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Jus Alpukat (Indonesian Avocado Shake)

Jus Alpukat (meaning avocado juice) is a popular Indonesian dessert beverage made with creamy avocados and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

Just Alpukat, also known as avocado shakes or avocado smoothies, can be found in restaurants all across Indonesia. You’ll also find them at street vendors in touristy areas. Because they’re cold, sweet, and refreshing, they’re a great way to cool down from the hot Indonesian heat as you walk around.

This isn’t your typical green smoothie though, it’s more of a milkshake and comes served with a drizzle of chocolate syrup or chocolate sauce, and sometimes coffee is added but not always.

Ingredients

To make this drink you’ll need:

  • Homemade chocolate syrup (optional) – a combination of unsweetened cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, and a pinch of salt.
  • Ripe avocado – you can use any variety as long as it’s ripe. This is what yields the super creamy texture of the shake.
  • Milk of choice – I suggest using something with a neutral taste such as almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, etc.
  • Sweetened condensed milk – I use homemade dairy-free sweetened condensed milk made from coconut milk.
  • Ice cubes – help keep the drink nice and cold.

How to Make Jus Alpukat

Make the chocolate syrup. Whisk together the cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, and a pinch of salt in a bowl until combined. Set aside.

Make the shake. Add the peeled and pitted, ripe avocado, milk of choice, sweetened condensed milk, and ice cubes to a blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. If you prefer a thinner shake, add more milk.

Serve. Drizzle the chocolate syrup inside the serving glasses or glass, and then pour the avocado mixture in and drizzle more chocolate on top if desired. Serve immediately.

Make It Your Way: Substitutions & Variations

Please remember that recipes are just a starting point.

How can you make this avocado shake using what you already have? Here are some ideas…

  • Add coffee – as mentioned previously, you can add coffee to your avocado shake. Add around 1/4 cup of brewed and cooled strong coffee or a double shot of espresso and reduce the amount of milk so it keeps its thick texture.
  • Not dairy-free? – use 2% or whole milk and regular sweetened condensed milk.

Choosing An Avocado

An avocado is ripe if it slightly gives to the touch. If you can’t tell by lightly pressing on it, here’s another way to tell. Remove the little stem on top. If it’s:

  • Green underneath: it’s ripe.
  • Brown underneath: it’s overripe.
  • Difficult to remove: it hasn’t ripened yet.

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Jus Alpukat (Indonesian Avocado Shake)

5 from 2 votes
A thick green Indonesian avocado shake drizzled with chocolate syrup on top.
Jus Alpukat (meaning avocado juice) is a popular Indonesian dessert beverage made with creamy avocados and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serving Size 1 – 2

Ingredients
 

Chocolate Syrup (Optional)

Avocado Shake

  • ½ medium avocado about ½ cup
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk I used dairy-free
  • ½ cup unsweetened milk of choice, plus more as needed I used oat milk
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  • Make the chocolate syrup. Whisk together the cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, and a pinch of salt in a bowl until combined. Set aside.
  • Make the shake. Add the peeled and pitted, avocado, milk of choice, sweetened condensed milk, and ice cubes to a blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. If you prefer a thinner shake, add more milk.
  • Serve. Drizzle the chocolate syrup inside the serving glasses or glass, and then pour the avocado mixture in and drizzle more chocolate on top if desired. Serve immediately. Makes 2 cups or 1 glass, but it's very filling, so it could easily serve 2.

Notes

Make It Your Way: Substitutions & Variations
Add coffee – as mentioned previously, you can add coffee to your avocado shake. Add around 1/4 cup of brewed and cooled strong coffee or a double shot of espresso and reduce the amount of milk so it keeps its thick texture.
Not dairy-free? – use 2% or whole milk and regular sweetened condensed milk.

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