agave is a nice way to top it off!

P.S. Avocados are considered a “nutrient booster” because they help the body more easily absorb fat-soluble nutrients like alpha and beta-carotene. So drink up!

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Recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes. Makes 1 smoothie. Use any kind of milk you like (soy, rice, almond, or regular dairy) Sweeten to taste with agave or sugar, but I don’t recommend honey because the flavor overpowers.

You need:

  • Half a ripe haas avocado
  • Half an apple, partially peeled
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice
  • Splash water
  • 1 cup ice
  • Agave nectar or sugar to taste

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth! Top with an extra swirl of agave nectar.

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45 Comments

  1. Maria @ Scandi Foodie
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 5:40 PM | Permalink

    Yum!! I adore avocados and eat them every day,
    I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  2. Posted April 18, 2011 at 5:43 PM | Permalink

    What a beautiful smoothie! Avocados are such a delicious wonder food! Unfortunately, here in Oregon, finding them when they aren’t ridiculously expensive is a challenge and a half.

  3. Posted April 18, 2011 at 5:55 PM | Permalink

    Oooh. I love avocados too. This is going to be my breakfast someday soon…

  4. Posted April 18, 2011 at 6:05 PM | Permalink

    Looks yummy to me! I get the ew face when I tell people about my green smoothies too. Then I tell them they need to try it before they make that face. Avocado sounds wonderful!

  5. Posted April 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM | Permalink

    This reminds me of the avocado milkshakes they make on Bali. They usually add some chocolate syrup instead of the apple but it’s a similar idea. This sounds really delicious and I have all the ingredients at home already :)

  6. Posted April 18, 2011 at 8:41 PM | Permalink

    i am totally with you on craving avocados. i make guacamole just about every night. i love avocados in desserts too. so creamy and yum!

  7. Posted April 18, 2011 at 10:14 PM | Permalink

    This sounds great, only I’d prefer to skip the agave. I wonder if it would still taste as good… I’ll let you know.

  8. Posted April 19, 2011 at 3:42 AM | Permalink

    Looks amazing! Great as an afternoon pick-me-up maybe?
    My fave ingredients in one smoothie – mmmm
    Or as the French say, “miam miam!”
    Any other smoothie (or juice! I npw have a juicer, not quite sure what to put into it!) ideas for spring ??
    Merci beaucoup and can’t wait to hear about your trip to France!
    Rebecca(your biggest fan in Paris :)

  9. gabi
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:21 AM | Permalink

    Hi Rebecca, thanks for your comment. You might be actually interested in this green apple and cucumber juice I posted a while back! http://honestfare.com/green-apple-cucumber-juice/

  10. Posted April 19, 2011 at 12:03 PM | Permalink

    Yum! I love avocados too, but have never tried them in a smoothie. I imagine it must be super creamy and delicious.

  11. Posted April 19, 2011 at 4:17 PM | Permalink

    I’m not gonna lie, I may have given the “ew face” just a little at the thought of an avocado smoothie. But I do love avocados, and I do love smoothies, so how could the two not go good together?

  12. Posted April 19, 2011 at 10:37 PM | Permalink

    Love it. I’m also an avacado addict. I just, luckily, happen to work for a chef that also seems to be a fan of the creamy green fruit. But this idea sounds like a great idea. Nature’s butter smoothies. Delish.

  13. Posted April 19, 2011 at 10:46 PM | Permalink

    This sounds very delish. I often make an avocado cream for a post-meal treat. make a spoonable creamy mix with an avocado, milk of your choice, and blast from your blender. drizzle a good spoon of good honey and some chopped raw almonds. yummmm

  14. Posted April 21, 2011 at 2:32 PM | Permalink

    Oh my delicous. I, too, crave avocados. Just drizzled with a little lemon juice and salt. Or if I’m feeling feisty, I’ll add hot sauce. Can’t wait to try making this smoothie.

  15. Posted April 25, 2011 at 1:09 PM | Permalink

    Wow, beautiful! I never thought about doing anything else with avocado besides a little sea salt and lime for dipping! :) I’ll have to try this one.

  16. Posted April 25, 2011 at 6:49 PM | Permalink

    i crave avocados too. this is going on the to-make list, for sure.

  17. Posted April 27, 2011 at 8:58 AM | Permalink

    Ooh, I bet this would be great as a popsicle too!

  18. Sara
    Posted April 27, 2011 at 2:37 PM | Permalink

    I actually learned about avocado smoothie from a Moroccan friend who use to make them all the time. My initial reaction was triple “ew” because I don’t eat avocados at all. However, this smoothie is delicious and filling. I use the Haas Avocado as it’s a bit creamier.

  19. Posted May 1, 2011 at 7:16 PM | Permalink

    This looks soo good. I recently made “pudding” out of 1/2 an avocado, 1 banana, and a few frozen raspberries. It was awesome, you could swear there was heavy cream in there! Go avocados!

  20. Posted May 7, 2011 at 12:35 AM | Permalink

    I have to thank you so very much for this recipe. My daughter is 17 months old and a total lightweight which likes to worry the medical field despite the fact that she’s a happy, thriving little girl. She’s an allergy kid who can’t eat eggs, dairy and wheat, so getting good fat into her is a challenge and therefore weight gain is tricky. I’m always trying to get her to eat avocado but she just can’t get past the texture. Enter your smoothie. Bless you!, she easily drinks half a cup of this delicious blend everyday. I’m sure the scales will be tipping in our favour very soon.

    I know it’s a long winded tale but really, I’m very grateful. :o)

  21. gabi
    Posted May 7, 2011 at 12:40 AM | Permalink

    Oh wow Sarah,
    What a beautiful little story. Thank you so much for sharing it. I’m thrilled that it’s working for you and please do let me know how it goes. Another good one is avocado pudding. Cocoa powder, banana, avocado and agave nectar in the blender. And have you tried homemade almond milk, by chance? Put a little agave nectar in it – yum!
    -gabi

  22. Posted May 8, 2011 at 1:23 PM | Permalink

    I live in Ohio where the sun just refuses to shine, so on a particularly Eeyore morning last week I made myself a pineapple avocado smoothie and all of a sudden I didn’t have SAD anymore and smiled for the rest of the day. All my friends were grossed out/intrigued so now I have a reason to have them all over for snacks/showing off.

    While we’re talking about avocados, I like to do my pudding with papaya, maple syrup, cocoa powder and a splash of coffee, and serve it with strawberries and hemp seeds for extra protein (I’m an ovo-vegetarian who’s allergic to nuts and soy). I’m also a big fan of white rice topped with avocado, salt and hot sauce.

  23. Posted May 10, 2011 at 4:10 AM | Permalink

    I love your blog layout and general feel. Great recipes! lot’s of love xxx

  24. Posted May 12, 2011 at 8:24 AM | Permalink

    My boyfriend and I started to eat avocado nearly everyday about a year ago. We love avocado! I baked cake from it, I cooked soup from it, we eat fresh for dinner but I haven’t done smoothie from it. Thanks for this great recipe, I’ll definitely make it!

  25. Kamila
    Posted May 22, 2011 at 2:05 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe! I’ve make your other green smoothie so many times and now I have a new favorite. They are so refreshing! I added 1/4 cup of greek yogurt to add some protein and it was still delicious. Keep them coming lady! I adore your site :-)

  26. Posted May 23, 2011 at 9:41 PM | Permalink

    Thank you for this recipe! I’ve been wondering what to do with the two avocados in my fridge besides guacamole and salad–again–and this idea is perfect!! Unfortunately I just ate our last apple–I mean JUST ATE IT–and so I am going to use some home-canned pears instead. Can’t wait to try it! And have my husband try it (will tell him what it is after he takes his first sip).

  27. gabi
    Posted May 23, 2011 at 10:53 PM | Permalink

    You’re awesome. Glad you are into it :)

  28. Posted May 29, 2011 at 11:02 AM | Permalink

    The avocado makes for a really rich, lush smoothie. I’ve been looking for more avocado recipe, and this really hits the spot for a hot spring day.

  29. Posted June 6, 2011 at 11:15 PM | Permalink

    Just made this a few days ago, really a phenomenal smoothie for any time of the day.

    I tried it with almond, hazelnut and whole milk: each one delicious.

  30. Dani
    Posted June 22, 2011 at 11:45 PM | Permalink

    Just made it and its superb, thank you.

  31. Posted August 7, 2011 at 10:16 PM | Permalink

    I’m in the middle of a 2 week green smoothie challenge and bought some avocados today to try something different. Thanks for the great ideas on how I might use the avocados to change up my smoothies!

  32. Roxie
    Posted August 8, 2011 at 10:41 AM | Permalink

    I just recently discovered your website and love the recipes that I see here! I made this smoothie for breakfast with almond milk and it was deeelish!! Thank you for sharing all of these awsome dishes!

  33. Jamie
    Posted September 5, 2011 at 11:49 AM | Permalink

    This is honestly one of the simplest smoothies to make and so delicious! Thanks for sharing this!

  34. Adam
    Posted October 4, 2011 at 7:47 AM | Permalink

    Having for breakfast right now! I was looking for an avocado smoothie recipe and after stumbling across a few online this one sounded perfect – and I had all the ingredients! Thanks, just discovered your blog, I’ll be back.

  35. Jaime
    Posted November 14, 2011 at 4:33 PM | Permalink

    Sounds DELIOUS!!! :)

  36. Christina
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 8:34 PM | Permalink

    I just made this and am drinking it as we speak! It’s very light, very creamy, and oh so good.
    One recommendation: decrease the amount of apple, perhaps to 1/4 instead of 1/2. The apple, surprisingly, overwhelms the taste of the avocado, when I’d like it to be the other way around. I thought the apple would neutralize the avocado. In any regard, this is delicious. Thank you for the recipe! Looking forward to checking out your other items!

  37. Posted December 28, 2011 at 8:46 PM | Permalink

    made it! drank it! loved it! no milk though. water and 4cubes of ice. yummy!

  38. Posted February 20, 2012 at 6:03 AM | Permalink

    Made it last weekend. A bit of you and a bit of me. I love it. Tasted smooth, exciting to drink a avocado.

  39. Posted February 28, 2012 at 3:04 PM | Permalink

    Will b trying this tomorrow! We love avocados! thanks for sharing.

  40. Miranda
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 8:46 AM | Permalink

    I just made it and it was really creamy and delicious! You honestly don’t need any sweetener at all, I added none and it was just wonderful!

  41. Posted May 2, 2012 at 9:13 AM | Permalink

    I like to add spinach to mine. It doesn’t change the flavor but it increases the nutrition content! :)

  42. Posted May 14, 2012 at 10:21 PM | Permalink

    Hmmm…Yummmy
    I love the creamy avocado, this sounds delicious.

  43. Olga
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM | Permalink

    I just made this! Super good! I had some swiss chard so i added it to the smoothie! I’m sure I”ll be making it very often now. Thank you for the recipe!

  44. Posted March 3, 2013 at 6:16 PM | Permalink

    Looks amazing I make one tomorrow.
    I saw Thomasina Miers one in her book Mexican Made Simple. I bought the avocado and Agave. I don’t have the book, so finding this is cool. Her recipe, signature dish in her restaurants is not on the net.

  45. Jeanette Sainsbury
    Posted August 25, 2014 at 7:15 PM | Permalink

    Another delicious smoothie is avocado, frozen banana and a spoonful of cacao (not to be confused with cocoa powder – cacao is much healthier). Tip: peel the banana then cut into chunks then put in a freezer bag before freezing – not easy peeling frozen bananas

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