A couple summers ago, when I was pregnant with my second daughter, I published a post containing some of my favorite plant based smoothie recipes. Since then, I have continued to add to my arsenal of plant based smoothies. What I didn’t share before is that you don’t have to limit your enjoyment to sipping (or should I say slurping) from a glass. You can also keep the consistency a bit thicker and pour into a bowl (topped with granola and the works)!
I could literally live on smoothies. Some may think I’m exaggerating. If you have your doubts just ask my husband, he sees and hears our Vitamix blender daily (sometimes multiple times). At one time smoothies may have had a bad rap because of all the sugar. What is key to remember is that as long as the ingredients are whole food plant based, the smoothie should be nutrient dense. You’ll love these insanely healthy and delicious smoothie recipes to kick start your day or even fulfill your afternoon sweet tooth.
Here are a few of my favorite additions to the smoothie arsenal. Make sure to leave a comment letting me know which you prefer – from a glass or a bowl!
The Sweet Tooth
Who doesn’t love eating dessert first?! This first plant based smoothie recipe reminds me of the holidays. Pumpkin pie is one of my all time favorite desserts, so it’s only right that I made it into another one of my favorites – a smoothie!
By the way, do you know how good pumpkin is for you?
- It’s rich in antioxidants – especially good for eye health.
- Can improve digestion.
- Boosts immune system.
Now you don’t have to limit pumpkin pie to the holidays. If you like pumpkin pie as much as we do, let us know in the comments!
Recipe #1: Pumpkin Pie
Ingredients (makes 1 serving):
- ½ can (about 7 oz.) Pure Pumpkin
- ½ Banana
- ¼ tsp Nutmeg
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- 6 pitted Dates
- ½ -¾ cup unsweetened Plant Milk (I prefer Coconut for this one)
- ½ cup Ice
In a high speed blender add pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, dates and plant milk. Blend for 10 seconds then add banana and ice. Blend until desired consistency is reached. Enjoy!
The Refreshing SweetTart
This next smoothie recipe was one of my favorites during the early stages of pregnancy. It has a somewhat tart flavor, yet the added apple and banana balances the bitter bite of grapefruit. And the ginger soothed my tummy when nothing else would.
Recipe #2: Grapefruit & Greens
Ingredients (makes 2 servings):
- 1 medium Grapefruit (peeled, seeds removed)
When removing the seeds try to save as much of the juice into a cup so that you can add to the blender with remainder of ingredients.
- 1 medium/large Apple (cored) I prefer Fuji, and I like to keep the skin on to maximize nutrients
- 2 cups Spinach
- 1 large Banana (sliced and frozen – if you don’t have frozen bananas, use a regular banana and add more ice below)
- 2-3 Ice cubes (or 1 cup without frozen banana)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened Plant Milk or Coconut Water (more if using full cup of ice)
- 1/2 tsp fresh Ginger, peeled (optional)
In a high speed blender add spinach, apple and banana. Blend until mixed. Add peeled and deseeded grapefruit, grapefruit juice and ginger (if using). Blend again until mixed, then add plant milk or coconut water, ice and blend until desired consistency is reached.
The Beach Goddess
This is a plant based smoothie that I adapted from a vegetarian restaurant in Cabo. I wanted to include it, not because of how much I love it but because my husband actually enjoys it too! And we all know how hard it is to find a recipe that the entire family likes. Nutritious and delicious – yes, they can go hand in hand!
Recipe #3: Azul (Blue) Leche
- 1 heaping handful Spinach (about 1 cup)
- ½ cup frozen Blueberries
- 1 Banana (fresh or frozen)
- 1 TBS Chia Seeds
- 1 heaping TBS Almond Butter
- 1 cup Almond Milk
- ½ cup Ice (optional)
In a high speed blender add spinach, blueberries, banana, almond butter and almond milk. Blend until roughly mixed, then add chia seeds, and ice (if using). The consistency should be smooth and creamy. Pretend you’re sitting poolside while enjoying this one!
A Chocolate Lover’s Dream
Finally, I had to include a plant based smoothie recipe for all the chocolate lovers out there. Think of this as a healthy chocolate shake! Unsweetened cocoa powder has some great benefits since it’s packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients. You can also leave this a little thicker and eat from a bowl as a “nice cream”
Recipe #4: Chocolate Banana
- 4 – 6 pitted Medjool Dates
- 1 cup Plant Milk (coconut, almond or cashew)
- 1 ½ TBS unsweetened Cocoa Powder (if you’re a chocolate lover, add 2 full TBS)
- 2 medium Frozen Bananas (if you don’t have frozen bananas, you’ll add ½ cup ice)
In a high speed blender add plant milk and dates. (Dates take a bit longer than other ingredients to break down.) After dates are completely blended, add cocoa powder and bananas until smooth. Once smooth, enjoy this yummy goodness without guilt! …and gulp down as much as you possibly can before the kids ask to try it!
As you may have noticed, most of these smoothie recipes include an array of nutrients, without lacking flavor. If you ever feel like you want to add more to your smoothie, especially when consuming as a meal replacement, here are some additional add-ins that I love!
- Collagen Booster (I love Animu Mundi plant based booster)
- Pea Protein (unflavored, unsweetened)
- Hemp (goes great in Azul Leche and Chocolate Banana)
- Flax (ground)
- Coconut (shredded)
- Chia Seeds
- Maca Powder
As I mentioned above, any of these plant based smoothie recipes can be poured into a bowl and served with granola or another topping of your choice (hemp seeds give great texture!). What gave me the idea of putting my smoothies into bowls was my husband making me an açai bowl for the first time. I was immediately hooked!
Açai berries come from South America are have even been referred to as a superfood. They are full of antioxidants, which we know are significant in the reduction of oxidative stress (linked to hundreds of age-related ailments). As a bonus I am adding our favorite açai bowl recipe for you to enjoy!
- 2 unsweetened Organic Açai smoothie packs
- 1 cup fresh or frozen Strawberries
- 1-2 Bananas
- 1/2 cup frozen Blueberries (optional)
- 1 tsp Natural Sweetener of Choice (Date Paste or Honey – optional)
- 1/4 cup Granola
- 2 TBS shredded Coconut
Add smoothie packs to high speed blender. Mix, then slowly add in strawberries and bananas. Taste. Add sweetener and blueberries if using. Continue to blend until desired consistency is reached. (I like mine a bit thicker.) Finally, scoop into bowls and top with granola and shredded coconut.
If you are craving more variety, be sure to check out my other plant based smoothie post! Leave a comment so we know which one is your favorite!