My Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe
The Best Green Smoothie Recipe!
This healthy smoothie has no spinach flavor. It’s amazing how the fruit disguises the flavor of spinach despite having 2 1/2 cups.
This smoothie is loved by my children! It tastes just like pie to my daughter. It’s great for breakfast and midday snacks. It doesn’t contain artificial colors or flavors, and there aren’t many empty carbs (like sugary cereals). It keeps us full until lunch.
It’s called the Grinch smoothie, because even though a food may not look appealing to children, if it has a fun name it can make a big difference.
It may come out with a prettier leaf than others, but we still love it every time. When I have everything I need to make breakfast, I look forward to it every morning. It’s been a summer obsession of mine.
It’s easy and quick, filling, satisfying, and delicious. It’s amazing how healthy can taste so delicious!
Green Smoothie Ingredients:
- Spinach Baby spinach or regular spinach will both work well.
- Banana: Use a well-ripened banana. This is where most of the sweetness comes from. It will make the smoothie taste delicious.
- Strawberries The berries in this smoothie add a great flavor. I prefer to use a mixture of two types (eliminate blackberries, they are too dark and taste bad here).
- Blueberries – Raspberry smoothies tend to be more vibrant than the blueberries, leaving more space for the green. However, the blueberry cinnamon version of the smoothie is just as delicious so make sure to try them both. Wild blueberries are not recommended as they can cause the smoothie to turn a strange brown color.
- Oats I use rolled old-fashioned oats, but quick oats are fine if you have them.
- Sliced almonds I have also used almond butter or almond flour here (use 1 1/2 Tbsp of almond flour or 1 Tbsp of almond butter).
- Cinnamon is not something you would think of adding to a green smoothie, but it makes it taste more like a dessert.
- Vanilla extract or almond extract – you’ll notice that every smoothie should contain a little bit of sweetly flavored extract after tasting it.
How to make a green smoothie
It couldn’t be simpler to make this smoothie! It doesn’t take much to make this smoothie.
Simply measure out the ingredients and then put them in a blender. (Be sure to start with water first, so that it doesn’t get dotted all over the spinach.) Blend away Blending should take no longer than 30 seconds and not take more than five minutes from the beginning (gathering, measuring) to the end (pureed, ready to enjoy).
Can I use milk instead of water?
Here’s the truth: I have made this recipe with almond milk, and I actually prefer the water version. Because of the amount of spinach, it thickens the smoothie and almost seems like too much.
You can also add almonds or oats to this mixture, so it almost feels like you’re already making homemade almond milk. You can add non-dairy milk or juice to make it sweeter, but I don’t believe it is necessary.
What can I substitute for bananas?
I am often asked what can be substituted for bananas when making smoothies. Peaches, pineapple and mango are all good options. I recommend banana if you don’t have any allergies.
What if there is a nut allergy?
You can omit the almonds, and use only 1/4 cup of oats. You can also substitute vanilla for the almond extract.
Tips to make the best green smoothie:
- Make sure you really add the spinach to make it green, not a bland brownish color. You can also use a kitchen scale.
- Blend frozen berries with ice to make a thick smoothie. This makes it taste better. A frozen banana can be used, then you can add more water as needed.
- Make sure you serve it immediately. It tastes best when it is fresh and cold. It is not a good idea to make it ahead of time.
- Use the almond extract or cinnamon instead of vanilla (unless you have an allergy). This smoothie is delicious on a whole new level!