5-Ingredient Detox Smoothie

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Tall glass of our 5-Ingredient Detox Smoothie made with spinach and banana

I’m guessing right about now you’re having some serious cookie regret. I only say that because that’s usually where I’m at Christmas week. So much indulgence, so many stretchy pants.

How about we offset some of that decadence with a healthy, 5 ingredient superfood smoothie? That’s what I thought we could all use…

Frozen blueberries and blackberries for adding to our Vegan Detox Smoothie

This smoothie starts with a base of frozen berries. I can’t bear going without berries all winter long, so snagging frozen ones at the store is the perfect solution. Plus, they make a healthy and delicious base for smoothies.

Blender filled with ingredients for making our 5-Ingredient Detox Smoothie

Next we add in:

Fruit juice
& A frozen banana

So creamy. So delicious.

Blender with freshly blended Detox Smoothie

Recently, I’ve also been digging silken tofu in my smoothies for added protein instead of almond or peanut butter, which I often do in this smoothie. But I count it as optional since it’s already seriously creamy and nutritious as is.

Pouring a batch of our Detox Smoothie recipe into a glass

Oh mama. So much detoxifying goodness in the form of:

Omega 3 fatty acids
Vitamin C
Folic acid
etc., etc.

Does the body (seriously) good. Cheers!

(P.S. You should totally tell me the best gift you got this Christmas. I seriously want to know.)

Tall glass of our simple vegan Detox Smoothie made with berries and banana
Glass of our 5-Ingredient Detox Smoothie recipe surrounded by ingredients used to make it

5-Ingredient Detox Smoothie

Vegan, 5-ingredient detox smoothie with lots of fiber, antioxidants, and immune-boosting nutrients for optimum health. Perfect for breakfast or a snack.
Author Minimalist Baker
Tall glass of our 5-Ingredient Detox Smoothie
4.85 from 19 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 (smoothies)
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 Month (as popsicles)
Does it keep? 24 hours


  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1 cup organic spinach or kale
  • 1/2 cup bananas (previously peeled, sliced & frozen)
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup fruit juice (I mixed pomegranate & orange = my faves)
  • 2 Tbsp silken tofu (optional)


  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth. If too thick, add a splash more juice or water. For more sweetness, add extra frozen banana.
  • Pour into two serving glasses (as original recipe is written) and enjoy.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 smoothies Calories: 181 Carbohydrates: 41 g Protein: 2.5 g Fat: 1.6 g Saturated Fat: 0 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 19 mg Fiber: 4.7 g Sugar: 29 g

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  1. Candice says

    This is so delicious, didn’t think that combo would taste so good and the orange juice gives it a great tang! This has become a daily favourite :)

  2. Jeannie says

    Can you use chia seeds for flaxseeds? Would it be same amount? Also, instead of fruit juice, will water suffice? Cheers

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jeannie, chia seeds should work and yes, we would recommend the same amount. The fruit juice acts as a sweetener so water wouldn’t be the same. If you are looking to substitute something for the juice, coconut water might work. If you give it try, we would love to hear how it goes!

  3. Rachelle says

    I am a smoothie virgin and made this a few weeks ago. I have one everyday and am so addicted! Love love love this recipe x

  4. Jocelyn says

    Just made this and LOVED it! I substituted fruit juice for water (to keep it low-sugar!) and it was tasty and flavourful! I would never have thought to add silken tofu in a smoothie for protein – so inspired and you can’t taste it at all. A+ breakfast on the go.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modification, Jocelyn. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  5. Pakuna says

    I love this smoothie, made it a hundred times but I ran out of spinach and kale. What else can I use? Broccoli or zucchini?

  6. Alys Lisella says

    For the pomegranate and OJ, I’d like to use fresh squeezed. Do I change the amount? Can you recommend a sub for pomegranate if I can’t find it?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Feel free to use another favorite fruit juice! For freshly squeezed, squeeze the same amount it calls for!

  7. Ann says

    Hello from Down Under :)
    Ideally you should substitute water for the juice as fruit juice is basically sugar. You really don’t need extra flavour. I used to add organic coconut water, but tested it without water and there was no taste difference plus I saved moola!! – I also add ice. This is my morning “must have” for the last four years.
    Love your blog.

  8. Kristin says

    Such a great idea to start the day with a good detox! Thank you for your recipe! (And I love how you’ve styled your pictures) I was told many years ago to strictly avoid soy products because of their over-processed nature. It’s definitely used to looking into….I also tell people to do their own research so you are making the smartest and safest choice for your health.

    • Carol says

      My Dr told me noooooo soy in any form . I’m Hyper Thyroid and I’ve been researching all fruits and veggies plant based foods Soy comes up as a number 1 no no . As well as all wheat . Also tooo much sugar. Don’t need . Since I’ve been no dairy , sugar ,no bread , pasta rice. Using vegetable pastas , Cauliflower rice , carrot spaghetti sauce. My gut Feels so much better . ??

  9. Ellie Macdonald says

    Yummy! This 5 ingredient detox smoothie is really Great! This looks delicious and I Like it! thanks for share…

  10. castiel says

    Am new at this and I was wondering do you take this smoothie only? nothing else? or do I still eat as always?

    Best regards


    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Castiel, this smoothie is intended to be a great addition to a regular eating schedule. You’re welcome to add protein powder if you’re looking to use it as a meal replacement. Otherwise, if you’re after a more rigorous, intense detox, definitely do some research to ensure a safe and healthy experience!

  11. Rachel M. says

    This smoothie is absolutely delicious. I was kind of nervous about spinach being in a smoothie because I’m just starting to eat healthy. But it came out really good! I will definitely be doing it again! ?

  12. Connie says

    I’m new to this but going to give it a try. My question. I try to do my lunch and breakfast preparing on Sundays to freeze or refrigerate so through the week I can grab and go. I work out of town and we don’t have access to coolers or refrid. So I take a lunch pak with ice packs. How long are these good for day wise and if frozen how long?

  13. Judy says

    I’m new to juiceing fruits and vegggies, but how does this detox the body, I don’t under stand, but I also don’t want to gain weight so what do you recommend for me to try, I like sweets so any help is a plus.
    Iv asked for recipes to keep weight down protein up with sweet flavors but no one ever returns any can you please , I got apples , oranges, bananas , and spinach and flax seed turns to not much of a flavor but I don’t know how much of each so I just through all in lol skins and core is that good and do I add ice and how much maybe it flattened it cause I used water ??????

  14. Jenna says

    How do you incorporate the tofu?:) also I love your blog, the way you write is so cute and I look forward to reading more than just your recipes!

  15. Sandy Sheme says

    I was just googling a good recipe for a good detoxifying smoothie (for way to many cookies) that wasn’t green (although I do like them sometimes) and this one looks delicious. After a trip to the market I will be having these on a regular basis. Is there a certain amount of time that this drink takes to do its job? I loved all of my gifts this year but my fave has to be the Cake Boss cake keeper my mother bought for me.

  16. Jennifer says

    Such a delicious way to mask your veggies :) It was sweet enough without adding any honey / agave (which…cough…I might *hypothetically* do to every smoothie ever).

  17. Chiara&thekiwi says

    Hey!!! Your smoothie is now in my selection of “9 super detox vegan smoothies” on my blog

    Good job with your recipe! :)

  18. Mer Now Fitz says

    Yum Yum Yum. I am in desperate need of a grocery run right now, so I don’t have *any* of these ingredients! But, when I go Monday night (I never grocery shop on weekends, if I can help it!), I will be picking everything up for this. More than just detox – looks so yummy! I will definitely be adding this into my smoothie rotation! :)

  19. polly says

    I just got finishes reading the book, The Cure / Heal Your Body, Save Your Life by Dr. Brantley,
    Well, minimalistbaker saved my life! Using your beautiful recipes will make my journey of getting healthy a lot easier.
    I was reading his recipes and all i could ” see ” was GREY AND BROWN. So so dull…
    Then i went to read your recipes for the ” sweet treats”, ( because i will miss that the most), your idea of healthy eating, cooking
    and using fresh produce matches his so i will be cooking your way and be happy! Thank you for having such a wonderful, beautiful
    site. uhmmm…did not make this recipe but I’m sure it tastes great!! 5 stars!!!!

  20. Stacie says

    Very nice recipe. I used Pom’s Pomegranate & Blueberry juice, some alkaline water and a ton of spinach! I put a bit of agave nectar in to sweeten it back up after thinning it out with the water. I enjoyed it very much as lunch today. My husband switched and had his for breakfast and saved his “breakfast” juice for lunch. Unfortunately, my son (5 years old) didn’t like it, but he’s the healthiest eater of the bunch, so I don’t care if he doesn’t like a few things. My daughter (3 years old) enjoyed some this morning, so that makes me happy. She is the pickiest of all of us and the worst eater! Whenever I can get something packed full of nutrition in her I am happy! In stalking tradition, I may try out your green smoothie tomorrow! Thanks!

  21. Gillian {Coastal Bride} says

    I’ve always been scared to try any smoothie with greens in it but I made this smoothie this morning and it was seriously delicious! I need a detox after all the vegan treats I’ve been cooking this winter!

  22. Leigh says

    I read this post when it first arrived in my email inbox thought I totally NEED to have this smoothie. Apparently I promptly forgot and have yet to try it. How lame of me…

    I just got a great big bunch of spinach delivered today after buying another big bunch yesterday so tomorrow morning is a GREAT day for this smoothie!

    Very delayed, but favourite gift is either our food processor (a gift from our cat – who knew he was such a good shopper) or my fitbit fitness band that keeps me active and lets me enjoy food without thinking too much about it!

  23. Marfigs says

    Ack! I only discovered the wonders of smoothies (or rather got the guts to try it out) *after* berry season – so sad! But I am very intrigued by this idea of adding tofu – have wondered what protein one could add. Do you squish out the water or just plonk it into the blender? This smoothie looks *so* delicious! :D

  24. Tara white says

    Hi there! So I have had the ingredients for this on my grocery list since you posted it and finally got them today!! I’m drinking it right now and it is so amazingly delicious, I am in love! Thanks for sharing! Oh and the best present I got for Christmas was a sewing machine from my husband which I have been teaching myself to use and am super excited about upcoming projects!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      So great! You can’t taste the greens at all, eh? Thanks for sharing, Tara! Good luck with the sewing machine! I’ve never attempted using one but would LOVE to try! I heard A Beautiful Mess is teaching an online sewing e-course this year. Be on the look out! I might join, too :D

  25. Carole says

    It’s refreshing to see a smoothie of this type that isn’t green (I guess I echo that sentiment). lol This is one I might actually try. ;-)

    I don’t really over indulge during the holidays. I’ve reached a point in life where I know I’ll feel awful if I do, so I eat the same as the rest of the year. Not to say that I don’t enjoy holiday sweets, because I do, I just don’t go overboard.

    My favorite gift was from my BIL. The Yashica Dual Flex camera that his father purchased back in 1959. It will be added to my vintage camera collection.

  26. Yvonne Lane says

    Just found your blog, very nice!!! I enjoy smoothies and your pictures are lovely. Best present for Christmas, 5 1/2 quart Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven in Fire. I am a happy woman.

  27. Kate says

    Yum! Exactly what I needed after a not-so-healthy holiday :) I love flax meal in smoothies. Just discovered your blog, so I’m going to have to go back and dig through your smoothie archives for more ideas. 2014 — the year of the smoothie!

    Favorite present was one I got for myself — a new Nikon D3200. An investment, but I’m very excited about my first DSLR.

  28. Alli says

    Totally loved this!! And getting a bit run down from all the festivities, absolutely needed a big burst of nutrients! I make the green or pbj date smoothie every day, this is a great addition to the routine :). Fav gift, aside from family time… Blue crochet / peacock print infinity scarf!

  29. sara says

    I just found out that in addition to pine nuts and peanuts, i am allergic to pecans-more tree nut allergies are probably looming. So my normal spinach/almond butter smoothie is sadly on its way out. This smoothie will make up for it!

    My favorite gift was a record player with a bunch of old and new records.

  30. Todd @ HonestlyYUM says

    Yes yes!! I SO need this right now. It wasn’t cookies that got me this Christmas, it was the mashed potatoes.. Amazing photos as always.

  31. blender dude says

    Simple smoothie recipes are the best ones, imo. Flax and chia would both great to add to this one. Thanks for sharing – your photography is incredible!

  32. Candice @ The Savory and The Beautiful says

    You read my mind, I seriously need to detox. I will slurp this smoothie as I watch my favorite xmas gift, the Sex in the City series collection.

  33. Tammy says

    This post had me laughing and nodding along…stretchy pants? Wearing them here, but from all the cheese & chocolate! This is the perfect smoothie to get back to! Favorite gift? Family time that where everyone got along & had fun (extended family!), and a new camera! Hope you had a beautiful Christmas & a Happy New Year to you!


  34. Kristin @ FoodFash says

    I am def getting back to green smoothie breakfasts when I get back home! My favorite, most nerdy, Christmas present was an iPhone lens dial. Macro, telephoto, wide angle, and fish eye – so fun!

  35. Julie says

    I totally need this and was actually craving a healthy smoothie last night after the turkey blowout followed by irresistible cookie platter! My best gift was a pair of stunning earrings my daughter found to replace some I recently lost. Thanks for all your great recipes! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Victoria, B.C.

  36. Donna says

    This is berry wonderful…berry perfect for a very, berry post-Noël beverage!!

    Sorry…got carried away…I was wondering if I could omit the banana (not a fan..alas…and “up” the silken tofu factor in this glass of deliciousness? Thank you for a brilliant solution to cookie hangover!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Donna, you could absolutely omit the banana. Today I actually made this with a grapefruit instead! Just up the other ingredients to compensate. Silken tofu and/or almond milk will give it more creaminess. Hope that helps!

      • Donna says

        This helps immensely!!…Thanks so much and am eager to try it with both silken tofu and again with almond milk…it’s really versatile!..Thanks for providing the ideas and such a great “base” recipe to work with! Happy Holiday continuation!

    • Donna says

      Oh…forgot to mention ..aside from having all three of my university adult children home simultaneously…my favorite gifts were: a huge bag of pecans from the States ….a NordicWare Bundt pan….and a bottle of “Frank’s” as a stocking stuffer!!!

  37. Abbie @ Needs Salt says

    Ahhh, this seriously looks like the most delicious detox smoothie I’ve seen in a long long time. Usually they’re so green. But I’m totally with you on the frozen berry note! I can’t stand going all winter without blueberries – this time of year they come from Argentina and cost something like $5 for 4 ounces. So insane.
    My best present would have to be tied between an Excalibur dehydrator (!!!) and a Ninja blender (!!!). Needless to say, Christmas morning was full of screams on my part. haha.
    Pinning this awesome smoothie!

      • Jamie hartman says

        I have using 1 cup of frozen strawberries or blue berries
        2 activia yogurt
        1 cup organic spinach
        1 cup of v8 v fusion strawberry banana juice
        I love it but plz tell me something that will help me lose weight I want to lose 10 pounds plz help me

  38. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health says

    started my breakfast with a smoothie similar to this..but subbed juice with almond milk. the best present…hmm I am debating between immersion blender and MIA face cleanser..how about you?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Almond milk makes it so creamy, no? My favorite gift was probably some kitchen gadgets I got for cooking/photographs. But really I just loved all the food and time with family. Love this time of year. Happy New Year, Dixya!