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Knowing that avocados are a smart and healthy choice is one thing, but actually getting my kids to eat them is another story. They complain that they’re not a huge fan of the texture of avocado (who doesn’t like that smooth creamy goodness!?), so I decided to use it to my advantage and sneak some healthy avocado into their smoothies. Guess what – it worked like a charm! My six-year-old proclaimed that his Avocado Sunrise Smoothie was “The best smoothie EVER! Even better than the other kind that used to be my favorite!”
AVOCADO SUNRISE SMOOTHIE
(makes 3 servings)
- 14 ounces of orange juice
- 8 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 large frozen banana
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1/2 fresh avocado
- Small handful of ice
Toss all of the ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth. Serve immediately and enjoy!
This smoothie was such a hit that the kids have already requested that I bring it the next time we’re on snack duty at school or baseball games (and I think that’s a great idea!). I think I will whip out a batch of these the next time we have friends over to watch the big game!
I still had a half of my fresh avocado left over, and I had recently discovered a recipe for avocado chocolate pudding, so I decided to experiment and see if I could tweak the pudding recipe into a creamy smoothie. It turned out SO smooth and the creaminess factor was off the charts!
- 3 tbsp milk (can also substitute soy milk, almond milk, etc.)
- 1/2 fresh avocado
- 1 small frozen banana
- 4 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp Dutch process cocoa powder
- squirt of honey to taste for additional sweetness
Blend all ingredients until smooth – serve and enjoy!
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Avocado Chocolate Smoothie – OK, I made this for myself today and thought it was much too rich and pudding-y for MY taste. It may be better if thinned out a bit more, to drink, but I decided to pour it into small bowls and freeze it for my kids. I thought I might be able to get them to believe it was chocolate ice cream…didn’t happen. So far, 3 of my 4 kids have tried it and didn’t like it. Mind you, they’re picky and are super-tasters and they do know what chocolate ice cream is supposed to taste like, LOL! I’m praying that my 2 year old will love it! With all that being said, this would absolutely be a healthier version of ice cream, especially for a toddler who hasn’t been introduced to real ice cream. You can taste the banana in the background and a mild taste of the avocado, but overall, it’s not too bad. Oh, and I did put a bit more than the 3TBS of liquid that it called for. 3TBS was just not nearly enough to make it even into a pudding, much less a smoothie. I also used frozen avocado, too, so maybe that’s why. Just play around with it! Try it frozen! The texture was great frozen! Thought this was a great recipe to try something a little different!
I tried the Chocolate Avocado Smoothie yesterday- but with the whole avocado instead of half (cause why not 🙂 & with a little more banana as well- and ohhhhh my gracious. It was borderline milkshake it was so good. I have never made a creamier, smoother smoothie in my life. It was so amazing it is my all time favorite from now on. Thank you sooo much Heidi for this recipe!