Creamy Avocado Smoothie with blueberries, spinach, banana, protein powder, and a secret ingredient for a healthy complete meal in a glass! Make this smoothie on a daily basis for a great source of healthy fats, fiber, and protein.
Have you tried adding avocado to your morning smoothie?
At first thought, the concept may seem off putting or downright disinteresting, but haste: it’s actually amazing.
In fact, I would go so far as to say avocado makes for a superior smoothie.
Silky, creamy, divine, thick, nourishing, filling, easy to customize…avocado smoothies simply cover all of the bases and are so inviting to those of us who love a thicker smoothie.
In this case, we’re getting a nice dose of protein, carbohydrates, antioxidants, and Vitamins with healthy fats from the avocado to help absorb those nutrients.
The ingredients in this healthy smoothie recipe work in tandem to promote easy digestion and nutrient absorption.
This green smoothie is ideal for people looking for:
- Whole food that is easy to digest. Smoothies are an amazing way of taking in a huge amount of nutrients in a belly-friendly way that is easy on the digestive system.
- Quick and easy healthy breakfast or afternoon snack on-the-go that are packed with nutrients.
- Pre or post-workout protein shake.
- Something thick and delicious.
- A means by which to add more healthy fats to the diet.
What Does an Avocado Smoothie Taste Like?:
Not the way you would expect! Avocado smoothies don’t taste earthy or remotely close to guacamole. They are rich and creamy, almost like you’re drinking a thick milkshake that isn’t overpoweringly sweet.
The avocado adds a thick, creamy texture to a smoothie and an abundance of rich flavor. In this sense, any flavors you add to an avocado smoothie will be enhanced by the fat content.
I keep my green smoothies relatively low in fructose, as I maintain a carb-conscious diet, but feel free to go wild adding your favorite fruit. Pineapple and mango pair marvelously with avocado and give that sweet tropical vibe.
Health Benefits of Avocados:
In addition to omega-3 fatty acids, avocados are also a good source of Vitamin C, E, K, and B6. They also contain niacin, folate, magnesium, and potassium, making them an absolute superfood.
Including avocados in your diet in some fashion is a no brainer in the sense that you get so many nutritional benefits out of even a small amount.
Let’s discuss the ingredients I use in my favorite creamy delicious avocado smoothie recipe.
Ingredients for Avocado Smoothie:
Ripe Avocado: The star of the show here! We use half of a fresh avocado for this deliciously creamy, thick and nutritious smoothie recipe. Ideally, the avocado will be perfectly ripe so that it has that rich, creamy flavor rather than the under ripe or overripe flavor.
That said, if you do have an overripe avocado, making a smoothie out of it is a great way of ensuring it doesn’t go to waste. My one suggestion would be to add other flavorful ingredients like ground cinnamon or lemon juice to mask the overripe flavor.
Banana: Half of a banana adds the perfect sweetness to the smoothie without infusing it with too much fructose. While I absolutely love high sugar smoothies, I do avoid them in order to keep my blood sugar under control. I typically freeze ripe bananas for smoothies, which helps them stay thick and cold, but if you’re using a fresh ripe banana you can simply add some ice cubes to the smoothie to make sure it’s chilled.
Blueberries: A little bit of a blueberry infusion brings a nice tang to the smoothie. If you love a lot of berry flavor in your smoothies, add 1 cup instead of ½ cup. You can also mix up your berry selection depending on what you have on hand.
Lemon Zest: I find even a small amount of lemon zest or orange zest does something fabulous to an avocado smoothie. It brings a creamy, citrus essence which helps brighten up the flavors and offset the rich fats from the avocado. Lemon juice or lime juice are also great here.
Oat Milk (or milk of choice): Use any type of milk or liquid you like here! I love unsweetened oat milk because I enjoy the flavor, but almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, soy milk, and even coconut water work well too.
Protein Powder: In order to make this a complete meal replacement smoothie, I add protein powder for an avocado protein smoothie. I go with an unsweetened goat whey protein, but you can use any protein powder you love. If you aren’t concerned with your protein intake, you can easily leave it out.
Baby Spinach: Infusing the avocado smoothie with additional fiber and vitamins, tossing in a handful of fresh spinach is a great way of getting in some greens. You can also use kale or chard or any leafy greens you like in this delicious smoothie. This is how you get that beautiful green color.
Ground Cinnamon: A little ground cinnamon adds warm flavor to the smoothie and also provides a natural diffusion of glucose. Ground cinnamon has been proven to lower blood sugar, so including it in smoothies will help blunt the rise in blood glucose.
Hemp Hearts: Providing an omega-3 infusion and a touch of plant-based protein, hemp hearts are one of those easy superfood ingredients to toss in if you have them on hand. Chia seeds are great too!
Greens Powder: If you use greens powders like Athletic Greens, this is a great placement for them to add a huge infusion of Vitamins and minerals.
Seeds: If you’re a woman and you use seed cycling to help regulate your hormones, you can add your raw seeds to this smoothie as a consistent way of taking them in on a daily basis.
Additional Fresh Fruit: If you aren’t concerned with your sugar intake, feel free to add any of your favorite fresh or frozen fruit. Peaches, mango, and pineapple are my favorites in fruit smoothies.
Almond Butter: Any nut or seed butter such as peanut butter or almond butter can be added to the smoothie to boost the calories and fat for those looking for a high calorie smoothie. Almond butter also adds delicious flavor!
Greek Yogurt: For added protein and tangy flavor, feel free to add Greek yogurt. I prefer my lower sugar smoothies without plain yogurt because I feel it detracts from the sweetness and makes the smoothie taste savory.
Let’s whip up a banana avocado smoothie, shall we?
How to Make an Avocado Smoothie:
We simply add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender (I use my Magic Bullet) and blend until everything is completely combined. For a thinner consistency, add more oat milk to your desired taste.
Taste the smoothie for flavor and feel free to add more banana, blueberries, a dash of cinnamon, lemon juice, or pure maple syrup, or honey depending on the flavor you’re going for. I love the flavor of the smoothie as is!
Pour the smoothie into a glass or to go cup, sip and enjoy!
If you have leftover avocado smoothie, you can transfer it to an ice cube tray and freeze it for later.
Keto Avocado Smoothie:
For a low carb avocado smoothie recipe, replace the banana with 1/2 cup of steamed and frozen cauliflower or zucchini. Add plenty of cinnamon or cocoa powder for flavor, or stick with citrus flavors and use lemon juice or lemon zest.
Add your favorite sugar-free sweetener to taste. My preference is Stevia, but you can also use 1 to 2 tablespoons of any granulated sugar-free sweetener.
That’s it! Everything you need to know about making an avocado shake with delicious creamy texture.
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes:
- Beet Berry Apple Smoothie
- Cherry Berry Cashew Ginger Smoothie
- Immunity-Boosting Tropical Smoothie Bowls
- Pineapple Green Protein Smoothie
- Low-Carb Carrot Cake Smoothie
Avocado smoothie recipe comin at ya THICK.
Avocado Smoothie Recipe
- ½ ripe avocado
- 1 handful baby spinach
- ½ cup blueberries*
- ½ large ripe banana*
- 2/3 cup unsweetened oat milk
- 1 scoop 2 Tbsp protein powder
- Zest from 1 lemon
- Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender (I use my Magic Bullet) and blend until everything is completely smooth. For a thinner consistency, add more oat milk to your desired taste.
- Taste the smoothie for flavor and feel free to add more banana, blueberries, a dash of cinnamon, lemon juice, or pure maple syrup, or honey depending on the flavor you’re going for. I love the flavor of the smoothie as is!
- Pour the smoothie into a glass or to go cup, sip and enjoy!
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