This easy blueberry avocado smoothie recipe is packed with health benefits but only needs a few simple ingredients. Naturally sweet and loaded with healthy fats, protein, and antioxidants. This recipe is naturally gluten-free and vegan, making it the perfect breakfast or snack for everyone.
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Smoothie Ingredients & Substitutions
- Blueberries- I prefer to use frozen blueberries for this smoothie. In order to get the cold frozen smoothie taste at least one item needs to be frozen. You can use fresh blueberries but you then need to freeze the avocado or the banana. Blueberries are incredibly nutrient-dense and loaded with antioxidants. Out of blueberries? You can substitute any frozen berry, mangos, or peaches for the blueberries in this recipe.
- Avocado- Avocados are the other star of this show providing healthy fats and a creamy texture. You can use fresh or frozen avocados. I actually started making this recipe with overripe avocados. You know the ones that are still okay to eat but don't look pretty enough for a salad? This is a great recipe for those bruised fruits! And don't worry about the avocado taste, you can't taste it. We use avocado simply for its health benefits and texture.
- Banana- The riper the banana the sweeter the flavor of the smoothie. Along with the avocado, the banana adds creaminess. Out of banana? Substitute frozen peaches or mangos. See our tips and tricks below for options on omitting the banana to make this a keto-friendly smoothie.
- Chia Seeds- Chia seeds are optional but if you have them they are a great addition. They add texture and much-needed fiber to this smoothie. You can substitute for an equal amount of ground, not whole, flaxseed. I know some people substitute hemp seeds or hemp hearts for chia. And while I love hemp hearts, they are too savory for this smoothie.
- Plant-Based Milk- I typically use rice, almond, or other neutral milk in this blueberry smoothie. Canned coconut milk is too heavy but unsweetened coconut beverage-style milk works well. The type of milk is a matter of preference. You could also use a plant-based unsweetened yogurt.
- Vanilla Extract- Usually I skip spices in smoothies just for ease, but here it makes a huge difference. I just love the extra vanilla flavor. I always add it unless I am using macadamia nut milk which has natural vanilla flavors, just like in our strawberry tahini smoothie recipe. You can use vanilla paste or powder as well.
- Salt- Just a pinch but it makes a world of difference. Even a tiny amount of salt will offset overly sweet bananas and bring out the blueberry flavors.
How To Make This Smoothie Recipe
Combine all the ingredients in a blender. You can start with half the milk if you tend to prefer a thicker smoothie. See below in our tips and tricks section for how to turn this into a smoothie bowl.
Blend for 60-90 seconds to ensure the blueberries are totally broken up. Check for texture and add more milk, if needed, and blend for 30 seconds.
This recipe will make one large smoothie or two smaller smoothies.
Tips for the Perfect Smoothie
- It is not recommended to make the smoothie in advance, it is best enjoyed right away as the avocados will brown.
- To make this avocado smoothie for meal prep, freeze the blueberries, peeled and cored avocado, and banana in a Ziploc bag. Add to the blender with the remaining ingredients. The avocado can be tossed in lemon or lime juice before freezing to prevent browning.
- Add a handful of spinach for extra nutrition. We love to sneak in extra veggies.
- To increase the protein add 1 scoop protein powder. (if that is your thing, check out our protein overnight oats!)
- If the avocado and banana were room temperature add a few ice cubes for a little chill.
- Reduce the milk by 2/3 to make a thicker smoothie bowl version of this recipe.
- To make this recipe low calorie, use half an avocado and half a banana and add 2 cups of spinach.
- To make this recipe low carb/ keto-friendly, eliminate the banana and add 1/4 cup canned coconut milk.
Blueberry Avocado Smoothie
- 1½ frozen blueberries
- 1 avocado, halved core removed
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 cup plant-based milk, unsweetened like rice
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- blueberries and shredded coconut for garnish, optional
- Add all ingredients to the blender. Blend on high for 60 to 90 seconds, or until smooth.
- Add additional milk, ice, or water to the desired consistrency if needed.