This simple frozen spinach smoothie contains 6 basic ingredients and is packed with nutrients. Don't worry, you won't taste the spinach at all!
Green smoothies are a great way to get in some leafy greens without even tasting them. If you're not a fan of spinach in main dishes but wanted to enjoy its nutritional benefits, then this smoothie is for you!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It's dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free.
- It's refined sugar-free and gets its natural sweetness from fruits.
- It makes a great quick breakfast or great snack that's packed with nutrients.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Frozen Spinach: This smoothie calls for 1 frozen spinach cube. Frozen spinach has a much longer shelf life than fresh spinach and is super easy to store.
- Frozen Banana: They add some sweetness as well as additional creaminess to this smoothie. Make sure to use ripe bananas! Cut a banana into 4-5 bite-sized chunks and put them into a freezer bag the evening before.
- Pineapple: The pineapple chunks add a sweet and tropical taste to this smoothie and pair very well with spinach and kiwi. You can use fresh or frozen pineapple.
- Kiwi: They help with the bright green color and add some taste.
- Almond Milk: We used almond milk feel free to use any other non-dairy milk of choice such as oat milk, soy milk or cashew milk. I haven't tried this smoothie with regular cow's milk but it will probably taste very similar. For a smoothie without any milk, try coconut water instead.
- Chia Seeds (optional): They add some nutrients and healthy fats. You could replace them with ground flax seeds.
How to Make a Frozen Spinach Smoothie
Making this healthy green smoothie will only take about 5 minutes. I recommend using a high speed blender to end up with a smooth and creamy texture.
STEP 1: Blend. Put all of the smoothie ingredients (frozen spinach, frozen banana, (almond) milk, kiwi, pineapple, chia seeds) into a strong blender.
STEP 2: Adjust. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness by adding more bananas or dates or another preferred sweetener (honey...). Add more milk if you prefer a thinner consistency.
TOP TIP: Store some frozen banana chunks in a ziploc bag in the freezer to have them ready for smoothies any time.
You can easily customize this smoothie. Feel free to play around with the ingredients added to this green spinach smoothie. You can try adding more or different ingredients and adjust this smoothie to personal taste. Below, you'll find some ideas.
- Yogurt: Add some Greek yogurt or vegan plant-based alternative to this smoothie to create an extra creamy texture.
- Different Fruits: Feel free to add different types of fruits such as berries (strawberries, blueberries or raspberries all taste amazing), mango chunks, fresh apple or any other fresh fruit of choice.
- Nut Butter: Add a big scoop of Homemade Almond Butter or peanut butter for some extra protein and healthy fats.
- Protein Powder: Speaking or protein- you could also add a scoop of your favorite protein powder. Choose a vegan protein blend to keep this smoothie vegan.
- Vanilla Extract: Add a subtle touch of vanilla by adding ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.
- Matcha Powder: For an extra energy kick and if you like the taste of matcha, go ahead and add a teaspoon of matcha powder.
- Lime/ Lemon Juice: Add 2 tablespoon of fresh lemon or lime juice.
Store any leftover smoothie in a mason jar or airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 day. Give it a good stir before serving.
Absolutely, frozen spinach is cheap and has a much longer shelf life than fresh, raw spinach. I always keep a pack of frozen spinach in the freezer, it comes in super handy when making smoothies!
According to the American Institute of Cancer Research, the nutrient content of frozen spinach is very similar to fresh spinach. In general, spinach is a nutritional powerhouse. It's high in fiber, vitamin a, vitamin c, folic acid and iron. You can read more about the health benefits of spinach here.
Even though spinach has a quite mild flavor, I recommend starting with 1 frozen cube and work your way up from there. The frozen spinach cubes differ in size from brand to brand. You can try adding 2 and see if you still like the taste.
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Frozen Spinach Smoothie
- 1 ½ cups cubed pineapple (~½ pineapple) *fresh or frozen
- 1 ripe, frozen banana
- 1 kiwi *peeled
- 1 frozen spinach square
- 1 cup almond milk *or other milk of choice, see notes
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds (or flax seeds) *optional
- Add all of the smoothie ingredients to a powerful blender and blend on high until smooth.
- Taste and adjust sweetness by adding more bananas or dates or another preferred sweetener (honey...).
- Add more milk if you prefer a thinner consistency.
Tips & Notes
- Almond Milk: Feel free to use any other non-dairy milk of choice such as oat milk or soy milk. I haven't tried this smoothie with regular cow's milk but it will probably taste very similar. For a smoothie without any milk, try coconut water instead.
- Blender: The stronger your blender, the smoother this green smoothie will turn out.
- Storing: Store any leftover smoothie in a mason jar or airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 day. Give it a good stir before serving. However, it certainly tastes best when consumed right away.