This healthy green plant-based smoothie is delicious and simple to make. It’s great for busy mornings or a quick afternoon snack.
I’ve been making Little Bear healthy green plant-based smoothies since he was an infant. Now, he helps me make them for our family. He can be a picky eater when it comes to green veggies, but he drinks this nutritious, plant-powered smoothie right up.
This morning he kindly shared some of his smoothie with Wilder Baby. It was super sweet to see him feed his little brother, who was loving every spoonful.
I love that this healthy green smoothie makes a nutrient-rich baby food. Plus, it’s nourishing for moms (and dads), too. It’s loved by everyone in our family.
Tips for Making a Creamy Green Vegan Smoothie
Although you can use fresh fruit, it will be creamier if you use frozen.
A high-speed blender can make this smoothie in a snap; however, before getting a Vitamix, I used a $20 blender for years with great results.
In place of filtered water, you could use plant milk. It’s not necessary, though, since you’ll essentially be making your own homemade dairy-free milk with the water, oats, and coconut butter. (Plus, there are no nasty additives that are commonly found in store-bought vegan milks.)
Use your favorite nut or seed butter. Typically, I make it with almond or sunflower butter.
This smoothie is full of healthy fats. One in particular, coconut butter, contains lauric acid. This immune-boosting fatty acid is also found in breastmilk.
On that note, chlorella has been shown in scientific studies to reduce the levels of dioxin, an environmental pollutant, in breastmilk.
Oats can be helpful for nursing moms, too. I’ve found that they help boost my milk supply, which is why I add them to homemade granola and sourdough banana muffins. I prefer to use sprouted gluten-free rolled oats because they are easier to digest.
Mangoes and spinach are a good sources of vitamin C, which can help maximize the absorption of iron found in the leafy green vegetable and the algae, among other ingredients.
Spirulina and chlorella are both packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein.
If you’re just not that into algae, or you have concerns about using it, you can omit these ingredients.
Sometimes, I leave them out to switch things up. The smoothie won’t look as vibrant, but it will still be tasty.
If you do choose to use one or both or these microalgae supplements, be sure to buy from a trusted source that tests for heavy metals and other contaminants.
Pin this easy, healthy recipe for later.
Do you have a favorite smoothie? Let me know in the comments.
Hope you enjoy this healthy green plant-based smoothie as much as my family does!
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 an avocado
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 3 dates, pitted
- 1 tablespoon nut or seed butter
- 1/2 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 tablespoon coconut butter
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon spirulina or chlorella powder - or 1/2 teaspoon of both (optional)
- 1 1/2 cup filtered water + more to cover
- Place all ingredients into a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Drink immediately or store in an airtight container to