This Blueberry Avocado Smoothie is healthy vegan breakfast or snack. Packed with antioxidants, healthy fats, and plant-based protein, this smoothie is sure to give you a healthy glow from the inside out.
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It is no secret that I love a good smoothie.
Whether it's a Mango Matcha Green Tea Smoothie or a Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie (yes, beans! in a smoothie!) I will take a trip to smoothie town any chance I can get.
I used to make my smoothies as green as possible (like this one, The Greenest Smoothie) but these days since I share them with my kids, my goal is to pack them with healthy ingredients but still have them taste great. One flavour combination that we all love is a blueberry smoothie with just a touch of chocolate in it. Seriously - don't knock it till you try it!
This Blueberry Avocado Smoothie definitely ticks all of the boxes. It's plant-forwarded, and loaded with fruits and veggies. It's packed with antioxidants thanks to the blueberries and a bit of cocoa powder, and provides a good dose of healthy fats from avocado and hemp seeds.
If you're looking for a vegan smoothie recipe that helps you glow from the inside out, this is the one! Many of the ingredients provide nutrients that support and protect our collagen formation, so it's great for your skin and joints. Related: Collagen for Vegetarians.
What's in this recipe?
All good-for-you ingredients in this Blueberry Avocado Smoothie, my friends. Here's what you'll need:
- Blueberries --> I used frozen, but fresh is fine too.
- Banana --> Frozen is best for a creamy smoothie.
- Frozen cauliflower --> Frozen is essential! Fresh cauliflower will taste awful.
- Hemp seeds --> For protein
- Avocado --> For healthy fats
- Cocoa powder --> Optional, but delicious
- Oat milk --> Or your favourite plant-based milk
You're going to need some sort of a blender to make this smoothie, but that's pretty much it. I have a Vitamix, (this model) but most blenders should be able to handle this smoothie just fine.
Tips for making a perfect smoothie:
Believe it or not, the order in which you add your ingredients to the blender matters! Especially in a smoothie like this one that uses frozen ingredients, it's important to put the liquids in first so that the blades don't get stuck in a bunch of leaves or frozen stuff.
Add the liquid first, followed by any solid ingredients, then frozen stuff, and lastly leaves, seeds, and powders (like the cocoa powder in this case).
When I use a lot of frozen ingredients (in this case, the blueberries, banana, and cauliflower are all frozen) I often find I need to use the tamper to help get it moving. If your blender doesn't have a tamper, try pulsing a few times before letting the blender run.
Can I make this smoothie in advance?
You sure can. I like to bulk prep my smoothies when I'm doing my weekly batch cooking (related: Batch Cooking for Beginners) and usually make them into Frozen Smoothie Packs. That way, all you need to do is dump the contents of the bag into your blender, add the liquids, and blend away.
Is this blueberry avocado smoothie good for you?
It sure is!
Blueberries are ranked as having one of the highest antioxidant contents among all fruits and vegetables. Additionally, they’re a great source of vitamins K and C, manganese, and dietary fiber.
Avocados are a good source of heart healthy monounsaturated fat, in particular oleic acid. Avocados also contain an incredible range of phytonutrients, and many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, and potassium.
Bananas are a great source of concentrated energy and potassium. They are also a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, and manganese.
Hemp seeds are a good source of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, and are a good source of protein.
Raw Cocoa is antioxidant rich, and the flavanoid content appears to be helpful in protecting blood vessel linings and thus preventing high blood pressure.
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Blueberry Avocado Smoothie
- 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1 medium banana preferably frozen
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower
- ½ medium avocado
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder optional
- 2 cups oat milk or preferred milk
- Starting with the liquids and ending with the frozen ingredients, add everything to your blender.
- Ensure the lid is secure, and blend until smooth.
- Pour into two glasses, and serve.
- Nutrition values are an estimate only.
- Make sure you use FROZEN cauliflower in this recipe. Fresh will taste awful.
This recipe was originally published September, 2012. It was retested, rephotographed, and updated on June 26, 2020.
I’m not usually a smoothie person, for some reason pulling out the blender seems like a lot of work. But, I think you performed a miracle with this smoothie. I’m 9 weeks pregnant, nothing sounded good, and I feel like I haven’t eaten a vegetable in a month because they just sound so revolting to me. But here I am sipping this smoothie and eating some cauliflower! Thanks for the great recipe, I’m looking forward to trying more of your smoothies!
Smoothies are the only reason I got vegetables in during the first trimester. Otherwise, it was all carbs. Have you tried the almond butter date smoothie? That one was a lifesaver for me.
Pair that mason jar with a ReCap and you're good to go: https://recapmasonjars.com/
Yeah, but commuting by train / bike with a glass jar banging around in my backpack?
Katie - I've been wanting to add oats to my smoothies but wasn't sure about the texture - the soaking is such a great solution, but I never thought of it! (PS. Love that you have someone from Thailand in your program!)
Soaking definitely helps with the texture, but if you blend well you probably won't even notice un-soaked oats.
The Thai woman is amazing! She married a Swedish man she met while he was traveling in Sweden (pretty common story here) and has been learning both English and Swedish at the same time. There are some very diverse nutritional perspectives in such an international program, and it's always really interesting to hear what she has to say.
I am also really into smoothies and add a bit of oatmeal to a lot of them. Usually a few tablespoons or max 1/4 cup but I never soak it. I do have one of those high powered blenders (Blendtec) so maybe that makes the difference but i can barely taste it!
I can't usually taste it either, but I find that soaking it a bit helps with the texture. I'm hoping for a Blendtec or Vitamix in my future!