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Refreshing Avocado Banana Smoothie

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Gluten-Free, Vegan5 min
Try this healthy avocado banana smoothie recipe to fuel your day. With just a touch of mint and vanilla, this smoothie is reminiscent of a Shamrock Shake.
An avocado banana smoothie with a striped straw sticking out of it.

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Let’s be honest here, a spinach smoothie is *never* going to be a quality replica of an ice cream filled milkshake. But this avocado banana smoothie sure tries its hardest! Read on to learn how to make it!

What do I need for this avocado banana smoothie?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Coconut Milk. Look for canned coconut milk, rather than the refrigerated milk substitute that comes in a carton. Don’t skimp and go with the low-fat version—you want the full fat kind to make this smoothie really smooth! You can try using cashew milk, soy milk, oat milk, or almond milk instead, but your smoothie won’t be nearly as delectable and thick.
  • Frozen Banana. This will give the smoothie more creaminess, and sweeten the smoothie. Plus, it will help chill the smoothie so you don’t have to add as much ice.
  • Ice cubes. Just a handful will do.
  • Avocado. You can’t have an avocado banana smoothie without the avocado!
  • Spinach. With all the other ingredients, you won’t even notice the flavor.
  • Vanilla and peppermint extracts. The combo of the two will give you a smoothie that reminds me of McDonald’s famed Shamrock Shakes, but if you aren’t sure about adding mint, you can replace it with more vanilla extract.
  • Sweetened coconut whipped cream and fresh mint leaves (optional). If you’re feeling fancy, why not garnish your smoothie?

Wholefully Protip

Adding greens like spinach to your smoothie is a great way to get a boost of vitamins and minerals, like vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium.

How do I make an avocado banana smoothie?

To make sure the spinach blends smoothly, you’ll want to put the ingredients in your blender in this order:

  1. Milk first—remember, you want that full fat coconut milk here!
  2. Then spinach.
  3. Top off with banana, ice, avocado, and the extracts.

Blend until fully smooth, starting your blender on low and slowly ramping up the speed. Sweeten to taste if needed (but honestly, sweetener probably won’t be needed!).

A creamy avocado banana smoothie garnished with coconut whipped cream, fresh mint leaves, and a striped straw.What kind of blender should I use?

Nobody wants to sip on chunks of spinach or kale! The smoothie needs to be really smooth. For a stellar smoothie with a creamy texture, we recommend using a high-powered blender. We suggest one of these:

  • BUDGET: Ninja Professional Blender—At less than $100, this is a powerful blender that can make smooth and creamy smoothies. This was our go-to for years, and we loved it!
  • SPLURGE: Vitamix Professional Blender—For the top-of-the-line (and the one we use in the Wholefully test kitchen now), you may want to consider budgeting for a Vitamix. It is definitely a splurge, so we’d only recommend this if you plan to make lots of smoothies and other blended recipes!
    Is there a way to make this smoothie vegan?

Good news—it already is! This avocado banana smoothie is naturally already vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

How can I pack more nutrition into this green smoothie?

You can add whatever nutrition boosters sound good to you! For this avocado smoothie recipe, you might consider ground chia seeds or flax seeds for more omega-3s, or hemp hearts for more protein (like protein powder, but without the aftertaste!).

 
An avocado banana smoothie with a striped straw sticking out of it.

Refreshing Avocado Banana Smoothie

Yield: 1 shake
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Try this healthy avocado banana smoothie recipe to fuel your day. With just a touch of mint and vanilla, this smoothie is reminiscent of a Shamrock Shake.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk (from the can)
  • 1 ripe frozen banana
  • A handful of ice
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, peeled
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Sweetened coconut whipped cream and fresh mint leaves, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Blend coconut milk, banana, ice, avocado, spinach, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract in a high-powered blender until very smooth.
  2. Pour into a tall glass, and top with whipped coconut cream and mint leaves.

Notes

Depending on the sweetness of your banana, you might want to add a tablespoon or so of maple syrup or honey to sweeten.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 shake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1170Total Fat: 89gSaturated Fat: 68gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 411mgCarbohydrates: 95gFiber: 23gSugar: 48gProtein: 16g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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