When Avocado is paired with the right ingredients, it adds a lovely, creamy texture to my favorite morning Chocolate Avocado Smoothie Recipe.
Did you wrinkle your nose or furrow your brow when you saw the title of this post? I don’t blame you. The first time I saw a recipe calling for Avocado in a blender, I was a bit grossed out too. However, I’m a huge fan of Avocados and even though I thought it was weird, I was also quite intrigued. Ripe Avocados are very creamy by nature, so it made sense to add them to a smoothie.
Although I am not a culinary expert, I do know my way around the kitchen and I knew if the Avocado was paired with the right ingredients, it would add a lovely, creamy texture to my morning smoothie. Unfortunately, the first Pinterest recipe I tried called for way too much Avocado and not enough of anything else. It was actually pretty foul and was one of the few times that I have thrown away food — and I hate throwing away food.
So after a few trials and errors of my own, I came up with this tasty Chocolate Avocado Smoothie Recipe. My sister is a huge fan of this recipe and asks for it whenever we do team meetings over here. Plus, it’s a pretty healthy way for me to start my day. I mean we all know that Avocados are a terrific source of Omega 3 fatty acids (the good kind of fat), and that they’re high in mono- and polyunsaturated fats, but did you also know that:
- Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruit, and 1 avocado can have twice the potassium of a banana, which helps balance your potassium to sodium ratio. [Source: Mercola]
- Avocados are chock full of nutrients. A single 3.5 ounce (100 gram) serving includes healthy doses of Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E as well as small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin). [Source: Authority Nutrition]
- Avocados have a relatively high fiber content. A typical avocado is made up of approximately 75 percent insoluble fiber and 25 percent soluble fiber. This is important because insoluble fiber is great at cleaning out your bowels — this means you have a lesser chance of getting constipated and a reduced chance of getting colorectal cancer since your colon will be cleaned out effectively. Soluble fiber is great for appetite control, so you’ll feel full longer because it turns into a gel that sits in your stomach for a while once it comes into contact with water. Cool! [Source: FitDay]
Needless to say, with my history of high blood pressure and diverticulitis, Avocados are a regular part of my diet to help me control my blood pressure and keep my colon squeaky clean. Now that I’ve shared this lovely tidbit with all of you, tell me – do you eat Avocado? How do you like to eat — or drink — it?
CHOCOLATE AVOCADO SMOOTHIE RECIPE
- 1/2 ripe avocado, small
- 1 ripe banana, medium
- 1/4 cup baby spinach, packed
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 cup Vanilla Kefir
- 1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Almond Milk
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup Coconut water (Use more if you like a thinner smoothie.)
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon Whole Ground Flaxseed meal
- 4 coffee cubes
Step 1: Toss all ingredients in a blender and mix thoroughly. Enjoy!
Notes: I love Kefir and drink it daily. There are two brands that I prefer: Evolve and Lifeway. When using Kefir in in smoothies, I like to use the Evolve brand because it has a thinner consistency. However, when making ice cream, I prefer to use Lifeway because it’s thicker and sets up better — see our Strawberry Kefir Ice Cream here.
Thanks for reading!
We love smoothies. We drink them every day. Check out more of our smoothie recipes below:
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Pineapple Smoothie Recipe
- Dairy Free Tropical Smoothie
- Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe