Summer in our very tropical country is quite hot, but it is also the best season for a lot of good fruit. I’ve beem craving for a cold creamy avocado shake for a few days now but it seems that everyone else in the country is craving for the same thing.
Yes– the people in my country grew up to love sweet avocado shakes and creamy avocado ice cream before coming to know that one can have it savory: on your toast, your salad, as a dip etc. When we were kids, I remembered having slices or pieces of it in a glass milk that is sweetned by sugar at home. An avocado shake is quite common in stores along the street during summer. As I grew up, avocado ice cream became available in ice cream shops and grocery stores.
I know! Maybe for some of you, this might be weird. But SERIOUSLY, avocados made sweet is such a treat.
It took me a while to get good avocados that are just about right (and avocado shaked are always sold out in the malls) but once I got my hands into four nice avocados, I put my blender to work.
How do you know if the avocado you are buying is just right?
It wasn’t simple to me at first but after some help it took me while to understand what I should look for. Here’s a guide for picking good avocados:
- The avocado, like any other fruit or vegetable should not have any bruises and cuts.
- Avoid buying avocados that have dark spots as it may be a sign of bruising.
- Check if the avocado is ripe, under ripe or over ripe- gently press the avocado. It should give a little when pressed but not enough to leave a dent on the fruit.
- Once you slice open, it should have a yellow green color, and meat should be slightly firm, but enough to be crushed by a fork with some pressure.
- Don’t include parts that are browning and mushy. There may be times when the edges of the fruit nearer the skin has dark veins, avoid using this as well as it tends to leave a very bitter taste.
Prep time: 15 minutes
- 4 medium-sized ripe avocados
- 2-3 cups of milk (depends on how thick you want your shake to be)
- 1 cup of ice
- 1/8 cup of sugar or natural sweetener like Stevia (depends on how sweet you want your shake to be).
- Remove the avocado seeds and scoop out the flesh out. If the flesh is almost brown or a green too dark and a little too mushy, don’t include as it will leave a bitter taste.
- Put the avocado in a blender along with the milk and sweeteners. Here you can opt to add other things like chia seeds, flaxseed etc. I like mine pure as these might alter the taste.
- Blend until smooth and it should come out smooth and creamy. If you want it less creamy, add more milk or water and ice.
- Serve cold 🙂
Hope you try this really refreshing, healthy drink this summer!