Avocado Mango Smoothie + Saving Smoothies for Later

I think spring is officially here to stay. Okay, maybe not for our friends in CO, but in the Virginia the temps are rising. Isaac and I have been on quite a little grilling kick with all the nice weather we’ve been experiencing. I’m pretty sure we’ve grilled dinner at least 10 times in the last couple weeks. It’s just so easy and the food is so flavorful. It’s like the spring/summer version of roasting. We can’t get enough.

Something else I can’t get enough of? Smoothies! When it’s cold I don’t typically crave smoothies but once the temps rise above 70, it’s smoothie time. Every day, all day.

Creamy Avocado Mango Smoothie in a mason jar with a metal straw sticking out.

They’re so easy and perfect for when you’re in a rush. You can literally just toss everything into the blender, blend for a minute, pour into a glass and your meal is ready.

Overhead shot of Avocado and Mango Smoothie in a mason jar on a yellow and green polka dot tablecloth.

I’m a big proponent of eating breakfast within an hour of waking and recommend smoothies (or overnight oats) to all my clients who think they’re too busy to make breakfast in the morning.

You can make your smoothie prep unbelievingly simple and fast — here’s how:

  1. Prep your smoothie ingredients ahead of time. Measure out your fresh and frozen ingredients and place them in storage container in the freezer. When you’re ready to make your smoothie, dump frozen ingredients into the blender, add your liquid and any other ingredients (protein powder, nut butter, hemp seeds, chia seeds, etc) and blend! You can do this for 2-3 smoothies if you have enough containers.
  2. Pre-make and freeze your smoothie. Let the smoothie thaw, shake and drink. Or let thaw a bit and then re-blend before drinking.
  3. Make a double batch and save the leftover smoothie for later.

Tips for saving a smoothie for later:

  • Store the smoothie in a glass container with an airtight lid (I use mason jars, but a thermos would probably work really well too). Seal the container and place in the fridge as soon as possible.
  • Try to fill the container to the top to avoid extra air which will cause the smoothie to oxidize.
  • Add a little lime or lemon juice to prevent oxidation.
  • Take the smoothie out of the fridge when you’re ready to drink it. Give it a good shake and enjoy.
  • Plan to drink the smoothie within 24 hours — it probably won’t keep much longer than that.
Avocado and Mango Smoothie in a mason jar sitting on a green and yellow polka dot tablecloth. A bag of dates in the background.

I had two smoothies yesterday — one for breakfast and then this one became my afternoon snack.  I had all intentions of taking the photos and saving it for breakfast today, but one sip and I knew there would be no saving it.

I don’t know what I was thinking. It’s like when I tell myself I’m going to eat half a nutrition bar or half a cookie. Yeah, that never works.

Avocado and Mango Smoothie in a mason jar sitting on a green and yellow polka dot tablecloth.

Anyhow, this smoothie is so delicious and creamy. It reminds me of my avocado and lime tart, but in smoothie form. If you haven’t tried avocado in your smoothies yet, now’s definitely the time. It’s.the.best.

Creamy Avocado Mango Smoothie in a mason jar sitting on a wood table.

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Creamy Avocado Mango Smoothie


Description

I blended cold water with shredded coconut to get coconut water but you can certainly use coconut water if you have it on hand. If you use coconut water you may or may not need the medjool date since coconut water is pretty sweet. Feel free to add protein powder, chia seeds or hemp seeds If you want to add a protein boost to this smoothie.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ medium avocado (50 grams), pitted, flesh scooped out
  • 1 cup frozen mango cubes
  • 1 pitted medjool date
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Place water and shredded coconut into your blender and blend until the water becomes cloudy — about 10-30 seconds. Add all remaining ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 257
  • Sugar: 25g
  • Fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 37g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 2g

Do you make smoothies and save them for later? Have any additional tips — I’d love for you to share ’em in the comment section.

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    28 comments
    1. Katie
      August 10, 2020 AT 4:05 pm

      Can i use frozen avocado?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 10, 2020 AT 4:45 pm

        Yes, frozen avocado should definitely work.

    2. Steph
      June 25, 2020 AT 1:41 pm

      Tasty and creamy. I added a scoop of vanilla protein powder and chia seeds.

    3. Brittany
      March 3, 2020 AT 10:33 pm

      Can’t have dairy and was really craving ice cream this evening. I had this instead and it hit the spot without any of the guilt or bad gas! I made mine into a smoothie bowl and topped it with shredded coconut, slivered almonds, and chia seeds!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 4, 2020 AT 6:24 pm

        Ahh I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Brittany!! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    4. Jenny Travens
      June 9, 2016 AT 5:18 am

      I made this smoothie, It was too yummm. Thanks Brittany for sharing this amazing recipe 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 9, 2016 AT 9:25 am

        Woo-hoo! So glad you liked it, Jenny. Doesn’t the avocado make it sooo creamy?

    5. Kristen H
      April 13, 2015 AT 11:16 am

      I just found your blog from bloglovin. I’m just starting to check it out, but i want to say I already love it! It’s nice to get such detailed instructions. I’m a novice at cooking and to read your above directions – Place water and shredded coconut into your blender and blend until the water becomes cloudy — about 10-30 seconds. Add all remaining ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. That helps me to know how it might look or should, so I know I’m not messing it up. Now I’m on to check out more and start trying your recipes and workouts. Kudos!

    6. Personal Training in Lafayette LA
      January 21, 2015 AT 1:37 am

      I would definitely try this smoothie recipes. It’s good to know other ways of making smoothie out from avocados.

    7. Can’t wait to try this out! I’ve found so few filling smoothie recipes since going Paleo and the winners so far have all been ones with avocado.

    8. taramdeal
      May 19, 2014 AT 7:13 am

      This is great! I will have to try making my smoothies ahead of time…sometimes I want to make them but run out of time in the mornings. Making ahead would definitely help 🙂

    9. cottercrunch
      May 17, 2014 AT 7:17 am

      you are genius! i must try the lime tart one as well!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 18, 2014 AT 5:13 pm

        Thanks lady!! 🙂

    10. cearaskitchen
      May 16, 2014 AT 10:51 am

      I love your advice on freezing smoothies – I love when my smoothies are thick almost closer to a parfait consistency and obviously overnight in the fridge the next day they are never as good! Looking forward to trying this delicious looking smoothie! Pinned!

    11. Lisa @ Exercise eat repeat
      May 16, 2014 AT 5:06 am

      thank you for the smoothie advice. i never thought that i could make a smoothie in advance but never thought for a minute that they could be frozen. Great advice that i will be following.

    12. Ayme Nicole
      May 15, 2014 AT 11:36 am

      Hi! I’m just wondering what kind of blender you use. I’ve been making smoothies every morning but my blender is starting to die (it’s very old) and I’m definitely shopping for a new one. Any tips?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 15, 2014 AT 12:52 pm

        Hi Ayme. I have a Vitamix and a Blendtec. I like both but I think my top choice is the Vitamix. It works so well for making smoothies and you can also make juices, nut butter, ice cream, soup, dips, etc.

    13. Karen
      May 14, 2014 AT 9:22 pm

      I can totally relate to it being smoothie season! The past couple of weeks I have been whipping up a banana/cacao/pb/coconut milk smoothie to bring to work with me for my afternoon treat. But now? It looks like tomorrow I will be whipping up a creamy avocado mango smoothie, because I have everything I need and it looks irresistible! Thank you Brittany! I continue to appreciate your creative expertise in the kitchen!

    14. Polly – TastyFoodProject.com
      May 14, 2014 AT 8:15 pm

      Whenever I make smoothies, I make just enough so that I know I’ll finish it. I love having avocados in my smoothies! It’s so yummy and filling!

    15. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
      May 14, 2014 AT 5:09 pm

      This looks sooo yummy! I’ve been on the smoothie train a lot lately! 🙂

    16. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
      May 14, 2014 AT 5:09 pm

      I rarely make smoothies for later but these are good tips to try!

    17. Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living
      May 14, 2014 AT 4:47 pm

      This smoothie looks delicious! Using coconut water definitely sounds easier. Thanks for the tip!

    18. Tia @ Tina and Tia
      May 14, 2014 AT 4:24 pm

      Interesting combo! I’ve never been a huge fan of mangoes (the first time I had it, I also had the flu, and got sick) but I LOVE avocados, so maybe I’ll give this a try!

    19. Deb Young
      May 14, 2014 AT 4:20 pm

      I make a large smoothie each morning and divide it up throughout the day. I drink 10 oz in the morning and then 1 6 oz in the mid afternoon and then 1 6 oz in the early evening. Keeps my energy levels from dropping. Love avocado and mango in smoothies and ground ginger. Yum.

    20. EatGreatBEGreat
      May 14, 2014 AT 2:40 pm

      This sounds so refreshing and yummy! I love adding avocado to my smoothies because it really makes it so thick and creamy!

    21. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
      May 14, 2014 AT 1:59 pm

      yummm. i make a mango spinach smoothie with chia. i love your polka dot towel 😉

    22. thesavedrunner
      May 14, 2014 AT 1:27 pm

      This looks fantastic! I don’t think I could have it as a meal though because I usually like more proteins in my meal so that it lasts longer. But it still looks great!

    23. Greta @ fueledbyfresh
      May 14, 2014 AT 1:09 pm

      I never would think to put avocado in a smoothie but that looks fantastic! I’m headed to the store later and totally plan to pick some up! Also, thanks for the info on how to store smoothies in the fridge. My husband always wants to try it but I always find that they get kind of funky, I’ll give your tips a try to see how it works out!

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