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!

 

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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.

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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!

Questions:

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’m more into the spoonable smoothies too. I rarely use a straw or drink them. I have started calling them pudding, actually.

  2. Sounds like one thick smoothie. Much deserving a bowl and a couple spoons.

    I LOVE smoothies. Eat/drink them daily for breakfast. When I’m at the paintball field I bring an extra smoothie with me as I usually don’t have time to sit down and eat something. Also very refreshing on a warm day.

    Favourite smoothie ingredients (but not all in 1 smoothie): mango, mint, banana, cilantro, spinach, pineapple.
    Great recipe: banana, handful spinach, fresh mint (or mint extract in a pinch), spoon of cocoa powder, and water to blend. Tastes like a chocolate shake. Yum!

  3. My favourite smoothie is from a vegan cookbook by Sarah Kramer. I think it was from “La Dolce Vegan” but it might have been from one of her other ones (The Garden of Vegan, How it all Vegan) because I don’t remember! But it goes like this: 2 frozen bananas, 2 tsp cocoa powder, 2 tsp maple syrup, 1 tsp ground coffee, and some almond milk (I use vanilla). It is so delicious!! I’ve made it without the coffee before and it was just as yummy.

  4. I super love smoothies! i also super love avocados!! I’ve put avocados in my smoothies before and it’s amazing! In the philippines, we eat avocados for dessert, not as savory. Only when I got to the US that i learned about savory avocados! So i’m so used to eating this wonderful thing as sweets!

  5. I love smoothies, but they have to be really thick for me too- or topped with something else so there’s more to them than liquid! I had a great one this morning with spinach, banana, Sun Warrior and almond milk, topped with cereal. Perfection. I love how thick yours is, and the color is gorgeous as well- it reminds me of my room at my parents’ house!!

  6. It was 91* here yesterday and B & I enjoyed smoothies for breakfast and salad for lunch. I just couldn’t ‘do’ anything hot. I made us a blackberry vanilla smoothie w. spinach. It was just ok. I had frozen some fresh blackberries from TJ’s and apparently they weren’t all the way ripe. A little yuck, but we drank them. My smoothies always include some kind of fruit, almond milk & chia seeds, but depending on when I’m drinking it…. the other ingredients vary. Sometimes I like to add spinach, prot powder, peanut flour, cocoa, various extracts… I love it all.

  7. I eat (thick enough to eat!) at least one smoothie per day. The essentials are bananas and berries. The other things change. Sometimes spinach is included, sometimes yogurt, sometimes avocado, sometimes protein powder and/or cocoa powder, it all depends on the day!

  8. wow i SERIOUSLY want that smoothie! i am definitely adding that to my list of things i need to make as soon as i don’t have to make this paper anymore haha <3 you girl!

  9. Oh, a smoothie with in-season cherries & pineapple, made with pineapple juice=HEAVEN!

  10. I love a good smoothie but I’ve never made an avocado nanner one before, I think I’d be too scare to try it lol :D

  11. oh boy that looks amazing and refreshing! Avocados are one of my top 5 favorite foods but would you believe I’ve never put them in a smoothie! Honestly I love the taste of them so much that I haven’t wanted to “waste” them getting lost in a smoothie. But this post has definitely convinced me to give it a whirl, literally. I have been on a dough boy smoothie (kath’s recipe) kick, which I highly highly recommend. Overnight oats and add some more milk and sometimes other fruit in the morning and it is so thick. Smoothies with a spoon and toppings are both musts.

  12. hey averie!

    yum! what a great way to use up an avocado. you’re giving me a great suggestion! ;-)

    smoothies: i have them a few times a week and am really enjoying them vegan:

    – bananas
    – frozen berries
    – VEGA powder
    – kale or spinach
    – maca powder
    – ground chia or flax seeds
    – psyllium husk
    – water

    sometimes, i add peanut powder or carob powder. i used to add orange juice, but found it overpowered the flavor of the smoothie. i sometimes add yogurt, but, i’m actually more of a fan of the vegan version i posted above (dear husband likes yogurt, so i compromise). :-)

    xo

  13. I think it looks very pretty! I am so making this!

  14. I LOVE avocados in my smoothies! They give it such an amazing creamy texture. My fav at the moment is also with 1 frozen banana, a handful of spinach, 1 avocado, almond milk (raw homemade), vanilla, chia seeds, spoonful of coconut butter, agave. If I have blueberries I throw those in too! Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try your version!

  15. While I love avocados with savory flavors, I have never been able to deal with them in sweets of any kind…. but I know that most people love them. I used to use them a lot in my raw desserts at my last job and people loved them! I admit, the texture they add is amazing!

  16. i love smoothies in a bowl, sometimes i skip the ice and just go puddin’

  17. Now that is a great recipe Averie! I will have to try this, I have all that I need. yippee! Hope it is not too hot for ya today!

  18. i just got some of the nunaturals drops! got regular, not vanilla. about how many drops is equal in sweetness to a packet?

  19. The smoothie sounds great, very creative! Lovely weather, it’s hot here too, and dry!

    1. Yes, I usually have one for breakfast every morning with some sort of vegan protein powder. Not the most exciting breakfast, but fast and nutrient dense on week mornings.
    2. I usually add protein powder, kale or spinach, carrots, some fruit and seeds.
    3. Busy, gah! Still too much going on at work.

  20. I bought the avocado and I am making this tomorrow :)

  21. We love green smoothies! Kale, flax seed, strawberries, almond milk, frozen banana- Yum!
    So jealous of your weather. All we have had for the last month is rain- lots of flooding. Even had to get out winter coats in May the last couple of days…

  22. It is SO awesome that you posted this today. I was racking my brain over what smoothies I could make until the end of the week (has to be different everyday or I get bored). Tomorrow I’m having blueberry + chocolate… but I have avocados and banana galore, and didn’t know what to do with them. Now I know! Thanks Averie :)

  23. Hey there,

    One snack I am loving at the moment are these delicious walnut carrot cookies I found on the Whole Foods Market website. They are completely dairy-free and have zero refined sugars, no oils or liquid syrups, in fact they are very healthy considering they are called “cookies”. The little sweetness that’s in them comes from the fruit in them and the ingredient list couldn’t be simpler:
    1 cup raw unsalted walnuts
    1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
    1 cup raisins
    1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
    1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    2 carrots, grated
    1 apple, grated
    1 very ripe banana, peeled and mashed
    1/4 cup apple juice

    They aren’t too sweet so they make a great breakfast cookie if you’re into grab and go breakfasts :)

  24. I love smoothies and drink them often. I like them to be on the runnier side, and I like to use banana, spinach, and almond milk, with whatever else I have around.

  25. Averie, I am all about your avocado creations. That smoothie looks awesome! I want to dip one of my avocado scones in that frozen bliss & munch away.
    Need a Vita Mix bad. Any tips on how to score one without spending $400??
    xo

    • you have GOT to get a vita. I thought you already had one??!! it will change your life and being that you’re already an amazing cook and can create on the fly…you will LOVE it.

      I am a distributor for them and sadly the lowest price is around $400 however a couple times a year they run refurbished specials, i.e. $275ish. Not sure if it’s worth it to you to wait for those and get a refurbed machine but we can talk…seriously, you need one!!!

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