2 creamy dreamy smoothies to try

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I love using avocado in smoothies. Not only does it provide a much-needed boost of omegas and fiber (plus, a slew of other health benefits), but it lends its velvety smooth texture quite nicely in the smoothies below. The first is a recipe that lets the avocado be the star, so the ingredients are minimal. It’s mild yet luscious. In the second, the avocado provides a creamy base for a smoothie that tastes like chocolate-banana pudding—absolutely yummy.

Forgive me if you’ve seen these already (I’d posted them on Instagram a few weeks ago) but I thought it might be nice to share these with the people who aren’t on IG. Or perhaps it might serve as a friendly reminder to those who have seen it, so to say “Hey! Remember when I posted this? Don’t forget to try them, they’re fantastic!”

Avocado-Honey Smoothie
1-2 servings

Flesh of a whole avocado
1 teaspoon of lime juice
1-2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (or so) almond milk or cashew milk

Put all ingredients together in a blender and blend. Keep adding milk for desired consistency.

Chocolate Avocado Smoothie (recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker)
2 servings

1 frozen banana
1/2 frozen avocado
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I always add a little more for a deeper cocoa flavor)
1 tablespoon honey, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (or so) of almond milk or cashew milk

Put all ingredients together in a blender and blend. Keep adding milk for desired consistency.

Funnily enough, I had a hard time titling this post because I wasn’t sure of whether to refer to these as smoothies or shakes. Smoothies are typically fruit-based, while shakes are made with milk (or ice cream). These are a bit of both, so I went back and forth with it. Ultimately, I decided on ‘smoothie’ because the star ingredients are fruit. But you can still call them shakes, if you want to. ‘Shake’ sounds like more of a treat anyway, don’t you think?

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