Although we make guacamole several times a week, and have long appreciated sumptuous avocado shakes at places like Golden Era in San Francisco and a favorite Chinese restaurant in Philadelphia, we’ve only recently gotten out the blender (more usually used for pesto, soup, and margaritas) to try our hand at this delicious, can’t go wrong concoction. There are several variations (as with just about everything on our site) but we give one of the most direct and tastiest here.
1 avocado (slightly soft, about the same kind you’d use for guacamole)
1-2 cups plain yogurt (nonfat, whole, etc., your choice, but fat always makes it creamier!)
juice of one lime
1/2 cup cider, orange, or other juice
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp paprika or cayenne or Chimayo red chile powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp salt
Put all these things together in the blender and blend it up for a minute or so, until all the avocado has become creamy and the whole thing has taken on a smooth, light green look. You may wish to adjust the amounts of yogurt, juice, water and spices to your desired taste and consistency. Pour into glasses (martini glasses work pretty well) and garnish with a bit more paprika on top.
Makes a nice accompaniment to a hot gado gado or also an excellent breakfast shake.