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

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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. Eleanor says

    I love this!
    Quick question- would it throw off the balance to use cow milk? I’ve heard that it’s a big no no to use it in smoothies with fruit because it ferments as you digest it. Thoughts?
    Thanks!

  2. says

    I have never mad a green smoothy, which is just crazy because I LOVE all vegetables. Seriously, I am a freak about them! I need to give this a try!

  3. Meredith says

    I just made this, it’s awesome. Just subbed chia seeds for flax. Keeper recipe and likely my go to for brekky moving forward.

  4. Jamie says

    This is a nice change from some of your recent more decadent recipes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a lover of all things sweet and rich but my waistline isn’t :)
    My boyfriend and I make tons of smoothies and this is almost exactly our favorite recipe. You can also substitute the berries for mango chunks, or almond butter for peanut butter (if you’re allergic) and it’s equally delicious. Thanks bakers! You rock!

  5. Paula says

    My first time visiting your blog. Can’t wait to try this recipe tomorrow before heading out the door!
    Thanks!

  6. says

    This post couldn’t be more perfectly timed… I’ve been fantasizing about green smoothies for way too long now, and I’m finally ready to buy a blender that can handle veggies. I’m probably buying the one I’ve chosen tomorrow and I think I’ve just found the inaugural concoction! Thank you, as always. :)

    Also, I notice you put your smoothies in upcycled glass jars… me too! My next purchase after the blender will be some SS jar tops from EcoJarz – they look pretty awesome! http://www.ecojarz.com/

  7. says

    Yum! My favourite green smoothie is pretty similar, minus the berries (only because they’re expensive so I like to eat them fresh!). Its so nice to have something to grab and go, with hidden veggies too.

  8. says

    How much do you love these?!? I start everyday with a similar one – instead of spinach I substitute Kale. Also peanut butter – how interesting…I’m curious to know what this adds to it. May just have to try that little addition tomorrow morning. Thanks for glorifying this green smoothie. My kids shake their heads at it each morning, but yous looks BEAUTIFUL!

  9. Lena says

    I am sure this green smoothie tastes fantastic. But about two months after I started making green smoothies with two of the same ingredients, I started developing calcium oxalate crystals (kidney stones are made of these). BE VERY CAREFUL to stay away from peanut butter, spinach, and berries if you are susceptible to kidney stones or bladder issues, or if you have health issues such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, or Crone’s. They are very high in oxalates, and can cause some people to flare up.

  10. says

    I make one almost exactly like this, but with almond butter instead of peanut butter. I love that I can cram a ton of spinach into it too!

  11. Mariam says

    Yummy! I do a berry banana one and banana pb but haven’t tried combining them! And I always add so many berries that it isn’t green… Or maybe I don’t add enough spinach! Got me craving a green smoothie even though its cold and rainy!

  12. says

    Made this for breakfast this morning! I used almond butter instead of peanut butter and it was almost too “almondy” for me. I will stick to the original next time and use peanut butter!

  13. Courtenay says

    Is there any good substitutes for bananas, as I am allergic and can’t find a way to make a good smoothie.

    • Dana says

      Sure! try frozen oranges or pineapple for a similar sweetness. Either that, or you could just compensate with more frozen berries, and add a little honey, agave or stevia for added sweetness if you need it.

  14. AnnMarie Johnson says

    I have to disagree about the taste–it was strongly spinach! I doubled the berries and added more milk and its only slightly spinach-y now. I love spinach but hadn’t had it in a smoothie before. Maybe you can hide a bit in, but 2 cups did not work for us!

  15. Ashley N. says

    Hello! New reader here, just found you from Iowa Girl Eats! What are the benefits of flaxseed meal or varieties of flaxseed?

    • Dana says

      Simply this: flaxseed meal provides more nutritional benefits because it’s easier for our bodies to absorb! the whole flax just passes right through, if you know what i mean ; )

  16. AnnMarie Johnson says

    I had to return with better news. I couldn’t stand to drink this for breakfast so I put it in the fridge and promised that it would be a snack even if I didn’t like it. It was sooooo much better cold! I made another this morning (I bought a huge container of spinach so had to!). I weighed the spinach (2 cups = 56 grams = 2 ounces) and discovered I’d packed it too much yesterday and probably put in 3 cups.

    S, I’m still modifying the recipe with 2x the fruit, but I can now say I like this! And I may even love it. I’ll find out after I drink it later today–it’s back in the fridge to get cold!

    • Dana says

      AnnMarie, I wondered if you’d initially added too much spinach. I honestly don’t measure my spinach and just grab 2 handfuls and throw it in. But on some mornings I do less. The key to this is really using the FROZEN ALREADY PEELED RIPE BANANA. The sweetness and texture if provides is unmatched! Hope that helps and glad you’ve had a better result the second time around.

  17. Tea says

    Oh, I will try this.

    Although I also do one with baby spinach (prefer this in smoothies as opposed to normal spinach), one banana, one apple and just one decilitre of cold water, it’s really nice and fresh in the morning!

  18. Steve says

    I altered this recipe a bit based on what I had, and it wasn’t particularly good, so I’m wondering what it was that killed it. I used kale instead of spinach, lowfat milk instead of almond and Jif instead of natural peanut butter, so I’m wondering which you think might have been the problem. Does kale tend to be more bitter than spinach in smoothies? Maybe it was the sweetness of vanilla almond milk that was missing? I had to add some ice cubes because it turned out super gloppy, even with a bit extra milk. Thanks for any advice!

    • Dana says

      Steve, I think JIF is the main culprit. I highly recommend all natural salted peanut butter (I even add a sprinkle of sea salt to my smoothie if the salty-sweet combo is not prominent enough). Natural PB tastes entirely different than JIF. Try it, you’ll see. And yes, kale tastes way different than spinach in smoothies. I don’t like kale in smoothies unless it’s with pineapple because it somehow masks the flavor/texture. Lastly, vanilla almond milk adds another element of sweet, so try that next time. Hope that helps!!

      • Dana K. says

        I use PB2 as a sub for peanut butter in this recipe and it saves a bunch of calories with the same flavor ~ and it is all natural!

  19. Brittany says

    I have yet to try this, sounds like a healthy PB&J smoothie :) I love green smoothies, and one of my very favorites is exactly this one, but with cacao or cocoa powder instead of berries for a chocolate peanut butter smoothie :) so good, so filling, and definitely tastes way naughty! I love that the chocolate overpowers both the color and the flavor of the spinach, so I can drink a pretty green liquid Reeses for breakfast :) Peanut butter (or PB2 for less calories) with the fresh ground flax or chia makes it so filling

  20. Penny says

    This was freaking awesome!!
    I made two servings, but only used 1 banana and 1/2 cup strawberries.

  21. nayeon says

    I usually don’t comment on blogs, like ever, but after trying this green smoothie I just really had to tell you how great it was. I don’t see myself going back to anything else for breakfast, and now I can’t wait to try the black bean brownie. Thank you so much!

  22. Amy says

    I really really want to try this, however I was planning on making it and then take it with lectures with me. Do you think it will keep it a cool bag for a few hours before I drink it?? x

    • Dana says

      It is best when fresh, but you can keep it in a cool bag or insulated container and it should work. Hope that helps!

  23. Marc says

    I had never really tried green smoothies, but I was curious to see what this one would be like (especially after seeing the amount of fiber!). It is delicious! I’ve been making it since the beginning of the week, and I’m now trying to find other recipes so I don’t get tired of it.

    I thought I still had some flax, but couldn’t find it. I had a jar of wheat germ (don’t know how I even ended up with that), so I’ve been using that instead. I also made a mistake with getting sweetened almond milk instead of non-sweetened. It’s making the mixture a little too sweet, but I think that’ll be fine with the non-sweetened version. I also put in some kosher salt into it since I didn’t see any salted organic peanut butter at the store.

    All in all, great recipe!

    • Dana says

      Thanks Marc! Sometimes if my smoothie turns out too sweet, I’ll add a touch more peanut butter and/or a little pinch of sea salt to balance things out. Hope that helps!

  24. says

    ohmygoodness! i love love LOOOOOOVE your website. truly love at first sight. beautiful. elegant. simple. stunning. and best of all: inspiring.

    sweet souls. thanks for sharing your gifts with the world.

    this is my absolute favorite green smoothie recipe. i can’t wait to try some recipes from the free eBook. you’ve already made my life a little brighter! :)

  25. Robin says

    I have to say, this green smoothie recipe was 100% spot on! I just found your blog about 30 minutes ago and I am already hooked. I love your approach to minimalist baking and being vegan myself, it’s great to see so many vegan options in the archive! My first attempt at a spinach smoothie a few months ago was a complete fail and I’ve been a little afraid to try a spinach and ground flaxseed combo again…but I wasn’t disappointed this time! I think I’ll even add a little more flaxseed to my next one. I used 1/2c unsweetened chocolate almond milk and 1/2c B12 fortified unsweetened almond milk and I skipped the PB. Then I stuck it in the freezer for 10 minutes to get even thicker! Thanks so much for a delicious smoothie recipe that I can feel good about. Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes.

  26. Brie says

    Hey Dana! This is Brie (Beran) Tickel! I heard about your blog from my dad then from yours, I love it!! I just spent half an hour reading it. It’s so funny, I’ve been making an almost identical smoothie for a couple years-my kids love it, too! Good to see you’re happy and doing well!

    • Dana says

      Oh man, Brie! So good to hear from you. My parents are our blog biggest fans so it’s no surprise that he was bragging on our site. This smoothie is my absolute fave! So glad to hear you feed your kids green smoothies too. Smart mom :D I hope you’re doing well, too! Thanks for saying hello.

  27. says

    This was amazing! I’ve been making smoothies for 1 week now, all organic , berries, greens, nuts, goji berties, you name it. They’ve been gross. I spent so much money at whole foods that I forced myself to drink them each night. But this, oh, heavens! I cannot eat spinach due to health issue, so for greens I used sunflower micro greens, pea tendrils and mâché rosettes. I measured nothing and it was so delish my little doggies had some (and my previous concoctions had them backing away, so that’s saying something) and I could barely stop guzzling it down long enough to take a photo to post on Facebook. Absolutely hands down the best smoothie I’ve ever had!

  28. says

    Weird question for you.

    Other than some minor potential nutrient loss, is there any reason you couldn’t use frozen spinach?

    Also, this recipe uses flax seeds – but I see some of your other recipes use chia seeds. From what I remember, they both “gel” – would they be interchangeable? Or does one thicken more than the other?

    Thanks for the great recipe. :)

    • Dana says

      Frozen spinach would give it a weird taste, I think, because of the way it’s shrunk down before it’s packaged. But as for the chia seeds, you can use chia seeds in place of flax in almost any recipe. Chia will “gel” more, but flax seeds tend to be more flour like and absorbent. Hope that helps!

  29. Tina says

    Great smoothie! I just purchased a Ninja kitchen system and was a little bummed with my first smoothie….(I was still thinking juicer, which it is not!) I tried your smoothie, well, a version of it with what I had on hand….All organic items: Kale, no stems; 1 Tbl Almond butter (w/salt); 1 tsp flax seeds; handful of frozen mixed berries; 1 small banana; 1/2 scoop Chocolate flavored Spirutein, Vanilla almond milk….OMG, it was delicious!! Thank you for sharing your recipe to inspire others!!

    • Dana says

      Tina, love to hear it! SO glad you enjoyed this smoothie. I literally drank one today! So delicious. Keep trying new variations with greens – they never get old.

  30. Germain Wong says

    I just tried this recipe today (followed everything exactly) — and LOVED IT.

    I was initially apprehensive about drinking something that looks so scary, but glad I tried it. I made 4 portions of the ingredients and they are now in the freezer — I’m all set for the rest of this week!!

  31. Georgia says

    Omg it looks delicious but unfortunately I don’t have any spinach on hand and I was wondering if lettuce would be ok for this smoothie.

  32. says

    You really make it seem really easy together with your presentation however I to find this topic to be really one thing which I feel I would never understand. It sort of feels too complicated and very broad for me. I am looking ahead in your subsequent post, Iˇll try to get the hang of it!

  33. Catherine says

    Thanks for the recipe- I love the taste and have been making this smoothie all the time! Superficial question though- mine always turn out an unappealing shade of purple-y gray, even when I’ve added less berries or more spinach. Anyone else notice this? Or is there anything else that could be throwing things off?

  34. Alisa says

    In my green smoothie, I use peaches in place of the berries, and add a spoonful each of chia, hemp, and ground flax seed.

  35. Lindsey says

    Just made this! It’s AMAZING!!! Certainly not the prettiest color but I’ve never had something so tasty before!

  36. Jessy says

    Thank you sooooo much!!! I’ve just tried this smoothy and it’s just the best one ever! How something so healthy can taste so good??!! Super delicious!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  37. Nancy says

    Have been researching all ways to eating healthy and came across this recipe and tried it this morning. I used frozen blueberries and unfrozen banana and it was just the right temperature for my taste. Most delicious smoothie I ever had. It will be my “go to” smoothie.

      • Nancy Foti says

        Have been googling “green smoothies” and yours was one of several links that came up I checked out a few but liked yours the best. I can’t wait to try some of your GF recipes as well. After a 3 day detox, I think I it will be a great start for getting fit and off sugar, white flour and processed foods. I’m 71, so I’m late getting smart about nutrition, but I’ve got the determination to do it so my physical energy matches my mental energy.

        • says

          So great to hear! Thanks Nancy. It’s never too late to start eating healthier in my opinion, so I’m so glad you’ve decided to research and take steps toward a healthier you. I hope our recipes can help you in that endeavor! Do let us know if there’s anything else we can help with, recipe requests or otherwise. Hugs!

  38. 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!

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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 :)

  42. 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!

  43. 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!

  44. 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.

  45. 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

  46. 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!

  47. 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 :)

  48. Ashley says

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

  49. 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

  50. 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!

  51. 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!

  52. 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!

  53. 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

  54. 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.

  55. 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

  56. 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

  57. 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!

  58. 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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