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Avocado Banana Smoothie


Fans of creamy smoothies listen up! This Avocado Banana Smoothie is for you!

This Avocado Banana Smoothie is one of the first green smoothie recipes we came up with in the early days of SGS. It remains a favorite to this day because it is thick and creamy, fruity, and just plain delicious.

Sometimes smoothies can end up on the watery or thin side. If you’re a fan of really creamy smoothies, read on!

How To Make a Creamy Smoothie

We don’t like to blend our green smoothies with dairy products. We get a lot of questions about using yogurt and dairy milk. While we 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 (and veggies!).

7 Ways to Make a Creamy Smoothie

  • Avocado – so much creaminess from avos, not to mention healthy fats; avocados also thicken smoothies and turn your smoothie into a meal replacement
  • Mango – mango blends up really creamy and thick, and you don’t need much – even a quarter or half cup will make for a creamy smoothie
  • Banana – this one is kind of a no-brainer, but I’m adding it to the list anyway. Banana’s unique makeup of low-glycemic sugars and pectin soften the texture of the banana as it ripens, that same pectin and the fiber in bananas helps give bananas a creamy texture when blended; they also help thicken smoothie
  • 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; other protein powders such as collagen are great too
  • 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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Why I Love Blending Avocados in My Smoothies

I’ll just come right out and admit that I adore avocados (and have looooong before they were trending on IG). I’m a California girl living in Florida. Avocados are a major part of my diet. I’m probably the biggest fan of guacamole you’ll ever meet. But avocados are good for other things besides a chip dip.

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.

Fiber is an important part of any healthy diet. Our digestive tract can stay healthy by making sure to enough fiber, especially dietary fiber which acts like a little scrub brush and keep things humming along. The combination of healthy fats and fiber also helps keep you feeling full for longer after eating.

Avocados are low in sugar and low on the glycemic index. They can replace banana in smoothies when needed.

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. )

Once avocados have ripened sufficiently, they can 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.

Just like you can freeze leafy greens, you can also freeze avocados in halves, slices, or cubes. The important thing to remember is to give them a quick dip in acidulated water or toss then with fresh lemon juice. This will help prevent oxidation, i.e. turning brown.

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.

Let me know in the comments your favorite creamy fruit to blend up!

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Avocado Banana Smoothie

  • Author: Jen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks, Breakfast
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Description

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.


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Ingredients

  • 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.

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

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  1. Ozgur

    December 21st, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Can we use almond milk instead of coconut milk?

  2. Jen Hansard

    December 28th, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Of course Ozgur. Just look for a brand that is unsweetened since we’re naturally sweetening with fruits. Happy blending!

  3. grace

    January 17th, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Yumm, I added pineapple because I have them. My son is loving it too — can’t never go wrong with spinach and avocado and pineapple – my fav combo!! 😉

  4. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 23rd, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I have to agree, Grace!

    Way to make this recipe your own 🙂

  5. Kathy Overstreet

    January 22nd, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Made this one to take to work today as I work from 11 am to 7 pm! Based on its thickness, I am sure it will hold me through my very busy day! PS….I licked the edge of the blender after making it – absolutely delicious and very thick and creamy!!

  6. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 23rd, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Haha That is when you know your smoothie is a good one. When you are licking every last drop

    Love it!

  7. K D

    January 22nd, 2019 at 11:28 am

    We loved this one so much, we made it two days in a row. So comforting and creamy on two sub-zero days!

  8. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 23rd, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Hey K D,

    That is so awesome that you had to drink this one two days in a row. Yay!!

  9. Rebecca Knievel

    January 23rd, 2019 at 10:19 am

    I like Avis or banana in my smoothies but both is just a bit too much like drinking a dip. Taste is good on this but texture is meh for me.

  10. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 25th, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Hey Rebecca,

    Feel free to leave some of the avocados out if you are not feeling it. You will still be getting plenty of plant power goodness!

  11. Valerie W

    January 23rd, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    I added a little less avocado than called for as I like the creaminess it adds, but did not want the flavor to be too pronounced. Definitely makes it more filling, too.

  12. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 25th, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Hey Valerie,

    Sounds like you are a pro at this already! I am so glad that you were able to make this smoothie work for you.

  13. Katie Gehrke

    January 23rd, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    The avocado makes this smoothie so creamy. It tastes great!!

  14. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 25th, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    We are all about the avocados here! There is nothing better than a delicious creamy smoothie =P

  15. Bonnie

    January 25th, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Nice and creamy with both the banana and avocado…it’s like having a dessert for breakfast! RawkOn Rawkstars 🙂 🙂

  16. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 25th, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Now that sounds like my kind of breakfast!! 🙂

  17. Amber

    January 25th, 2019 at 11:15 am

    I was out of mangos so I used peaches….i also added some protein powder to it. It was super yummy

  18. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 25th, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Swapping with peaches sounds super delicious too! So glad that you made this work with what you had on hand 🙂

  19. Bethany Vines

    January 25th, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Not enough flavor for me. But I loved the creaminess! I’ve always wanted to try avocado in a smoothie, but never have. That’s why I like challenges! They push me to try new things.

  20. Sandra S

    January 25th, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    I enjoyed the Cream Machine but I had to tweak the recipe. I followed the recipe then added a whole banana , 3 strawberries , a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice and 1/4 cup ice to thin it out.

  21. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 22nd, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Hey Sandra,

    Way to make this your own where it works for you!!

    Happy blending!!

  22. Kelly

    January 25th, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Yes to this one!!! I love the creaminess and the fact that it is not overly sweet.

  23. Karen M-A

    January 25th, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Like this one, Jen. It was creamy and green-tasting. Not too sweet but just right. I have enjoyed this challenge and will continue with the green smoothies for sure. Thanks for the fun!

  24. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 22nd, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Hey Karen,

    Glad this recipe was just right for you!

    So happy you joined us for this challenge!!

  25. Cecily

    January 25th, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    This smoothie had a very mild flavor, which I liked. I also really loved the creaminess of this smoothie. So good even my hubby liked it!

  26. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 22nd, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Hey Cecily,

    It’s always a win when you convert a member of your family to a green smoothie lover!!!

  27. Anita

    January 25th, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Three stars. Omitted the banana as I did not have one at home. I did enjoy the creamy texture.

  28. Tanya

    January 25th, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Yum! I love avocados!!! With both this and banana it’s extra creamy & delicious.

  29. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 22nd, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Hey Tanya,

    This recipe is super creamy and delicious!! =P

  30. Shari C

    January 25th, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    YES, YES, YES!!
    Creamy and delicious

  31. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 22nd, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Hey Shari,

    Yesssss!!!! This makes me want to get up and cheer!!

  32. Cory

    January 27th, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Definitely creamy but a little bland. Still loved it though!

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