Avocado and Pineapple Smoothie

This is an excellent smoothie for the whole family. The pineapple contains Bromelain which is an enzyme that helps the digestive system. It is also packed with fibre, manganese (an essential co-factor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defences). The avocado is also very healthy, including mono-unsaturated fats, vitamin K and fibre. It also includes oleic acid which is a beneficial component in lowering the bad cholesterol.

The smoothie is very filling and if you prefer it thinner, just add a little more pineapple juice. If serving the drink to very young children you might want to leave out the lemon juice and it's a good idea to replace half the pineapple juice with milk.

It is not essential to use a juicer to make this recipe (you can buy pineapple juice) although a blender or a food processor is essential.

A very good smoothie for the digestive system

This recipe is:

  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Lactose (dairy) free
  • Nut free
  • Vegan

Avocado and Pineapple Smoothie

Serves 2 people


  • 400 grams (14 oz) pineapple, very ripe (or 300 millilitres (10 fluid oz) pineapple juice)
  • 1 avocado, very ripe, chopped coarsely
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar (optional)
  • A couple of ice cubes


  1. To peel the pineapple, place it base side down and carefully slice off the skin, carving out any remaining hard "eyes" with the tip of your knife. Then cut the pineapple into quarters, remove the core (hard part in the middle) and cut 400 grams pineapple pineapple into large chunks.
  2. Place the pineapple in the juicer. Set aside.
  3. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise. Gently twist the two halves in opposite direction if you find the flesh clinging to the pit. Remove the pit, either with a spoon or by spearing with the tip of a knife. Place the halves face down, then peel and chop coarsely.
  4. Place the ice cubes in the blender or food processor.
  5. Pour the 3 tablespoons lemon juice on top of the ice cubes.
  6. Blend for 5 seconds.
  7. Add the avocado and the pineapple juice. Add the 1 tablespoon agave nectar if you prefer a sweeter smoothie.
  8. Blend for 15 seconds or until smooth.
  9. Serve immediately.


  •  You can use maple syrup instead of the agave nectar.
  • You can use lime juice instead of the lemon juice.
  • Look for pineapples that are heavy for their size. Pineapples should be free of soft spots and bruises. Pineapples stop ripening as soon as they are picked, so choose one with a fragrant sweet smell at the stem end. Avoid pineapples that smells musty, sour or fermented.