Every now and then I like to make myself a smoothie for breakfast or for lunch. They are quick to make and can be incredibly healthy. My favourite is this Avocado Smoothie recipe which I am sharing with you today. Its delicious and refreshingly injected with the flavour of fresh mint!
Smoothies are almost milkshake like drinks created by pureeing raw fruit and vegetables together in a blender with a liquid base, such as fruit juice, milk, plant milk or water. Depending on what you make them with they are filled with plenty of nutrition and goodness!
If you use frozen fruit or ice cubes they can feel as luxurious to the palate as a creamy milk shake, but with far less fat, sugar, and calories!
This Avocado Smoothie is a fairly simple one that I think you will turn to often when you are looking for a smoothie that is refreshingly quick to make! Smoothies also make for an excellent breakfast on the go!
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE AN AVOCADO SMOOTHIE
There is nothing complicated here and no long list of ingredients. You basically only need four things.
|Milk (dairy or non-dairy option)|
|Frozen avocado halves|
HINTS & TIPS TO MAKE THE BEST AVOCADO SMOOTHIES
- Read through the recipe to familiarise yourself with any ingredients or equipment you might need, and gather everything together ready to begin.
- You will need either a smoothie maker or a heavy duty blender to make smoothies. They are well worth the investment. You will find that you use them often.
- Use frozen avocado. I buy bags of frozen avocado halves, which work beautifully. If you have a special offer on avocados, stock up and freeze them yourself. Simply cut in half, pit, rub the cut edges with some citrus juice, lay out on a baking tray and pop into the freezer until frozen firm. Remove from the baking tray to airtight freezer bags, ready to take out as and when you need them.
- I used regular cows’ milk today, full fat, but you can use any kind of milk you wish. Coconut milk is nice as is almond milk, soy milk, oatmeal milk, etc.
- I used fresh mint from the garden. If you do not have fresh mint you can use ¼ teaspoon of mint extract. I like to keep it all natural, however.
- Use a natural sweetener. I choose to use honey in mine, but you can use date syrup or stevia as well.
- If you want to vary your avocado smoothie and add even more nutrition, not to mention even more green colour, add a handful of washed spinach leaves when blending.
HOW TO MAKE AN AVOCADO SMOOTHIE
There is really nothing too outrageous about making an avocado smoothie.
Just put all of your ingredients into the container of your blender/smoothie maker, screw on the cap and blend away. I like to use short bursts of power to really blitz everything smooth. If it gets stuck, you can use a spatula to loosen things up a bit or add a tiny bit more liquid if you wish.
Once you have everything nice and smooth, pour/spoon it into your glass, add a straw and enjoy to your hearts content!
Note – If you do not have frozen avocado you may wish to add a few ice cubes into the mix when you are blending.
Avocados make for rich and creamy, amazingly delicious smoothies. They have an indulgent feel to them, and I can promise you they do not taste like guacamole!
Avocados are also filled with nutrients and healthy fats which are beneficial to your heart and your brain, as well as being packed with fibre which is also particularly good for you. Loaded with protein they are low in carbs for anyone who is following a Keto, Paleo or Whole 30 diet!
You can also add a banana to this if you wish, but I love these smoothies just as they are! I think you will too!
- 2 cups of milk (dairy or non-dairy option)
- 4 frozen avocado halves
- 1 spring of fresh mint (alternately you can use ¼ tsp mint extract)
- 1 tsp honey
Put all of the ingredients into your smoothie blender or a regular blender. Blitz at short burst until smooth. Pour or spoon into your cup and then enjoy!
Marie Rayner is a retired Chef, freelance writer, recipe developer, food blogger, and Cookbook author. She makes her home in Chester, UK, where she lives with her husband, Todd, and their much beloved English Cocker, Mitzie. Her motto is “Life is far too short to eat bad food,” and her goal is to share delicious and easy recipes which anyone can enjoy and cook in the comfort of their own home.