Immerse yourself in a world of Asian flavors with this thick, rich, and creamy Vietnamese Avocado Smoothie (Sinh Tố Bơ). Made with fresh ripe avocados, sweetened condensed milk, and almond milk, it takes only a few minutes to blend up and is a great way to start your day!
Can we talk about just how awesome avocados are? I know I’ve said it before, but I really find them amazing. You can do so much with them. And they are so healthy.
While avocados are great in savory foods, they are also great in sweet ones. Because avocados have so much (good) fat, they are perfect for creamy treats. And I wanted to do something different. Given that summer is here, a sweet smoothie seemed quite appropriate.
As healthy as avocado is, we can’t exactly count this as a nutritious recipe. It is delicious though. But I have already done a healthy avocado smoothie anyway. Now it’s time to treat ourselves to a sweet and creamy avocado shake.
Asian food is some of my favorite to play with, but I haven’t done a lot of Asian inspired sweet things: just a Thai mango sticky rice. I came across this Vietnamese avocado smoothie recipe when I was looking for other unconventional sweet treats. I loved the idea of mixing the classically savory avocado in with the sweetened condensed milk.
Vietnam is high at the top of my travel plans. We have been to a couple other places in east and southeast Asia, but not Vietnam. I can’t wait to explore the food and culture there. Especially the food. I always love tasting the authentic versions of what I make at home, or finding new recipes I want to replicate.
I learned that avocado is often used in sweet fruit drinks in Vietnam. It has made me even more curious about travelling there and sampling some more beverages – we all know I love my avocados. Trying lots of avocado infused beverages every day sounds amazing to me!
Using sweetened condensed milk
Now, smoothies may seem like something you want to choose all the healthy alternatives for. But condensed milk is a vital part of the texture of this drink, giving it almost a milkshake-like texture. This is because of the interaction between the fats of the avocado and the sugar of the condensed milk as you blend it.
Blending adds air into a drink, and when you have the right types of fats and sugars, you can trap the air bubbles. This gives your smoothie or shake a light, silky texture, but not a foamy one. There isn’t anything heavy about this drink. Just a light, refreshing flavor and rich, creamy texture.
Why almond milk?
I used almond milk in my shake instead of whole milk. I know that seems counterproductive given that there is already sweetened condensed milk – since it’s not about being vegan or healthy, but I just like the flavor almond milk brings to the drink.
I’ve really been getting into the nutty flavor of almond milk in my drinks. Here I think it gives the smoothie a bit more depth of flavor instead of it just being avocado and cream. But you can use any milk that you like, though I think regular milk or cashew would be the best if you don’t like almond milk.
No matter what choice of milk you go for, you should definitely make use of those seasonal avocados and serve up this creamy treat. A Vietnamese avocado shake is perfect for cooling down on all these hot days.
Vietnamese Avocado Smoothie
- 2 medium ripe avocados , peeled, pitted, and cubed
- 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup almond milk (or any other milk)
- 1 cup ice
- Cut the avocados in half lengthwise and remove the pit. Spoon the flesh out of the skins and place into a blender.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into glasses and serve.