How to Make an Avocado Milkshake


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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