This Avocado Banana Smoothie recipe will make you feel like you’re simply oozing with goodness. The addition of avocados and flax seeds means you’ll be super-charged with nutrients and healthy fats. Not only does this smoothie taste creamy and delicious, it is packed full of vitamins and minerals that are essential to improving energy levels, reducing inflammation, and improving heart health.
Avocado Banana Smoothie Ingredients
The popularity of avocados has sky-rocketed in recent years. And for good reason too! Each avocado fruit contains no less than 20 different vitamins and minerals. This makes avocados one of the most nutritious fruits on the planet.
Avocados are loaded with potassium and healthy fats (oleic acid which is a monounsaturated fat) both of which are known for promoting heart health by lowering the risk of stroke and reducing blood pressure.
They are also rich in fibre and low in carbs which may help with weight loss as they make you feel fuller for longer. Is it any wonder they are hailed as a superfood?
What I love about this Avocado Banana Smoothie recipe is the wonderful creamy texture you get from the blended avocado that almost seems too good to be true – like it should be loaded with cream or artificial thickening agents.
My advice is don’t be shy about adding avocado to smoothies. Avocados add a wonderfully creamy texture and you won’t find any unwanted green bits floating in your smoothie, unlike spinach.
Because avocados don’t really have much of a taste, the small amount of avocado added means it’s a brilliant way of adding extra nutrients to your diet without an unpleasant aftertaste. Two of your 5-a-day to be precise!
The banana will not only provide you with a boost of energy, it also adds a lovely sweetness and provides a better mouth feel and texture. Depending on your preference you could add more banana for a sweeter flavor.
If you are looking for more sweetness of even a Substitute For Banana In A Smoothie, you may want to use a drizzle of maple syrup, honey or stevia to boost the level of sweetness.
Ground Flax Seed
I like to add flax seeds to this smoothie because I love the slightly nutty flavor. Ground flax seeds are especially good because the nutrients within are more easily digested than flax seeds alone.
Known to be one of the oldest grown crops, they provide incredible health benefits because they are so rich in nutrients. The nutrients found in flax seeds can help to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, and decrease the risk of some types of cancer. Flax can also help to relieve the symptoms of constipation as well as keeping skin and hair looking soft and hydrated.
This is a great dairy substitute making it popular in vegan cuisine and of course, is Lactose-free. I love the slightly nutty flavor of the almond milk. It’s packed with goodness and low in natural sugars.
How To Make An Avocado Banana Smoothie
This Avocado Banana Smoothie recipe couldn’t be easier! Simply…
Optional: Slice the avocados and freeze until firm. This works similar to freezing bananas, giving the smoothie extra creaminess.
Slice and Combine: Just add all of the ingredients to a blender
Blend: Pulse Until Smooth. (If your smoothie seems too thick, add in a bit of extra almond milk or water. If it seems too thin, add more banana or avocado.)
Serve: Satisfying, pour the smoothie into a serving glass and feel the goodness nourish you very soul.
Avocado Banana Smoothie Recipe Variations
If you are not keen on bananas or simply don’t have any in your fruit bowl. You could easily substitute by using 100g of fresh or frozen strawberries to make an Avocado Banana Strawberry Smoothie. Likewise, you could replace strawberries for the same quantity of raspberries, cherries or blueberries instead.
If you are planning a training session with weights, you could add a scoop of good quality vanilla protein powder to this Avocado Banana Smoothie recipe to drink as a post-recovery workout snack. Or how about a Banana Avocado Peanut Butter Smoothie? Simply add a tablespoon of smooth peanut butter to the rest of the ingredients in my Avocado Banana Smoothie recipe and blitz until combined.
More Delicious Smoothie Recipes Containing Avocado and Banana
I’m a real avocado advocate – in smoothies especially – as they add a lovely creaminess and rounded mouthfeel that’s quintessential to a good smoothie. For more delicious smoothie recipes containing avocado, why not click the link to my Healthy Vietnamese Avocado Smoothie or my Quick and Easy Avocado and Spinach Smoothie.
This really is a great little recipe to have in your armour because not only is it nutritious and filling, it lends itself to lots of variations. Here are a few alternative ingredient suggestions:
Avocado bring that creamy texture to this smoothie. So as an avocado replacement, you can use Greek Yoghurt or Plain Yoghurt. But you will be losing out on the incredible nutritional qualities of avocados.
Substitute For Banana In A Smoothie
A good substitute for banana in a smoothie needs to provide texture and sweetness but also try to retain some of the important nutrients that come with eating bananas. A few that I know and love are:
- Oats to add thickness and fiber as well as that simple slow-burning carbohydrate to keep you energized and fueled for longer.
- Cooked Sweet Potatoes add a luxurious thickness and a touch of sweetness. They also work really well with berries and citrus fruits. Remember to peel, chop and boil the sweet potatoes until soft first. Then drain and allow to cool. They are then ready to add to other smoothie ingredients and blitzed until smooth.
- Chia Seeds act as a wonderful smoothie thickener. Add a teaspoon per person. But don’t let it stand for too long as it will become thicker over time and you may need a spoon!
Almond Milk Substitute
Almond milk has the advantage of being dairy-free and vegan. Oat, soy, dairy or coconut milk would all work just as well, albeit changing the flavor profile slightly.
How to keep a half-eaten avocado or banana fresh:
To prevent your half-eaten avocado from browning rub lemon juice on the cut side of the avocado, pop it in the fridge and save for later. Alternatively, you could double up on the recipe ingredients and pour half into an airtight container for a healthy snack later or for tomorrow’s breakfast.
You can use fresh or frozen bananas for this recipe, just remember that the riper they are, the sweeter they will be. A popular way of using up ripe bananas is to freeze them. Just chop into 1-inch pieces, line a plastic container with baking parchment, and freeze. They will be frozen after 2 hours and will last in the freezer for up to 1 month. Freezing will prevent the banana from ripening further and saves the need for using ice cubes in your smoothie.
On it’s own it is a great ‘on the go’ breakfast or snack. If you’re short on time, you could easily prepare this smoothie the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight. Just remember to give it a shake before drinking it.
Avocado Banana Smoothie
- Blender or Food Processor
- ½ a ripe Avocado
- 130 ml Almond Milk
- 1 banana
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- Sweetener to taste is desired (E.g honey, maple syrup or stevia)
- Pour the Almond Milk into the jug of a blender or food processor
- Destone and scoop out the flesh of half and avocado. Add this to the milk
- Remove the banana from its peel, break into pieces and add to the milk and avocado
- Add the vanilla extract, ground flax seed and additional sweetener (if using)
- Blend all ingredients until smooth
- Add more milk or water if your smoothie is too thick
- Pop in a couple of ice cubes to serve
What fruit goes well with avocado?
There’s a great range of options due to the mellow flavour profile of avocados. Berry’s go well and so do Citrus fruits.
How does avocado taste in a smoothie?
Mellow. It real benefits come from the creamy mouth feels and texture, as well as the fantastic nutritional benefits.
Are Avocados Sweet?
No, they are savory to taste. But have a very mellow slightly bland flavor making them a great addition to smoothies as they don’t overpower other flavors.
Should I have a Smoothie With Avocado After A Workout?
Just adding a single scoop of protein powder to your avocado shake will pay huge benefits post-workout. Avocados are calorie-dense, giving your body the energy boost it needs post-workout. A scoop of protein powder along with the avocado will provide your body with essential fats and protein needed to repair muscle that has been damaged during your workout.