Wednesday, September 29

Southern California Is Sizzling

cayenne spiked avocado and orange smoothie

Southern California meteorologists are giddy.

Lately they've been able to do something they usually only fantasize about: talk about actual weather. For most of the year, everyday is the same here: a sunny, 68 degree day in July looks and feels exactly the same as a sunny, 68 degree day in January.

For the last few days, however, its been more like New England style weather -- cold then hot then humid. Temperatures reached a fiery 112 degrees in parts of San Diego just a few days ago.

Used to saying, "It'll be another sunny day here in Southern California," meteorologists have been using words they haven't used since their days in school -- barometric pressure, cloudy skies, drizzle, and humidity.

That's why instead of my original idea to post a recipe for autumn-friendly belly-warming boozy chili or comforting mac 'n cheese, I'm posting on a cool Spicy Avocado and Orange Smoothie. Made with creamy avocado, frozen banana, and nutty almond milk, this smoothie is packed with health-boosting potassium, omega-3 fatty acids, lean protein, and complex carbs. But I'd better drink them quick; it'll be sunny and 68 again in no time.

Spicy Avocado and Orange Smoothie
Makes 1 serving
Print recipe only here.

1/2 medium ripe avocado, squirted with lime juice
1/2 small frozen banana
2/3 cup orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed
1/2 cup almond milk (or milk product of your choice)
1 teaspoon honey
A pinch of cayenne pepper

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Add more orange juice of milk if you like it thinner.

Variations: Feel free to play around with ingredients. Instead of banana, try mango, fresh pineapple, ripe pear, or frozen raspberries. Like it sweeter? Skip the cayenne and add a little extra honey, or use agave nectar. Don't like orange juice? Replace it with apple or pomegranate juice or milk of your choice such as skim, soy, rice, or nut milk.

You might also like these recipes featuring avocados from Food Blogga:
Roasted Tomatillo Guacamole
Watercress, Avocado, and Orange Salad
Breakfast Egg Sandwich with Avocado and Chipotle-Mayo

You might also like these sweet avocado recipes:
Avocado Cake recipe from Accidental Hedonist
Banana Avocado Bread recipe from Tasty Kitchen
Avocado Coconut Milk Ice Cream from Peter via The Perfect Pantry


The French said...

I've got everything but the almond milk, but somehow I'll pull this off. It's so hot!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I love avocado in smoothies! In the winter I get some frozen avocado at Trader Joe's since I can't find it here.

And I can't believe how hot it is there!

Satya said...

wow delicious smoothie ...looks healthy n filling too


Roxan said...

Ooh thanks for this. I live in west LA and work downtown where we had that record high on monday, I could totally go for a refreshing cool drink.

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan,
you have a lovely site
absolutely love your smoothie with all bright flavors.
M a big fan of tropical drinks

Erin said...

I have always wanted to try avocado in a shake or smoothie.

My next grocery cart will include almond milk and avocados. Thanks for the inspiration!

Joanne said...

I will GLADLY trade you some of my northeast weather for some 68 and sunny. Anyday. As long as I get the smoothie too. That seems like a fair deal, yeah?

Unknown said...

This looks so good, I live in San Marcos and it got be 105!

Nisrine said...

I make avocado smoothie on a regular basis. I like this version with a kick. It must be delicious. I will try it:)

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I can feel the Califorbia breezes now.

AllThingsYummy said...

Avocado in a smoothie? huh? Ok, I'll try anything once, and I just happen to have a few ripe avocados waiting for me.

Maria said...

What a refreshing smoothie! I hope fall temperatures come soon!

Anonymous said...

Great smoothie recipe. I have to try to buy almond milk. Like the addition of the pepper.

Debbie said...

Looks delicious and refreshing! We've also had insane weather here in Virginia. Record heat last week and now a ton of rain.....

Johanna GGG said...

sounds like the weather we have in Melbourne - they say that if you don't like it here just wait 5 minutes and it will change - summer is coming and I am sure we will have need of such cooling drinks very soon

LyB said...

Just the name of this smoothie has me craving one! I would not have thought to put avocado in a smoothie, but I can totally imagine it would be delicious.

Irvine said...

it look's delicious,i would like to have that avocado in smoothies! :)

Serena said...

Oh, what a lovely smoothie. Avocados are the best! thanks for the yummy recipe.

The Italian Dish said...

I cannot believe the weather you guys have been having!

Justin said...

I had this smoothie for dinner the other night. It's delicious! I doubled all the ingredients and subbed oranges for the OJ. It was a feast in a cup.

Hettar7 said...

hrm...... I'm normally not a healthy smoothie type of person, but this looks interesting enough I just might try it. Thanks for sharing.