Monday, July 15, 2013

hot days, cold drinks: mocha avocado shake

avocado with coffee?  i know, it sounds weird.  but its actually pretty good.  the avocado adds a creaminess to the drink without overpowering the taste.  in fact, i barely taste it at all.

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it is helpful to put your avocado in the fridge for a bit before you make this so that the drink is nice and cold.  you can even freeze the avocado for an even colder, creamier drink.  if you freeze it, make sure to remove the peel and pit first, as they will be hard to remove after it is frozen.  it is also helpful to slice or cube the avocado before freezing it, so that your blender doesn't have to work as hard.

this can be made with instant coffee powder, or a coffee substitute powder (i have tried both pero and cafix).  i often go for the latter, as i can not handle too much caffeine after morning time (it affects my ability to fall asleep at night).

mocha avocado shake

2 tsp instant coffee powder OR coffee substitute powder OR 1 starbucks via packet (if you really need caffeine!)
1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted
1 cup of milk
3-5 ice cubes
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp cocoa powder
5-8 drops of liquid stevia

1. combine all in a blender and blend on high until smooth.  make sure the ice is completely crushed.

click here for the next recipe in the series: hazelnut iced latte

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