Avocado adds an awesome creaminess to this refreshing and healthy raspberry banana smoothie!
First of all, I promise you can’t taste the avocado! It magically just blends in with the other fruit. If you want to taste the avocado, just add more avocado and less banana. That way it stays just as creamy. And for a dairy-free and vegan version, leave out the yogurt and use almond milk or soy milk or whatever you like! It’ll still be pretty thick without the yogurt.
I got the idea of adding avocados to my smoothies from The Baltic Maid. Thanks to her for making it easier for me to eat green stuff! This Healthy Green Smoothie also looks great.
This isn’t much of a recipe. Just throw stuff in the food processor or blender and that’s it. Add more fruit, less fruit, different fruit, it doesn’t matter. :) And this raspberry avocado smoothie keeps well for about 24 hours, in case you can’t finish it all at once. I usually double the recipe and love having one ready as soon as I roll out of bed the next morning!
In these raspberry banana avocado smoothie you get four or five servings of fruit (I wish avocados counted as vegetables!) and yogurt. It’s an awesome way to start off the day in a healthy way or to cool off after a day of running around outside!
Have you ever made a smoothie with avocados? I’d love to hear what fruit you used, if you did! I’m kind of in love with avocado smoothies that don’t taste like avocados at the moment. :) I think my brain is programmed to automatically programmed to dislike and reject anything that tastes “green.” So I need to hide the “green” taste, if that makes any sense!
Raspberry Banana Avocado Smoothie
- Prep Time:
- Cook Time:
- Ready in:
- Yield: 1 large serving
- 1 cup frozen raspberries (about 130 grams)
- 1/2 avocado (mine was a Hass but you can use any type; mine weighed 130 grams)
- 1 banana, peeled and chopped into 1/2" pieces and frozen
- 1 cup (250 grams) plain yogurt (coconut milk yogurt for the paleo / vegan version)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- honey / Stevia / sugar / whatever sweetener you like
- additional milk, optional
- Blend all ingredients in your blender, food processor or with an immersion blender. My blender can’t handle recipes without lots of liquid, so I have to do this one in the food processor.
- Add sweetener to taste. If you don't add the banana you will definitely have to add some sweetener to this smoothie. With the banana, I never add any sweetener.
- If the smoothie is too thick for you, add milk.
67 comments on “Raspberry Banana Avocado Smoothie (paleo, vegan options)” — Add one!
Great smoothie Erin. Dried dates or prunes are also a good substitute to use a sweetener instead of stevia/honey,etcetera…
Thanks for the tip! And so happy you liked the smoothie. Thanks for your comment. :)
Absolutely great ideas, congratulations !
One can freeze bananas and also avocados ?
You are fully right, I will prefer smoothies with avocados from now on !
I just bought a “Vitamix 750” and am trying out recipes.
You are looking for an acceptable green Smoothie? I will try out quite a few ones and will send you the recipe. Until now, my green smoothies taste, as if I would have put in my whole lawn including the bugs. But by the way, the newest kitchen consist of worms and flies and they are very good and crispy !!! Wau…yak…..Yes, I saw a show with chefs, who are cooking with all these creatures and the people like it !! Regards, Renate
I hope you find a good green smoothie! Fresh spinach and kale is hard to find where I live and green smoothies are disgusting with the frozen stuff so I haven’t tried that many. And worms and flies sounds like it’s not for me. I don’t even like veggies. ;) I hope you have lots of fun trying out your new Vitamix and that you can try out some avocado smoothies. :)
This is a lot like the strawberry/yogurt/banana smoothie I have as my trusty ‘ole standby.
I’ve also found different Greek yogurts vary *widely* in calorie count, and I’ve settled on Trader Joe’s vanilla (5 oz of reg, not lo-fat) for taste (reg is MUCH better than lo/non-fat), consistency (nice & thick, about like sour cream) and calorie count. I also add just a small dash of salt, and a cap & a half of vanilla. The banana makes the sweetness just right, and texture perfect.
Now, adding half of an avocado (which is right about 2 to 2.5 oz of one the size we usually have around here), adds another 100-150 calories to what came in right around 16 oz of liquid and 405 calories, pre-avocado. But 500 calories in the AM pretty much means laying off anything else until early afternoon.
I’m happy that you liked the smoothie! In Germany, we only have full-fat Greek yogurt so I don’t have much variety there but when I do move back to the US, I’ll definitely try the kind from Trader Joe’s. And this definitely isn’t the lowest calorie smoothie. Currently I just use bananas, raspberries and Greek yogurt and I toss in a little avocado if I have one going bad. It’s already creamy enough from the bananas. :) Thanks for the feedback!
I was searching specifically for smoothies using avocado when I saw this,which looks delicious! I hope eventually we Americans will learn that fat–of the healthy variety–is good for us; especially good for our brains! (Unlike what we’ve been taught over only
the past 60 years or so.) I’m glad I discovered this truth. I’ve lost 50 pounds in a fairly short time on a high-fat, low carb diet (have another 40 to go) and I’m not hungry because of all the healthy fats in my diet. I’ve also lost my food cravings. I actually try to eat an avocado a day–along with plenty of coconut and olive oil, and butter…and sweet or sour cream. And nuts. Yum! Your recipe is just what I’ve been looking for. Thank you!
You’re welcome! I hope you’ll enjoy it. :) And yes – I’m happy more and more people are coming to realize that healthy fat is a good thing. Thanks for your comment and I hope you’ll enjoy the smoothie!
The first time I tried this smoothie I followed the recipe than started to experiment by adding a little more or different yogurts or fruit. Tonight I put 1 heaping cup of yogurt (I used strawberry and raspberry), some milk, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 avocado, 1 mango, 2 bananas, 2 pears, 1 cup of frozen rasberries. Talk about delic! I usually make it late at night and have a cup and then I have 2 for the next morning. I’m loving this avocado thing! I have a love for them to begin with but adding them to the smoothies is amazing! Love it!
I love your latest smoothie creation! I’ve never heard of pears in smoothies. Definitely sounds interesting, though! And I do the making-them-at-night-thing, too. It’s great to wake up to a smoothie all ready to go! Thanks so much for the feedback. :)
I’ve literally just made this, and it’s lovely! I used fresh fruit (we have raspberries growing in the garden) and flavoured yoghurt as that was what I had in the house.
Tastes fantastic – so creamy!! And it’s a lovely pink colour
I’m happy you enjoyed it! And lucky you… raspberries from the garden. I can only imagine how lovely that must be. :) Thanks so much for the feedback!
Hiya just needed to ask is there any reason why you use frozen fruit, can I use fresh.
Of course you can use fresh! :) I just use frozen raspberries because they’re much cheaper (at least where I live). And I cut up and freeze bananas and avocados so that the smoothie is nice and thick.
Just found this post. Did you know you can grow spinach indoors? Even in an 8-inch flower pot? It’s easy to grow and tastes better than store-bought. If you don’t have a sunny window where you can put your spinach, a grow light is necessary.
Nice! Thanks for the tip. I had no idea. I’ll definitely look into it! :)
I actually love spinach! my favorite recipe is sauteed garlic lemon spinach. I also hide it in my smoothies. But I actually enjoy spinach cooked, ever since I was a little kid. First time i tried it was a t a Chinese restaurant. They make spinach delicious. Try this recipe! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/garlic-sauteed-spinach-recipe.html
Thanks so much for the tip and the link! I’ll definitely give it a try. I’m still finding it hard to eat spinach (and veggies in general). I’ve even resorted to pureeing them so that they go down easier. ;) Finding a way to make them more edible sounds much better than doing that! Thanks again.
I see this post is old enough but had to reply anyhow. I am following a low carb diet plan and need protein at every meal, so I added 2scoops of vanilla protein powder to this recipe and a bunch of milk(powder thickened it). Tastes great and the protein powder acted as a sweetener too. Thanks
I appreciate any and all feedback regardless of the post’s age! So thank you. :) I love your protein powder idea and I think I’m going to try that next time. Thanks a bunch!
Loved it!! Thanks so much for this. Can’t wait to try more of your avocado smoothies.
If you want an idea for spinach here is a good one I enjoy
I frozen banana cut into pieces
2 cups spinach, loose
1 cup light coconut milk
add ice cubes if you want
Thanks for your feedback and the recipe! I’d love to try some spinach-containing smoothies but my problem is that I don’t have access to fresh spinach. I’ve tried with frozen spinach (and kale!) and it’s so unpleasant that it makes me feel sick. :( But when I DO have access to fresh spinach, I’ll definitely try out your recipe! Thanks again. :)
I agree with you on Kale, Erin (can’t eat the, er, “stuff”), but we had frozen spinach a lot when I was growing up, and I love it! I swear I’m the only person in this entire country who does!
I try to eat a lot of frozen spinach but I still don’t like it. Hate is more accurate. I hope to wake up one day and love it. :)
I made this for the first time last week and have made it almost every day since! Although I made it with strawberries because I didn’t have any raspberries. Regardless, this is such a fantastic recipe.
I’m so happy that you like it, Jenifer! I’ve been making this one a lot with strawberries lately, too. Just because I’m tired of raspberries. ;) Thanks so much for the feedback and the rating!
Love it. Keep up the good word Erin. Mine was definitely more of a strange green color, but yummy nonetheless. I really adore smoothies!
Thank you, Laila! I’m happy that you enjoyed the smoothie. So strange that yours didn’t come out pink! Perhaps my avocados are just weak in color? Who knows. As long as you liked it, I guess it’s okay. :)
LOVE this!!! Just made and it was a pretty pink and oh soooo good:)
Aw, yay! So happy that it worked out for you! Thanks for the feedback. :)
I can’t wait to
try these recipes. I just found your website while searching for different ways to cook with avocados. I am getting a little tired of trying to slip them in my sandwich or mix them with eggs. I can not get my family to try anything avacado. I am trying these smoothies tonight without mentioning ingredients, I think we have found a new way to eat more healthy. Yeah!
Can’t wait to see more recipes to try.
So sorry for the slow reply! I hope you and your family enjoyed the smoothie. :) I also have a hard time eating avocados so into smoothies they go! And they always work wonderfully. :)
Perfect recipe at the perfect time! I’ve been trying to get more fruit in my diet by drinking smoothies for breakfast and I wanted something different to try with my raspberries. I had an avocado I didn’t want to go bad before I had a chance to eat it all and banana that was getting a little too ripe for my taste (which make them best for blending). I made mine with vanilla greek yogurt. I ended up with two smoothies from this recipe, can’t wait to drink one for breakfast tomorrow morning. The spatula I licked tasted delicious :-)
So sorry for the slow reply! And wow, that was good timing with the fruit. :) And isn’t waking up to a smoothie already made for breakfast a great thing?! I’m happy this recipe worked out for you. Thanks a ton for the feedback. :)
I was drinking green smoothies for breakfast for a while there, but found myself after awhile choking down the green sludge (the spirulina didn’t help) where as I never did like the taste and was only drinking them for the health benefits and forget about getting my kids to drink them. Who could blame them? Not something I could keep up with so I’m happy I made this for breakfast this morning. I only put in half a cup of yogurt and lots of milk to make it easier for the kids to drink and we all loved it. Who wouldn’t want to drink a pretty pink drink? This was the first time my 15 month old was able to drink from a real cup where as it wasn’t too liquidy so I’m pretty happy!
I can’t drink green smoothies, either. Just… no. I think my brain doesn’t like it and my stomach doesn’t either. And they just taste bad. And yay, so happy that your little one could also enjoy this! Thanks for the review and rating. :)
I used vanilla greek yogurt and mixed frozen berries
because that's what I had on hand. Taste is good but way too thick. I added almond milk.
I'm happy that you enjoyed it! Thanks for the feedback. :)
Delicious. I followed your recipe but also threw in a tablespoon of chia seeds and used vanilla yogurt because that's what I had in th fridge. Yum! I was looking for an avocado smoothie recipe because I knew it would make it creamy. Mine was definitely more of a guacamole color, but yummy nonetheless.
You used raspberries, though? How strange that it came out green. I make all kinds of avocado smoothies and they never come out weirdly colored. I'm happy you enjoyed the smoothie and I like your additions! Thanks for the feedback. :)
svg – Interesting! I haven't had the same effect. Oh well. :)
i started drinking smoothies a week ago. My skin improved after 2 days! Everyone should drink them, I feel like a have more energie than ever.
Thanks for the suggestion! I'll try it out. In a little part. :)
Put some of your frozen Spinach in place of meat in your lasagna. It's really good, I promise!
Prairiesummers – I know! They're green. They should count as vegetables. :)
In my world Avocado count as a vegetable serving! This looks delicious.
Rowena – I'm happy I found yours too! And I don't know what's up with the mold. Berries here are never in the refrigerated section, but they are in the US. Maybe that's what it is. And thank you for stopping by to say hi. :)
I like smoothies but I don't like cow's milk so I always substitute mine with almond milk. Fresh berries here in Italy get moldy very fast. It's pretty normal to see them. I just finished whipping up a drink with raspberries myself. I was afraid of the molds too. Nice to have found your blog Erin! Thanks for stopping by mine.
Sonia – Haha. I'm actually drinking another one right now (this time with orange juice!) and they always come out prettily pink. Never green. Maybe it's the raspberries! I hope you enjoy it. :)
OK, how did you get your smoothie to be so pretty and pink after adding avocado to it? Are the avocados there pink, by any chance?
This looks really good, Erin. I know what I'm having for brekkie tomorrow!
Jose – You have a point but frozen spinach is just terrible! I don't mind frozen fruit, though. Or frozen anything really. Just not frozen spinach. :)
A lot of times, frozen fruits taste better and are better for you because they are picked at the right time and processed right away. As opposed to the produce that makes it to conventional supermarkets. Now, truly fresh is another ball of wax altogether..
oh yum, this sounds soooo delicious to me. i'm on a huge smoothie kick recently so i'll definitely be trying this. thanks for sharing!
Baking Serendipity – I hope you like it! It makes them nice and creamy. And thanks for your spinach advice! I might try it if I build up the courage. Cream cheese, mozzarella and parmesan are so perfect already… and then spinach? I don't know. Maybe I'll add a tiny bit to a tiny section the next time I make lasagna and see if I can taste it. :)
Avocado in a smoothie is such a great idea! I love adding spinach to my smoothies, but will definitely change up my regular routine with avocado this week :) PS: One of my favorite simple meals is combining frozen spinach with cream cheese, mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. I use it as the filling for chicken roll-ups and serve it topped with spaghetti sauce. Maybe it will get you to love spinach? :)
Cassie and Catalina – Thank you! :)
Katie – Thanks! You can really throw an avocado in any fruit smoothie and you can't taste it. It's a great way to get a serving of avocado for avocado haters. :)
I adore smoothies! I've made veggie smoothies but still have yet to make them with healthy avocado! I need to try this! Beautiful Erin!!
I love to use avocado in smoothies, it makes them so creamy!
I am all about this, Erin! I love smoothies and I love the addition of the avocado here. It looks so pretty too!
Baltic Maid – Thanks! I hope you like the raspberry version. :)
Heidi – Wow! Hi! :) I'm honored that you took the time to leave a comment given your probable time constraint. I thought that fresh spinach was super common in North America. Not that I ever tried buying it. And thanks… I like the color too. :)
Katrina – Thanks!
London Bakes – Thank you! It's nice how the green just disappears, isn't it? :)
Amanda – Finally I'm not alone! It seems like strawberries are in season everywhere else and I've been so jealous. The original recipe uses fresh strawberries so I'm sure it'd be fantastic. I hope you like it!
Miryam – Me too! I wouldn't be able to use fresh berries in a smoothie. I like to eat them plain! Fresh strawberries would be okay, but other berries are so expensive I'd never put them in a smoothie. I hope you enjoyed your smoothie. :)
Wow. I am pretty sure frozen spinach would taste really awful in a smoothy, not the same at all as fresh spinach because with fresh spinach you couldn't even know the difference at all!!
I have just actually made an organic mixed berry and banana smoothie myself. I always have tons of organic frozen berries in the freezer which makes the job lots, lots easier :-)
Your smoothie looks really creamy and yummy……
Yum! Some of my favorite things all blended together. When strawberry season finally arrives around here I might try this with some fresh ones. Frozen fruit is perfect for smoothies though. Frozen spinach on the other hand- not so nice!
Such a pretty pink colour!
This sounds like quite a treat. I'm big into breakfast smoothies, so it'll be nice to try this for a switch up. Yum!
Looks delicious! I love how pretty pink it is :D And avocado in smoothies is so awesome – it gets so creamy. Mmmm.
I know what you mean about spinach – the frozen stuff is nasty! I have no tricks to make it taste any better, I just buy fresh when I can which means I don't get it all the time :( Too bad because the fresh stuff is awesome in smoothies(meaning, you can't taste it, haha)
I am so glad you liked it… :-D
I love raspberries. As soon as I have some around, I'll give your version a try. Looks great!!!