Eat Pretty: Persian Spiced Avocado-Pistachio Smoothie


For many of us, a smoothie is an excellent snack but hardly enough to tide you over from morning workout to midday meal. This particular smoothie recipe is not only packed with enough protein to keep you full until lunchtime, but you even get in a serving of kale without tasting a thing—promise! As with any smoothie recipe, feel free to play around with what you have at home and make it your own. If Persian spice isn’t quite your speed, you can easily make this a tropical-themed smoothie by substituting pineapple for banana and coconut milk for almond milk. Also, add oats and/or almond butter to any smoothie to give it a boost of protein and make it more substantial.

-1 avocado
-1 ripe banana, frozen
-1 cup of kale (about 3 large leaves, ribs removed)
-3 tbsp unsalted pistachios
-3 tbsp oats
-3 tbsp unsalted almond butter
-1-2 tbsp agave, honey, or pure maple syrup
-2 cups almond milk
-2 tbsp. pomegranate seeds (to garnish)

Persian Spice (optional)
-1-2 tbsp jaggery (instead of agave)
-2 tsp rosewater
-¼ tsp cinnamon
-¼ tsp cardamom
-¼ tsp coriander powder

1. Chop up avocado and banana into small chunks and combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
2. Pour into glasses, garnish if desired, and enjoy immediately. (Yields 2 servings.)

—Amy Kothari

Amy Kothari is the founder of the artisan jam and jelly company Big City, Small Batches and shares her recipes and food photography on her blog, Tastes Like Chicken.

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  • MashaM

    This sounds amazing, can't wait it make it! I love rose water but hadn't thought of it for smoothies.

  • sleepless

    love this

  • Jane T.

    Ugh this makes me wish I wasn't allergic to avocados!

  • theo2008

    I am more in favour of these type of food bloggers on ITG. I look to see women who actually like food and not just chia seeds.

  • lustrass

    The Moroccan avocado smoothie is either:
    - Avocado + orange juice
    - Avocado + banana + milk
    - Avocado + dates + almonds + milk
    All are super yummy and sold at every deli

  • bluesky557

    I'm definitely going to try this. I am hypoglycemic so most smoothies leave me shaky and hungry after a couple of hours. Maybe the inclusion of avocado and almond butter will make it last longer for me.

  • Cherryredgirl

    Yum!!!! I'm a smoothie lover!!! I'm going to try this very soon :)

  • Alisia

    This sounds so yummy!! I need to try it, but some of those ingredients are expensive in my neck of the woods. Alisia

  • amyK

    There is no reason why the ingredients for the smoothie can't be relatively affordable and easy to find. The persian inspired spices can get pricey, but you don't need to include this optional step, and the smoothie is still very good. If Kale isn't easily available, you can substitute 1 cup of spinach for the kale. Also, pistachios can get pricey, but feel free to substitute with almonds or peanuts (or any nut that you like-- or no nuts at all). Pomegranite seeds are just for the garnish (I know this is a pricier ingredient, but it is not essential to foundation of the recipe--like the rose petals, they make for a more beautiful presentation, not a superior flavor.) Really, feel free to play around with the recipe-- its just a framework, the way I see it, the avocado is really the only non-negotiable (I make it sans banana for myself). cheers and enjoy xx amy

  • murt

    wow - that is a lot of sugar though.