So down to business. I'm trying to get into the whole smoothie craze. I know they can be full of some great powerhouse fruits and vegetables, but I've had a hard time breaking into the scene. For starters, I'm not a big fan of banana-flavored anything (unless it's a banana, then that's fine), and most smoothie recipes call for a banana as it tends to add thickness to the drink. Sometimes the flavor can be masked with frozen raspberries or strawberries, but I can still taste the banana. I even thought I could just get used to the banana taste... no such luck.
Then I remembered reading Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook, Deceptively Delicious, which hides pureed vegetables into everyday foods. She has a recipe for chocolate pudding that's made almost entirely with avocado (not too bad, kind of rich, have to get used to the texture). Well, what if I used that same concept with a smoothie? I would avoid the banana, get all of the healthful benefits of avocado (fiber, complete protein, B vitamins, minerals and "good" fats) and still love drinking it. And it's chocolate, so what's not to love?
1 avocado, fully ripened, room temperature
2 cups almond milk (or any other milk you prefer)
1/4 cup honey + additional if necessary
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup whey powder (optional)
2-3 ice cubes
Cut avocado in half, remove pit, cut into cubes and place into blender. Add milk, honey, cocoa powder and whey powder (if using). Pulse on high until well-blended and smooth, being sure no chunks of avocado remain. Taste smoothie and add more honey if needed, 1 Tablespoon at a time. Add ice cubes and pulse a few more times. Serve.