Best Green Smoothie

The BEST green smoothie recipe! It's chock-full of healthy ingredients like fresh spinach, but you'd never guess it from the sweet, delicious taste.

Green smoothie

This healthy green smoothie is my latest breakfast obsession. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know that I go in and out of breakfast kicks. I’ll eat one type of food every morning for a few weeks before moving on to the next phase. I’ve cycled through muffins, eggs, overnight oats, hot oatmeal, porridge, and more, but I have to say, this green smoothie kick might just stick around. I love starting my day knowing that I’ve already had multiple servings of fresh fruits and vegetables, and this particular green smoothie is really delicious. It’s healthy, creamy, and made with just 6 ingredients. I’ll have it on repeat for the next few weeks (at least!), and I hope that you will too.

Spinach, mint, and almond milk in a blender

Best Green Smoothie Recipe Ingredients

Even though this green smoothie looks incredibly healthy (and it is – there are lots of leafy greens in there!), what I love most about it is its creamy texture and sweet, fresh flavor. Here’s what makes it so darn good:

  • Frozen banana makes it thick and creamy. Plus, it adds a little sweetness and plenty of potassium.
  • Lots of spinach gives this smoothie its vibrant color and a host of nutrients. Don’t worry – you can’t taste it!
  • Fresh mint gives it a light, fresh flavor.
  • Almond butter makes it creamy, satisfying, and rich with healthy fats.
  • Vanilla extract adds yummy depth of flavor.
  • Ice cubes make it cool and refreshing.
  • And almond milk gets the blender going and perfects the creamy texture. If you don’t have almond milk on hand, another plant-based milk like oat milk, soy milk, or coconut milk would be great here too.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Green smoothie recipe ingredients in a blender

This green smoothie recipe makes 2 servings. Share it for breakfast if your significant other loves smoothies as much as mine does!

Best green smoothie recipe with spinach and almond milk

Green Smoothie Recipe Variations

I love this green smoothie recipe as written, but feel free to play with it! Swap in what’s in season or what you have on hand. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Mix up the greens. Replace the spinach with a small handful of kale.
  • Swap the herbs. Try using cilantro, parsley, basil, or arugula instead of mint. Or if you prefer, skip the herbs altogether!
  • Add more fruit. Frozen fruits like frozen mango, strawberries, or blueberries would all taste good here. Or if you want to make a green smoothie that tastes sweeter, blend in one or two Medjool dates!
  • Up the protein. Blend in your favorite protein powder or a scoop of Greek yogurt.
  • Give it an extra flavor boost. Grate in fresh ginger or lemon zest, or add a squeeze of lemon juice or a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • Use a different nut butter. Don’t like almond butter? Use cashew butter instead. You could also replace the nut butter and with a scoop of hemp seeds, chia seeds, or flaxseed.

Let me know what variations you try!

Best green smoothie in a glass

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Best Green Smoothie

 
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This green smoothie recipe isn't just healthy - it's delicious, too! It's a great vegan and gluten-free breakfast or afternoon snack.
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • big handfuls fresh baby spinach, about 2 cups
  • ΒΌ cup fresh mint, about 10 leaves
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 ice cubes
  • ΒΌ teaspoon good vanilla extract
  • ΒΎ cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk Cashewmilk, more as needed
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine the banana, spinach, mint leaves, almond butter, ice, vanilla and cashew milk. Blend until smooth. Add more cashew milk as needed for desired consistency.
  2. Pour into glasses and serve.

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  1. These look delicious! I love that you added in spinach to make it extra healthy. I just posted a shamrock shake recipe too, great minds think alike! πŸ˜‰

  2. Vivian from stayaliveandcooking.com
    03.10.2016

    I’ve seen many of these green smoothies pass today – but none with natural colouring. Love that you made it healthier! I’ve ordered my nut milk bag today so hopefully I’ll be able to try this with home made cashew milk πŸ™‚

  3. I love cashew milk! Even better with almonds. I was never a fan of shamrock shakes, your healthy option is much better.

  4. Tori from gringalicious.com
    03.11.2016

    How completely fun and festive are these! I’m so going to have to try them!

  5. Hmm… this looks really tasty and the only reason I’m saying “hmm” is because I can definitely make this when my husband’s not looking and I can kind of serve it to him without telling him what it is. I want him to get his nutrients from somewhere (because he’s not too big on veggies)! I for one, am really excited to taste this.

    Lisa Favre
    http://marblecrumbs.com

  6. Charlie from lemonbutterlove.com
    03.11.2016

    Perfect timing! My husband and I drove by McDonalds and I jokingly commented about how excited I was for a Shamrock Shake. He was like what is that? And I was like…whoa I don’t actually know. Green flavor? McDonalds and Shamrock Shake = Non-Food to us (and I hope, one day, everyone!!!) ….either way, YOUR smoothy looks so delicious and festive, I think we’ll have to try it! Thank you for creating this so we can enjoy a healthy, creamy, green ‘shake’ for St. Patty’s! – Charlie, http://www.lemonbutterlove.com

  7. Nasja from mamajasamgladan.com
    03.11.2016

    Hi,
    I really love your blog, photos and green recipes. Everything looks Halthy and tasety. Greetings from Croatia from another food bloger πŸ™‚

  8. Erin
    03.13.2016

    I made this last night and absolutely loved it. My husband, who was a bit skeptical, is a total convert to drinking your spinach. So, so good!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      03.13.2016

      Ha, I love hearing that!!

  9. Looks yummy but healthy… I will be definitely making these on paddy’s day morning!

  10. It sounds so deliciously tasty! I haven’t made smoothies in ages and I think it’s definitely more welcomed in warmer seasons πŸ™‚

  11. I love drinking minty green shake in winter. It is very good for the body. Moreover I like the flavor of mint it is very nice. This is very nice sharing keep share more shake recipes.

  12. Kathleen from livewithstyle.me
    07.06.2016

    OH MY GOSH. This is an awesome idea! I love an annual shamrock shake, such a fun treat, but am totally unattracted to the dairy, loads of sugar, and artificial chemicals in them. So excited to make this healthy treat πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  13. Annie
    12.01.2016

    Do you think it might be possible to use dried mint for this? If so, how much?

  14. Diana King
    01.03.2019

    Can you add vanilla protein powder?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.03.2019

      Yep – I think that would be great here (I like the ALOHA brand vanilla protein if you don’t have a favorite already)

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