Sinh To Bo
(Vietnamese avocado smoothie)
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
- Scoop the avocado flesh from its shell and remove the seed.
- 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.
- 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.