Vanilla Avocado Pudding

We were stoked to receive 15 Bacon avocados in our farm basket last week. Bacon avocados are lighter in color and flavor than Hass avocados, and they have a higher water content. We like them for sweet recipes as they have less of a traditional “avocado” flavor but the same creamy, smooth texture. They absorb the flavor characteristics of more powerful ingredients, like the vanilla and banana in this quick and easy smoothie. If you’re craving more of a pudding consistency, add a tablespoon of chia seeds and place the entire mixture in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Vanilla Avocado Smoothie

This super-simple avocado-based smoothie is creamy and light. You can add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed for additional fiber, protein, and a pleasantly nutty flavor; or a tablespoon of chia seeds for more of the same, plus a thicker pudding consistency. If you prefer a sweeter treat, add a chopped date.
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: avocado, banana, pudding, smoothie, Whole Life Challenge
Servings: 2
Calories: 400kcal
Author: planfulcook

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ripe bananas
  • 1 bacon avocado
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy yogurt plain, unsweetened
  • dash Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp slivered almonds

Optional ingredients

  • 1 date chopped
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Instructions

  • Add the first 5 ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth.
  • Pour into two serving bowls; sprinkle with coconut flakes and slivered almonds. Enjoy!

Optional ingredients

  • If you add chia seeds, after you pour into two serving bowls, allow the smoothie to rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, up to a few hours. You’ll end up with more of a pudding consistency.

Notes

This recipe relies on just a few ingredients, so make sure they’re good quality. Use pure vanilla extract; since it costs more, I tend to buy a larger size to receive a bulk discount. Look for pitted dates (they’re easier to work with), unsweetened shredded coconut (coconut has a natural sweetness), and blanched slivered almonds. We rely on The Forager Project for plain unsweetend cashewgurt, but you can should be able to find soy, almond, coconut, and even oat-based yogurts at your local grocer. 
Bacon avocados are lighter in color and flavor than Hass avocados, and they have a higher water content. I like them better for using in sweet recipes, as they have less of a traditional “avocado” flavor but the same creamy, smooth texture. 
 

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