So barely a milkshake, really, and a very loose definition of the term, but what can you expect from it when it’s green? This avocado milkshake is surprisingly excellent, and it feels rather healthy with the pale green colour.
With no ice cream in the shake, frozen bananas make up for it (think ‘nice cream’) and blend well with the avocado. There’s a very subtle avocado flavour, but it’s pleasant, not grassy.
You need just six ingredients for this recipe, including the optional sweetener. Sweeten to taste, depending on whether this is dessert or a snack, or breakfast, why not. I am hesitant to call anything with avocado in it a milkshake but it’s genuinely delicious!
- Avocado: ripe! Underripe avocados are too starchy to work properly here – it should give when lightly pressed.
- Banana: overripe for most sweetness, but it is a bit of balance to avoid too much banana flavour. If the skin is really black, they’re probably too ripe for this recipe, and better for banana bread.
- Non-Dairy Milk: oat milk, or go for cashew milk for an extra creamy shake.
- Coconut Yogurt: thick yogurt will make for a creamier milkshake. Try to find Greek-style if possible, and in this case, sweetened is fine.
- Vanilla: powder or bean is ideal, but extract works too (see below).
- Honey: optional, if you want something a bit sweeter. Use maple syrup or another liquid sweetener if preferred.
Notes and Substitutions
Of course if you prefer a more traditional avocado milkshake, you can use ice cream. Vegan vanilla ice cream is an ideal substitution for the frozen bananas.
Vanilla extract may add a very slight alcoholic flavour to the milkshake, but it shouldn’t be noticeable. Powder or half a scraped bean will add a stronger vanilla flavour.
If you want the shake to be completely fruit sweetened, you could add dates instead of a liquid sweetener. I don’t have a really strong blender, so I prefer honey.
Coconut yogurt could be switched out for another type of yogurt if you prefer. It does add a bit of coconut flavour, which goes well with the other tropical flavours, but other non-dairy yogurt works too. As mentioned above, sweetened yogurt is fine, especially vanilla.
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Banana Avocado Milkshake
- 1 large ripe avocado about 270g
- 2 overripe bananas peeled, sliced, and frozen
- 250 ml non-dairy milk
- 90 grams coconut yogurt
- ½ pod vanilla scraped (or 1/4 teaspoon powder / 1 teaspoon extract)
- ½ teaspoon honey optional, to taste
- Add the avocado, frozen bananas, 250 ml (1 cup) milk, 90 grams (1/3 cup) yogurt, vanilla, and honey (if using) to a blender or tall mixing container (for an immersion blender).
- Blend on high speed until fully mixed and very smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.