Healthy Vanilla Avocado Milkshake - Creamy, thick, and delicious, this healthy vanilla milkshake is banana-free and made with just a few ingredients!
The food allergy that saddens me the most is banana.
No nice cream, no banana bread, no delicious and creamy banana-based smoothies...woe to me!
I really don't know what happened.
Throughout my youth, I ate bananas without problem, but now they are typically not my friend. I say 'typically' because there is the occasional day that I can sneak a few bites past the ol' immune system.
While it is a personal travesty, it certainly has inspired creativity in the kitchen. In particular, I've had to get creative with smoothies.
What are good substitutes for banana?
In my experience, the following foods are good replacements for bananas:
-Ripe pears: These add both creaminess and sweetness.
-Papaya: This tropical fruit adds thickness, a bit of sweetness, though papayas can be an acquired taste, and are great for digestion.
-Avocado: A very filling addition to smoothies, particularly because of their fat content; it's helpful to pair a scoop of avocado with some form of sweetness for a great banana replacement.
-Frozen milk cubes: I often freeze my Homemade Milks in an ice cube tray and add them to smoothies for body and 'frosty' factor.
-Pumpkin: A surprisingly neutral ingredient that pairs well with flavors like chocolate and cinnamon; pumpkin also adds body as in this delicious Healthy Chocolate Shake.
The story behind this milkshake actually has more to do with satisfying a personal craving, which is pretty much the impetus for all my recipes.
Chocolate shakes abound here on the blog, but I had yet to create a good vanilla one!
This has become a favorite around here with both me and my girls.
My daughters love to have it for breakfast with a handful of Buckwheat Granola on top, in true smoothie bowl fashion, just like their mama!
Healthy Vanilla Avocado Milkshake
- 1 ½ cups milk of your choice (we like hemp or coconut; see Notes for links)
- 1 avocado
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract or 1 tsp vanilla powder (see Notes for link)
- 1 cup ice
- dash sea salt
- Blend all until smooth and creamy.
For a sweeter shake, add a couple dashes of stevia or more honey as you desire.
This is the vanilla powder I like.
Some of the items I use to make this recipe include: