If you read my post from a few days ago you will know that wonky avocados have recently flooded the supermarkets in the UK. As a result, I have several wonky avocados ripening on my windowsill in the kitchen. I’ve been doing my best not to let them go to waste and today I am sharing my new avocado recipe – Avocado Raspberry Lemon Balm Smoothie.
This recipe is dairy free – I used Alpro Coconut Almond milk alternative, which added a subtle coconut flavour to the smoothie, but without the calories of coconut milk. If you’ve ever tasted this product and weren’t all that impressed I can assure you it works fabulously well in a smoothie, even if you don’t enjoy it on its own.
Avocado is an ideal smoothie ingredient, as it provides extra nutrients, is a great natural thickener and produces a silky smooth texture. And you can’t taste it at all! The smoothie is fruity and moderately sweet (I added 1 teaspoon of honey but adding another wouldn’t make the smoothie overly sweet, either), tangy and refreshing from the combination of sweet/sour raspberries, sharp pomegranate molasses and fresh lemon balm.
Lemon balm is not a herb I use a lot of though it seems to grow better than any other herb in my garden without any special effort on my part. It has a refreshing, lemon flavour, which tastes fantastic in smoothies. It makes a great addition in this smoothie recipe.
This Avocado Raspberry Lemon Balm Smoothie can be enjoyed for breakfast but it also makes a refreshing and super easy to make after-school snack idea (all you need is a hand blender). I used frozen rather than fresh raspberries so the smoothie can be enjoyed straight away without having to be refrigerated first. Any leftovers can be kept in the fridge (ideally in an airtight container) for a few hours.
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5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
- 1 small/medium avocado, peeled, deseeded
- 1 cup frozen raspeberries
- 1 cup Alpro coconut almond
- 6-7 medium lemon balm leaves, chopped
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
- 1-2 teaspoons honey (or agave syrup)
- Puree all the ingredients and enjoy!