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Recipe: Creamy-Dreamy-Green​ie Smoothies

Recipe: Creamy-Dreamy-Green​ie Smoothies

Creamy-Dreamy-Green​ie Smoothies

by Dylan Sabuco
Photo by Julia Mikhaylova/Shutterstock.com
prep time
5 minutes
cook time
makes
4-6 servings

Fun Food Story

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Creamy-Dreamy-Green​ie Smoothies

There’s a secret to making a smoothie extra creamy: add an avocado or a frozen banana. Guess what? Our Creamy-Dreamy-Green​ie Smoothie has both! Get ready for an exceptionally smooth smoothie!

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • blend :

    to stir together two or more ingredients until just combined; blending is a gentler process than mixing.

  • measure :

    to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).

Equipment Checklist

  • Blender (or pitcher + immersion blender)
  • Cutting board
  • Kid-safe knife
  • Can opener
  • Liquid measuring cup
scale
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Ingredients

Creamy-Dreamy-Green​ie Smoothies

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub 1 small can sweetened condensed coconut milk—more info below)**
  • 3 C water
  • 1 dash pure vanilla extract **(for GLUTEN ALLERGY use certified gluten-free pure vanilla extract, not imitation vanilla flavor—check label)**

Food Allergen Substitutions

Creamy-Dreamy-Green​ie Smoothies

  • Dairy: For 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk, substitute 1 small can sweetened condensed coconut milk OR 1 13.5-oz can coconut milk + 1/2 C sugar.
  • Gluten/Wheat: Use certified gluten-free pure vanilla extract, not imitation vanilla flavor.

Instructions

Creamy-Dreamy-Green​ie Smoothies

1.
peel + remove pit

Peel 2 frozen bananas and 1 avocado. Remove and discard the pit from the avocado. Place the green, creamy fruit from the avocado in a blender (or pitcher for use with an immersion blender) along with the peeled bananas.

2.
measure + blend

Measure and add 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 3 cups water, and 1 dash of vanilla extract. Blend until smooth! Enjoy!

Surprise Ingredient: Avocado!

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Hi! I’m Avocado!

"Hola! (Hello!) My name is Avocado, and I'm so happy to be an ingredient in your dish! Avocados can be sliced or chopped and presented naturally, or you can mash us and add lime or lemon juice, salt, cilantro, garlic, onions, jalapeños, and other seasonings to make Guacamole! The citrus juice provides flavor and also keeps us from turning brown in the air. Did you know that avocados are sometimes called Alligator Pears due to our pear-like shape and green skin?"

History

  • Avocados originated in Mexico and Central America, where Spanish is the national language. Their history dates back 7,000 years. Avocado in Spanish is “aguacate!”
  • Avocados are now popular all over the globe and are used in all types of recipes! Most of our avocados are grown in Mexico and California. Avocado trees grow best in mild, warm climates with moderate humidity. They don't like cold weather.
  • The most popular avocado is the "Hass." All Hass avocados are descendants of a "mother tree" that grew in the backyard of a man's house in California.

Anatomy & Etymology

  • Avocados have a seed or pit! Botanically speaking, that makes them a fruit! So, technically, avocados are berries. Berry interesting, no?
  • Avocados come in different shapes, from oval to pear, depending on the variety. The skin looks like fine leather, which helps them to withstand the fierce Mexican sun. It's not edible and is durable enough to protect the ripening avocado flesh inside.
  • Some have smooth skin, while others have a rougher, more pebbled appearance. Most are glossy green, while a few varieties turn purplish-black when ripe. But regardless of the exterior, all have a large, inedible seed surrounded by the soft, buttery, creamy-white to greenish-yellow flesh on the inside, with a delicate nutty taste! 
  • The word "avocado" comes from the mid-17th century Spanish "aguacate," from the Nahuatl "ahuacatl," which has been combined with other words, such as "ahuacamolli," meaning avocado soup or sauce. That is how we get the word "guacamole." 

How to Pick, Buy, & Eat

  • Avocados grow on big evergreen trees with a beautiful crown of smooth, glossy, dark green leaves that shade the avocados from the sun. Avocados mature slowly and steadily on the tree but put off ripening until picked. One tree can produce 150 to 500 avocados per year.  
  • Avocado trees grow best in mild, warm climates with moderate humidity. They don’t like cold weather.  
  • How to properly peel an avocado: The method you use to peel an avocado can make a difference to your health. Research has shown that the greatest concentration of carotenoids in avocado occurs in the dark green flesh that lies just beneath the skin. Therefore, you don't want to slice into that dark green portion any more than necessary when peeling an avocado. For this reason, the best method is what the California Avocado Commission has called the "nick and peel" method. In this method, you peel the avocado with your hands in the same way you would peel a banana. The first step in the nick-and-peel method is to cut into the avocado lengthwise, producing two long avocado halves that are still connected in the middle by the seed. Next, you take hold of both halves and twist them in opposite directions until they naturally separate. At this point, remove the seed and cut each of the halves lengthwise to produce long quartered sections of the avocado. Finally, use your thumb and index finger to grip the edge of the skin on each quarter and peel it off, just as you would do with a banana skin. The result is a peeled avocado that contains most of that dark green outermost flesh that is so rich in carotenoid antioxidants!
  • Avocado is delicious mashed and spread on toast, chopped and added to salsas, sliced and fanned across salads, and diced and added to soups. In addition, avocado can be breaded and fried and stuffed into tacos, mashed or whipped and added to desserts (like cakes and puddings (yum!), and, of course, used as a base for countless varieties of guacamole.

Nutrition

  • Good fat! Avocado is one of only a few fruits to contain fat—the special kind that’s really good for you and keeps you healthy. It’s a source of essential fatty acids and is mostly the same kind of healthy fat found in olive oil. What body part needs this type of fat?! The brain!
  • Vitamin E keeps our blood healthy! 
  • B Vitamins help our bodies make energy!
  • Fiber helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels and fight heart disease!
  • The most nutrition in an avocado is the part of the flesh that’s closest to the peel! This darker green flesh has particular nutrients called carotenoids. The Guinness Book of World Records calls the Avocado the most nutritious fruit known to man!

 

What is "Sinh To Bo?"

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  • A Vietnamese smoothie using avocado and sweetened condensed milk is called "Sinh Tố Bơ" (SEEN toh bah), which means "avocado smoothie."
  • Avocados were brought to Vietnam by French colonizers in the 19th century, and they are a popular ingredient in Vietnamese desserts, including "sinh tố bơ." It is a creamy, sweet smoothie or milkshake that is a treat during warm weather. 
  • You can make this healthy, refreshing smoothie by blending avocado, sweetened condensed milk, ice, and milk.

Let's Learn About Vietnam!

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  • The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is in Southeast Asia. Its government is a Unitary Marxist–Leninist one-party socialist republic. China is on Vietnam's northern border, Cambodia and Laos border it to the west, the Gulf of Thailand is southwest, and the South China Sea borders it on the south and east. The country is long, narrow, and shaped like an "S." At its most narrow point, it is only 30 miles wide.
  • Vietnam's total area is 331,699, and the population in 2019 was over 96 million. Hanoi is the capital city, and Ho Chi Minh City is the largest. 
  • The national language is Vietnamese, and French is spoken as a second language by many older, educated residents of former South Vietnam due to French colonial rule. Minority groups may speak different languages in various parts of the country. English is also frequently taught in schools.
  • The Vietnamese language has six different tones. The meaning of a word will change with a change in tone. This makes their language somewhat challenging to learn.
  • Vietnam has been under the rule of other countries throughout its history, first under China from 111 BCE until 939 CE, when an independent dynasty appeared. The French colonized Vietnam in 1887. Then, in 1945, Ho Chi Minh declared independence from France. However, France claimed power again during the First Indochina War, but Vietnam was victorious in 1954. The Vietnam War began soon after, and the country was divided into communist North Vietnam and anti-communist South Vietnam. After the war, which the North won in 1975, the country was reunified as a socialist state.
  • Vietnam exports the most black pepper and cashews in the world and is the second-largest exporter of rice and coffee.
  • There are several floating fishing villages in Halong Bay on the northeastern coast of Vietnam. Boats and houseboats are tied together, where people live, work, shop, and go to school, so inhabitants rarely have to put their feet on land.  
  • Due to the narrow streets and expensive cars and taxes, Vietnam has about 50 million motorbikes on the roads every day. Some people have two motorbikes, one for work and one for pleasure. 
  • Popular sports are football (soccer), table tennis (ping-pong), volleyball, badminton, and martial arts. 
  • Vietnamese cuisine consists of five basic tastes (elements): bitter (fire), salty (water), sour (wood), spicy (metal), and sweet (earth). It is known for its fresh, healthy ingredients, and rice is a staple, as it is in many Asian countries. Spring rolls, "pho" ("fuh"), a dish with noodles, broth, herbs, and meat, and "banh mi," a sandwich on a baguette filled with meat, cucumber, cilantro, and pickled veggies, are three well-known Vietnamese dishes found in the United States.

What's It Like to Be a Kid in Vietnam?

  • Family is very important in Vietnam, and children may live with their parents and grandparents, and maybe even aunts and uncles. 
  • Since children make up almost a quarter of the population, schools are overcrowded, and the school day may be either a morning or afternoon shift six days a week. School uniforms are required. Primary school is required from ages six to eleven, and after exams, it is determined whether a student will go on to a secondary school or a vocational school. 
  • Kids who live in rural parts of the country may need to help with crops or livestock, and you might see them leading or riding domesticated animals, like water buffalo. 
  • Sports they participate in include soccer, badminton, tennis, karate, swimming, and cycling. In addition, kids may play group games like Cat and Mouse or Dragon and Snake or board games like "O an quan."
  • Kids may eat similar things for breakfast and lunch, such as pho, spring rolls, or banh mi, although they may eat oatmeal or pastries for breakfast in the cities. 

The Yolk's On You

Why do avocados get sad?

Because they feel pit-iful!

The Yolk's On You

What do you say to an avocado who’s done a good job?

"Bravocado!"

That's Berry Funny

In our fridge there's condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla, and eggs.

So, just as a precaution we've put a sticker on them saying, "Warning: Highly Flannable."

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