Posted on | February 1, 2011 | 1 Comment
A couple of weeks ago, we were sitting in the kitchen eating lunch with the boys. We had an avocado salad with our meal, and I brought up the fact that avocado is actually a fruit rather than a vegetable. It led into a conversation about other veggies that are really fruits, and then my husband piped in with the information that in Brazil, avocado are commonly eaten with sugar sprinkled on top.
He went on to add that avocado ice cream is also popular there, and then THAT got me thinking about having seen avocado ice cream on Top Chef… and long story short, I wondered about avocado smoothies.
Now I’ve made green smoothies for the boys – regular fruit and juice smoothies with a handful of spinach thrown in. But as a North American, I’ve always thought of avocado as a salad and sandwich ingredient – dessert, not so much. It seemed so … exotic! risky! bold!
So, throwing caution to the wind, I set about to give it a try.
Am I ever glad I did!
The avocado smoothie was.. smooth, rich, creamy – delicious! Of course it stands to reason that it would be very creamy, because of the higher fat content in avocado than in most other fruits. But don’t let that high fat content sway you – avocado has good fat, healthy fat.
- 1/2 avocado – peeled and pitted
- 1/2 cup frozen banana slices
- 1/2 cup vanilla or plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk (or as needed, just to thin it out)
- Blend the avocado, banana and yogurt together, thin with milk if it’s too thick.
Like I suggested yesterday, you can try this with kefir, too. For a super healthy drink, toss in some frozen berries – get your healthy fat AND antioxidants, y’all!
In my research on this, I found another recipe that consisted of an avocado, a can of sweetened, condensed milk and ice. Sounds delicious, but not as healthy – but hey, give it a go!
I also ran across information that says you can actually blend the avocado pit right in with the fruit. It’s claimed to be a very good source of fiber. I imagine it is, but I think I’ll wait until I get a new blender before I give that a shot!
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