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Avocado Citrus Breakfast Shake (aka the "I wish I were in San Diego" smoothie)

January  8, 2014
3 Ratings
Author Notes

It is frigid in Minnesota right now, and a conversation with my best friend, who now lives in San Diego, left me craving a little California sunshine. So, I blended together avocado, citrus, and coconut for a hit of sunshine in spoonable form. —fiveandspice

  • Serves 2
  • 1 whole avocado
  • 1 banana (frozen, if desired)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (the first time I made this I used a couple whole, peeled clementines, which was also good albeit a little pulpy)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 pinch salt
In This Recipe
  1. Peel and pit the avocado, and cut it into chunks. Peel the banana and break it into chunks.
  2. Combine everything in a blender and blend until smooth - about one minute. (If you'd like more sweetness you can add a little honey.) Divide between two large cups or bowls and serve.

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I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (www.vikredistillery.com), where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.

    10 Reviews

    Amber S. January 18, 2017
    Made this with a peeled navel Orange and a peeled small lime instead of juice. Also added about a cup of kale and used soy milk instead of coconut milk. Blended in my BlendTec, it made a nice creamy pudding, heavy on the citrus taste. Very tasty. Will likely make again
    Sara October 25, 2014
    Otherwise known as the insanely high calorie smoothie lol
    Gillian April 13, 2014
    I really dislike bananas. A lot. What could I use as a good replacement?
    Author Comment
    fiveandspice May 6, 2014
    So sorry to take forever to respond to your question! I'm rather behind on things these days! Anyway, you might try frozen mango chunks. I think that would be good.
    Amber S. January 16, 2017
    You can use dates as a replacement in almost any smoothies. It's mostly for the sweetness. It's 3-6 dates for one banana's worth
    Tarah T. January 27, 2014
    where do you find full fat coconut milk? Brand?
    Author Comment
    fiveandspice January 27, 2014
    I use coconut milk from a can. I usually use Thai Kitchen Organic brand or there's a brand called Native Forest and another called Arroy-D that both make good canned coconut milk.
    Tarah T. January 27, 2014
    Lil R. January 18, 2014
    Just made this and I love it! So creamy! Thanks for sharing. I know just how you feel as I am a native Minnesotan now living in New York. Def do not miss the winters there!
    Author Comment
    fiveandspice January 20, 2014
    Glad you liked it! And yes, Minnesota winters are something else, haha!