In 2013, I came up with this avocado banana smoothie as a way to boost my healthy fat intake. It remains a favorite to this day because it is thick and creamy, and just plain delicious. This smoothie is packed with healthy fats to curb your appetite as well as nourish your skin.

If you like creamy smoothies, this should be your next blend!

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Table of Contents
  1. Avocado Banana Smoothie Benefits
  2. Easy Ingredient Swaps
  3. How To Store Avocados
  4. How to Make a Creamy Smoothie
  5. Avocado Banana Smoothie Recipe

Avocado Banana Smoothie Benefits

I’ll just come right out and admit that I adore avocados (looooong before they were trending on IG). I’m a California girl living in Florida. Avocados are a major part of my diet. Guacamole is my love language, and I’m not afraid to shout about it. But avocados are good for other things besides chip dip.

Avocados are more than just a pretty face…

Did you know avocados contain more potassium than bananas? Crazy, right? Potassium is essential for heart health. A diet rich in avocados may also help lower bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels due to heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

1 serving of avocado contains 7 grams of fiber, which is an important part of any healthy diet. By getting enough fiber, we make sure our digestive tract can stay healthy. It even acts like a little scrub brush to keep things humming along.

The combination of healthy fats and fiber also helps keep you feeling full for longer after eating. So get ready for a delicious + nutritious avocado banana smoothie!

avocado banana smoothie

A balanced smoothie

I know many people either love or hate bananas… there seems to be no middle ground when it comes to this fruit. Yet they shine in this smoothie, adding just enough sweetness to balance out the avocado. Bananas also contain antioxidants and folate, which keeps us healthy and energized.

Easy Ingredient Swaps

If bananas just aren’t your cup of fruit, then swap them out for another 1/2 cup of mango, or 1/2 cup of peaches. You can use any variety of avocado you can find, just know that if you go big, you may need 1/4 of that avocado instead of half. If you’re all out of spinach, any leafy green can be swapped.

How To Store Avocados

I know you feel me on this one. You buy a bag of unripe avocados and it seems like they never ripen, until BAM! they ripen all at once. It’s more than you can eat at once. What to do? Avocados are a fruit that freezes exceptionally well, probably due to the healthy fats. (When frozen, they make a tasty avocado banana smoothie like the one below)

Freeze the avocados on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then transfer to freezer-proof bags or other airtight containers. The frozen avocados will keep up to six months or more in a deep freezer, or several months in a regular freezer.

Once avocados have ripened sufficiently, they can also be placed directly in the fridge where they will stay good for a few days longer. Unripe avocados can also be refrigerated and brought out to the counter to ripen at room temperature. While room temp avocados can be used in this avocado banana smoothie, I think frozen ones add a little bit extra to this blend.

Get ready for a whole food, plant based smoothie recipe that wows.

How to Make a Creamy Smoothie

I don’t like to blend our green smoothies with dairy products. Yet while I prefer not to, it’s totally fine to do what fits your lifestyle best.

That being said, there are plenty of ways to make a smoothie creamy using fruit + veggies. If a too-liquid smoothie has caused a #smoothiefail in the past, then have any of these options on hand to add to your next blend:

  • Avocado: so much creaminess from avos, not to mention healthy fats; avocados also thicken smoothies, as well as turn your smoothie into a meal replacement.
  • Mango: mango blends up really creamy and thick, so you don’t need much – even a quarter or half cup will cream that smoothie up.
  • Banana: this one is kind of a no-brainer, but I’m adding it to the list anyway. This avocado banana smoothie just wouldn’t be the same without the banana!
  • Coconut milk: swap the liquid base in your smoothie with a little coconut milk; the high (healthy) fat content adds loads of creaminess.
  • Nuts, seeds, and butters: nuts and seeds, especially cashews and hemp hearts, whether blended whole or as a “butter” will add mega creaminess and also a boost of protein and vitamin E.
  • Protein powder: add a plant-based protein powder to thicken your smoothie and make it extra creamy.
  • MCT oil: the medium-chain fatty acids in refined coconut oil are great for a fast energy boost, but adding 1-2 tablespoons makes a smoothie really creamy too.

Don’t forget to rate + review this smoothie once you make it. I can’t wait for your feedback!

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Avocado Banana Smoothie

This avocado banana smoothie recipe is loaded with healthy fats are a great way to nourish and hydrate the skin. I didn’t take it easy on the avocado for that very reason! Enjoy this creamy smoothie and keep blendin’ to see your skin celebrate it too. This smoothie is also known as Cream Machine.
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Beverage, Breakfast
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup mango frozen
  • ½ banana
  • 1 homemade protein powder optional

Instructions 

  • Blend spinach and water together until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend again.

Video

Notes

  • Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.
  • If this creamy smoothie is having a hard time blending well in your smoothie then add a bit more water until the blades turn easily on their own.

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Sodium: 44mg, Potassium: 1005mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 3890IU, Vitamin C: 54mg, Calcium: 61mg, Iron: 2mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. 4 stars
    I love bananas & avocados so I decided to try this super healthy combo, it definitely had the creaminess. I swapped out spinach for kale but would agree it to be a little bland as well as not a “cold” smoothie which for me seems to go down a lot better. I also added flaxseed for extra protein which could have contributed to the basic taste. if I made it again, I’d add more mango and agave! Overall I’m happy it is a healthier alternative while I’m substituting smoothies for real food.

  2. 2 stars
    I tried this smoothie and it is truly creamy and fluffy! I did add an extra cup of frozen fruit as it wasn’t sweet enough for me and it settled quite heavily and i couldn’t finish it, but maybe i used too much avocado.

  3. 4 stars
    This was smooth and tasty and kept me full all day. I would like it to be more sweet, but that may have just been my bananas.

  4. I was surprised on how creamy this was. I liked it. I never would add avocado to a smoothie before, but I will now.

  5. 5 stars
    The blueberry spinach smoothie with avocado substituted for banana was so rich! I was surprised at how creamy it turned out. Banana might have been a better choice- I’ll have to try it again

  6. 3 stars
    Was not a fan…I had to add a lot more water and it was still really creamy.