Avocados are not just for salads and guacamole, friends (after all, they’re a fruit, not a vegetable). With just a few simple ingredients and a blender, you can be sipping back this velvety sweet treat on a hot summer day.
1 ripe avocado
1 cup milk (or milk alternative; we used oat milk)
2 Tbsp. sugar (honey, agave nectar, or condensed milk all make great substitutes)
LOTS of ice (we used 4 ice cubes)
Blend all ingredients together. After about 30 seconds, you should notice the ingredients getting jiggly and thick, sort of like pudding. This tells you it’s reached the right consistency and is done. Taste it! If it’s too thick, by all means add more milk. If you want (need? crave?) more sweetener, add more and blend again until it tastes just right to you. Enjoy immediately!
The first time my husband saw me make an avocado shake, he balked. “What? Is this an Asian thing or a Sophia-invents-weird-kitchen-concoctions thing?” he asked. I smiled at his disbelief and said, “I believe, my dear Western hubby, that it’s an Asian thing. And you should try it, you’ll like it.”
He was hooked after one sip. His absolute favorite liquid pleasure now—aside from the local microbrews—is to go to an Asian “boba” place and order an “avocado boba.”
(Incidentally, if you’ve never had the pleasure of partaking in boba, and have access to these boba shops in your town, do give it a go. It’s truly a unique sensory experience for your taste buds. Boba, sometimes called “tapioca pearls,” are small, black, semi-sweet and chewy balls made from the starch of the cassava root, which is a sort of sweet potato. Boba drinks are sipped through a ginormous straw…kids LOVE this part!)
When I was a kid, my mom used to make us avocado shakes all the time, and I’d happily choose one of these any day over a candy bar, cookies, cakes, or any of that other packaged stuff (not that we ever had many of those treats in our house—a reality that I deeply resented at the time). In fact, there were times when she bypassed the blender altogether and just mashed up some avocado in a bowl, mixed it with condensed milk and regular milk, and handed it over to me and my sisters to gobble up like starved kittens.
Yes, I can say with near certainty that kids love avocado shakes. And if you have any doubts about the nutritional value of avocados, don’t! Okay, so 85 percent of an avocado’s calories are composed of fat, but it’s the good-for-you kind of fat. The kind that prevents joint inflammation (especially a concern for us older parents). The kind that helps our bodies better absorb certain fat-soluble nutrients, like carotenoids (e.g., vitamin A-boosting beta-carotene, which is found in red, yellow, and orange fruits and vegetables). And, last but not least, the kind fat that can lower our risk of heart disease.
Besides all that, it tastes sinfully delicious. Frothy, smooth, icy, filling. Is your mouth watering yet? Try it and let us know what you think!
For more fun avocado facts, check out the California Avocado Commission.
Sophia savors all the joys (and challenges!) of motherhood with her husband C, son T, and soon-to-be baby girl in San Diego. Read more of her (mis)adventures in mothering at MamaSayMamaSo.
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