Vanilla Avocado Banana Smoothie in a Bowl

I had one last locally grown avocado to use up.

Rather than making more “Cheater’s” Guacamole

…I went for an Vanilla Avocado Banana Smoothie in a Bowl

It may not be pretty food, but it sure tasted pretty!




Vanilla Avocado Banana Smoothie in a Bowl

1 ripe avocado

1 small/medium banana

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 c milk (nut milk, vanilla flavored nut milk, milk, cream, or vanilla Coffeemate. <– I used that)

1/4 c sugar (add/reduce/omit as desired, or use stevia or vanilla NuNaturals stevia drops, to taste)

2 c ice cubes

Blend everything in Vita-Mix or blender until smooth.




Enjoy straight from the Vita-Mix…

Or pour directly into a in a very classy trough plastic bowl and find two straws or two spoons.

This was a very thick smoothie.  The only way I really like them.

What you don’t consume immediately, put it in the freezer where it will turn into Vanilla Avocado Banana “Ice Cream”.

That’s what I do with my Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse made with avocados.  Freeze it for a decadent dessert.  So good.

Skylar loved it and so did I!

She was literally running around the house giggling, laughing, and just especially joyous after she drank this.  Or, I should say ate this because it was so nice and thick.

It was so creamy! Just wonderful!  And it was sweet but not too sweet and full of healthy fat.

Miss Giggle Pants herself.   And who said kids won’t eat green food?

She was even helping me name the recipe.  And she knows, pictures first, eating second. Child of a food blogger.

Another reason I went for a smoothie was because it’s hot here!  Low 90s and sunny.  Love cold drinks on hot days.

Holy hot snap out of no where!

You need a smoothie to cool you down in this weather!

Thanks for filling me in on whether or not you’re a salt lover from my last post.  Lots of you said, no, you’re not into salt.  I always feel strange when I say I don’t like garlic, onions, or salt.  Glad to know I’m not alone on the salt front.

And interesting to hear what foods you just “can’t do”.  Everyone’s yays and nays are so different!


1. Do you like smoothies?

I admit, I’m not much of a smoothie drinker.  They tend to fill me up on liquid and I just feel The Liquid Bloat in my belly for an hour or so, and then, I am hungry again.  This smoothie kept me full for longer than usual and it was just so creamy that I really loved it.   Fat is a beautiful thing for that.  And plant-based fat in avos is no exception.

Skylar begs me to make her Chocolate Coconut Princess Smoothies.  Or any kind of smoothie, so I oblige.

Princess cup not entirely necessary, but preferred.

2. What’s your fave smoothie recipe or must have ingredients?

I know you all are some smoothie lovin’ people so can’t wait to hear these!

3. How’s your week going so far?

I have been extremely busy with life, work, my blog and blog related emails, photography and photos to edit and upload, recipes to type, housework, cooking, and errands to do.

But I did get in a few great runs and 20 minute at-home yoga sessions the past few days despite being super busy!

Just have to enjoy this weather!

How’s your day and week going?

77 comments on “Vanilla Avocado Banana Smoothie in a Bowl”

  1. I love smoothies, but specially fruity ones (like strawberries, banana and kiwi). They make a good snack in the afternoon, otherwise I’m too hungry by dinnertime.
    Just like you I’m having a busy week! My mastersthesis needs to be done in 2 weeks, so I’m writing, re-reading, writing, etc… ;)

  2. 1.) I have the same take on smoothies.

    2.) berries, protein powder, nut butter.

    3.) So quickly!! But very good :)

  3. This looks so good :] What do you mean, not pretty food? That is a gorgeous shade of green ;)
    I’m usually the same way about smoothies. They give me that uncomfortably full feeling and then poof! But having a small one for dessert is a-okay :) Must-have ingredient for one is banana! Although the couple I’ve had with avos have been outstanding – love the “moussey” texture they give.

  4. i’m enjoying a great week, so far! the only downside is the RAIN and CHILLY TEMPS. if i had your SD sunshine, life would be truly perfect! :)
    i am not a smoothie fan. a BOWL of something to slurp – yes, please. but a mug of something to sip with a straw? no thanks!
    thanks for featuring avacado, again! love, love, love. feel free to provide as many avacado recipes as you wish!
    have a great day, averie!

  5. I still have yet to try avocado in a smoothie. What am I waiting for?? I have no idea! :)

  6. i love pudding type smoothies. Like this avocado one. Creamy and just rich in nutrients! I think Skylar is going to be 6’3 with all that good food she eats. MODEL type for sure!

  7. I am a smoothie lover. I tend to make them nice and thick and eat in a bowl with nut, dried fruit, and chocolate type toppings. Must haves for me are a bunch of greens (kale, spinach, chard), strawberries, and usually a scoop of hemp or pea protein. I’ve used an avocado before and it makes it super thick and creamy.

    As usual Skylar is a doll! Cutest smile ever!!!

  8. I love smoothies, especially in the summertime. I love a good green monster!

  9. 1. I definitely prefer to chew my food, so even though I like the taste of smoothies I’m not really into them. I’d rather eat all those yummy fruits and veggies, than drink them.

    2. I’m honestly not sure because I never make them (see answer to #1).

    3. My week is going fairly well so far – it’s my last week of class and clinical rotations before I graduate with my master’s! Super exciting time :)

  10. Hey hey :) This looks and sounds awesome. I love how versatile avocado can be!! And even more awesome is that your peanut likes it too! I am a huge smoothie fan- some of my favorite ingredients are almond milk, bananas, berries, spinach, protein powder & cocoa powder. Week has been a little hectic and stressful. Luckily, we have a pretty awesome weekend planned- I just need to get there!

  11. I could just come here and stare at your amazing pictures wether I think the food looks yummy to me or not! Your pics, yup, freaking awesome! I tell you this all the time!

    The smoothie sounds amazing and it looks so creamy! LOVE!

    Oh miss giggles is too adorable!!!

    Hope you are well!!! miss u! xoxo <3

  12. Has Skylar gotten taller since the last time you posted pictures of her?! And no matter what people say, I actually think that green is gorgeous!

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  15. mmm seeing your guacamole makes me want to eat nachos.
    I may try your recipe for Vanilla Avocado Banana Smoothie in a Bowl and add some Alpro with the milk. Soya milk as my wife won;t drink cows milk.

  16. I love smoothies — and I’ve added chunks of avocado to smoothies before but it was never a star ingredient. It has such a great texture.

    My favorite smoothie is 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein, 1 TBSP chia seeds, 1 TBSP PB, 1/2 banana, 5 ice cubes. I have that for breakfast almost every day.

    My week is going pretty good — we are dog sitting so our house is kind of crazy, but in a good way.

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  18. I love smoothies and have them pretty often!

    I usually stuff some sort of greens (whatever I have on hand!), a banana, protein powder, and sometimes frozen fruit.

    Your smoothie today looked delicious! Do you normally put ice in your smoothies! I find that a lot of times I don’t, but when I do it just makes it taste so much better!

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  20. Holy yum!! This looks amazing. You really do make some delcious food! :D

  21. Sometimes I really like smoothies, but in general I’d rather chew my food. When I do make smoothies, I love bananas and mangoes and greens. Sometimes I’ll just make a chocolate banana smoothie with a frozen nanna, cocoa powder and enough coconut or almond milk to get everything moving. it’s my ice cream shake replacement these days.

  22. I love smoothies! That bad boy looks delicious! nom nom nom x

  23. Almost looks as though you could ice a cake with it! I’m not huge on smoothies, but I’m thinking that would be a great summer treat as *ice cream*. Yum!

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  25. Love smoothies. Oh my goodness. I haven’t had one in such a long time I need to get experimenting again. I went through a phase where I had one every morning and I just threw anything and everything in the blender, usually including way too much greens. And then I’d choke it down because I can’t waste nutritious food like that. I’m a lot more careful in my experimentation now.
    I’m feeling totally overwhelmed with blog stuff. I have to change the link to every single one of my pictures so it doesn’t link to the pictures uploaded on wordpress?? Oh well, it’s necessary and I wanted it. I find the worst part for myself is getting motivated to just go at it. Once I do it doesn’t actually take that long or seem that bad. It just sucks having work pile up when you have so many other things to get done too :( Like I said though, I wanted it. Haha

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