Being allergic to banana and avocado doesn’t sound too restrictive until you check out some menus and realize that these elusive fruits can be and sometimes are in just about everything. Ah!
Just last Fall, I had to save my own life after eating some deviled eggs that were made with avocado oil. My face turned purple, my throat started to close up, and I was having difficulty breathing. The whole experience was less than awesome.
But, I’m determined to enjoy many of the same foods my friends eat, including smoothies. Last year, when I first wrote about these seemingly unbelievable food allergies, I revealed how I started substituting soaked cashews for bananas and avocados in smoothies. (Click here to read that post.) Cashews are a great smoothie hack, but could there possibly be any smoothie recipes that simply don’t depend on banana or avocado? The answer is yes! Here are my faves …
Mango-Mint Green Smoothie
This is my new go-to. I like to keep my smoothie thick, so it’s almost like a slushy. The mint and lime make the taste very refreshing. You don’t even taste the spinach. I add some ground flax meal because flax is a super-super food. Read and learn more here.
1 C. mango (I typically use frozen)
1 C. spinach
1/2 C. fresh mint
1 lime, juiced
1 T. ground flax meal
Coconut water to blend
Put all the ingredients in a high-speed blender—I use Vitamix. Blend on medium-high speed until all the ingredients are combined. You can gradually add the coconut water to help the ingredients mix and get the desired thickness of your smoothie. Enjoy the green goodness!
This is a great recipe from my manager, Emily. If anyone knows a good smoothie recipe, it’s Emily! I love that this one is sweet and adding the cacao nibs is a great combination with the cherries. Emily used apple juice in her original recipe. I don’t really like apple juice, so I’ll stick with coconut water. I also added a few dates because I had some left over from another recipe.
1 C. frozen cherries
1 C. kale
1 T. chia seeds
1 T. ground flax meal
1 T. cacao nibs
Coconut water or apple juice to blend
Put all the ingredients in a high-speed blender—I use Vitamix. Blend on medium-high speed until all the ingredients are combined. You can gradually add the coconut water or apple juice to help the ingredients mix and get the desired thickness of your smoothie. Choco-cherry! Nom, nom, nom.
I hope you try out these great banana and avocado-free smoothies. Let me know what you think!
Check out more smoothie recipes and … how to make avocado-less guacamole (faux guac). I call it fuacamole! Yes, it is amazing and will change your avocado and banana-free life.
Learn more about Avocado and Banana-Free Life here.