Avocados may seem more at home tucked into tacos or tossed with salad greens, but blending them with milk, a sweetener and ice yields a smooth, creamy milkshake high in flavor and nutrients. Vary the basic technique by experimenting with types of milk, altering the avocado-to-liquid proportions or adding ingredients and flavors that you like. For the best milkshake, only use avocados that are completely ripe -- but not overripe. Gently squeeze an avocado in your palm. If it feels mushy, it is too ripe; if the flesh doesn't yield at all, it's not ripe enough. A ripe avocado's flesh will give slightly under pressure.
Things You'll Need
- Ripe avocados
- Sharp knife
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Cow's milk, goat's milk, plant milk or sweetened condensed milk
- Sweetener, such as sugar, honey, agave nectar or a sugar substitute
- Additional ingredients, such as spices, vanilla extract, coffee, ice cream or espresso (optional)
- Ice cubes or crushed ice
Slice ripe avocados in half. Remove the pit and peel from each. Place the avocado flesh into a blender.
Add your choice of milk. Choose from regular cow's milk, goat's milk, sweetened condensed milk or plant milks, such as soy, almond or rice milk. Use approximately 1 cup of milk for every large avocado. Use more milk for a thinner shake.
Pick a sweetener, such as sugar, honey, agave nectar or a sugar substitute like stevia or sucralose. Add the sweetener to the mixture in the blender, starting with only a small amount -- 2 tablespoons per serving, for example -- and reserving additional sweetener to adjust the taste.
Include additional ingredients, such as vanilla extract, ice cream, spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon, espresso or strong coffee.
Add ice cubes or crushed ice. Put the blender's lid securely in place, then puree the milkshake until smooth.
Taste the milkshake. Add more sweetener, milk or other ingredients to adjust the consistency, flavor or sweetness.
Tips & Warnings
- Prevent leftover avocado from turning brown by refrigerating them in an airtight container with a piece of sliced onion.
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