Lactaid Challenge: Avocado-Vanilla Bean Smoothie

A while ago, Foodbuzz announced that Lactaid would be holding a contest for the best lactose-free smoothie or milkshake creation. I, of course, jumped on board and entered a recipe for a delicious avocado and vanilla bean smoothie. Soon after, I found out that my recipe was chosen by Foodbuzz and Lactaid as one of the twelve most appealing recipes! But, the contest isn’t over yet. Now, Foodbuzz and Lactaid are going to be picking one out of the twelve recipes to win the ultimate prize: an all-expense paid trip to this year’s Foodbuzz Blogger Festival! The first and second runner ups get to have their recipes served at the Taste Pavillion at the Festival. I would really love to go to this festival, so please send positive vibes this-a-way!

Those of you who read my avocado crème brulee post know that I grew up on daily doses of fresh fruit and veggie smoothies. Thanks to our huge backyard full of fruit trees, there was never a day without a fresh smoothie in the morning. Although I usually cringed at the fruits and vegetables selection that were thrown in the blender, I had some all time favorites. My ultimate favorite was a creamy avocado smoothie. So, when I read Foodbuzz’s email, I instantly thought of my childhood favorite.

I love making sweet concoctions with avocado. It is the way we enjoy it in Brazil. We make smoothies, dessert and eat it by simply dashing a bit of sugar on top. Although I have come to enjoy the savory side of avocado, thanks to guacamole, I still have a very soft spot for the sweet side. And the best thing about it is it doesn't take much to create a delcious avocado recipe.

Although I knew the original avocado smoothie recipe had a fighting chance for the number one spot, I decided to give it a little bit of a twist by throwing in a little vanilla bean. I also added a few sprigs of mint leaves, which really balanced all the flavors out and gave it a really nice refreshing tone. I added little bit of acidity by adding some fresh squeezed lime juice to the recipe. All of the ingredients really worked together to bring out the delicious flavor of the avocado. The result was a creamy, thick, rich, yet refreshing smoothie. I think that the texture is what really sets this smoothie apart. I’ve got to be honest with you all, the result was actually better than the original, old-school version my parents used to make. I guess sometimes you can fix what isn’t broken!

Thanks to Lactaid, I was free to indulge in two full glasses of my tasty smoothie without annoying stomach aches. For those of you that don’t know, I have a bit of lactose intolerance issue. Whenever I sip on a tall vanilla latte or indulge in a big glass of cold milk, I get a bit of a stomach ache. For a while there I just put up with my tummy issues – lord knows I would not give up my morning latte for anything! I knew that lactose-free milk products existed, but to be quite honest, I was a bit hesitant about trying them. It wasn’t until my mom, who also recently started having tummy issue due to lactose, started drinking Lactaid that I tried it myself.

Lactaid is made from real cow’s milk without the lactose and tastes like regular milk with the lactose. I even found that Lactaid’s fat-free milk is even creamier and tastier than the regular watered down fat-free milk.

Thanks to products like Lactaid milk and Lactaid ice-cream, lactose intolerant people can enjoy delicious cow’s milk, without the lactose.

I was in second grade the first time I ever remember hearing of lactose intolerance. I distinctively remember my friends and I standing in the lunch line when I overheard this kid say he couldn’t eat or drink anything with dairy in it. The first thought that popped in my head was how the heck does this kid survive life without ice cream?! I went on to secretly thank God for allowing me to be able to eat all the ice-cream I wanted. It wasn’t until I was a bit older that I actually fully grasped the concept of lactose-intolerance. It’s a really serious matter; in fact Lactaid has launched a brand new website, Moovision, which is all about bringing awareness to lactose intolerance. The site has lots of fun videos and games on the matter. And, for those who love some competition in your life, Moovision is currently hosting a gourmoo cook-off! The competition entails creating yummy recipes featuring lactose-free milk, and the prizes look pretty freakin' awesome.

Avocados are a great source of vitamins and mineral

Many thanks to Foodbuzz and Lactaid for picking my yummy creation as one of the top 12. Bellow is the recipe, which you can see is super simple to make. You can even make this before you go to bed, keep it covered in the fridge and enjoy it in the morning for a delicious and nutritious breakfast. I hope y’all enjoy and if you get a chance to make it leave me a comment and share your thoughts. And don't forget to keep your fingers crossed for me!

Avocado-Vanilla Bean Smoothie
Serving: 1

1 glass Lactaid non-fat milk
1 small avocado, peeled and pitted
3 sprigs fresh mint leaves
½ vanilla bean, split and seeds scrapped
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
1 ½ tbsp sugar

Combine all the above ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until a smooth and creamy consistency is reached. Pour smoothie into glass and enjoy!

*As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received a coupon for a free sample of Lactaid milk for the purpose of creating this recipe. This recipe an entry into a contest, held by Foodbuzz and Lactaid, to attend the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival!


Damaris said...

You have to win and americans need to discover this amazing recipe. Abacate eh tudo de bom!

-jar said...

Your recipe sounds excellent to me - just the right complement to avocados and milk. Always good when the lactose intolerant can partake, too - hooray for enzymes! I like your creativity, and sensibilities about what works well, combination-wise. Keep the creative ideas coming, Emme, and good luck with the contest!

Laurie's Kitchen said...

Emme, That is the only kind of milk I buy!! I grew up on a Dairy Ranch and drank fresh milk everyday, as I got older I became lactose intolerant...but still love milk!! GREAT RECIPE!!

Magic of Spice said...

This sounds wonderful...my younger son has issues with dairy. Beautiful and colorful smoothie :)

Cuisine by Emme Ribeiro said...

Thanks everyone!

~Lisa~ said...

It was so nice meeting you over the weekend. I was so bummed I wasn't able to taste this smoothie. It was fun hanging out.