Creamy Avocado Banana Smoothie


July 14, 2009

This raw vegan avocado smoothie tastes like ice cream. Add cinnamon to taste.

Creamy Avocado Banana Smoothie

This creamy avocado banana smoothie with spinach is one of my all-time favorite green smoothies.

If there was a meteor heading towards earth and I had an hour to live, I’d spend it eating avocado – guacamole, avocado pudding, avocado ice cream, avocado dressing, avocado gazpacho, avocado toast, avocado tempura, and anything else could stuff an avo into! I eat two to three avocados a day, and I have no intention of stopping.

Also known as God’s butter, this green goddess is full of fabulous fats that are mostly heart-healthy monounsaturates that tame toxins; neutralize acids, balance blood sugar and hormones; support the adrenals, metabolize fats; regulate cholesterol; and nourish the skin, tissues, and joints. Amped up with antioxidants like vitamins A, C, E, and K and glutathione; alkalizing chlorophyll, fiber, potassium, and B vitamins, this anti-inflammatory avenger is a detox diva. Throw in the fabulous flavor and it’s no wonder that there’s always a rotation of avocados in our house.

I add avocados to smoothies to boost nutrient potential, thicken blends and add a creamy quality, and temper the effects of high-sugar fruits. Except for an avocado gazpacho-style smoothie, our beloved avocado is rarely the star of a sweet smoothie.

I continue to be haunted by a phenomenal avocado pudding my friends and I scoffed at a macrobiotic restaurant in Portugal while we were touring with a theater show years ago. We’d walk 30 minutes there and back to get our fix. Then, some years later on the other side of the world in Indonesia I had my first experience with an avocado smoothie. It was heavenly, but drenched in heavy sugar syrup.

I had to replicate the avocado divinity with a healthier halo. This quick, easy avocado smoothie does the trick for me, and feeds my avocado addiction.

Don’t miss making this avocado banana smoothie. It is delicious.

Find more delicious smoothie recipes in The Blender Girl Smoothies book.

*Probiotic Powder – I add 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder to all smoothies to replenish stores of healthy bacteria for immunity, digestion, detox, and to balance the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and other sweeteners. The really potent probiotics require refrigeration. If you have capsules, break the shell and release the powder. Unsweetened probiotic-rich liquids like kefirs (water, coconut water, milk varieties) or kombucha make wonderful health-promoting additions to shakes, too.

Other Avocado Smoothies

Avocado Berry Smoothie

Salty Tomato Kale Avocado Smoothie

Creamy Avocado Banana Smoothie

Detox Green Smoothie

Savory Green Smoothie

Find more delicious smoothie recipes in The Blender Girl Smoothies book.
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Creamy Avocado Banana Smoothie

This creamy avocado banana smoothie tastes like ice cream. Add cinnamon to taste. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 glasses
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (480ml) unsweetened almond milk (strained if homemade)
  • 1 cup (44g) firmly packed baby spinach
  • 1 small avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 medium-sized banana
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (190g) ice cubes

optional boosters

Instructions

  1. Throw everything into your blender (including any boosters) and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy.

Recipe Notes

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Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak