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How to Make a Vitamina (Brazilian Avocado Smoothie)

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Vitaminas were a childhood favorite drink for my siblings and me. My dad was born in Brazil and spent some of his childhood there. He learned Portuguese and picked up a love for guavas, papayas and other tropical fruits. A vitamina is basically a fruit smoothie made with milk. You can use any fruit you want but my family always used apples, bananas, and avocados. That’s right, avocados in a smoothie!

For me, vitaminas are connected to summer days and Portuguese lessons with my dad (though I definitely paid more attention to the smoothie than the lessons). This is my family’s vitamina de abacate (avocado smoothie) recipe. All you will need for this Brazilian avocado shake is a banana, an avocado, an apple, milk, sugar, and vanilla.

Make sure your banana and avocado are ripe, but not too ripe. You should also use a high quality eating apple nothing mealy or flavorless (I’m looking at you red delicious).

Start out by preparing your fruit. You don’t have to peel the apple, but I think the smoothie has a more silky texter when the apple is peeled. Next, core your apple and cut it into fourths. Peel and pit the avocado and cut it into fourths. Finally, peel your banana. I usually use frozen bananas because they make the smoothie cold so you can use less ice. I’ve found that using too much ice can dilute the smoothie and make it less flavorful.

Now dump all of that fruit into your blender. Add your milk, sugar, and vanilla and blend away!

Taste your smoothie to see if you need to add any extra sugar or vanilla. If you’re happy with the flavor, start adding ice cubes (a few at a time) until the smoothie has reached a consistency and temperature that you like. And that’s it! Now you can treat yourself to a Brazilian avocado smoothie.

NOTE: Serve the smoothie immediately because you don’t want the ice to melt, but also all of the fruits in this smoothie can oxidize over time turning it an unappetizing brown.

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Vitamina (Brazilian Avocado Summary)

Enjoy this unique and refreshing smoothie. Its perfect for hot summer days or just as an afternoon treat.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Brazilian
Servings 4 People
Calories 230 kcal


  • Blender


  • 1 Apple peeled and cored
  • 1 Ripe avocado peeled and pitted
  • 1 Ripe banana fresh or frozen
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 5-15 Ice cubes


  • Peel the apple, core, and cut the apple into fourths.
  • Peel the avocado and remove the seed.
  • Peel the banana.
  • Add the apple, avocado, banana, milk, sugar, and vanilla into your blender. Blend away!
  • Add ice cubes and blend until it is a consistency you like.
  • Serve immediately. You don't want your smoothie to melt, plus all of these fruits can oxidize and even though it will still taste fine, it doesn't look very pretty.


  1. Roger Baker

    5 stars
    I was introduced to the vitamina as a ten-year-old living in Brazil. Every Tuesday my mother took us in tow to the traveling “feira” (market) where we shopped the amazing fresh produce, including the ingredients of this recipe. We brought home “mamao” (papaya) bigger than a rugby ball, little “apple” bananas, mangos and more. Happy memories. More than 40 years later, the vitamina remains a favorite, nutritious, yummy treat.

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