Avocado Milkshake

Avocado Milkshake | Omnivore's Cookbook

Avocado milkshake is one of the best summer drinks I’ve ever had! It is sweet, creamy, refreshing, and fulfilling. The unique flavor of avocado goes so well with the ice cream, as it adds some umani to a sweet drink.

I had my first avocado milkshake in a local Tex Mex restaurant and loved it! It was also the first time I had avocado in a drink. If not for my cousin, who insisted I try it out, I’d think it too weird to put avocado in a dessert.

Last week when I went to that restaurant again in an attempt to introduce the delicious milkshake to a friend, I found the place shut down! Not permanently, but it’s a relocation without a date. What a shame! So I decided to re-create the milkshake at home.

After searching online, I found that the Filipino avocado milkshake recipe is closest to the one I had at the restaurant. The most important ingredient in this recipe is vanilla ice cream. It will create a super rich flavor, and the drink will give a great satisfaction, like a dessert. I won’t say this drink is super healthy, because it’s not. But I think it’s no harm in drinking it once in a while. It’s another great way to enjoy a creamy, fatty avocado!

Avocado Milkshake | Omnivore's Cookbook

Let me tell you a secret. The other reason that I wanted to post a drink recipe on my blog is, I felt I was failing as a blogger, having not posted a single cold drink the entire summer. I didn’t have the urge to make any cold drinks because so few people around me drink them, regardless that temperature has been reaching 35 degrees C (95 F) most days.

We have a totally different culture here in China, in that most people don’t like cold drinks. Traditional Chinese medicine suggests that cold food and drink is bad for the stomach, digestion and health in general, especially in summer. People love drinking hot drinks like green tea throughout the day, on a summer day or not. That is why the waitress in a local Chinese restaurant will always ask you and confirm how you would like your drink served when taking the order. For example – would you like your coconut milk hot? (hmmm…) Would you prefer a warm orange juice? (whaaat?) Would you like your beer at room temperature or chilled? (Ewwww!!!) Trust me, it’s the truth.

Avocado Milkshake Ingredients | Omnivore's Cookbook

Avocado Milkshake | Omnivore's Cookbook

Don’t get me wrong. Personally, I really love cold drinks. I’m the only person in my office that drinks room temperature water from the water dispenser (we only have 2 options, hot or room temperature). I get the “Wow, how can your stomach stand this?” question from colleagues all the time.

After telling you all this, I have to tell you another secret. The reason I rarely make cold drinks at home has nothing to do with the way Chinese people love hot drinks at all. It is because I keep two dozen bottles of wine at home and there is always a bottle in the fridge, chilled. Easy, right?

Ok, before you get tired of these facts about China and my dirty little secrets, I’ll stop talking! If you have a favorite recipe that uses avocado to make a drink, do drop a note below! I still have 5 avocados at home and need to figure out the way to use them.

Hope those milkshake will cool you off and bring you joy on a hot summer day!

Avocado Milkshake | Omnivore's Cookbook

Avocado Milkshake

Avocado Milkshake

Avocado milkshake is one of the best summer drinks I’ve ever had! It is sweet, creamy, refreshing, and fulfilling. The unique flavor of avocado goes so well with the ice cream, as it adds some umani to a sweet drink.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Southeast Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Maggie Zhu


  • 1 avocado , pitted and cubed
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup milk , chilled
  • 2 tablespoons condensed milk (* see footnote)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (or lime juice)
  • 5 to 10 cubes ice


  • Add half of the avocado, ice cream, milk, condensed milk, lemon juice, and 5 cubes ice into a food processor. Mix until everything blended well. Use a spoon to taste the milkshake. Add more ice if it’s too thick. Add the rest of the avocado and mix for a few seconds in order to leave small bits of avocado, so the milkshake will have a better texture. Serve immediately.


  1. If you don't have condensed milk, you could replace it with 2 scoops vanilla ice cream.


Serving: 280g | Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.6g | Protein: 8.7g | Fat: 27.7g | Saturated Fat: 9.1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 703mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 24.1g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 4mg


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Hi I'm Maggie Zhu! Welcome to my site about modern Chinese cooking - including street food, family recipes, and restaurant dishes. I take a less labor-intensive approach while maintaining the taste and look of the dish. I am originally from Beijing, and now cook from my New York kitchen.

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12 thoughts on “Avocado Milkshake

    1. Maggie Post author

      Before I had an avocado milkshake before, I only saw those recipes online. I thought it’s a quite strange drink but actually it’s so tasty! Yes, they are very creamy and fatty 🙂

  1. Thomas

    5 stars
    Awesome recipe!

    I can vouch for avocado being great in a sweet drink. It goes fantastically in a yogurt smoothie with honey, so this milkshake must be even better and more decadent!

    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Prash, it’s interesting to learn that avocado milkshake is popular in India too! At first I thought it’s a Mexican drink, then I found out it’s from Southeast Asia. Really want to try the authentic one and see how it tastes! 🙂

  2. Robyn @ simply fresh dinners

    5 stars
    I would have thought it strange too, Maggie, but your beautiful pics have convinced me to give it a try. And it’s great excuse to slip some ice cream into my diet!
    I always have a bottle of wine chilled as well. You never know when the occasion will arise! I keep scotch on hand too, but that never seems to get used, lol.

    1. Maggie Post author

      After this one, I tried to use yogurt+ice cubes+honey to replace ice cream, and it turned out wonderful! I know it sounds so weird again, but trust me, avocado tastes so good in milk shake or smoothies!
      I keep a bottle of whisky and use it to make old fashioned sometimes. My boyfriend also taught me to heat it up and add honey to make a cough medicine when I was sick… There’s one time I used it as sleeping pill, it worked out poorly… I get wasted instead of feeling sleepy ;D

  3. Jo

    Well, since it’s supposed to be spring right now but we got snow and it’s cold and I don’t want to go out just to get an ice cream but I have a taste for avocado shake so I’m going to use heavy cream and frozen whole milk to replace the plain ice cubes. I’m using sugar as well since I don’t have condensed milk. so… Wish me luck! ?

    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Jo, how did the smoothie turn out? I think you need quite some sugar or syrup to make this recipe work, because condensed milk is super sweet.