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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

avocado shakes: my new favorite snack

since going dairy-free for my baby boy, snacking has been slightly more painful for me. my favorite snack is fruit, which still works, but i really love to snack on cheese during the day and a few bites of ice cream is a perfect snack right before bed. clearly i needed a solution to this problem.

i found one! thanks to my little brother. an avocado shake. no ice cream or yogurt needed - the avocado makes it smooth and creamy. if you love the taste of avocado then try just that. if you want it to be subtle - add more fruit! my hubby's favorite is avocado-banana-apple. my fav it avocado-apple.

skinny bovine's avocado shake

puree the following in your blender:
  • crushed ice (less for 1, creamier shake - a little more for 2, slightly icier shakes. see about how much in pic below.)
  • 1 ripe avocado (makes 1 or 2 shakes, depending on how much ice and fruit you add)
  • milk (i use vanilla soy milk, just enough to get it to blend)
  • sugar (a few spoonfuls, but add to taste. if you have a little extra cash lying around, i think this shake would be fabulous sweetened with agave nectar - and healthier too!)

other yummy things to add:
  • other fruit - we've tried and liked grapefruit (see pic), apple (the whole thing, decored of course) and banana (for 2 shakes i'll do 1 avocado, 1 whole banana and 1 whole apple)
  • apple juice (instead of part of the milk)
  • a dash of lime juice


Meghan said...

I've never heard of using avocado as a replacement for creamy dairy in a shake/smoothie, but it totally makes sense! Very neat! (And a good St. Patrick's Day drink bcs of the green color!)

The Ortega's said...

That looks pretty and delish. I'm wondering if my boys will like it...they drank banana spinach smoothies, and they love, maybe. Thanks!!!

Jessica said...

I would have LOVED you when I was pregnant... I CRAVED avacados! I bet it is pretty tasty; I will try it this week!

Crystal said...

I have another recipe for you! It's called "one ingredient ice cream". I don't know if you like bananas- but this is really good! At least it is a good substitute for ice cream. Here is the link to the recipe. If you add cinnamon and sugar- it tastes great. Anyways, here is the link!

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in to say hi! I love your blog!

Natalie said...

That looks really yummy right now! I LOVE LOVE LOVE avocados! I have been starting to do more vegetable juicing in the evenings (to prep me for my c-section) and I am always trying to add healthy greens to my morning smoothies! My sister puts pureed spinach in hers and I am definitely going to try the avocados! Thanks for the recipe!

Super Angie said...

I've been addicted to smoothies for a while. It's been fun!

They have avocado smoothies/milkshakes in Brazil. I tried one last summer. Maybe I'll make one at home...

Andrea said...

Sounds yummy! I think I'm going to have to try this one.

healthy cooking on a budget

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