Rich and creamy green smoothie recipe

Avocado Banana Smoothie

POSTED ON 1.6.2021

The cream factor in this avocado banana smoothie is a 10/10. The perfect combo of sweetness + healthy fats, this green smoothie is delish!

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!

avocado banana smoothie

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!

A balanced banana 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. They also contain antioxidants and folate, which keeps us healthy and energized.

Avocado banana smoothie 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.

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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.
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Avocado Banana Smoothie


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

Description

This avocado 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.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 avocado
  • ½ cup mango
  • ½ banana

Instructions

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

Notes

Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.

  • Category: Drinks, Breakfast
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: avocado banana smoothie, smoothie, green smoothie, spinach, avocado, banana

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Caroline Hileman says:

    Made the mistake & put the full avocado in…next time I’ll just add 1/2 like the recipe says

  2. Alannah says:

    Very creamy, but I should’ve used frozen banana so it was a little bit colder. The flavors were on point though! I love how filling this was too.

  3. Amy B says:

    Banana and avocado makes it creamier

  4. Jamie E says:

    This one was really good. Smooth and creamy

  5. Melanie says:

    I forgot to rate the smoothie

  6. Ren says:

    Very creamy

  7. Grace says:

    I agree with the other comments that this smoothie was a bit subdued, at least in the first few sips, but the flavour grew on me part way through. I think I may have not put in enough mango. I added lime, cilantro and cucumber for some extra nutrients.

  8. Beatrix says:

    Creamy and nice

  9. Anne says:

    This one was super creamy, good but a little bland, but I felt great after drinking it. Added a little lime juice which helped, and some hemp hearts. Next time will use half the avocado.

  10. Danna says:

    The avocado-banana smoothie is creamy and thick as well as a bit more filling.
    Less sweetness than some of the other smoothies but very tasty!

  11. Susan Smith says:

    This one was not popular in my house. The overall consensus was that it was bland.

  12. Tina says:

    Creamy & delicious!

  13. Sabrina Schroeder says:

    Verrrry creamy!

  14. Melanie says:

    I enjoyed this one too. I love adding avocados to my smoothie.

  15. Judith says:

    Excellent what else can I say

  16. Elizabeth Angie Reyes says:

    Sadly I had to try this minus the avocado because mine was hard! I added pineapple in its place. I will try again because I haven’t tried an avocado smoothie yet!

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