You might think using avocado in a milkshake sounds strange, but this Coffee Avocado Milkshake is the creamiest, most delicious way to get your morning caffeine boost!
(This recipe for Coffee Avocado Milkshakes was originally published in September 2012, but was updated with new photos in 2018).
It's the most wonderful week in the world! Yes, it really is. It's National Coffee Week, culminating in National Coffee Day on Saturday.
I generally always forget to celebrate food holidays on the blog until the day of, but this is one holiday I wasn't letting pass me by. And now that you've had some good notice, you can plan for a National Coffee Day celebration, too.
It's also worth mentioning that National Coffee Day just happens to be on my birthday… Which I think is no coincidence at all and there's really no other food holiday I'd rather be associated with. Clearly, coffee and I were meant to be. Maybe I was even born with it in my blood. Basically, we're family. Let's just go with that, OK?
The second Bon Appetit tweeted a link to this recipe, I made up my mind to make it. Coffee. Avocado. Milkshake. Three of my favorite words in the UNIVERSE.
Seriously, though; in terms of food/drink, they really are. But yes, I get it. You might be thinking it sounds incredibly weird.... An avocado milkshake?? With coffee??
Just try to stop thinking about it and try it. You'll be saying "Frappuccino, what?" in no time at all. The coffee avocado milkshake is actually an Indonesian drink, often served over ice, and once you try it, you'll see why this combo is so popular.
Coffee Avocado Milkshake Recipe
Coffee avocado milkshakes are super easy to prepare; you just put all of the ingredients in a blender. You'll add:
- Coffee (that's been cooled)
- Sweetened condensed milk
And blend until smooth.
And then serve in a glass with a little avocado garnish if you so desire.
Verdict? Um, yes. I am 100% here for this. The avocado makes this coffee milkshake the creamiest milkshake I've ever experienced.
And because avocados don't have a super strong flavor, it was the vanilla and coffee flavors that really shined through in this. You could also use a flavored coffee if you want, say, a hazelnut coffee avocado milkshake (note that you may want to cut the vanilla extract if you use a flavored coffee).
Don't get me wrong; coffee avocado milkshakes won't replace my cup(s) of hot coffee in the morning, but they will certainly be a little treat from time to time...
Maybe for when I have a particularly rough day ahead of me or I want to get my weekend off to the right start.
Kind of like what I think about Frappuccinos. Though this coffee avocado milkshake is one frappuccino-like drink you can feel a little bit better about.
While this milkshake is certainly healthier than many of the fat-laden, sugar filled coffee-based drinks on the market, the sweetened condensed milk does still have a good deal of sugar. But think about all those healthy fats from the avocado!
If it makes you feel a little bit better, try calling it a coffee avocado smoothie instead. Smoothies are totally acceptable in the morning!
Not that I ever need an excuse for a cup or coffee or to indulge in a delicious avocado, but this coffee avocado milkshake is the perfect way to get your morning jolt, while also sneaking in some nutrients and healthy fats.
And not just on National Coffee Day... I'll happily drink one of these milkshakes any time of the year (but if anyone wants to make me one for my birthday, I wouldn't turn it down).
More Unique Avocado Recipes
I love using avocado in all kinds of recipes as they add a luxurious creamy appeal to so many things. Here are some of my favorite unique avocado recipes:
- Cheddar Cups with Avocado Feta Mousse
- Spicy Avocado Deviled Eggs
- Avocado Fries with Creamy Sriracha Dipping Sauce
- Beet Avocado Smoothie
- Avocado Chicken Salad
- Chilled Avocado Soup
- Mango Avocado Salsa (from Lemons and Basil)
- Jalapeño Peach Guacamole (from Nyssa's Kitchen)
How many cups of coffee do you drink a day? What's your favorite coffee "treat"?
Coffee Avocado Milkshake
- 1 large avocado, peeled and pitted
- 2 cups strong brewed coffee, cooled
- ¾ cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups ice cubes
- Put avocado, coffee, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and ice cubes in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy.
- Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit
- Note that serving size will be smaller than shown in photos when divided among 4 glasses.