Brighten up your morning (and skin!) with this Avocado Smoothie with Blueberries. It’s thick, creamy, and packed with nourishment.
Avocado is one of my favorite ingredients for smoothies.
It makes them lusciously creamy like a milkshake, satisfying enough to keep you full (thank you healthy fats and fiber!), and with their healthy fats, fiber, and omega-3s, avocados are nutrition powerhouse.
While avocado can taste bland and have an odd texture in a smoothie on its own, if you pair it with the right accompanying ingredients, it tastes delicious and luxurious.
- This Apple Avocado Smoothie and this Mint Smoothie are two of my favorite avocado smoothie recipes. Frozen banana provides sweetness and each has a zippy ingredient to bring the smoothie to life (similar to the idea of adding lime juice to guacamole to brighten it).
- Another great ingredient to pair with avocado in a smoothie is blueberries. Their tartness livens up the more mild avocado.
As a bonus, blueberries cover up the green color, so if you have skeptics who shy away from a verdant Green Smoothie or Kale Pineapple Smoothie, they will be none the wiser here.
5 Star Review
“Just made this and it’s definitely a keeper!”
— Ashley —
I initially picked the other ingredients for this smoothie (blueberries; spinach; avocado; almond butter) because they would make the smoothie filling enough to stand in for a meal and also work well with avocado.
After doing some research, however, I learned that, like avocado, they’re great for promoting healthy, glowing skin!
- Antioxidants. Such as vitamin C, remove toxins from the body, and fight inflammation. (This Turmeric Smoothie is also good for inflammation.)
- Fiber. Another inflammation fighter that also improves circulation and boosts the supply of oxygen and nutrients going to your skin cells.
- Healthy Fats. Help your skin hold on to water and stay moisturized.
Even if you aren’t looking to boost your skin’s appearance, this power-house avocado smoothie is an excellent one to have in your healthy meal routine (right along with this Oatmeal Smoothie).
How to Make a Yummy Avocado Smoothie
If you’re asking yourself if avocados are good in smoothies, the answer is: yes!
- Avocado makes this smoothie ultra-rich and satisfying.
- Paired with sweet banana and tart blueberries, it’s, without a doubt, one of the naturally sweetest and creamiest smoothies I’ve made in a long time.
This smoothie is higher in calories as a result of higher-calorie ingredients like avocado and almond butter, but they are good calories.
Each of these ingredients is nutrient dense and helps this smoothie keep you fuller for longer, so you won’t be reaching for a snack within an hour of drinking it.
- Avocado. A great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B6, avocados are also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and healthy fats to keep you full, and contain zero cholesterol. Use ripe avocados (but not ones whose flesh has begun turning brown and mushy).
- Blueberries. One of my favorite superfoods (also used in this Blueberry Smoothie) that are jam-packed with antioxidants (like vitamin C and anthocyanin) and other vitamins and minerals (like iron, calcium, and zinc) which offer benefits for both the bones and skin.
I like to use frozen blueberries in my smoothies. They’re a great substitute for ice that keeps the smoothie nicely chilled without diluting the smoothie’s flavor.
- Banana. Up the creaminess factor of this healthy avocado smoothie recipe while contributing extra fiber and tons of potassium.
Sweeten It Up
Banana is all the sweetness I think this smoothie needs, but if you prefer your smoothies on the sweeter side, you can add a few teaspoons (or tablespoons) of honey, pure maple syrup, or agave to taste.
- Spinach. I always like to sneak in a handful of greens into my smoothies (see this Blueberry Spinach Smoothie) for extra iron, vitamin K, and folate.
- Almond Butter. For additional healthy fats and fiber, along with a daily dose of vitamin E, magnesium, and riboflavin.
- Flax Seed. Help thicken the smoothie and contribute additional vitamins, minerals, and omega-3s. Chia seeds are a nice alternative if you don’t have flax seeds in your pantry.
- Almond Milk. My vegan go-to choice for countless smoothie recipes (like this Greek Yogurt Smoothie).
- Cinnamon. For just a hint of warm spice that compliments the blueberries (I also love adding it to this Blackberry Smoothie).
Avocado Smoothie Variations
For more flavor twists, try any of these ingredients.
- Chocolate Avocado Smoothie. Add 2 teaspoons cocoa powder or chocolate protein powder, and 1 to 2 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup to taste.
- High Protein. Add 1 scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder or vanilla protein powder.
- Tropical Avocado Smoothie. Swap the blueberries for mango and/or pineapple and use fresh orange juice in place of all or part of the almond milk.
- Vanilla Kiss. Just about any smoothie tastes excellent with a splash of pure vanilla extract.
- Place all the ingredients in your blender.
When making smoothies, the order of ingredients matters. When using greens like spinach, place them in the blender first to help them break up completely.
- Blend until smooth. ENJOY!
If you’d prefer a thicker smoothie, add a small handful of ice. For a thinner smoothie, add a bit more almond milk.
- To Store. Smoothies are best enjoyed right after they’re made. However, you can save leftover smoothie for later or make ahead. Store in an airtight container and enjoy within a few hours to best taste and texture.
Banish the blues and get your glow on with this blueberry avocado smoothie!
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! If you don’t have any fresh spinach on hand, frozen spinach is the perfect swap to use instead.
Over time, yes. Just as with fresh avocados, you will find that most smoothies containing avocado will turn brown due to the oxidation of the avocado’s flesh. One nice thing about this particular avocado smoothie is the discoloration is slightly less off-putting since the dark purple color of the blueberries hides some of the discoloration making it less noticeable if you plan to save some of this smoothie for later.
You can. However, please note that the texture will change slightly as well as the color (see above). I’ve certainly enjoyed a leftover avocado smoothie before but I do think they’re best freshly blended. If you’re looking to cut the prep work down, I suggest chopping and freezing the ingredients (other than the milk) in individually portioned bags or containers that you can simply dump into your blender with milk on-demand whenever a smoothie snack attack strikes.
Avocado Smoothie Video
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- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of choice
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 medium ripe banana peeled
- 1/2 ripe avocado peeled and pitted
- 2 cups frozen blueberries
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal
- 1 tablespoon almond butter or whole almonds if you have a very high-powered blender that will ensure the mixture is smooth
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Place all the ingredients in your blender in the order listed: almond milk, spinach, banana, avocado, blueberries, flaxseed meal, and almond butter.
Blend until smooth. If you’d like a thicker smoothie, add a small handful of ice. For a thinner smoothie, add a bit more almondmilk. Enjoy immediately.
Serving: 1(of 2)Calories: 283kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 6gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gFiber: 11gSugar: 23g
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