Vietnamese Avocado Shake (Sinh To Bo/ Avocado Milk)

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This Vietnamese avocado milkshake (aka sinh to bo) is a simple, sweet avocado shake with avocado, condensed milk, milk, and ice – for a creamy, refreshing drink! Best of all, this avocado milk requires just 3 ingredients and can be made dairy-free!

A spoonful of sweet avocado shake

When I shared a recipe for a banana avocado smoothie last week, I heard from many of you letting me know about similar avocado milk drinks where you’re from, including this Vietnamese avocado shake (aka sinh to bo or also called ‘Vietnamese avocado smoothie’).

This avocado milkshake uses a simple combination of ripe avocado with milk, a little sweetened condensed milk (or condensed coconut milk), and ice cubes for a wonderfully creamy and refreshing drink!

A glass with avocado shake topped with pistachio

And since avocado milk drinks seem to be so popular, especially in South East Asia, I’ve even included a list of variations below and the country that inspired it, so you’ll never get bored! However, I loved seeing how popular this was all over the globe:

Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Nepal, Brazil, Guatemala, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mozambique, and South Africa are just some places people let me know they enjoy something similar. Let me know in the comments if your country also enjoys something similar (and also how it differs!).

If you’re used to eating avocados in savory forms only – like avocado toast, guacamole, and salads – then the idea of a drink that uses avocado as its main ingredient might seem a little suspicious. However, have no fear!

A glass with avocado shake topped with pistachio

The avocados flavor within this avocado shake is delicious when sweetened and combined with milk. What you get is a creamy, buttery, thick, sweet milkshake (who knew avocado with sugar could taste so good?!).

In fact, I’d go as far as to say this avocado condensed milk “shake” can be served as a drink or dessert – it’s that sweet and creamy! Best of all, because of its simplicity, this avocado shake recipe takes just minutes to prepare and is neutral enough to be enjoyed alongside breakfast, lunch, and dinner (or even alone as a snack!).

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The Avocado Milk Ingredients

Ingredients for sweet avocado drink
  • Avocado: use a ripe avocado without lots of brown spots over the flesh.
  • Milk: feel free to experiment with different milk types for a different flavor. I love to use coconut milk.
  • Condensed milk: use sweetened condensed milk. Feel free to use a dairy or non-dairy option. You could also use condensed coconut milk. Feel free to adjust the amount used based on how much of a sweet tooth you have. You could also substitute this for other sugars (more mixing required) like palm sugar (gula melaka), dates or date syrup, honey, coconut sugar. In any case, I love the silkiness of the condensed milk.
  • Ice: technically optional but makes for a very refreshing drink. You could omit the ice and use frozen avocado instead, too – if preferred.
  • To top: I used some ground pistachios, though this is entirely optional. You could also top with other crushed nuts like walnuts or almonds (raw or toasted), and honey, or even whipped cream (or coconut whipped cream). I also love to add coconut flakes/shredded coconut (raw or toasted, for crunch).

International Flavor Variations

  • Indonesian avocado coffee shake (Es Alpukat): combine the above ingredients with around 1/4cup of strongly brewed coffee or espresso and top with some chocolate syrup.
  • Indian ‘butter fruit juice’: very similar to the above but often with an added squeeze of lime juice.
  • Sri Lankan avocado shake: similar but tends to have additional heavy cream and vanilla extract or even vanilla ice cream.
  • Taiwanese avocado milk: add a small pudding container (such as vanilla pudding or a crème Brulee). You could also adapt this into a bubble tea with boba, mango boba, or coconut jelly.
  • Moroccan rose avocado smoothie: add a little rose water to the avocado milk.
  • Philippines avocado pudding: hand-mixed in a bowl and often served with grated melon or even cheese as a dessert!
Adding condensed milk into avocado shake

Other Optional Add-ins

  • Spices: cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, saffron, mahlab spice, and nutmeg can all be added for extra flavor. Add a pinch, taste, and increase to your desired flavor.
  • Other aromatics: orange blossom, citrus zest (and juice), dried rose petals, and fresh mint are all potential add-ins enjoyed globally.
  • Alcohol: swap out some of the milk for Kahlua or Bailey’s Irish cream.
  • Cocoa: top with some grated chocolate, blend in cacao nibs or chocolate chips, add in some cocoa powder, etc.
  • Fruit: feel free to mix additional fruit into the avocado shake or use some to decorate the top. This includes jackfruit, durian, strawberries, mango, pineapple, blueberries, apple, pomegranate, etc. You could also top the avocado milkshake with chopped dried fruits.

Chia seeds and mung bean paste could also be added to the drink, while a handful of granola is a popular topping!

How to Make the Avocado Milkshake (Sinh To Bo)

There are two methods that you can use to make this avocado milk drink.

First, slice open the avocado lengthways and tap a sharp knife into the pit, twisting it to remove (don’t try to scoop it out from the side as it can lead to kitchen disasters and a trip to the ER!).

Option 1: Layered avocado milkshake

Blend the avocado and milk using a blender or an immersion blender (hand-held blender). Add a little extra milk if you want it to be slightly thinner.

Steps for making sweet avocado drink

Transfer that to a glass and top with the ice, condensed milk, and any toppings of your choice – I used crushed pistachios.

Steps for preparing avocado drink

Option 2: Fully blended

Add all the ingredients to your blender (feel free to omit the ice for now or blend it in for an icy version) and blend into a smooth consistency.

Taste the avocado shake and adjust any of the ingredients to personal preference. Feel free to add a little extra milk for a thinner avocado milkshake.

How to store

Like any avocado dish, this avocado with condensed milk “shake” is best enjoyed immediately before the avocado oxidizes too much and begins to brown. However, store any leftovers, covered tightly, in the fridge for up to a day.

FAQs

Can I make this avocado milkshake without a blender?

Yes, if your avocado is soft and ripe, it’ll be easy to mash by hand with a fork or with a mortar & pestle. Once creamed (or to your preferred level of chunkiness), you can combine it with the remaining ingredients and stir well.

Can I use frozen avocados?

If you’re using a blender, then sure. In fact, using frozen avocados means you could potentially omit the ice and avoid watering down the drink. It’s a win-win!
Frozen avocados make for even thicker, creamier avocado shakes too!

Can you taste the avocado?

Yes, but not overwhelmingly so. The condensed milk adds tons of flavor and helps to enhance the overall taste of the avocado shake.

Avocado shake with condensed milk

Recipe Notes

  • Don’t add too much ice: or you’ll end up diluting the sinh to bo too much, and no one likes a watered-down milkshake.
  • Want it sweeter? Feel free to adjust the amount of condensed milk/sweetener you add based on personal preference.
  • For vegan avocado milk: use any dairy-free milk and either dairy-free condensed milk (like condensed coconut milk) or substitute the sweetener entirely (with date syrup, etc.)
  • Freeze into avocado popsicles: there’s a dish in Mexico called ‘paletas de aguacate’ where a similar combination of ingredients is poured into popsicle molds and frozen into avocado ice pops.

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Vietnamese Avocado Shake (Sinh To Bo/ Avocado Milk)

5 from 7 votes
By: Samira
This Vietnamese avocado milkshake (aka sinh to bo) is a simple, sweet avocado shake with avocado, condensed milk, milk, and ice – for a creamy, refreshing drink! Best of all, this avocado milk requires just 3 ingredients and can be made dairy-free!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup milk any milk will work – I like coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp condensed milk dairy or non-dairy. Substitute with sugar or syrup – date syrup, honey, coconut sugar, etc.
  • 1/4 cup ice cubes optional

Instructions 

  • There are two methods that you can use to make this avocado milk drink.
    First, slice open the avocado lengthways and tap a sharp knife into the pit, twisting it to remove (don’t try to scoop it out from the side as it can lead to kitchen disasters and a trip to the ER!).

Option 1: Layered avocado milkshake

  • Blend the avocado and milk using a blender or immersion blender. Add a little extra milk if you want it to be slightly thinner.
  • Transfer that to a glass and top with the ice, condensed milk, and any toppings of your choice – I used crushed pistachios.

Option 2: Fully blended

  • Add all the ingredients to your blender (feel free to omit the ice for now or blend it in for an icy version) and blend into a smooth consistency.
  • Taste the avocado shake and adjust any of the ingredients to personal preference. Feel free to add a little extra milk for a thinner avocado milkshake.

How to store

  • Like any avocado dish, this avocado with condensed milk ‘shake’ is best enjoyed immediately before the avocado oxidizes too much and begins to brown. However, store any leftovers, covered tightly, in the fridge for up to a day.

Video

Notes

  • Don’t add too much ice: or you’ll end up diluting the sinh to bo too much, and no one likes a watered-down milkshake.
  • Want it sweeter? feel free to adjust the amount of condensed milk/sweetener you add based on personal preference.
  • For vegan avocado milk: use any dairy-free milk and either a dairy-free condensed milk (like condensed coconut milk) or substitute the sweetener entirely (like date syrup, etc.)
  • Freeze into avocado popsicles: there’s a dish in Mexico called ‘paletas de aguacate’ where a similar combination of ingredients is poured into popsicle molds and frozen into avocado ice pops.

Read the blog post above for TONS of ways to adapt this recipe to different International variations plus optional add-ins!
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Freezer friendly: Yes
Shelf life: 1 Day

Nutrition

Calories: 230kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 47mg, Potassium: 605mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 272IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 110mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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2 Comments

  1. Sebi says:

    Delicious!!! Thanks for the great recipes!

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you for your sweet comment, Sebi. I’m glad you like them! 🙂