So, I have this thing for avocados.
The creamy deliciousness of this unique fruit (yep, it’s a fruit) is something that I find myself craving pretty much every single day of the week.
However, as much as I love them, there are only so many days in a row that I can eat avocado toast.
I need some new ways to get my fix, to change things up once in awhile.
The one that I am currently obsessed with is this smoothie. It’s a totally new way to enjoy my beloved avocado, without having to worry about careful slicing, toasting bread, and all that jazz.
I know, putting avocado in a smoothie might sound totally weird. I mean, I’ve used it in drinks like this before, but usually it’s combined with other ingredients that mask its flavor.
Instead, this recipe does everything possible to totally highlight the flavor of the fruit instead.
And I can’t help myself now! I love adding avocado to smoothies like this one, or in our banana avocado version when I want even more fruity sweetness.
When it comes to making delicious things, it’s an added bonus when they’re simple to prepare. This is the simplest recipe ever. And it only requires a handful of ingredients:
- Avocado – obviously. The creaminess of this ingredient and its fresh flavor serve as the base for this recipe, after all.
- Coconut milk – I like to use the full fat variety, but you can also use light coconut milk if you prefer a lighter texture. If you want to make the recipe even more lightened up, you can use coconut water instead.
- Lime juice – the tanginess from the lime helps to bring a little acid to the party. You can also use orange juice, depending on what you have on hand or your flavor preference.
- Honey – to sweeten things up, the honey comes in to bring it to just the right level. You can also use agave, if you prefer to make this smoothie vegan. Whatever you choose, be sure to keep it handy, because you might want to add more than what is listed in the ingredients list. Feel free to adjust to taste!
- Vanilla extract – the smooth flavor of vanilla complements the fruit, as does its natural sweetness.
- Hydrolyzed collagen – this is an optional ingredient, but there are lots of benefits to including it. Most notably, it packs a protein punch. Just make sure that you get one that has few simple ingredients since it’s not regulated by the FDA, and skip the flavored versions.
- Ice – this is the part that makes the smoothie cool and icy. Feel free to increase the quantity, to adjust the texture to your liking.
My biggest tip for making this recipe is to be sure that you layer the ingredients in the blender as they are listed. That way, the ice on top will weigh down the other ingredients, helping your smoothie to come together in the best way.
You can find more smoothie solutions here, with tips to make the best breakfast beverages possible.
Basically, I think it’s the best kind of green drink that doesn’t have any leafy greens involved. Sometimes, you just get tired of the leafy greens. after all.
You can devour it for breakfast, or enjoy it as a healthy afternoon snack when you need a burst of energy to make it through the rest of the work day. It’s particularly incredible because it’s oh-so-cooling.
Chill out, sit back, and sip away!Print
An icy avocado smoothie is delicious, creamy, and healthy, making it ideal for breakfast or even as a healthy afternoon snack.
- 2 cups coconut milk (or coconut water)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice (from about 1/2 lime), or juice of 1/2 medium orange
- 3 Tbsp honey or agave syrup (or more, to taste)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp hydrolyzed collagen (optional)
- 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
- 1 cup ice
- In a Vitamix or other high-speed blender, layer coconut milk, lime juice, honey, vanilla, collagen, avocado, and ice, with the liquid ingredients added closest to the blade and the frozen ingredients added the furthest away. Blend until smooth.
- Taste for sweetness and add more honey if desired. Serve immediately.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Smoothies
- Method: Blender, No-Cook
- Cuisine: Breakfast
Keywords: avocado, smoothie, dairy-free, coconut milk
Cooking By the Numbers…
Step 1 – Juice Limes, Prep Avocado, and Measure Remaining Ingredients
Juice about half of a lime or a little more, until you have 1 ½ tablespoons total of lime juice. If you are using an orange instead, juice about one half.
Halve the avocado, and then remove the pit. Remove the avocado flesh from the peel.
Measure out the remaining ingredients as listed on the ingredients list.
Step 2 – Blend
Add the coconut milk, lime juice, honey, vanilla, collagen, avocado, and ice to a high-speed blender or Vitamix. Layer the ingredients in this order, to make sure the smoothie comes together with the best possible results.
Blend until smooth.
Taste for sweetness and add additional honey or agave syrup, if you wish.
How Do I Pick a Ripe Avocado?
Picking a ripe avocado is a frequently repeated quest that can frustrate me in a heartbeat.
Here are the steps that I have learned, so you can be sure you pick the best avocado for this recipe:
- Check the outside color first. Those that are darker in color are generally more ripe. Be careful not to select ones with any large indentations, as they are likely bruised.
- Place the avocado in your palm and gently squeeze it. Check the firmness. It should be soft, but not mushy. If the fruit is slightly or moderately firm, you will need to allow it to ripen for one to three days before you use it for this recipe.
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Are you avocado obsessed, or are you just an occasional eater? Tell us in the comments below. Once you cool off with this recipe, be sure to give it a rating to let other readers know how much you enjoyed it.
Photos by Meghan Yager, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published by Shanna Mallon on February 18, 2016. Last updated: March 1, 2022 at 15:57 pm. With additional writing and editing by Allison Sidhu.
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About Meghan Yager
Meghan Yager is a food addict turned food and travel writer with a love for creating uncomplicated, gourmet recipes and devouring anything the world serves up. As the author of the food and travel blog Cake 'n Knife, Meghan focuses on unique foodie experiences from around the world to right at home in your own kitchen.