Perfect Avocado Smoothie

Here’s how to make the best avocado smoothie: creamy and full of tropical flavor! It’s plant-based and loaded with nutrients, ideal for breakfast and snacks.

Avocado smoothie

Want to eat more avocado, outside of loading up on guacamole? Try this avocado smoothie! The words “avocado smoothie” might make you think of a rich, savory puree. (Ew.) But the flavor here is sweet and tropical! Banana and pineapple bring sweet, nuanced flavor to compliment the avocado perfectly. And the texture is so light and creamy from the avocado. When your three year old literally begs you for more, you know you’ve got a good one. Here’s how to make this beautifully bright green, plant-based smoothie!

Ingredients for this avocado smoothie

Many avocado smoothies call for milk or yogurt to make it creamy: but all you need is a few fruits to bring big flavor and a little water to blend! This makes it a naturally vegan smoothie that’s 100% made of nutrient-dense plants. Here’s what you need to make an avocado smoothie:

  • Avocado: Make sure it’s ripe so it whips into a creamy texture.
  • Green apple: The key to a great avocado smoothie: it brings a naturally sweet tart flavor.
  • Banana: Banana combines well with avocado for creaminess.
  • Frozen pineapple: Here’s the kicker: it enhances the sweet tart flavor and brings a tropical vibe.
  • Leafy greens: Try baby kale or spinach: they have a more mild, sweet flavor than their standard counterparts. Or you can use any greens, roughly chopped.
  • Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice rounds out the flavors perfectly (trust us).
  • Water and ice: Ice and water add texture and body.
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Add-ins & variations

This avocado smoothie tastes great as is: in fact, our three year old couldn’t stop eating it! It’s the only way we can find to get him to eat greens, so it’s a winner in our book. Here are a few more ways to change up the flavor in this smoothie to add intrigue and depth:

  • Cashew butter: Add protein by blending in about 1 tablespoon of cashew butter.
  • Ginger: Add 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger to the mix.
  • Mint or basil. Add a few fresh mint or basil leaves for an herbaceous spin.
  • Coconut. A handful of shredded coconut adds even more tropical flair (or use toasted coconut).

A trick to blending this avocado smoothie

Here’s a trick for blending this avocado smoothie, or really any smoothie recipe:

  • Blend the soft, room temperature items first. In this case, that means the avocado, green apple, banana, and greens. Blend those first with water.
  • Then add the frozen items and blend until a smooth puree forms. This avoids getting the blender blades stuck by frozen fruit and ice.
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Smoothie storage

Smoothies are best eaten immediately. But this avocado smoothie actually lasts 1 to 2 days refrigerated, stored in a sealed container or a mason jar with the lid on. It may separate, which is perfectly natural. Just shake it up and you’re good to go!

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This avocado smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Avocado smoothie

Perfect Avocado Smoothie


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 smoothies 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make the best avocado smoothie: creamy and full of tropical flavor! It’s plant-based and loaded with nutrients, ideal for breakfast and snacks.


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 large green apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup baby spinach or kale, loosely packed (or other chopped greens)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 10 ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Pit the avocado and scoop out one half of the flesh into the blender. Chop the apple, leaving the skin on. Break the banana into pieces and place them both in the blender. Add the water and baby kale leaves. Blend until smooth.
  2. Add the ice, frozen pineapple or mango, and lemon juice. Blend again until smooth. Eat immediately or store 1 to 2 days in a sealed jar; if it separates, shake to re-integrate it.

  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Avocado smoothie, Best avocado smoothie, Easy avocado smoothie

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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