Indonesian Avocado Milkshake (Jus Alpukat)

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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12 thoughts on “Indonesian Avocado Milkshake (Jus Alpukat)

  1. I love avocados! I would never think of using them in a milkshake. I am definitely going to have to try this recipe.

  2. I saw a shirt the other day that said, “Kiss Me I’m Irish-ish.” LOL. I like that – Irish-ish. This looks like something I would really enjoy and Miss A might even enjoy it too. She does like avocados. :)

  3. Looks yum, but I’m sure my kids would have reacted the same!
    I’ll save my avocados for something yum like this!
    You don’t drink caffeine!?!? I’m even more amazed at your energy level!

  4. My family loves avocado milkshake so much, especially my mom. We normally serve it with hershey’s chocolate syrup. And instead of sugar, we use condensed milk to sweeten it up a little bit. Yum~ :D

  5. oooh! Very surprised to see this jus here! I’m part Indonesian! My dad and I would get this whenever we’re in Jakarta. They’re so cheap and fresh and healthy! They even have lots of variations too! By the way, your kids sound so cute! Green is a great colour though! :D

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