I remember growing up, my family would often dine at Vietnamese restaurants. The one thing that I always had to get, would be a sweet avocado smoothie (sinh to). Nothing beat sipping on a cold, thick avocado shake on a hot summer’s day, just after finishing a meal.
Obviously, condensed milk and sugar is a big no-no on Keto, which is what gives the shake its sweet taste and silky texture. Luckily, the avocado is such a versatile fruit. Packed with fiber, vitamins and healthy fats, you don’t have to give up such a rich treat while going on a low carb diet!
With such a rich texture, the avocado can thicken up just about any liquid, making ideal for smoothies. Here’s a quick and easy low carb avocado smoothie recipe that I whip up when I need a cold treat!
My Keto Avocado Smoothie
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 cups (480mL) of unsweetened almond milk (or your choice of a low carb milk substitute)
- 30ml of heavy cream (or whipping)
- few drops of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of ice cubes
- 1-2 tbps of your choice of sweetener
- Cut avocado in half, remove seed and scoop into a blender
- add in the rest of your ingredients
- blend until smooth and creamy
There you have yourself a simple, keto-friendly avocado smoothie! This always hits the spot for me when I’m craving a thick milkshake. Sure, it doesn’t have scoops of ice cream in it, but it’s a nice, clean treat that is low in carbs as well! Cravings can be tempting, but occasionally treating yourself to these alternative cheat meals is one way to curb them.
Feel free to reduce the almond milk if you prefer a thicker shake, or add more sweetener if you really want to hit those cravings. You can also substitute out almond milk for your preferred choice of low carb alternative to milk.
This smoothie is best served immediately. Avocados tend to brown rather quickly due to the oxidation. It’ll still be safe to drink, but I find that the browning does alter the taste a bit.
If you have trouble with dairy, feel free to leave out the cream. I prefer adding a splash into my smoothies to give it an even richer texture.
If you’re unfamiliar with avocados, there are some simple tricks to determining whether the avocado is ripe or not. You can check by squeezing the avocado gently, if you can press into it lightly, it’s ripe. An unripe avocado will be very firm, and difficult to squeeze.
You can also try removing the stem to check the color underneath it. If it’s green it’s good to go. If you have trouble removing it, chances are it’s not ready yet.
On the topic of sweeteners, splenda or stevia is fine. Be aware that granulated sweeteners do contain bulking agents that add a bit to your carb count. I would recommend using powdered sucralose (without the bulking agent) or a liquid sweetener (such as EZ-Sweet) to minimize your carbs. If you want to learn more about artificial sweeteners and their compatibility with keto diets, feel free to read more.
Here’s a quick nutritional breakdown if you’re like me and log all the food you consume:
I hope you enjoyed this simple and quick recipe. It was definitely one of my favorite treats back when I was growing up, and I’m ecstatic that I can still indulge in while on Keto!