4 Fun Smoothie Recipes To Brighten Your Morning

I’ve mentioned my affinity for smoothies in previous posts, but lately I’ve gotten the urge to add to my go-to smoothie line-up. You know — mix things up a little bit to keep mornings interesting.

Here’s a handful of smoothie recipes I’ve discovered lately that are delicious, filling, and a little different from my typical spinach + unsweetened almond milk + frozen banana + chia seeds combo. (Don’t get me wrong: those banana smoothies sure are delicious, but a girl needs a little variety, you know?)

My favorite thing about these new smoothies is that even though they’re a little different (for me, at least), they don’t contain anything I don’t already buy or have on hand (a.k.a. no protein powders or additional supplements needed). Score! They’re all dairy-free as well.

Before we get to the recipe portion of this post, I wanted to share a few quick tips on blending the perfect smoothie:

  • Make sure to add liquids to the blender before solid/frozen items.
  • Start the blender at the lowest speed and work up to higher speeds once the mixture smoothes out.
  • Add ice last (if called for in your recipe).
  • If your smoothie won’t fit into a single cup, you can freeze the extra in an ice cube tray and blend it back into a smoothie later.
  • If you’re working with a frozen banana, be sure to peel your banana before putting it in the freezer. That makes it easy to just throw it into the blender when you’re ready for a smoothie!

Okay, now on to the deliciousness. Happy blending!

Banana Cocoa Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 bananas, frozen
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter or PB2 powder

Blend and enjoy!

Avocado Mango Walnut Smoothie

  • 1 1/4 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 medium Hass avocado, peel and pit removed
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 cups frozen mango cubes

Blend all ingredients until fully combined.

Blackberry Basil & Lime Smoothie (this one’s a find from Slender Seven!)

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 cup blackberries, frozen
  • 2 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 lime, squeezed
  • 1 packet Stevia

Combine ingredients in a blender until creamy.

Cherry Almond Spinach Smoothie

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  • 1/4 cup raw almonds, soaked in water overnight (or 6-12 hours)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 handful kale (stems removed)

The night before, place almonds in a bowl and cover with water. The following morning, drain the water and place almonds in your blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes (until the almonds are creamy). Add remaining ingredients, blend, and enjoy!

 

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