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Avocado smoothie

(Vietnamese avocado smoothie)

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Luxuriously rich and creamy, sweet avocado smoothies are a favorite Vietnamese dessert or mid-afternoon snack.

Avocados, known as "butter fruit" in Vietnam, are used as a dessert ingredient throughout southeast Asia. The Indonesian version of the avocado shake, es apokat, adds coffee or chocolate syrup. Brazilians enjoy creme de abacate.

These smoothies may pack a lot of calories, but the fat in avocados is the kind that's good for you. So don't feel so guilty — indulge!

Makes enough for 2 small smoothies


  • Ripe avocado -- 1
  • Ice cubes -- 1 cup
  • Milk -- 1/2 cup
  • Sweetened, condensed milk -- 1/3 cup


  1. Scoop the avocado flesh from its shell and remove the seed.
  2. Add the avocado flesh, ice cubes, sweetened, condensed milk and half of the regular milk to a blender. Process until smooth. Add more milk if needed to get the consistency you like.
  3. Serve in tall glasses with a spoon or straw.

Avocado Smoothie Variations

  • Es Apokat (Indonesia): Substitute strong coffee for the milk. For another version, make the shake as above, but drip about 1/4 cup chocolate syrup around the edges of a tall glass before pouring in the shake. Very pretty!
  • Creme de Abacate (Brazil): Follow the recipe above, but add a squeeze of lime juice.
  • Lower-Fat (slightly) Version: Use 3 tablespoons of sugar instead of sweetened, condensed milk to sweeten the shake. Brown sugar or palm sugar are excellent choices. And choose nonfat or lowfat milk.

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