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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.