26 Jul2011

Avocado Milkshakes

by Marketman

Avocados are in the market full force at the moment… So take advantage of the bounty and have them in salads, desserts and shakes. Here’s a really easy shake that takes seconds to make and is incredibly satisfying and refreshing at the same time — a stick to the ribs kind of shake. Serious suction psi required to get it up the straw if you like your shakes thick. :)

To make, buy and ripen a brilliant avocado (should run you less than PHP30 for a nice large one), scoop out the flesh into a blender pitcher, add good chilled milk and or cream in a proportion you prefer, add just a touch of sugar for sweetness and several ice cubes and blitz away. You can adjust consistency with the addition of ice or milk. Delicious.

Wondering what else you can do with the avocados in season? Check out these older posts:

Avocado Ice Cream and Popsicles
Tomato & Avocado Salad
Sibonga Avocados a la Seaman
Guacamole with Chips
Avocado, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad



  1. Betchay says:

    This is the color of our bedroom. Refreshing!

    Jul 26, 2011 | 10:55 am


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  3. myra_ps says:

    I’ve found that it’s slightly more delicious to add banana to my avocado shakes… Another combo I like is avocado and creamy yogurt. YUM.

    Jul 26, 2011 | 11:14 am

  4. betty q. says:

    …add sago like the ones they use for bubble tea or coconut jelly!

    Jul 26, 2011 | 11:15 am

  5. elaine says:

    I just had Avocado shake with Banana this morning…thinned it with low fat milk, and sweetened with condensed milk. It was very satisfying and filling!

    Jul 26, 2011 | 11:51 am

  6. Marketman says:

    I have never tried this with a banana, will have to do that sometime… Thanks.

    Jul 26, 2011 | 12:03 pm

  7. Lamchop says:

    Avocado, mozzarella and tomato sounds yummy! I’ll have to try that. We usually eat our avocado mashed with sweetened milk for a quick dessert. Love these fruits!

    Jul 26, 2011 | 12:44 pm

  8. Rob says:

    Mmmmmmh, avocado shake!!!!

    I like to try different versions, like Vietnamese Sinh To Bo & Indonesian Jus Alpukat, the latter graced with little ribbons of chocolate syrup along the bottom and sides of the glass. TIP: if you’re patient (I usually am not!) place the shake in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes and the avocado flavor will become more pronounced.

    Perfect on a hot day.

    Jul 26, 2011 | 2:01 pm

  9. sonny sj says:

    ditto with myra_ps. i also add banana to my avocado shake to temper the richness of pure avocado.

    Jul 26, 2011 | 2:24 pm

  10. Tin says:

    avocado icecandy! yumyum :-)

    Jul 26, 2011 | 3:42 pm

  11. Sarah says:

    Yummy! Avocado shake is a childhood favorite. My dad used to make it for us when we were kids. He would mash avocados with a fork, add some sugar and milk and chill it in the fridge. Delicious!

    Jul 26, 2011 | 4:34 pm

  12. ed b. says:

    Hello Sir MM, I love avocados but I always end up picking vein-y (maugat) ones. T_T Do you have any tips on how to avoid getting vein-y avocados? Thank you!

    Jul 26, 2011 | 5:10 pm

  13. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    How about avocado in sandwiches like bacon, avocado, lettuce, and tomato (B.A.L.T.).

    Jul 26, 2011 | 6:22 pm

  14. Life says:

    i just had 2 glasses of avocado shake despite this cold weather in Cebu! Sooo yummy!

    Jul 26, 2011 | 7:33 pm

  15. MP says:

    Hi MM, this reminded me of my years in Indonesia. I worked there for over 6 years (Jakarta, Pontianak, and Aceh) and was amazed that the taste of the avocado shakes differed from one place to the next, considering they used the same recipe. Maybe it had something to do with the amount/type of choco flavoring they mixed with the shake – some used Milo, others Brown cow…

    Jul 26, 2011 | 8:22 pm

  16. millet says:

    childhood favorite! my mom would make this and freeze them in those metal ice cube trays, and painstakingly scrape the frozen mixture until it looks like sorbet. yummy! i’ve always wanted an avocado tree in the front yard from which i could hang capiz lamps, like those in your garden in Cebu, MM. why avocado tree, I don’t know.

    Jul 26, 2011 | 9:01 pm

  17. Nadia says:

    One of our favorite ways to use avocados is to slather them on a piece of whole wheat toast then give a light sprinkling of salt and pepper or top with a thin slice of salty cheese. Yum-o!!! It’s the next best thing to butter! :)

    Jul 26, 2011 | 9:31 pm

  18. kim says:

    old time favorite ! shake or in salad/sandwich … yummy !
    i would have to try one with banana as well … thanks for the tip :)

    Jul 26, 2011 | 11:09 pm

  19. jack says:

    yummy avocado! but should be in moderation as it contains the most calories thus i am guilty of eating lotsa with milk and sugar :)

    Jul 26, 2011 | 11:46 pm

  20. Dragon says:

    Delightful avocado!

    Avocado shake, avocado ice cream (home made) are two childhood faves! Here in Melbourne, avocado’s more of a savory than sweet food. When I brought the avocado ice cream to work, the Asians loved them, the Aussies couldn’t get their head around it…

    Jul 27, 2011 | 6:33 am

  21. Marketman says:

    Nadia, I need to try slathering it… millet, avocado trees aren’t the most regal, but they look pretty cool when the fruit are hanging off of them… MP, when were you in Jakarta, I was based there in the early 90’s … Artisan, yes, great in BLT’s, ed b, I generally don’t buy avocados unless the vendor has one cut open for me to see… if they come from the same batch as the sample, you have a much higher chance of getting non-veiny ones…

    Jul 27, 2011 | 6:34 am

  22. Elodie says:

    Mmmm, yum! I usually have avocados in salads but a creamy avocado shake is my husband’s favorite! He likes to turn them into popsicles for our 2 year old daughter too! :)

    Jul 27, 2011 | 6:44 am

  23. cumin says:

    One of my favorites, you just can’t go wrong with avocados in sandwiches, shakes, ice cream, guacamole, or Mexican style salad with corn, red kidney beans, and tomatoes on a bed of lettuce. Joey of 80 breakfasts recently had a post of avocado cubes in an omelet which I must try. Although I haven’t had it for a while, Arce had wonderful avocado ice cream that was distinct from the rest – perhaps they used coconut cream? The taste still lingers after all these years.

    Jul 27, 2011 | 8:55 am

  24. Marketman says:

    cumin, if I am not mistaken, Arce may have used carabao’s milk which is creamier it seems… :)

    Jul 27, 2011 | 9:29 am

  25. MP says:

    Hi MM, I was in Jakarta from 2002 to 2005 although I travelled quite a bit all over Indonesia managing humanitarian/development programs. I was transferred to Aceh in 2005 for our Tsunami Response Program and then moved to the Balkans after 2 years..I have wonderful memories of Indo so it is always a thrill when you refer to your time there and when you write something that reminds me of it.

    Anyhow, I just had a wonderful avocado salad with shrimps at the Movenpick Hotel (Deadsea). It was a surprisingly wonderful pairing, one which you might want to try, if you haven’t yet. But then again, is there something you haven’t tried yet???

    Jul 27, 2011 | 9:37 pm

  26. Mindanaoan says:

    Now I’m craving for avocado shakes!

    Aug 4, 2011 | 5:51 pm

  27. Cel says:

    Refreshing, must be a good ice cream flavor too!

    Aug 4, 2011 | 7:17 pm

  28. Footloose says:

    If memory serves me right, our word for avocado derived from the Nahualt ahuácatl which is said to mean scrotum. They were probably dealing with the ancestor of Hass avocado which is small, egg shaped and covered with a dark, rough and wrinkled skin that presented the striking resemblance. Again, one of those images that never crossed your mind but once suggested never leaves it. At least those Inca people were quite accurate compared to the greeks who imagined orchids as also similarly formed but is really quite a stretch for the modern eye to imagine.

    Arce, what an apt brand for ice-cream. In Spanish maple syrup is jarabe de arce. Jarabe is xarope (say sharope) in Portuguese which gave us syrup. We have a similar sounding brand of ice-cream here but it’s spelled Maypole.

    Aug 7, 2011 | 12:57 am

  29. gerry says:

    Simple way to make avocado ice cream is to mix mashed avocado to defrosted french vanilla ice cream

    Mar 16, 2012 | 4:59 am


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