Orange Avocado Smoothie
A nutrient packed green smoothie made with banana, fresh juicy oranges and avocado. So smooth and creamy you would never guess it’s dairy-free!
Can you imagine what winter would be like without citrus?
For me it would be entirely unbearable. I view it as nature’s gift to us. The bright colors, the refreshing scents, the plethora of precious vitamin C. It’s literally like sunshine on a cloudy day. <name that tune!
I don’t normally drink a lot of smoothies in the winter because, um hello, it’s freaking cold. But an orange smoothie is one I’ll make an exception for.
Last year I showed you this Fresh Orange Creamsicle Smoothie which is still one of my favorites, but this year I’ve been all about the avocados for breakfast so I decided to add that to the mix as well.
Why have I been all about the avocados, you ask?
Well for one, they make for a bangin’ smoothie and for two, because I started eating them in place of my daily yogurt. Kind of a strange swap, I know, but I’ve been trying to slowly wean myself off of dairy and yogurt was the first thing to go.
I’ve eaten it daily since going vegetarian because it’s such a convenient way to get a good amount of protein, probiotics and vitamin B-12. However, the more research I continue to do on certified humane/pasture-raised dairy farming practices coupled with the effects that eating it has on our hormones, the more turned off I am. I haven’t given it up entirely (damn Amy’s pizza) and it might just be a phase, but who knows, it might be permanent too. I haven’t decided yet. We’ll see how it makes me feel long term!
In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying avocados that are packed with healthy fats and nutrients that help stabilize hormones. #avocadosFTW
Anyways, back to the smoothie. Between the frozen banana and orange, it has a light tropical flavor that will instantly make you feel like you’re on a Hawaiian beach. <one can only dream
The avocado and the almond milk give it a smooth and creamy texture that’s almost like a milkshake. But without the dairy because we don’t need it, obviously. ;)
Orange Avocado Smoothie
Yield: 12 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1/2 ripe banana, frozen
- 1 orange (or two clementines), peeled*
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 cup baby spinach leaves
- 1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
*Freezing the citrus prior to blending gives the smoothie a thicker texture. However, using them fresh gives it a stronger citrus flavor.
Did you try this recipe? Please let me know how it turned out by leaving a comment below or sharing a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #makingthymeforhealth. I love hearing your feedback!
This looks so creamy and delicious! I have never tried orange in a smoothie but i need to, it sounds amazing!
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It’s so strange but I go through major smoothie kicks in the winter. I don’t know why! I’ve never put an avocado in my smoothie — I know! I can’t believe it either. ;) Anyway, I’ll have to try it but I’ll have to swap out coconut milk for the almond milk which should make it taste even more tropical! Good luck with giving up dairy! I’m sure it won’t be too difficult for you. I’ve pretty much weened myself off but on occasion I still love some yogurt & granola.
I am surprised you’ve never tried it! I agree it would be delicious with coconut milk. :)
This recipe came just in time – I have a pile of oranges and an avocado that I need to eat up! Also, that avo saver!! I’ve never seen that before – such a good idea.
I know, I love it! Thanks Rebecca! :)
I started a new nutrition course this week and I continue to feel assaulted by the information I read on how our government and lobbyists cover up what’s really in our food. Part of me doesn’t want to know because I already cannot eat a lot of foods out of fear. Best to stick to as much whole, raw food as possible!
I know, it’s infuriating what takes place in the food industry. Sometimes I wish I was ignorant to it all!
Geebuz, Sarah. I’ve got a sour face just thinking about a Winter without lemon….on my salmon.
Just kidding, but this smoothie looks amazing!!!
I don’t blame you. Salmon on it’s own tastes like shit, haha! ;)
Oh my gosh, this looks amazing! I’ve been all about the citrus lately, too. Lemons and grapefruit have been my favorite, but oranges are so good. And yes to putting avocados in smoothies!
YES, lemons are everything!
Oh my gosh that avocado saver! I get overwhelmed with all the little kitchen supplies that can seem too specific, but I think I really need that one. I’m a big fan of avocado in smoothies! I don’t do it enough. Also I made your orange creamsicle smoothie many times last winter and definitely appreciated the tip on freezing oranges before blending – it helps the texture so much.
LOL! I love that you get excited over kitchen supplies. :)
I try to avoid buying ones I don’t need because I’m limited on space but this one has definitely come in handy. The outside edge still gets a little brown but I just scrape it off. It beats using a plastic baggy to store it!
Great minds think alike – I posted a smoothie a couple weeks ago with avocado! It makes smoothies SO creamy; I’ve got my boyfriend hooked! I agree with you on the dairy. A lot of people ask me why I don’t eat dairy or eggs because nothing is getting harmed (lie), but it’s really about the healthy for me with dairy.
Delicious! Oranges are such a universally loved and refreshing flavor- and wow, I’ve gotta try avocado in my smoothies :)
I love how creamy avocado makes smoothies! This looks delicious and perfect for this time of year. I bet grapefruit would be yummy too :)
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One, this smoothie is so happy! haha that’s a weird way to describe a smoothie! I’ve been using avocado too lately so much – I’ve been having issues with dairy (it makes me break out like maddddd) so I’ve been staying away as much as possible (the problem for me is cheese!!! haha). Happy weekend!!
I’m kind of obsessed with how thick and creamy this looks <3 And can you believe that I've -never- added oranges to my smoothies?! I have no idea why since it sounds kind of amazing. Definitely have to rectify that.
OH! And I'm with you on the dairy. I've actually had to ease up on it a LOT over the last little while because I had a feeling it was triggering my eczema, and cutting it out definitely helped. It's super scary what they're doing with our food these days…
Okay yummm. I love putting avocados in my smoothies! Well, pretty much anything, let’s be real.
Please talk to me about this avocado contraption… DOES IT WORK?
Haha! It does look like a contraption, doesn’t it? It doesn’t do a perfect job at keeping it green but it’s much better than a plastic baggy or tupperware!
I always forget that citrus is a winter thing since it seems so out of place, haha! Dairy is hard! I haven’t been eating it as much lately but I’m not sure I could totally give it up! Once I tell myself I can’t eat something it is all I want to eat, haha! I do love the idea of thickening my soothie with avocado instead of yogurt though!!
I know, it is hard to give up entirely. I can’t seem to get away from cheese but yogurt was a big step for me!
I just came across your site and wanted to say how beautiful your food photography is! I can’t eat dairy so this smoothie would make an amazing breakfast, I can’t wait to make it soon :)
You’re too sweet! Thanks Aya! :)
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This looks so creamy and amazing! I really want to make this but I don’t have almond milk. Would it be ok to just use water?
Hi Devin! You could use water but keep in mind that the almond milk helps provide a creamier texture and a hint of vanilla flavor. Maybe if you have another kind of milk you could substitute that with a tiny splash of vanilla extract?
I see. I will get some almond milk then. Can’t wait to try this! Thank you :)
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Amazing thank you. I done everything except instead of milk I used fresh orange juice. So damn good
That sounds lovely. Thank you for the review, Josh!
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Yummy! I had an orange and avocado that needed to be used so I was happy to find this recipe. I’m pregnant and wanted to bulk up this recipe even more. I added a half cup of frozen blueberries, tbsp almond butter, tbsp coconut oil, flax seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, ginger, and some nutmeg. Also, I subbed kale for the spinach since that’s what I had. It was so good! Thank you for this recipe.
I love your add ins! Thanks for the feedback, Katie. Congrats on your pregnancy! :)
Hi I made smothie and am a total beginner and recipe was so easy to follow I used almond milk was as lovely so creamy and smooth and yummy was also a lovely colour I also used kale cause didn’t have spinach also addproteins powders was so fulling really enjoyed making it
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Started a sore throat last night, and I had an orange I needed to use. I love using avocados in smoothies, so I searched for an orange-avocado smoothie, and voila! I found your site. Thanks for the great recipe. It was delicious. I did drop in a couple of frozen strawberries and some vegan vanilla protein powder and used kale instead of spinach since I had that in my deep freeze.
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Ok, y’all need to try this. I’m in high school and I feel this would be such an amazing drink on the way to school in the morning. So beautiful thick and creamy all at the same time, really amazing. I was sceptical combining avo and oranges, but boy is it good! Highly recommend!
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