Healthy Green Smoothie

This green smoothie recipe is the best healthy breakfast! Fresh mint, spinach, banana & almond butter make it minty, creamy & sweet.

Healthy green smoothie in glasses with straws

I go in and out of breakfast kicks – I’ll eat one type of food (muffins, breakfast tacos, oats, etc.) every day for breakfast for a few weeks before moving to the next phase. Right now, I’m all about smoothies. I feel great starting my day knowing that I’ve already had multiple servings of fresh fruit and vegetables. My current obsession is this minty green smoothie recipe. It’s healthy, it’s creamy, it’s lightly sweet and only 6 ingredients. What’s not to love?

Green smoothie recipe ingredients in a blender

Best Green Smoothie Recipe Ingredients

Even though this green breakfast smoothie looks incredibly healthy (and it is – there’s lots of leafy greens in there!), what I love most about it is its creaminess. It’s almost milkshake-like consistency and sweet, fresh flavor come from these key ingredients:

  • Frozen banana makes it nicely 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. You won’t even taste it!
  • Fresh mint gives it a light, fresh flavor.
  • Almond butter makes it creamy & satisfying. Plus, its healthy fats will help you absorb the nutrients from the spinach!
  • 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. It’s especially thick and delicious if you make it with Almond Breeze’s Almondmilk Cashewmilk. There’s just something about cashews that makes for very tasty milk-like milk.

Healthy green smoothie in a blender

This recipe makes 2 smoothies – share it for breakfast if your significant other loves smoothies as much as mine does.

Healthy green smoothie recipe

Green Smoothie Recipe Variations

Smoothies are so easy to make and super flexible, so, by all means, play with this recipe! I recommend starting with these variations:

  • Swap kale for the spinach – use less kale than you would spinach so that its flavor isn’t overpowering.
  • Use cilantro, parsley, or basil in place of the mint or omit the herbs altogether!
  • Play with adding other fruits like strawberries, blueberries, or cherries.
  • Grate in some fresh ginger or lemon zest.
  • Use cashew butter instead of almond butter.
  • Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder!

Best green smoothie in a glass

If you love this green smoothie recipe…

Try this berry superfood smoothie bowl, this coffee smoothie, this avocado smoothie, or this strawberry banana smoothie next!


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Healthy Green Smoothie
 
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Not only is this green smoothie recipe healthy, but it's lightly sweet, creamy, and delicious. A great vegan & 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
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, about 10 leaves
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 ice cubes
  • ¼ teaspoon good vanilla extract
  • ¾ 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! 😉

  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 🙂

  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 🙂

  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 🙂

  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 🙂 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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