Smoothies are the perfect breakfast, snack, or treat whenever you’re craving something easy, fruit- and veggie-packed, are running low on fresh ingredients, or aren’t in the mood to cook. To help you make smoothies like a pro, we’ve compiled our favorite smoothie (and smoothie bowl!) recipes, plus tips for success. They’re all plant-based and SUPER delicious!
How to Make the Best Smoothies
Have you ever ordered a smoothie and wondered how they get it so thick, creamy, and balanced? It’s all about:
Having a high-speed blender (see our unbiased blender review here!)
Starting with less liquid and adding more as needed
Finding your favorite flavor combinations (recipes below!)
How to Freeze Bananas For Smoothies
Frozen bananas are a smoothie’s best friend. They add a nearly unmatchable creaminess and natural sweetness and make your smoothie perfectly chilled without the need to dilute the flavor with ice.
To freeze bananas for smoothies, it’s best to use ones that are ripe (yellow) with some brown spots, but not overripe or mushy. We like to slice them in 1-inch pieces, transfer to a silicone- or parchment-lined baking sheet or plate, and freeze until firm. This prevents them from sticking together, and the smaller pieces are easier on your blender’s motor. Once frozen, transfer them to a sealed bag where they’ll keep for about 1 month.
How to Freeze Spinach For Smoothies
Friends, whatever you do, don’t buy frozen (blanched) spinach and put it into your smoothies. The flavor will be ruined — you’ve been warned. BUT, if you want to make sure you always have spinach in the freezer and handy for smoothies, there is another way.
Get fresh baby spinach from the produce section and then transfer the container it comes in (or another sealed container) into the freezer. It will keep for about 1 month and is as easy as grabbing a handful whenever you’re making a smoothie. As long as you don’t use too much, you’ll add lots of nutrients without impacting the flavor. This technique also works for kale, chard, and mixed greens, but it’s best to avoid using bitter or strongly flavored greens.
Incredibly creamy and nourishing chocolate banana shake infused with adaptogens like reishi mushrooms, ashwagandha, and maca powder! Naturally sweetened with dates and rich chocolate flavor. The perfect pick-me-up!
Incredibly rich, creamy smoothie infused with the flavors of red velvet cake. Bananas, beets, and cacao powder combine to create this secretly wholesome yet indulgent treat. Just 6 simple ingredients required.
Creamy, nutritious zucchini smoothie with bananas, blueberries, greens, and hemp seeds! Loaded with 8 whole ingredients, plus 1 blender and 10 minutes required! Entirely vegan, gluten-free, and loaded with health benefits.
The flavors of your favorite beach cocktail simplified into a 2-ingredient smoothie. This refreshing smoothie requires just 5 minutes and 1 blender to make. Plus, easy ways to enjoy as a protein smoothie or blended cocktail.
An Ayurvedic-inspired warming smoothie for the colder months. Veggies, fruit, and warming spices nourish the body without cooling it down. A delicious afternoon snack, workout recovery drink, or morning breakfast.
A 5-minute creamy green smoothie bowl infused with banana and peanut butter! Packed with vitamin- and nutrient-rich ingredients. The perfect marriage of savory and sweet in a healthy breakfast or snack.