My Favorite Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie Ingredients

There are a lot of green smoothie recipes out there, and I’m sure they’re all awesome in their own right. But this, this recipe is my absolute favorite and one that I drink almost daily.

Green Smoothie Ingredients 2

I know I share a lot of dessert recipes around these parts, but I do, for the most part, eat a very clean diet. I try and incorporate fruits and vegetables into every meal. Things like meat, refined grains, heavy sauces and cheese are consumed in moderation. Dark chocolate is my only daily indulgence. And if I haven’t had leafy greens in more than 12 hours, I kind of start to hyperventilate. In other words, I love a raw brownie every once in a while, but for the most part whole foods are where it’s at.

Green Smoothie Recipe

Enter this green smoothie. The ingredients are simple and affordable: almond milk, peanut butter, banana, mixed berries, flaxseed and spinach. And it literally takes 2 minutes to prepare. I love that it sends me out the door with up to 3 full servings of fruit and veg in the mornings, leaving me less pressure to consume two huge salads for lunch and dinner to get my veggie count in. Plus, I love all the fiber it contains, how it has a salty-sweet balance, and how it keeps me full ’til lunch. Really, it doesn’t get much better to me than having a giant green smoothie for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.

My Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe

Though I’ve tried other varieties, this one is my favorite because I can stuff as much spinach in there without affecting the flavor one bit – which, for the record, tastes like a creamy peanut butter banana shake. Hello dream smoothie.

Play around and make this smoothie your own. Sub almond butter for peanut butter, try coconut milk instead of almond, all blueberries instead of mixed, another leafy green in place of spinach. But do try the original just once and see if you don’t fall in love it like I have. I won’t be offended if my favorite becomes your favorite, too. In fact, I’d be elated. Here’s to health! (And regularity ; )

Green Smoothie Recipe | Minimalist Baker

4.8 from 28 reviews
My Favorite Green Smoothie
 
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A creamy, sweet vegan green smoothie with banana, peanut butter, spinach, flaxseed, berries and almond milk. The perfect healthy breakfast or afternoon snack.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 medium banana, previously peeled, frozen and quartered
  • 1/2 cup mixed frozen berries
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 heaping Tbsp natural, salted peanut butter
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy, adding more almond milk or frozen berries (or bananas) to thin/thicken, respectively. Serve immediately or freeze to enjoy later. Although, it is best when fresh.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 357 Fat: 15 g Carbohydrates: 48 g Sugar: 25 g Sodium: 222 mg Fiber: 15 g Protein: 11 g

nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 smoothie

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Comments

  1. Kerry says

    Absolutely love this recipe, which is quite similar to smoothies I like to make. The natural peanut butter cinched it for me!
    I added 1 thing that also made this particularly yummy: 1 tsp of unsweetned cocoa. Very yummy!

  2. Megan says

    I love this smoothie! In an effort to remove all additives and processed foods from my diet, this smoothie has become my go-to breakfast option. Mine never comes out quite as green as your picture (it might have something to do with subbing chia seeds for the flaxseed or the berries?) but it always tastes delicious and really keeps me full all morning long. I also use all natural almond butter instead of peanut butter.

  3. Karen says

    PB taste was a bit too much for me so will cut back to 1 1/2 to 2 tsps next time. I added 1/4 cucumber, a handful of kale and 1 tsp. fresh ginger. Yummy.

  4. Catherine says

    Just wanted to say thanks. I didn’t try “the original” yet, because I didn’t have peanut butter… Use almond, and maca powder instead of flaxseed meal… Anyway, I love that I just ate spinach and kale in a smoothie as breakfast. And my 18 month old loved it too :)

  5. Tabatha says

    So glad I found this recipe! I have been on the search for TASTY and healthy, green smoothies for months and I finally found one. I admit, I was a little scared of the end color (almost black after I added the blueberries lol) and hubby definitely gave me wonky eye, but it was the most delicious smoothie I’ve ever had! Thank you! I’m excited to have discovered your blog!

  6. J Patt says

    This sounds absolutely wonderful. I have recently been trying to reduce calorie intake for atleast two days out of the week. Would this be a good choice since the calorie count is quite high for one meal? I agree it is very healthy ingredients. I can’t wait to see if I should be reducing calories on this one.

    • Dana Shultz says

      I’d say this is a good amount of calories for one meal for the average person but I’m no expert and that totally depends on your age, weight and activity level. I love it as a morning meal but usually need a small snack before lunch. I say try it out and see how filling it is and go from there!

  7. says

    I tried this recipe but didn’t notice I needed to use natural peanut butter. I used Jif. I also really got into the “heaping” part of the Tbsn, so it was way too thick and too much peanut putter taste. I will try again when I pick up the natural peanut butter.

  8. Karen says

    Dear Dana,

    Just wanna to know what if Chia seeds mixed with cow milk for making a pudding. Will it be bad taste or what?
    I had bought a pack of chia seed a month ago and haven’t open it yet. I do not know what I do with Chia Seed. This is my first time.
    I love to use cow milk instead of Almond milk or coconut milk.
    Thanks

  9. Jules says

    I’m so addicted to this smoothie I’ve had it for breakfast every morning for the last 6 weeks!! Love love love it! Thanks so much!

  10. Brittany says

    I found this recipe via Pinterest. I just tried it out with my little one today, and we both loved it! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. Ashley says

    This green smoothie was amazing!! I felt so good after drinking it. Thanks for sharing this recipe! Im addicted now :)

  12. Cala says

    I just made this today after yesterday I was browsing your blog for recipes :) I loved this smoothie. It really did taste like a banana peanut butter milkshake! I used my magic bullet and mixed the spinach and milk first then added the rest of the ingredients. Yum! My one-year old son and almost 3 yr old daughter loved it too! Thanks

  13. Karrie M says

    Love this! I’ve just bought a nutribullet and trying to find lots of tasty recipes and this works perfectly for a morning blitz of goodness! Protein, antioxidants and iron = today is going to be a good day! I couldn’t even taste the spinach so added more! I’ll be having this for breakfast every morning now, thank you!

  14. Emily says

    Yum! This was my first time making a green smoothie and it turned out great! The banana added just enough sweetness and creaminess to balance the tartness of the berries. I told my sister to try this with her eyes covered and she couldn’t even taste the spinach! What a great, healthy way to incorporate some greens at breakfast or in between meals!

  15. Kelli Rhymes says

    I have NEVER posted a comment, even though I always look to see what others have to say, but I tried this recipe several months ago because of the enthusiasm of your readers. I just had to make my way back to the comment section to tell you that I have been enjoying this green smoothie almost daily since then! I shudder to say that I don’t really like vegetables and I have to force myself to eat fruit. I continue to try to find ways to eat healthily, but I am inconsistent, at best. I have tried to make smoothies over and over, but they are just too “fruity” for me. THIS SMOOTHIE IS AWESOME! The peanut butter and banana are just yummy, and the rest of the ingredients don’t even play in except for the incredible health benefits! THANK YOU!! This motivates me to continue the search for really healthy foods that taste wonderful! Thanks for a great site and a great smoothie!

    • Dana Shultz says

      So great! Glad you enjoyed it. And thanks so much for commenting, too! It’s something I try and do when I have success/issues with a recipe on someone’s blog. I find it so helpful/uplifting. Thanks again!

  16. Alannah says

    Tried to make it again today. Layered it differently so the spinach would blend last buuut its still brown. How the hell do you turn it green like in the pictures cause im starting to think that wasnt a picture of the actual smoothie

  17. Danika @ Your Organic Life says

    this sounds really good. However, drinking it every day is a very bad idea. Spinach has a lot of oxalic acid in it and drinking everyday can lead to kidney stones. If you’re going to drink green smoothies everyday it is recommended that you rotate your greens doing a different green everyday to prevent the buildup of oxalic acid. Also, spinach draws lead up from the soil so if you have lead in the soil where it is grown which can even happened with organic spinach you do not want to be giving this to your children everyday.

  18. Nicole says

    Definitely my new favourite smoothie too. I was skeptical of 2 cups of spinach but it’s really good! I couldn’t taste the spinach at all. I used 2 tbsp of hemp protein powder instead of the flax but I think next time I will also add the flax

    • Dana Shultz says

      Nice! Yeah, you can’t taste the green stuff at all. Glad you agree! Thanks for sharing, Nicole. xo

  19. Oz says

    Hi Dana!
    I cant wait to try this recipe, can you tell me where I can find natural PB? or what brand you use, will be perfect!
    thanks

  20. Jenna says

    Thank you! I LOVE this smoothie. Unfortunately, I have a banana intolerance and get sick from raw bananas. Any suggestions on what to substitute it with? I love the taste of this smoothie, makes me wish I could eat a banana without getting sick :(. Any help would be much appreciated!

  21. Amy says

    Love this smoothie, but no matter what berries I use it never looks green. What combo did you use in the one you photographed for the post? I actually find this with a lot of green smoothie recipes – they look so vibrant and green in blog photos but come out brown(ish) when I make them. Just curious! Tastes great.

    • Dana Shultz says

      I just use a CRAP load of spinach :D Also, scale back on your berries a bit for an even greener color. Hope that helps!

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