Sweet Sweet Avocado!

Sweet avocados? No, that is too strange!

I love avocados in guacamole with cumin, chiles, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and tomatoes; and avocados on tacos; or with somen, udon, or ramen; avocados are delicious in salads with vinegrette; and best of all are the avocados in California rolls with sushi rice, nori, cucumber, and imitation crab

But for dessert: as unlikely as the plot of this movie…

from Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989)
Ford Maddox: We don’t care if these girls want to eat their men. That’s the Piranha Man’s problem. We just want the avocados.

The oddity of sweetened avocados piqued my curiosity. Apparently avocado milk shakes are popular in Vietnam, Indonesia, The Philippines, and Brazil.

In Vietnam, and avocado shake is called sinh tố bơ (butter fruit shake)…
…The French introduced avocados to Vietnam, which explains why in Vietnamese, avocados are called trái bơ (pronounced “try buh”; trái means fruit, bơ is Viet pidgin for beurre).
Viet World Kitchen.

Avocado Milk Shake
sinh tố bơ (butter fruit shake)

adapted from: The Viet Kitchen
by Andrea Nguyen
about 2 1/4 cups, enough to serve 2 or 3

  • 1 ripe avocado (6–8 ounces)
  • ¾ cup half and half (light cream)
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup ice cubes

The original recipe used sweetened condensed milk. Other recipes used evaporated milk and sugar.

You can use a blender, food processor or immersion blender.
Slice the avocado into eighths, peel away the skin, and cube the flesh. Add the remaining ingredients, starting with part of the milk. Puree until completely smooth. Taste and add additional milk, depending on the avocado type and if a thinner consistency is desired.
Refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes to mellow the flavors. Will keep pretty well up to 24 hours in the fridge.

Note: I used an immersion blender so I did not crush the ice—only floated the cubes in the glasses.
Also note that you should put all the ingredients into the cup before placing the stick blender into the smoothie cup!

For a chocolate avocado shake, Ms. Nguyen suggests Hershey’s chocolate syrup poured down the sides of the glass. Some folks add coffee to the shake.

The California Avocado Commission offers a selection of dessert using avocados in cheesecakes, fruit smoothies, pies, and mousse.

11 thoughts on “Sweet Sweet Avocado!

  1. You will find it strange, but it took me a long time to warm up to avocado in savory dishes. Growing up in Brazil, avocados were used exclusively for dessert – not as shakes, but something we call “creme de abacate” (avocado cream) – avocado processed with sugar, served quite cold to enjoy with a spoon

    but, I must say that I now much rather have a little guacamole! ;-)

    • Interesting that our food prejudices (or preferences) have such an influence over which foods we are attracted to. I’m really happy to have discovered a whole new way to eat avocados. And you are right, even though the recipes I saw online called this a shake or a smoothie it really turned out more the way you describe: a thick creamy “pudding.”

      My husband and I were sitting out on the patio last night drinking Cava, watching the fireflies, and sharing a glass of sinh tố bơ with a long spoon. Luscious!

    • Don’t you think it’s interesting that the sliced avocados look mostly yellow, but when you blend them, they take on the greener green that is close to the skin? Equivalent to watercolor mixing with a tiny bit of green into the yellow paint square… Odd to consider that some colors are stronger than others. Of course watercolor paints are a physical medium. I wonder if there is a digital equivalent, ie PhotoShop?

  2. advacados are a new food for me so I dont have them in any category of where they belong or dont. This shake sounds yummy and easy to remember how to make. Im gonna give it a try.

  3. I love avocados too! I had my first avocado milkshake recently at my Vietnamese friend’s farewell party and then I came across your post… I just tried this an hour ago but it was too sweet to my liking (I didn’t even use up the entire ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk). I shall reduce the amount of milk and honey next time. Thank you for sharing this recipe : )

    • Hi Po,
      You can make it less sweet by using light cream (or plain evaporated milk) rather than sweetened condensed milk. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth and so find the sweetened condensed milk almost painfully sweet. Use plain, then you can add as much or little sugar or honey as you like.

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