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Avocado Smoothie

A simple delicious thick and creamy avocado smoothie for breakfast or a healthy snack!

EASY Creamy Avocado Smoothie Recipe

The 5 Ingredient Avocado Smoothie

Adding avocado to a smoothie might sound strange, but you’ll be surprised if you try it!

This secretly healthy avocado shake is so unbelievably creamy, it honestly tastes like drinking an actual vanilla milkshake.

I don’t know how that’s even possible, but seriously, it really does – try it for yourself and see!

With only 5 ingredients and less than a minute of prep time, the recipe is absolutely worth a try at least once, because it might just become your new go-to smoothie recipe.

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Can You Taste The Avocado?

The avocado adds unbelievable thickness and creaminess, without any noticeable flavor whatsoever for most people. If you have super tastebuds, you might be able to tell it’s in there, but even then the flavor is only slight!

Can You Use Frozen Avocado?

Frozen or fresh avocado will both work. Just be sure to peel the avocados first. If you have a high-speed blender, try freezing your milk of choice in an ice cube tray and using that for the avocado drink instead of refrigerated milk. This is especially good with canned coconut milk, because it tastes like an avocado milkshake.

Can You Add Other Fruit?

You can! Fresh or frozen blueberries, cherries, strawberries, apple, cucumber, banana, or pineapple all go well with avocado.

Or turn it into a chocolate avocado smoothie by adding a spoonful of cocoa powder (I recommend dutch cocoa for a brownie-like flavor) and a little extra sweetener to counter the bitterness of the cocoa. You can also make an avocado protein shake by blending in a scoop of your favorite protein powder.

(Watch the Avocado Shake Recipe Video, above)

Vegan Avocado Smoothie:

Use your favorite nondairy milk. I like either canned coconut milk or almond cashew milk. Soy milk, amondmilk, and oat milk also work.

Keto Avocado Smoothie:

Avocados are naturally low in carbs. For a low carb smoothie, simply use the stevia option or your favorite sugar alternative for the sweetener of choice. Be sure to use a keto-friendly milk as well.

Avocado Health Benefits:

Besides the delicious creamy texture, you can also get so many added health benefits from avocados. They are cholesterol-free and contain nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, including potassium, folate, and B vitamins.

Just one serving of avocado provides eight percent of the daily value for fiber, and they have the least amount of sugar of any fruit. Over 75% of the fat in avocados is the unsaturated heart-healthy kind (good fats). Of course if you are on a doctor-ordered nutrition or weight loss plan, it’s always recommended to consult your doctor. For the general population, replacing some of the saturated fat in one’s diet with avocado can possibly help to reduce cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and inflammation.

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How To Make An Avocado Shake

Be sure to start with a ripe avocado. You can tell if it’s ripe by squeezing the fruit very gently. It’s ripe if it yields slightly to the pressure and feels just a little bit soft but not mushy.

If you buy an avocado that’s hard as a rock, just wait a few days for it to soften. If you wish, you can place it in a brown paper bag for a day or two with another fruit (such as apple, banana, or kiwi) to speed up the ripening process.

To make the smoothie, first peel the fruit and discard the pit. Blend everything together until smooth, and serve cold.

Feel free to double the recipe!

Secretly Healthy 5 Ingredient Creamy Vegan Avocado Smoothie Recipe
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Avocado Smoothie

A simple creamy avocado smoothie for a healthy breakfast or snack.
4.91/5 (58)
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 1 – 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a large avocado
  • 1 1/2 cups cold milk of choice
  • scant 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • sweetener of choice, such as 2 tbsp pure maple syrup or stevia to taste
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • scoop of protein powder, optional

Instructions

  • To make different flavors, see notes earlier in this post.
    Peel the avocado and discard the pit. Blend all ingredients until completely smooth. Feel free to blend in a few coconut milk ice cubes for a super thick and ice-cream-like shake if desired. (To make coconut ice cubes, just freeze canned coconut milk in an ice cube tray. Do not add regular ice cubes, because that would dilute the flavor of the smoothie.) Serve cold. Leftovers can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. The recipe makes about 2 cups.
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Published on August 1, 2019

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  1. Tracy says

    What does this taste like? Avocado has such a mild taste. Does the vanilla flavor take over? It’s hard to imagine sweet avocado!

    • Janae @ Bring-Joy says

      The great thing about avocado that I’ve found, is that it actually has quite a neutral flavor–it’s mostly just fat & will take on flavors around it. I’ve had it in a raw chocolate pudding & served it to guests & no one even suspected the “secret” ingredient 🙂

  2. Janae @ Bring-Joy says

    So there’s hope for my husband! He hates cilantro (& chickpeas, cabbage, mushrooms, eggplant, chard) & I want to put it in everything.

    I’ve never been really picky, although I wasn’t a huge fan of mushrooms until I went vegan. Now I want to add them to everything savory.

  3. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says

    I used to hate avocados! Then I spent a summer in LA… and I ate so many that… well, let’s just say that green passes through. LOL!

    When I have a avocado, I usually end up freezing half. It keeps it fresh and I can use it in smoothies! Love adding some orange for a creamy (green) orange smoothie!

  4. Desirae says

    I love avocado too! I’m only 25, but a couple of years ago I changed my eating habits, and now I love all kinds of food I used to dislike greatly!

  5. [email protected] says

    Weird, I went through the same thing, only at 26! Do you crave pears by any chance? Apparently pears and avocados are extremely beneficial for the female hormone system. I craved both like crazy during a weird health time in my life when my hormones were a bit out of whack. Most interesting part of it is that both foods look a little like the body parts they support most!

    • Maeraj says

      OMG same here! I turned 25 and suddenly just started LOVING avocados– HATED them before. The funny thing is my husband and I had bonded always shared our love for avocados, and now that I love them, I get so annoyed at him for hating them because it means I can’t put them in everything.

  6. Maggie says

    Pretty much your entire list and then some: mushrooms, onions, salad, leafy greens, oranges, avocados, mango (WHAT), anything I couldn’t recognize. I was the world’s pickiest eater… and then I went vegan. And now I eat everything.

  7. Alice says

    What a shame that avocados are so expensive here 🙁
    But still, this smoothie looks delicious and I will try it!
    Until about two years ago I didn’t like bell pepper and tomatoes, but now I love both 🙂

  8. Susan says

    Hi Katie,
    I think it is normal for tastes to change as you age, sometimes for the better as has been happening to you, and sometimes for the worse as has happened to me. As I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten to where raw onions – except sweet – and garlic leave an awful taste in my mouth that hangs around forever (seemingly). But there are other things I’ve come to really enjoy, like cilantro. I think the key to that was having it first in a lightly cooked form where it perfected the flavor profile of the dish. Since I got there, I love it anywhere and anyhow. Isn’t it nice to know you are normal? 🙂

  9. jodye @ whole pure recipes says

    The same thing happened to me with pretty much all vegetables. When I was young I absolutely refused to eat anything green, and now I can’t get enough! I, too am obsessed with avocado (pretty sure I wouldn’t touch those when I was younger, either). This smoothies sounds so wonderful!

  10. Beth says

    I really want to like coriander (cilantro) too! I adore indian and thai cookery which tends to involve a lot of the stuff. Adore avo’s though 🙂

  11. angela says

    I loath avocado too! I’m so glad to hear that you hated it as well and that there may be hope for me. I know that avocado is packed full of nutrtional goodness, but can’t seem to get myself to try it again. Maybe in smoothie form it might be better. On this note of loathing avocado, do you have any advice for substitutions in recipes using avocado?

    • Melanie says

      maybe try adding a frozen banana with some spinach? The banana will contribute the creaminess (and some sweetness) and the spinach will keep it green!

  12. Kelly says

    I used to hate vegetables and fruit. Now I have to make it up of 15 years not eating them haha .. (I’m 16 )
    This is a very popular drink in Vietnam. Usually we use condensed milk in avocado smoothie.

  13. shobelyn says

    Hello, Katie. The chocolate cheesecake I have done turned out delicious. I am not sure if it is suppose to be soft, but it is when left in the fridge. What I did is freeze it the whole time to maintain its shape. My daughter said it taste like almond joy. BTW I posted the Healthy Oreos I made. It was a hit in my house, that I am making it again today.

  14. Caitlin says

    I might just have to have one for an afternoon snack! I bought a couple of avocados with the intention of making guacamole (with parsley instead of cilantro…I still hate it, lol!) but I haven’t made anything that requires its presence.
    I used to hate avocado, too. I used to hate a LOT of foods that I like now: beans, super dark chocolate, any type of pureed or cooked fruit, bananas…it changed recently when diabetes forced me to change my horrible eating habits. Now I have midnight cravings for kale chips, I’d rather have a piece of fruit than a piece of cheese, etc. I think it was a defense mechanism: adapt, be miserable forever, or die. My mouth chose to adapt!

  15. Lulu says

    I used to hate coconut anything, bananas and garlic of any sort. Now I love all of these things! Well, maybe not raw garlic but cooked ones r yummy 🙂

  16. Teresa says

    For me it’s beans. While growing up the only beans I would eat were green beans. Now I love all of them. I even make certain kinds of casseroles and soups just so that I can add beans to them.
    I have never liked cilantro and can’t imagine that changing. It’s horrible and tastes like soap. 🙁 Wish I could since it’s in so many foods that would otherwise be delicious. Even one tiny leaf ruins the whole dish.

  17. Rachel says

    I just got back from Brazil, and odly enough, avacado smoothies are a really populare breakfast drink there! kind of wierd at first, but delicious all the same!

  18. Julie @ WolfItDown says

    That is funny! I made a zingy AVOCADO humous earlier today (Will be up on my bloog soon soon ^ ^ ) to serve alongside my dinner today, and someone tagged me in a picture of an avocado earlier…..is today avocado day? I used to not like either onions or avocado either, now – I love it!
    And this smoothie looks delicious! I remember adding avocado to a chocolate cake cream topping some time ago, and it just turned out sooo velvety! Mmmmm *green daydreams*

  19. Vanessa says

    I used to hate ginger and pumpkin – now? They’re two of my favorite foods! I still don’t love pumpkin pie tho…

    A new food I’m starting to enjoy is beets. I like them, but only in salads and fresher dishes.

  20. Lisa says

    I love avocado in smoothies! It adds such a delicious and creamy texture.
    I actually used to hate avocado as well. Like despise it, now I love it.
    Same with basically every veggie out there, and now I like almost every vegetable. It’s weird how taste can change like that.

  21. Makayla says

    Yay! I’m so happy you are becoming avocado obbsessed like me! They were the # 1 food that helped me gain weight when I was suffering from SMA Syndrome. That and chocolate covered Medjool dates! 🙂

  22. Jessica says

    I use pineapple juice and yogurt in my avocado smoothies…it’s one of my favorites! I used to hate shrimp…but it didn’t occur to me after I tried it again and liked it that I had gotten an awful case of food poisoning from it that I lost my taste. It’s a good thing for me – I have a hard time getting enough protein as it is and I get tired of the same old, same old sources.

  23. Heather @TheSoulfulSpoon says

    Hey Katie!:) I love avocados! They make such a great creamy smoothie. Unfortunately, they hurt my stomach and I have no idea why! Anywho! This is a great recipe. I actually used to hate greens and now I can’t live without them! Spinach is a must in all my smoothies and if I don’t have it, I actually crave it. This comes from a girl who grew up eating no veggies whatsoever.
    PS- I’m with you on the chocolate- my 100% chocolate bars aren’t going anywhere anytime soon:)<3

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