Avocado Smoothie {recipe} – There is Absolutely No Way This Can Be Good for You

Avocado Smoothie[Eating Rainbow | Green | no. 2 Avocado]

We doubt we’ll make this one ever again.

At least, not for another six months, or as long as it takes to burn off the 4,000 calories in that glass that we consumed in less than 42 seconds because it was so incredibly incredibly ohmygosh (!!!) incredibly creamy delicious.

Did we say 4,000 calories? We left a zero off. Or two. We meant 400,000 calories in a single glass of an Avocado Smoothie.

But they’re good calories! (Don’t you love/hate it when people say that?)

No, really, they are.

Now we had a whole bulleted list of healthy points about avocados that we culled from various health, nutrition and medical websites, but we don’t feel like making this so…clinical.

Instead, we’re just going to tell you that after eating avocados almost daily for the last month (just another little “project” we did on the side), we feel a little bit awesome. Of course, this may have to do with small changes we’ve made in the last few months in other places as well (flaxseeds! olive oil! water!), but we know that the 20 vitamins (like C and E) and minerals (like potassium and folate), antioxidants (carotenoids), and fiber in avocado helped as well.

We put chopped or sliced avocado on pretty much anything and everything, but our favorite way to eat it is simply: sliced in half, pit removed, sprinkled with salt. Sometimes we squirted a little hot sauce on there.
Avocado Smoothie
We weren’t sure how we felt about an Avocado Smoothie, though, when we first came across it on the site. Avocado as a drink? Pureed smooth? Would it taste like guacamole in a glass? Or more importantly, how would it taste as something sweet?!

The answer to all these questions is “delicious.”

We pulled together recipes for avocado shakes drowning in the sweetness of condensed milk, hopped up on coffee, and smoothies that included other green vegetables and herbs. In the end, we stuck with those ingredients that didn’t take too much away from the avocados health benefits but still made a good drink: lemon juice for flavor, honey and a drop of vanilla for sweetness, yogurt for added creaminess and coconut water to thin it down to a “drink.”

Ok, so we might drink another one tomorrow.
Avocado, Half

Avocado Smoothie

serves 2 (no seriously, it’s for two, not just you. don’t try to drink all of this yourself, you greedy little monster)


1 large ripe avocado
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
¼ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup Greek yogurt (our favorite right now is Voskos)
½ to 1 cup coconut water
2 tablespoons honey
pinch of salt
optional: mint or basil (we tried it with both, and while we’re sure other people will love it, we actually don’t like either herb that much. it reminds us too much of cilantro)


Slice avocado in half, remove pit, and scoop small pieces of the avocado flesh into a blender. Make sure to scrape as much of the dark green flesh from the skin as possible, since this is where the highest concentration of nutrients is (see www.avocados.org).

Add lemon juice, vanilla, yogurt, and ½ cup coconut water (and handful of herbs if you’d like) to blender and blend on medium-high speed until smooth. Add more coconut water a little bit at a time until you get the desired consistency.

Stir in honey and salt to taste. Pour into glasses and drink right away.

by Sarah J. Gim on May 1, 2011 · 12 comments

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Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul May 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Sounds good, looks good. I totally understand the love of avocados. Check out my blog, I just posted a recipe for my Avocado Fennel Soup with Mango. It’s super tasty, and nothing like guacamole : )


TasteSpotting May 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm

oh…that’s a new one! adding fennel! love that!

kellypea May 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm

It could double as a beverage for St. Paddy’s Day :) Sounds fabulous. And no way is that calorie-laden. Yummy!


Sea May 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Interesting! I never would have thought of putting lemon juice in it. Does it cover the taste of the avocado at all?


TasteSpotting May 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm

doesn’t cover the avocado taste at all… the avocado flavor is pretty strong, and actually, the only thing that might overpower it is the vanilla – a drop of vanilla goes a long way!

Robert May 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Can’t have that many calories huh? 1 medium avacado has 274 calories – would you put this really around 500? Perfect meal replacement size. I’m about to make one but will add some vanilla rice protien powder instead of the extract (or both).


Amy December 2, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I just made this, using raw, full-fat yogurt and light coconut milk (the only kind I had, a small mason jar’s worth). OMG! That was so heavenly. Also, I didn’t add the honey and salt at the end. I used raw honey and himalayan sea salt and just mixed it all in the blender. I wish I could have one every day. My tummy is so happy!


Alissa January 6, 2013 at 11:39 am

I ran out of greek yogurt, so I substituted for my blueberry Activia yogurt, and left out the honey because it is already sweet.
perfect for on the way to work, or on the way to the gym!
om nom nom


Heather February 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I made a variation of this last night and used only what I had on hand.

1 avocado
small container of mango Greek yogurt (I guess it was about 5 oz)
1/2 cup lite coconut milk
splash of vanilla

I didn’t add the honey because the yogurt was already sweet. It was delicious. I ate it for dinner last night and for lunch today. Nice and smooth.

The second serving was fine 18 hours later… no discoloration at all.


MyGreenSmoothie July 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm

My favorite is avocado with low fat buttermilk, nonfat cottage cheese and ice. You want to talk awesome — so refreshing with a little pepper on top. It’s a great summer recipe. The lemon is definately a great idea if you intend to drink some later. You could even make lemon/lime ice cubes.


janice January 17, 2015 at 10:29 am

by far the best smoothie I have ever had !!!!


blahblah September 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

Sea, are you kidding me?
Lemon and avocado are the most heavenly match!
Man, I can’t get enough of lemon on avocado!


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