This super creamy green smoothie is so tasty it’ll have you saying “it doesn’t taste green at all!” Packed with protein and healthy fat, it makes a nutritious and delicious breakfast or snack. Plus it’s gluten-free and vegan so everyone can enjoy!
I know what you’re thinking… and I promise you there’s a good explanation for the title of this recipe. Trust.
Because while guzzling green smoothies might be commonplace for those of us in the health/fitness world, not everyone is sold on the idea of “drinking a salad.” And that’s the problem!
Green smoothies don’t taste like a salad. And if they do, you’re doing it wrong. Unless, of course, you’re literally blending up nothing but vegetables and intending for it to taste that way. And I get it. I totally do. Manually chewing through a salad is time consuming and tiring. But then that’s literally a blended salad. Or vegetable juice + tonnes of pulp, which is… nice. I guess.
A green smoothie, on the other hand, is actually sweet. And creamy. And smooth. And refreshing. And energizing. And just straight up delicious.
And believe me… I was shocked too.
I think I had my first green smoothie around 10 years ago.
This was back when I was just starting to get into the whole healthy eating thing, and my idea of an acceptable salad was a small bowl of iceberg lettuce with a few slices of tomato. Drenched in ranch dressing, obviously. Veggies and I didn’t exactly get along at that time, so I was more than a little skeptical of putting green things in my smoothie. But we did it, fam, and I vividly remember not being able to believe that it didn’t taste like a salad. Or grass. Or swamp water. It was basically a green fruit smoothie
The key is to use a mild green when you’re starting off. Baby spinach is perfect for this, since it doesn’t have a strong flavour and it’s pretty easy to blend up. I remember trying to add kale to a smoothie once (again, around 10 years ago), and… I think maybe my blender just wasn’t powerful enough because there ended up being huge globs of kale in my smoothie, and it traumatized me so much that I still won’t touch it to this day. Spicy arugula is another one I don’t like. But that’s neither here nor there.
So that’s the story behind the name! I couldn’t believe it didn’t taste green, and neither can anyone else that I convince to start adding leafy things (read: spinach) to their smoothies. You get the nutritional benefit without the “this tastes way too healthy” feeling, so it’s basically a win-win.
That being said, this “It Doesn’t Taste Green” Green Smoothie is a seriously spruced up version of the one I had all those years ago. I think that one was basically just a banana + a handful of spinach + some almond milk to get things going, which doesn’t exactly make for the most interesting recipe to share.
SO! I added some avocado. Not only do these guys come with a nice dose of healthy fats and vitamin E, but they give smoothies this light, pillowy creaminess that feels almost mousse-y. It’s magical. And I promise you can’t taste these either. Then, a scoop of protein powder to add a little bit of extra nutrition and help thicken things up. I usually opt for plant-based powders, and the ones from Vega* and PlantFusion* are the brands I turn to most.
After that, all that’s really left is the fruit. I usually reach for frozen bananas, but things like mango, pineapple, or blueberries work really well too. You can also add a few spoons of cocoa powder if you wanna mask the greenie-ness even more, which I’d imagine works especially well for kids.
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- 3/4 - 1 cup (180 - 240 ml) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 ripe, medium-sized (100 g) banana, frozen*
- 1/4 of a ripe avocado (~30 g)
- 1 scoop or 1/4 cup (20 g) vanilla protein powder**
- 1 cup (30 g) baby spinach
- (optional) 2 Tbsp (10 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- Place all ingredients into any standard blender in the order listed and blend on high until smooth. Transfer to a glass, top with any additional toppings of choice, and enjoy immediately. This smoothie can also be made the night before and left in the fridge. It will not separate.
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