I was kind of shocked when I discovered that in Brazil and other South American countries, avocados are used primarily in sweet dishes like ice cream and dessert mousses. In America, I feel like we're much more accustomed to them popping up in savory dishes like guacamole or sliced on a sandwich. Hmm. What could I make that's sweet using avocados? How about a shake?

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I never have to twist Kenya's arm when it comes to eating avocados or making smoothies. He's always game, so he was the perfect guinea pig (well, he always is!). I let him peel and break up the banana and pour the milk into the blender (with my help), while I scooped out the ripe avocado and dropped the ice into the blender. I added a little agave to sweeten it up, but honestly, if you have ripe bananas, you don't need it. It turned out delicious and it felt like as soon as I filled up Kenya's cup, mere seconds would pass before he was clamoring, "more"!

This mean, green, vitamin-packed drink is the perfect sweet snack for any time of the day!

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Avocado Shake (Serves 2)

Prep Time: 1 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free

gluten free


  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla rice milk)
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 large hand full of ice
  • honey, to taste


1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree

2. Serve.

*This recipe is for a thick shake. Add more milk if you want it thinner.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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    This is delicious! I made it after my workout yesterday and shared it with my 21 month old daughter. Today both kids(including my 5 year old son) and I had one as a refreshing snack! I put in a couple of teaspoons of honey, and they loved it! This is great because neither of them will usually eat avocados - or ANYTHING green for that matter! ;)


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    My husband insisted my son would never drink this so imagine my delight as my son sucked this dry without coming up for air right in front of daddy!!! It really makes you feel great when you know all the health benefits you're getting in with such a simple recipe!!

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    I have been ALL about the avocados lately, and am thankful for a new way to use them!! Can't wait to try it!

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    Yummy...I used coconut milk from the refrigertor section added a splash of vanilla and added agave nector. yummy

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    This is great for kids. If you substitute the banana for blueberries it won't be as thick and add a tbl spoon of condensed milk. The kids will lap it up. It is a perfectly sweet smoothy.

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      Update- we've been adding a handful of either raw baby spinach or raw chopped kale to the smoothies and they haven't detected it (woo hoo- drinking our greens).

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