I have been using this smoothie as a snack while following the autoimmune protocol (AIP). It is pretty tasty and satisfying! I love the smooth texture of avocado in a smoothie, and its such a great way to get some extra essential fatty acids into your body. I call it the hunger control smoothie because its got lots of healthy fats and cinnamon in it. Fat will keep you feeling satisfied, and cinnamon is great for helping to stabilize blood sugars which controls sugar cravings! If you are interested in learning more on how to control cravings or lose weight, read my top recommendations here.
prep time: 5 minutes
cook time: none
makes: 1 smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 cup spinach or chard
- 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup water or coconut water
- 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon (or 1/4 tsp Cassia cinnamon)
- optional: 1 tbsp great lakes gelatin hydrolysate
Throw everything in the blender and blend for about 1 minute or until smooth. This works best if everything is room temperature as the coconut oil will get kind of hard otherwise.
Modifications: You could always leave out the banana and substitute with lower glycemic index fruits such as berries. Adding peppermint extract instead of cinnamon also makes a very nice peppermint smoothie! If you aren’t following AIP and want to try this recipe you can be a little bit more creative with it; this recipe would be very delicious with cocoa powder or vanilla flavor added (but sadly those are not AIP compliant).
If you do not have true cinnamon I would recommend only using 1/4 tsp of conventional cinnamon. True cinnamon has a much milder taste and is sweet tasting instead of spicy like conventional cinnamon. Here is an article outlining the differences between the two if you would like to read further about cinnamon.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe, let me know in the comments what kind of modifications you came up with for this recipe as well!