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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 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
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
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Instructions 

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

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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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  1. 5 stars
    Another great smoothie. I added chai protein powder as it was all I had in house and the flavors were outstanding. This smoothie is so creamy and delicious and kept me full all morning.

  2. 4 stars
    The avocado banana smoothie was thick and creamy but I prefer a little sweeter smoothie. Next time I think I’ll try pineapple instead of mango. I am loving this challenge and thank you for putting it all together and sharing the recipes.

  3. 5 stars
    Scores a 10/10 for creaminess! The mango and banana offered subtle sweetness without making this smoothie overly sweet. Another delicious and healthy start to the day 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Avocado Banana Smoothie, very thick and creamy! I added a few ice cubes to get the frozen texture because the mango was the only frozen ingredient. Super delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    It’s a creamy dreamy smooth delight with just the right amount of sweetness. It made a delicious breakfast for me with an added hit of protein powder & chia and flax seeds. LOVED this!

  6. 4 stars
    Added protein powder as well as cinnamon, plus a little more water because of the thickness. Good!

  7. 4 stars
    Refreshing and perfect consistency. I can taste the slight earthiness of the spinach but the banana definitely shines through.

  8. 5 stars
    Smoothie is a great description for this as it is so SMOOTH. Such a nice creamy texture, it is hard to believe there is no cream in it. Feeling energized after having this for breakfast as well. Thanks!!

  9. This smoothie is so creamy and so filling. I couldn’t taste the avocado at all and I used kale instead of spinach. It was a bit ‘kale-y’, but I do like kale so it still tastes great!

  10. 4 stars
    This one is definitely the creamiest I’ve tried so far. It’s a great way to use avocado. It freezes well.

  11. This one is great. Had to mix in some kale as my spinach was low and also added a little chia seeds.
    Yummmmm

  12. 4 stars
    Whoa… I can see why this Avocado Banana Smoothie is called the cream machine… super duper creamy! Day 5 of the challenge is like drinking a lovely green cloud. Very mild fruit flavor, so does not pack the punch of the tropical fruit smoothies. My husband also loved it, and it’ll (hopefully) take us through a nice hike! Go Green!

  13. 5 stars
    My favorite so far. So creamy and not too sweet. Love it! I didn’t have hard time blending this one.