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This blueberry banana spinach smoothie is a healthy way to start your day! With just 6 ingredients and easy to customize, it takes less than 5 minutes to make. It's creamy, filling, naturally sweet, and so nutritious!
I typically like to start my morning one of two ways: either with a muffin (like these blueberry muffins), or with something a little bit lighter and healthier, like a smoothie. When I'm in the mood for the latter, this blueberry banana spinach smoothie is my go to!
This allergen-friendly smoothie is the perfect on-the-go breakfast, quick snack, and I also love to make it to refuel after a workout! It's cold and refreshing, and full of vitamins and minerals. The recipe is gluten free, nut free, and can be made using regular dairy ingredients, or it can be made dairy free or vegan.
Why This Blueberry Banana Spinach Smoothie Works
- You can whip up this recipe in 5 minutes and take it with you when you're rushing out the door - it's so easy.
- The blueberries and banana are sweet and delicious and mask the taste of the spinach - so it's a perfect way to sneak in some healthy greens.
- A lot of the ingredients are easy to swap out, so you can make this with whatever you have on hand!
- This dairy free smoothie is made with frozen fruit, so you can easily make it all year long.
- This recipe is written for one single serving smoothie, but can be doubled (or tripled, or quadrupled) for more people.
- Frozen Blueberries: Frozen fruit will work best in this smoothie, but fresh is fine if that's what you have. Frozen fruit adds to the creaminess and coldness. I like to use wild blueberries, but you can use regular as well. You can even replace this with blackberries or mixed berries.
- Frozen Banana: Frozen banana makes the smoothie creamy, but if you don't have frozen bananas you can use fresh (overripe will be the sweetest).
- Spinach: Frozen spinach or fresh spinach will work. Baby spinach is great because it's smaller and gets blended up more easily.
- Milk: You can use any milk you'd like. I like to use unsweetened oat milk because it's creamy and thicker than other non dairy milks!
- Yogurt: You can use greek yogurt, regular yogurt, coconut yogurt, almond yogurt, or soy yogurt, depending on your dietary preferences. I like to use vanilla coconut yogurt. Sweetened yogurt will make the smoother sweeter of course, but if you want to avoid added sugars, plain yogurt is best. If you don't have yogurt, you can also replace the yogurt with milk.
- Chia seeds: You can't taste the chia seeds in the smoothie at all! You can also add hemp seeds, flax seeds or ground flaxseed, or leave the seeds out entirely.
- Protein powder: I like to use flavourless collagen peptides in my smoothies. They make the smoothie thicker and you can't even taste it at all. It isn't vegan though, so you can use your vegan protein powder of choice, or a regular whey protein if you aren't vegan. You can also leave out the protein powder.
- Maple Syrup: If you like your smoothies to be sweeter, you can add half to one tablespoon of maple syrup, honey, or agave to the smoothie.
Optional Smoothie Add-ins
One of the best things about smoothies is that you can add a bunch of extra ingredients into them to make them even more filling and change up the flavors! Here are a few more ideas for add-ins:
- For a more filling smoothie, add in some healthy fats with 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter (I like to use natural peanut butter or almond butter)
- ¼ cup of old fashioned or quick oats adds filling whole grains and more fiber
- Add in an extra ½ tablespoon of hemp hearts or flaxseeds/ground flaxseed
- Another source of healthy fats - avocados! I sometimes add about ⅓ to ½ of an avocado (depending how big it is) to my smoothies and it doesn't add much flavor but it makes your smoothies super creamy!
- If you're into blueberry and chocolate flavors together, add a teaspoon of raw cacao to your smoothies. It's full of antioxidants and minerals and has a strong chocolate flavor!
Step By Step Instructions
This smoothie is so easy - there are literally two steps:
STEP TWO: Blend. See! It couldn't be easier!
Definitely! Spinach has a mild flavor that is easily masked by fruit and other add-ins. It's packed with nutritional benefits but you can easily hide the veggies in a smoothie.
Yes! All the ingredients in this smoothie are healthy and nutritious. There are no added sugars (unless you choose to use maple syrup), its gluten free, grain free and full of vitamins and minerals.
If you make this smoothie using vegan milk, vegan yogurt, and a vegan protein, then yes. But it can be made either way!
It sure is! This smoothie is allergen friendly and completely gluten free.
My personal favorite "protein powder" to add to smoothies is unflavored collagen protein. It has no flavor, just one ingredient, and make the smoothie really creamy. Although collagen is dairy free, it is not vegan though so if you follow a vegan diet, you should choose a vegan protein alternative.
- Use a good blender - my blender is not expensive, but it does the job! If your blender doesn't blend well enough you might have bigger chunks of spinach in the smoothie. If your blender isn't very powerful, you may also want to chop up the banana.
- Use frozen fruit - frozen fruit isn't required, but it does give smoothies a thick, cold, and smooth texture.
- Add more milk as needed - if the smoothie seems too thick, you can add more milk to it until the consistency is how you like it. More banana, more spinach, or a thicker yogurt can make the smoothie thicker.
- For an extra filling smoothie, add in some healthy fats - Adding nut butter, avocado, or more seeds to your smoothie is a great way stay full for hours!
Storage and Freezing Instructions
This smoothie is best enjoyed fresh. If you've made smoothies before, you'll notice they start to separate and become discolored if you let them sit out too long.
You can prep the smoothie ahead of time by measuring out the banana, blueberries, spinach, and chia seeds in an individual container in the freezer. When you want to make the smoothie, just dump the ingredients in the blender and add the yogurt, milk, and protein.
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Blueberry Banana Blackberry Smoothie
- ½ frozen banana see notes
- ¾ cup frozen wild blueberries
- ¾-1 cup spinach (fresh or frozen) see notes
- ⅓ cup coconut vanilla yogurt (or other yogurt of choice) see notes
- ½ cup unsweetened oat milk (or other milk of choice)
- 2 tablespoon protein powder of choice (I use unflavored collagen protein) optional
- ½ tablespoon chia seeds optional
- This recipe makes 1 smoothie. If making for two, double the recipe. Add all ingredients into a blender, then blend until smooth. Depending on your blender, you may need to chop the banana into a few pieces. Add more milk if the smoothie seems too thick.
- Top with chia seeds, a couple blueberries, and a banana slice if desired and enjoy!
The calorie information provided for this recipe is an estimate. The accuracy of the calories listed is not guaranteed.