If you’re like me, when you think of avocado you think of Mexican food or some other savory, fiesta-worthy application…but hear me out. This fruit (yes, fruit!), also known as the avocado pear, is becoming very popular for its use in sweet culinary treats and dishes. And you know me – it wasn’t long before I found myself dabbling in avocados for my smoothies.
A little more about avocados
My love of avocados is certainly not misplaced. Although avocados are high in fat, the fat within avocados actually helps to lower cholesterol within our bodies. Further, a toxin present within the avocado is said to help prevent and treat breast cancer and some forms of prostate cancer.
Avocado is also an excellent source of potassium, which is crucial in the regulation of blood pressure. By consuming enough potassium we protect ourselves from heart disease, stroke and heart attack. Another heart healthy benefit of avocado is its abundance of folate, which helps protect against heart disease. For those who resolved to have a child this year, folate is crucial for a healthy pregnancy and the development of a healthy baby.
That’s wonderful! But is avocado fit for a smoothie?
But enough about the stats – let’s get down to the deliciousness that is this avocado smoothie. I am a lover of all things coconut, so when I saw someone combining avocado and coconut milk to make a sweet smoothie, I immediately thought to myself how I must have it!
Initially when I gave this smoothie a try I did not freeze the avocado, so the smoothie was left with little bit of a slimy-mouth feel. For my second attempt, I included some unsweetened coconut flakes and I froze the avocado prior to blending and it took this sipper to the next level.
It was smooth, creamy and completely satisfying. And the best part thing about this smoothie: it’s 100% naturally sweetened! Thanks to the innate sweetness within the coconut milk and coconut flakes, I didn’t (and you probably won’t either!) need any other type of sweetener. So go ahead and give this smoothie a try - because avocados aren’t just for guacamole anymore!
- 1 large avocado, frozen
- ¾ cups coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon shredded coconut
In a blender combine all ingredients, and blend until smooth.