It’s darn near impossible to screw up a smoothie (fine, avoid the anchovies). Throw any combination of milk, fruit, nuts, and other goodies into a blender and presto, you’ve got a handy-dandy drinkable snack. The beauty of these five-minute recipes is that there’s free reign with ingredient amounts. And if the fridge or pantry isn’t fully stocked with each, it’s easy to pull together a winning combination by popping just a few things in the blender. We’ve rounded up 54 of our favorite smoothie recipes to sip pre-and-post workout, plus dairy-free varieties, ones loaded with greens, and others perfect for breakfast and dessert.
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But first, we have some pro tips to get your smoothie-making off to an award-winning start:
- Make sure to pour in liquids first (it’s easier on the blender).
- Start from the lowest speed and work up to higher speeds once the mixture smoothes out. Add ice last, and use as much or as little as you’d like. We suggest three cubes for each smoothie, but it’s perfectly okay to add more and make it a little slushier to achieve a creamier texture.
- Some of our smoothies use cow’s milk, or dairy free subs like almond, soy, hemp, and rice. Pick your favorite, or make a mixture of your own!
- If you’ve got leftover smoothie hanging in the blender, divvy it up into an ice cube tray for easy blending the next time.
- Top smoothies with fresh fruit, seeds, chopped nuts, or shredded coconut for a texture change.
- Freeze fruit for a thicker consistency. Chop it up for easier blending.
- If you’d rather not sip it, try your smoothie from a bowl, with a spoon.
Now it’s time to get blending!
Whoever said it’s not easy being green never met a green smoothie. The hue of these blends may be startling at first, but popping some spinach, kale, or chard makes these smoothies extra good for us.
1. Black and Blue Though this smoothie has a misleading name (it’s because of the berries!), it’s got a hearty dose of spinach, which can actually help speed healing (because it’s a great source of vitamin K).
2-3 cups organic spinach 1 cup milk (or juice) of choice 1 banana ¼ cup blueberries, frozen ¼ cup blackberries, frozen 3 ice cubes
2. Thin Mint Sure, this one sounds like it should be in the dessert section, but sneaky, sneaky, it’s got spinach hiding inside. Just a cup of spinach contains over 300 percent of our daily-recommended amount of vitamin A. Plus, peppermint adds a refreshing zing.
1 cup spinach, frozen (or 2 cups fresh) 1 cup almond milk 2 scoops chocolate protein powder ¼ cup rolled oats ⅛ teaspoon peppermint extract
3. PKB (Pumpkin, Kale, Banana) Mmmmm, pumpkin. The delicious fall favorite has nearly no fat, but adds a creamy thick consistency anything it’s added to. It’s also loaded with antioxidants, like alpha- and beta-carotene, which convert into vitamin A in the body. This harvest drink also uses cinnamon, which can help fight inflammation.
3 leaves kale ½ cup vanilla soymilk 1 tablespoon flax seed 1 banana, frozen ¼ teaspoon cinnamon ½ cup pumpkin puree 3 ice cubes
4. Spinach Flax So we know spinach is great for us, but this smoothie has the benefits of flaxseed, too. The high fiber seed has a heavy concentration of omega-3s, which are good for the heart because they may help lower blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. Tip: Slice the banana before freezing for easier blending.
½ cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
2 cups spinach
1 banana, frozen 3 strawberries 1 teaspoon flaxseed
5. Dark Chocolate Blueberry While the color of this tasty potion isn’t exactly desirable, the taste and health benefits certainly make up for it. The spinach provides a good dose of iron and fiber, and the blueberries and cocoa powder throw antioxidants into the mix.
2 cups spinach 1 cup blueberries, frozen 1 scoop chocolate protein powder 2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
6. Killer Kale Kale can definitely be a bit bitter, so this mixture will taste best with a very ripe banana. The leafy green is a great low-cal source of fiber, calcium, and iron. Hemp is one of the highest plant-based sources of complete protein.
1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk 1 ½ tablespoons almond butter 1 banana, frozen
2 cups kale 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
7. Carrot-Berry Not only does this guy have some greens, it’s got all sorts of other colors too. (Warning: It may not look as pretty as it tastes.) For a thicker smoothie, let the chia seeds soak in the water for ten minutes before blending (they absorb up to ten times their weight in water!).
½ cup almond milk ½ cup water 1 carrot 2 cups spinach ½ cup frozen berries 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1 tablespoon hemp protein ½ teaspoon stevia
1 bunch swiss chard ½ cup raspberries, frozen ½ cup pineapple, frozen ½ cup peaches, frozen 3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped ¼ cup orange juice 3 ice cubes
9. Coconut Kale This list of ingredients produces the prettiest, brightest green smoothie ever. The coconut extract is a must, and the coconut milk makes it super creamy. Feel free to nix the honey if you’d like to take the sweetness down a notch, since a little goes a long way.
1 cup kale, chopped
1 banana 1 ½ cups coconut milk 1 tablespoon flaxseed 1 tablespoon honey ¼ teaspoon coconut extract 3 ice cubes
Try these smoothies 30-60 minutes before a workout (but remember if you guzzle down too much might be tough to bounce around on a treadmill). A liquid snack before hitting the gym can provide the body the fuel it needs to gain muscle and burn fat.
10. Trail Mix This smoothie’s the one for lasting energy throughout a long workout. Raisins, skim milk, and honey, are especially good to fuel a cardio sesh.
1 scoop chocolate protein powder 1 banana 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon honey ¼ cup low-fat plain yogurt ¼ cup nonfat milk 10 almonds 1 tablespoon raisins 3 ice cubes
11. Peachy Oat Smoothie The prep for this delicious blend is a little different than the others. Instead of a blend-and-go smoothie, it’s best to let the chia seeds and oats soak overnight in the fridge with the remainder of the ingredients, then give it a whirl the next day.
½ cup rolled oats ⅓ cup plain yogurt ¼ cup milk (plus ¼ cup more to thin out the mixture after it sits overnight) 1 small peach ½ medium banana 1 tablespoon chia seeds Pinch salt
12. Endless Summer Nothing says summer like fresh, juicy watermelon — but we won’t judge if you sip this guy during the other three seasons, too. This superfood melon is low-calorie and contains lycopene, an amino acid that helps protect us from the sun’s UV rays. Don’t forget: Strawberries are a superfood too!
¼ cup milk ¾ seedless watermelon, cubed ½ cup strawberries ½ cup low-fat plain yogurt 2 teaspoons vanilla whey protein powder 3 ice cubes
13. Banana Java Many of these smoothies feature banana as their main event, but it takes the spotlight in this coffee variety. The superfood is mostly known for it’s potassium punch, but it’s also got carotenoids, which are especially good for our eyes.
1 banana ⅓ cup oats 1 scoop vanilla whey protein ¼ cup skim milk 1 cup coffee
14. Strawberry Banana Chia seeds are known for their hydrating properties making them a great pre-workout energizer. Prep for this smoothie is a little different because of the seeds. Blend up the fruit, and add water or a milk of choice until it reaches your desired consistency. Add the seeds and let them soak for a few minutes before knocking it all back.
1 banana ¾ cup frozen strawberries ½-1 cup water or milk of your choice 2 tablespoons chia seeds
15. Oaty Banana Since oats are slow digesting carbs, they’re a great pre-workout smoothie enhancer for lasting energy on the road or at the gym. This mix also features kefir, a probiotic-packed drink that may help support immunity and better digestion The influence of probiotic fermented milk product on colon microbiota, hematological parameters and cell immunity in rats. Kuznetsova, G.G., Trushina, E.N., Muatafina, O.K. Voprosy Pitaniia, 2012;81(3): 18-23. . Note: This smoothie has a thick, doughy consistency much unlike fruit and ice based ones.
1 banana ¼ cup rolled oats ½ cup plain kefir 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1 tablespoon almond butter ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 pinch of cinnamon
16. Protein Creamcicle This smoothie has only three ingredients to get the job done. Whey protein has been shown to help increase strength (as long as resistance training is included in your fitness regimen).
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder 1 cup orange juice 3 ice cubes
17. Blueberry-Lavender Allegedly as delicious as Shaun T’s abs, this smoothie has the antioxidant power of blueberries, plus the energy boosting power of maca powder, a root that Incan warriors used for endurance and strength.
½ cup almond milk ¼ cup water ½ cup frozen blueberries ½ banana 1 teaspoon hemp seeds 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 1 teaspoon dried lavender ½ tablespoon maca powder 1 teaspoon vanilla
18. Neapolitan This smoothie may remind you of an ice-cream sundae, but it’s a helluva lot healthier. Instead of ice cream, this treat uses fruit, yogurt, and chocolate milk to recreate the classic flavor combo.
¾ cup low-fat chocolate milk ½ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt ¾ cup sliced strawberries 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate whey-protein powder 3 ice cubes
Pawing for a protein drink after working up a sweat can help build stronger muscles, increase training efficacy, and speed up muscle recovery time. Packing in the protein can help the body rebuild throughout the day Contemporary Issues in Protein Requirements and Consumption for Resistance Trained Athletes. Wilson, J., Wilson, G. California State University East Bay, Hayward, CA. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2006; 3(1): 7–27. .
19. Chunky Monkey Chocolate milk can help the body recover after exercise because of its carb-to-protein ratio (four to one) Chocolate milk: a post-exercise recovery beverage for endurance sports. Prittchett, K., Pritchett, R. Department of Nutrition Exercise and Health Sciences, Central Washington University. Medicine and Sport Science, 2013;59:127-34. . And combining chocolate, peanut butter, and banana is always a win.
1 medium banana 1 tablespoon peanut butter 1 cup low-fat chocolate milk 3 ice cubes
20. Sweet Potato Pie Protein powder has come a long way from the old standbys of chocolate and vanilla. This shake features cinnamon bun flavored whey protein (?!), along with potato, which can replenish glycogen stores after a solid workout, as well as flavor packed cinnamon-bun protein powder.
1 scoop cinnamon bun whey protein (or vanilla protein and 1 teaspoon cinnamon) ¼ cup sweet potato, peeled, cooked, and diced 1 cup vanilla almond milk 3 ice cubes
21. Cherry Berry Tea Tofu not only thickens this fruit-heavy smoothie, but also sneaks in eight grams of protein. The red tea adds sweetness, antioxidants, and a pretty hue to boot. Cherries may even help aid in muscle recovery after strenuous exercise.
¾ cup water 2 bags rooibos tea 6 ounces silken tofu 2 cups sweet cherries, frozen 1 cup grapes, frozen ½ cup blueberries, frozen
22. Savory Surprise Smoothies don’t always have to be for the sweet-tooth-sippers out there. Ginger adds spice, to this savory beverage and might help ease sore muscles. Cayenne pepper has also been shown to suppress appetite and boost metabolism.
6 ounces carrot juice ½ cup avocado 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger Pinch of cayenne pepper
23. Creamy Cantaloupe This smoothie has a whole half of a cantaloupe (superfood alert!), which helps hydrate after a sweaty workout (since it’s 89 percent water). Plus, one cup of the fruit has as much potassium as a medium banana!
½ cantaloupe, seeded and roughly chopped ½ cup plain Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon honey 3 ice cubes
24. Strawberry Peach Oatmeal This mix is extra thick thanks to the oats, yogurt, and chia seeds. Greek yogurt has double the protein compared to the regular stuff, which is important to speed up recovery time after a workout. Cook the oatmeal separately and let it cool before adding it the blender with the remaining ingredients.
3-4 peach slices, frozen (or about half a peach) 6-8 strawberries, frozen ¼ cup rolled oats ½ cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt ¼ cup orange juice 1 tablespoon chia seeds 3 ice cubes
25. Pina Colada Coconut water is a great substitute for water after a workout because it’s been found to offer the same hydration as leading sports drinks, (just minus all the calories and yucky sugars). This smoothie highlights superfood pineapple, which boosts the immune system and has a ton of vitamin C.
½ cup unsweetened almond milk ½ cup coconut water (or try coconut water ice cubes!) ½ cup pineapple, frozen 1 teaspoon honey 1 tablespoon shredded coconut ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup water 1 banana ¼ cup raspberries, frozen 2 tablespoons hemp seeds ¼ teaspoon turmeric ½ teaspoon cinnamon 3 stalks collard greens
¾ cup almond milk 1 tablespoon almond butter ½ scoop vanilla protein powder ½ banana, frozen 1 tablespoon jam 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 3 ice cubes
Not everyone can stomach dairy, so we’ve got nine smoothies sans dairy. Try milk substitutions — like hemp, rice, soy, almond, and coconut — or use dairy-free yogurts.
28. Pumpkin Cranberry This tasty treat is so Thanksgiving. But we’re totally OK with that. It’s got healthy fats — coconut butter and nuts — as well as lots of fruit. Pro Tip: Soak the cashews in water or milk overnight for easier blending.
½ cup almond milk ½ cup pumpkin puree ¼ cup cranberries, frozen ¼ cup raw cashews 1 small apple, diced ¼ an orange, peeled (or a splash of OJ) 2 tablespoons coconut butter ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
29. Pom-berry Tart but tasty pomegranate juice has a high concentration of antioxidants, and is also linked to heart health.
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 cup silken tofu 2 cups assorted berries, frozen 2 tablespoons honey
30. Coconut Lime Sounds like a scent from Bath and Body Works, but this smoothie is thankfully edible. Mango not only tastes sweet and tropical, but one fruit supplies nearly 100 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C.
½ banana, sliced ½ mango, diced 1/3 cup coconut milk 1 lime, juiced and zested A pinch of ground cardamom 3 ice cubes
31. Strawberry Lemonade Talk about refreshing. For a thirst quencher that mimics the not-so-good-for-you lemonade powder, this smoothie has all the taste without the sugary guilt.
½ cup fresh strawberries 1 large date, pitted ½ cup unsweetened almond milk 1 tablespoon raw cashews 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 3 ice cubes
32. Avocado n’ Pear We have a confession to make. Here at Greatist HQ, we’re kind of obsessed with avocados. (Do we have an avocado piñata in the office? Yes, yes we do.) Pairing it with pear makes this smoothie extra delectable.
¼ cup avocado 1/4 cup silken tofu 1/4 cup pear juice 1 teaspoon honey 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3 ice cubes
½ English cucumber, peeled and diced ½ small raw beet, peeled and diced 1 apple, diced 1 large grapefruit, juiced 3 ice cubes
34. Chocolate-Almond-Date Almonds are a nutritionally dense nut (meaning they provide a ton of nutrition for the amount of calories they pack). For this smoothie, place the almonds, dates, cocoa, and hot water in the blender and let it rest, unblended for 5 to 10 minutes. Add the tofu and ice, and blend.
¼ cup almonds ½ cup dates, pitted ¼ cup cocoa powder ½ cup boiling water ½ cup silken tofu 3 ice cubes
35. Purple Drank This smoothie is pretty and purpley, but also has the health benefits of the super root beet. They house a ton of potassium, fiber, and antioxidants.
1 small can beets, juice and all
1 cup tofu or plain non-dairy yogurt (made from coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk) 3 ice cubes
36. Mojito No, silly, there’s no alcohol in this smoothie (but we promise we’ll keep it hush, hush if you by accident sneak a little in there). Bonus: Spirulina is an algae and a good source of protein and nutrients like the B complex vitamins, which help turn our food into energy.
1 cup coconut water 2 tablespoons hemp seeds ½-1 teaspoon spirulina (optional) 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice ½ avocado 1 frozen banana 2 dates, pitted 1 handful fresh mint leaves
We’ve all heard “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” These smoothies are quick to whip up, and take on the go. Skipping breakfast altogether has been linked to obesity, increased risk of heart disease, and diabetes, amongst other not so great consequences Association between Eating Patterns and Obesity in a Free-living US Adult Population. Ma, Y., Bertone, E., Staneck, EJ., et al. Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2003; 158(1): 85-92. Skipping breakfast: longitudinal associations with cardiometabolic risk factors in the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study. Smith, KJ, Gall, SL, McNaughton, SA, et al. Menzies Research Institute, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2010 Jun;110(6):869-78. .
1 cup blackberries 1 medium banana, frozen 1 cup almond milk ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 small handful basil leaves
38. Sunrise The tangy strawberry-banana yogurt adds all the sweetness and flavor this smoothie needs, and the pineapple makes it extra tropical. The yogurt alone provides 14 grams of protein — plenty to stay full until lunchtime.
¾ cup nonfat or lowfat milk 1 cup strawberry-banana Greek yogurt (we like Chobani!) 1 banana, frozen ½ cup pineapple, frozen ½ teaspoon coconut extract
39. Green Tea Instead of a java-induced boost in the a.m., try green tea instead. The green stuff’s got fat burning power, and can improve cholesterol levels. Brew two bags for a strong flavor that won’t get lost amongst the other ingredients.
1 banana, frozen ½ a large honeydew melon ¾ cup strong brewed green tea 1 teaspoon honey ¼ cup almond milk
40. Mango Lassi No, not Lassie — Lassi! This mango version of the traditional Indian yogurt based drink has only three ingredients!
½ cup plain lowfat yogurt ½ mango, ripe 1 teaspoon honey
41. Mochanana To get your morning caffeine kick, plus the added benefit of fruit and protein (from the milk and the powder) this is your guy.
½ banana, frozen 1 cup coffee, chilled ½ milk 1 scoop chocolate protein powder ½ teaspoon sweetener of choice
42. Raspberry Avocado This interesting combo is a good source of Vitamin C and potassium, and has 7 grams of fiber. If you can’t find raspberry juice, pop in some extra frozen raspberries and OJ.
½ cup avocado 1/3 cup orange juice 1/3 cup raspberry juice ¼ cup frozen raspberries
¼ cup skim ricotta ¼ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest ¼ orange, peeled and diced ¼ cup apple juice ½ teaspoon cinnamon
44. Vanilla Date This simple smoothie is sweet from the date’s natural sugars, and you can bank on 2 grams of fiber for each small fruit. (A great way to start any day.)
½ cup plain nonfat yogurt ½ cup nonfat milk ½ cup dates, pitted ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract 3 ice cubes
45. Vanilla Chai Chai is usually served hot, but we suggest trying this cool and refreshing take on the slightly spicy beverage. Instead of using all of the spices, you can get a similar taste by brewing a bag or two of chai tea in the milk and chill it before blending.
1 banana, frozen 1 cup milk of choice ½ teaspoon powdered ginger ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 dash each of cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
These smoothies don’t just have to be for after dinner, they just taste deliciously dessert-y. If they are a pre-bed treat, lots of these blends are fiber-filled to keep you full ‘til morning.
46. Caramel Apple Cider This treat uses apple cider, which is a good source of potassium and vitamin C. To get extra fancy, rim the glass by dipping it in cider and then in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
1 cup apple cider ½ cup low-fat vanilla ice cream 1 tablespoon caramel sauce ½ teaspoon cinnamon 3 ice cubes
47. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie A pie in a cup, no baking required! This all too exciting flavor profile tastes naughty, but it’s got six grams of fiber from the nice helping of pumpkin puree and banana.
1 cup almond milk 1/2 cup canned pumpkin purée 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses 1/2 frozen banana or ½ scoop vanilla protein powder 3 ice cubes
48. Cherry Pie This may even be better than the song. Yes, this smoothie does include a frozen novelty, but it’s got a healthy helping of cherries, an antioxidant superfruit. And since they don’t have a very long shelf life, freeze cherries fresh and use them in smoothies year round.
15 black cherries (fresh or frozen), pitted ¾ cup cranberry juice 2 scoops low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt ¼ teaspoon almond extract
49. Chocolate Silk We already know avocado and chocolate are a divine duo, so this smoothie’s ingredient list came as no surprise. The creamy green fruit creates a to-die-for texture, and loads up the dessert drink with monounsaturated fats.
¼ cup coconut milk 3 dates, pitted ¼ avocado 1 tablespoon cocoa powder 3 ice cubes
50. Tiramisu Unlike the authentic layered dessert of deliciousness, this smoothie ain’t half bad for ya. Throwing some ricotta into the blender ups the protein profile without adding an insane amount of calories (plus it makes it thick and creamy!)
1/3 cup part-skim ricotta cheese 2 tablespoons low-fat plain yogurt ½ tablespoon slivered almonds 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed ½ teaspoon finely ground coffee 3 ice cubes
51. Apple Pie Now we’re talkin’. This sweet fall-inspired treat is raw, vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free. If there’s no apple pie spice hanging out in your pantry, make your own with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and cardamom. While hemp protein isn’t the most common of the powdered add-ins, it’s a great plant derived source of essential fatty acids and protein.
1 apple ½ frozen banana ¼ cup cashews 1 scoop hemp protein 2 pitted dates 1 cup almond milk 1 teaspoon apple pie spice 3 ice cubes
52. Gingerbread Talk about comfy-cozy (and holiday-themed)! The pear may be unforeseen, but one medium fruit touts 6 grams of fiber so this dessert-y beverage will tide you over ‘til morning (or when Santa comes).
1 cup almond milk 1 pear, diced 1 scoop vanilla protein powder ¼ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ginger 3 ice cubes
53. Banana Cheesecake The addition of cinnamon cream cheese wedges make this smoothie incredibly smooth for just 45 calories a for each little triangle. For added creaminess and tons of protein, the yogurt and cottage cheese work wonders. Garnish with graham cracker crumbs for extra fun.
1 banana, frozen 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt ¼ cup low-fat cottage cheese 2 Laughing Cow cinnamon cream cheese wedges
54. Peanut Butter Bomb Peanut butter and banana are a game-changing combo. And this smoothie comes with a yummy topping option to add even more pb— peanut butter crunch balls.
1 cup almond milk 1 banana, frozen ½ tablespoon chia seeds ½ tablespoons natural peanut butter ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract 3 ice cubes
*All recipes serve one.
Originally posted November 2012. Updated August 2013.