Pitting an Avocado

Moroccan Avocado Almond Smoothie

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In patisseries (cookie shops) all over Morocco there are plates stacked high with small cookies of dozens of shapes. There is also a menu offering smoothies, tea and coffee.  The first time I went into a patisserie to have tea and cookies my husband ordered an avocado smoothie. A what?  I don’t know if I had even eaten an avocado at that point in my life. They were those scary bumpy things next to the tomatoes in the grocery store.  What do you do with an avocado anyway? No I couldn’t imagine what they would be doing in a smoothie.

It came out green and thick and a little frothy on top. He tucked right in and downed half the glass.  I sat in a bit of shock.  He just drank an avocado. “Do you want some?”  No, I most certainly did not want any. I wasn’t even going to try it. From then on  I began noticing the ubiquitous green drink in shop windows and tables. During Ramadan there are avocados a million in the streets, waiting to be blended into post-fasting drinks.  I’ve come a long way since that first encounter and have made many of these smoothies, though I wouldn’t say their my favorite (I don’t like smoothies in general) but my husband LOVES them and so have many others who have given them a try.  With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner it’s also a festive and healthy breakfast surprise too. The recipe itself couldn’t be easier.

Pitting an Avocado

Moroccan Avocado Almond Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ripe Hass avocado
  • 1 cup almond milk (I use vanilla flavor and omit other sweetener)
  • 1 tsp sugar or other natural sweetener

Instructions

  • Note - You can use any type of milk, and can add other fruits to this as well - apples and bananas are common. If you opt not to use almond milk - add almond extract or fine crushed almonds (this is how they do it in Morocco). The taste is meant to include almonds.
  • Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit.
  • Slide the avocado fruit from the skin and place into a blender.
  • Add the milk and sugar and blend until there are no pieces of avocado remaining.
  • It is very important that the avocado is ripe or else it won't blend well. The consistency should be thick but smooth. You can add more milk if you prefer a thinner smoothie.
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Finished Avocado Smoothie

This month the Chilean Avocado Importers Association (CAIA) is celebrating love all month long.  (Did you know that avocados are consider to be a way to increase libido in Morocco as well? The things you learn!)

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post however all opinions and recipes are my own. I love avocados and so do Moroccans so this was a naturally easy post to write! 

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Comments

  1. Audrey

    I was a little skeptical myself the first time my boyfriend made it for me. We eat a lot of avocados in California but never sweet! I really like it though. For us, we make it with bananas which helps cut the strong flavor of the avocados.

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  5. Sarah

    I just made and tried this for the first time! So good. : ) I am looking forward to trying it with an apple or banana! I also had just the regular almond milk, and think Iwould like to try it with the vanilla almond milk next time. : )

  6. Julia

    Well, I had no idea that avocados were native to Morocco! I can’t wait to try this…Only I will probably use the unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk with some stevia, but I am psyched! Thanks for posting this!

  7. Vicky

    This sounds delicious! We have some couchsurfers stay with us and they told us all about this smoothie so I’ve got to try making it!

  8. L.

    is this amount (half an avocado) for one people (smotthie) or two people (smoothie’s)?

  9. marie

    Looks like a good drink – I would have never think about this but I will try! I love avocado.
    Thanks for sharing Amanda

  10. Liz

    I LOVE THIS SMOOTHIE! Although I used to hate avocados too! My favorite recipe is 2 whole avocados, 1/2 cup almonds, dates, prunes, raisins soaked in water to bring back some moisture and then drained – all thrown together in a blender with honey or sugar and then milk poured on top and blended. I put as much milk as I want for the consistency desired. DELICIOUS and NUTRICIOUS! :)

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