Avocado Smoothie

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Delicious avocado smoothie recipe packed with fruits and vegetables. The combination of healthy fats, fiber, and protein makes for a nutritious beverage.

Avocado smoothie in a glass cup

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.

pre-portioned fruit and vegetables laid out on a table

Healthy ingredients

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.

avocado smoothie ingredients placed inside a blender cup

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.

Green smoothie mixture after being blended

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.

Glass filled with a smoothie

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.

Avocado Smoothie

Delicious avocado smoothie recipe packed with fruits and vegetables. The combination of healthy fats, fiber, and protein makes for a nutritious beverage.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Course Drink
Cuisine American

Ingredients 
 

  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup mango chunks
  • ½ cup frozen banana slices, about 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • ½ large avocado

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

  • Yield: 4 cups
  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • For a tangier flavor: Add 2 tablespoons (30ml) fresh lime juice.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 4 servings
Calories 139kcal (7%)Carbohydrates 20g (7%)Protein 2g (4%)Fat 7g (11%)Saturated Fat 6g (30%)Sodium 15mg (1%)Potassium 300mg (9%)Fiber 2g (8%)Sugar 15g (17%)Vitamin A 733IU (15%)Vitamin C 14mg (17%)Calcium 26mg (3%)Iron 1mg (6%)

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000-calorie diet. All nutritional information is based on estimated third-party calculations. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.

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    • Jessica Gavin says

      You can use unsweetened plain or greek yogurt, or vanilla yogurt (it’s up to you if you like a sweeter smoothie). You can adjust with more pineapple juice if it’s very thick.