You would think we were Irish with the way the kids have been acting today. They are fully decked out in green – they even found green beads to wear around their neck, and green hair accessories. They pretty much hate green every other day of the year. Last night they asked if I would make them green pancakes for breakfast with green milk – why not? I told them if they made their beds in the morning, I would – now, call me crazy, but I actually think a leprechaun came in and did it for them – I found notes on their night stands…
After making green shamrock pancakes for breakfast and turning their milk green, I started getting in the spirit – and looked at that ripe avocado on the counter. I asked the girls if they wanted green smoothies in the afternoon, and of course I got a resounding “yes.” I remembered a while ago I saw some recipes in the Pacific Northwest Magazine about Avocado Milkshakes – so I went searching. It was hard to decide which one to make, but I went with the Indonesian version – boy does an avocado make a smooth milkshake – it was velvety. If you like avocados, these milkshakes were delectable with just the right amount of sweetness. You would have sworn you were eating ice-cream it was so good. The kids on the other hand were not too impressed. They are not big avocado fans, so I wasn’t expecting much – but they at least had a few sips. This was definitely my treat. I didn’t add the espresso since I don’t drink caffeine, but I am sure it would be delicious.
So – I hope you are all celebrating your inner-Irish today – whether you are Irish or not – and this milkshake will put a little hop in your step, just like a little leprechaun.
- 1 medium avocado
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 1/3 cup cold espresso and/or a drizzle of chocolate syrup
- 2/3 cup milk, or as needed
- 1/3 cup superfine sugar or simple syrup, or as needed
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Halve the avocado lengthwise and scoop the flesh into a blender, discarding the pit. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until completely smooth. Taste and add more sugar if desired, and/or a little more milk for a thinner consistency. Serve immediately, with a straw and spoon.
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