Delicious avocado smoothie recipe packed with fruits and vegetables. The combination of healthy fats, fiber, and protein makes for a nutritious beverage.
It’s hard not to love avocado, as the buttery texture and mellow flavor are good eaten alone, sliced up on toast, salad, or sandwiches. Although my personal favorite use for avocados is for dipping chips in guacamole. But have you ever tried blending it into a smoothie? The next time you have extra avocado laying around don’t let it go to waste. Freeze some slices in a single layer to use in a smoothie.
It does an impressive job creating a velvety texture in the icy drink, without the use of milk or yogurt, for a tasty dairy-free alternative. Similar to my ultimate green smoothie, it just takes 10 minutes to whip up and enjoy a refreshing drink packed with nutrients in each sip.
Cut and twist open the rough-skinned fruit, and it reveals a bright green flesh that is packed with health benefits. Each serving delivers an abundance of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats to help lower bad cholesterol. And guess what, those plant-based lipids also add incredible creaminess to a blended beverage!
The mild-flavored flesh of avocados effortlessly crushes with just a delicate touch. This makes it easy to incorporate when blended. The unsaturated fats in the fruit add a silky texture to the smoothie without the need for dairy products. In fact, it also makes a great substitute for butter in baking. In addition to the healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats, nutrients like beta carotene, potassium, and fiber give a boost to the drink.
Can you add too much avocado?
I recommend starting with ½ an avocado (about ½ cup) to make 4 cups of smoothie. The more you add, the thicker the consistency becomes. Just note that too much can make it harder to drink. You can always add more from that starting point.
Complement the drink with tropical flavors
Frozen banana, pineapple, mango, coconut milk, and pineapple juice plays up the island flavors in this smoothie. Freshly-squeezed lime juice enhances the natural sweetness of the fruits while providing acidity for balance. Tender baby spinach makes the green color even more vivid and is a good source of iron, vitamin C, plus numerous other nutritional benefits.
How to make an avocado smoothie
To ensure that the spinach completely breaks down, add the liquids first, followed by the leafy green. This guarantees instant contact when the sharp blades turn. Then add the frozen pineapple, mango, banana, and ice cubes. The soft avocado is added last because it will blend effortlessly in seconds in a high-speed blender.
Use medium speed first to get the large chunks moving and chopped then increase to high speed. The texture should be thick and smooth. Add more juice or ice as needed to adjust the consistency.
Ways to customize this recipe
- Swap out the coconut milk for soy, cashew, banana, or almond milk.
- Bump up the sweetness with maple syrup or honey.
- Add in guava, orange, or mango juice.
- Use frozen strawberry, papaya, blueberry, peach, blackberries, or raspberries.
- Add in chia seeds or flaxseeds for extra fiber.
Prevent the smoothie from turning brown
Cut pieces of avocados are notorious for turning brown. Blending exposes it even more to more air. Adding citric acid from fresh lime juice reduces the activity of polyphenol oxidase, the enzyme that causes browning. The ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in the fruit also acts as an antioxidant to react with the oxygen before the enzyme. This temporarily prevents browning, so enjoy the avocado smoothie soon after blending.
- ½ cup (120 ml) unsweetened coconut milk
- ½ cup (120 ml) pineapple juice
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lime juice
- 1 cup (30 g) baby spinach
- 1 cup (143 g) frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 cup (130 g) mango chunks
- ½ cup (85 g) frozen banana slices, about 1 medium banana
- 1 cup ice cubes
- ½ (75 g) large avocado
- Add coconut milk, pineapple juice, lime juice, spinach, pineapple, mango, bananas, ice cubes, and avocado to a blender.
- Cover and process on medium speed for about 30 seconds, using the tamper as needed. Increase to high speed for 15 to 30 seconds until thick and smooth.
- Adjust with more coconut milk or pineapple juice if needed to reach the desired consistency.
- Yield: 4 cups
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- For a tangier flavor: Add 2 tablespoons (30ml) fresh lime juice.