Creamy, refreshing, and nutritious, these Blueberry Spinach Smoothies are a great way to start your day.
This recipe was originally published on July 29, 2019. It was updated with new photos, blog post information, and recipe refinements on May 11, 2021.
It's that time of year that I can hardly go a day without a smoothie. This Blueberry Spinach Smoothie has been my most frequent make of the past few weeks, and for good reason.
This superfood smoothie is delicious, hydrating, cool, and full of healthy carbs, protein, and fats. It's the kind of smoothie that I start fantasizing about a few miles from the end of my workout. Just around the time that I'm winded, hot, and starting to feel hungry.
Somedays I sip this blueberry smoothie from a cup, possibly toasting some peanut butter toast to go alongside it; and other days I pour it into a bowl and top it with all my favorite smoothie bowl toppings.
It's a the-hungrier-the-better healthy blueberry smoothie. With plenty of toppings and a complete nutritional profile, it will stand up to your biggest appetites and fiercest recovery needs while satisfying your taste buds.
I had it this morning after an 11-mile run with a tempo workout in unusually high Colorado humidity. I'm not sure I've ever been so happy to have a recipe in my back pocket. Served alongside a piece of peanut butter toast, I felt rehydrated, rejuvenated, and refueled with one big mug... and a shower, of course!
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- This spinach blueberry smoothie is...
- Spinach smoothie ingredients:
- Recipe substitutions:
- How to make this smoothie recipe:
- Do you need to use frozen fruit for smoothies?
- What type of milk is best for smoothies?
- Can you taste the spinach in a blueberry spinach smoothie?
- What is a good substitute for dates in smoothies?
- If I have a high-speed blender, can I just use whole nuts in this smoothie recipe?
- How do you serve a green blueberry smoothie?
- Can I add protein powder to my blueberry smoothie?
- Can I use overripe bananas in this smoothie recipe?
- What toppings are best for smoothie bowls?
- Other Easy Smoothie Recipes You Might Like:
- Great Smoothie Bowl Topper Recipes:
This spinach blueberry smoothie is...
- Naturally sweet
Whether you are looking for a breakfast smoothie, post-workout snack, or afternoon treat, this blueberry smoothie recipe is for you! They're nutritious, yet tasty; easy-to-make, and satisifying.
Spinach smoothie ingredients:
- Milk - dairy, almond, oat, and soy milk all work
- Baby Spinach - adds health benefits without a strong flavor
- Hemp Seeds
- Peanut Butter
- Banana -
- Medjool Dates - naturally sweetens the smoothie
- Blueberries - frozen or fresh!
- Liquid - coconut water or water can substitute for the milk
- Dates - 1 ½ tablespoons honey or maple syrup can work in place of the dates
- Berries - make a berry spinach smoothie by using frozen or fresh mixed berries in place of the blueberries
- Hemp seeds - chia seeds can substitute or you can omit the hemp seeds altogether
- Peanut butter - almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seeds can all work in place of the peanut butter
- Baby Spinach - almost any green can substitute for the spinach; baby kale, baby chard, or a baby "power greens" mixture are all perfect
How to make blueberry spinach smoothies :
- Add all the smoothie ingredients to the blender in the order listed.
- Run the blender until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Serve the smoothies cold!
- Add the ingredients to the blender in the order listed - this will help the smoothie blend up quickly without jamming or burning out your blender
- Use ripe, but not overripe, bananas - ripe bananas add natural sweetness to the smoothie, but overripe bananas will also add an unenjoyable finish to it
- Keep your smoothie spinach fresh longer by storing it in the freezer - this is one of my favorite smoothie hacks. Store your fresh spinach (or baby greens) in the freezer. It will last longer this way and add extra frost to the smoothie.
- Don't use Deglet Noor dates - they are waxier than Medjool dates and won't blend into the smoothie as well. If you don't have Medjool dates, maple syrup or honey are great substitutes for them.
Blueberry banana smoothie FAQs:
Nope, you can't taste the spinach in this blueberry spinach smoothie! The flavor of baby spinach is so light and delicate that it just blends into the other flavors without making an unwelcome statement.
Both work great for this recipe. Frozen berries keep longer than fresh and make the smoothie frostier, but this smoothie is also tasty with fresh berries.
Blend any of the following ingredients into the smoothie to add nutrition and flavor to this spinach smoothie recipe.
- Protein powder - 2 scoops of vanilla or unsweetened vegan or traditional protein powder; if using a sweetened protein powder, just omit dates.
- Oats - ¼ cup
- Collagen peptides - 2 scoops
- Pomegranate juice - ¼ cup
- Chia seeds - 1 tablespoon
- Flax seeds or flaxseed meal - 1 tablespoon
- Greek yogurt - ½ cup
As written, this recipe is naturally gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and processed sugar-free! 🤯 ... and yet it is still filling, tasty, and energizing, thanks to the peanut butter, hemp seeds, dates, and bananas.
Since the spinach blends in, health adverse eaters won't ever guess this smoothie is as healthy as it is. Consider this recipe your secretly healthy family-friendly recipe!
How to make a blueberry smoothie bowl with this recipe:
To make a smoothie bowl with this recipe, reduce the milk to 1 cup and increase the ice to 1 ½ cups before blending.
Pour the smoothie into two large bowls and serve with all your favorite smoothie toppings.
Favorite smoothie bowl toppings:
Granola, nuts, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, honey, dried fruit, fresh fruit, chocolate chips, and bee pollen are all delicious on smoothie bowls but that list is by no means exhaustive. So, have fun experimenting with your favorite toppings!
- Refrigeration: leftover smoothies keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Stir the smoothie well or refresh it by blending it with ½ cup ice before serving.
- Freezing: freeze leftover smoothies in a freezer-safe bag for up to 2 months. Defrost for 12-24 hours in the refrigerator and then blend for 15-30 seconds, or until smooth.
Other favorite smoothie recipes:
- Peanut Butter Date Smoothie
- Creamy Raspberry Smoothie
- Pineapple Acai Blueberry Smoothie Bowl
- Cold Brew Coffee Smoothie
- Power Berry & Beet Smoothie
- Low Carb Green Smoothies
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- 1 ½ cup milk (dairy, almond, coconut milk, or other plant-based milk)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 large handful spinach (or about 1 cup firmly packed)
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 large ripe banana
- 1-2 large pitted Medjool dates (or 1 ½ tablespoons honey or maple syrup)
- 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1 large handful of ice, or about ¾ cup
- Combine all the ingredients in the order listed in a blender. Run the blender on low or medium speed until smooth and creamy.
- Pour the smoothie into two large cups and serve cold.
- Leftover smoothies keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Stir the smoothie well or refresh it by blending it with ½ cup ice before serving.
- Make a berry spinach smoothie by blending 1 cup of berries (frozen or fresh) in place of the blueberries.
- Baby kale, baby swiss chard, or a baby power green blend can substitute for the baby spinach.
- Hemp seeds add extra nutrition and protein to the smoothie but they can be omitted if you don't have them on hand.
Serving Size½ smoothie pitcher
Amount Per Serving Calories 395Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 15mgSodium 238mgCarbohydrates 58gFiber 9gSugar 31gProtein 16g
This nutrition breakdown is just an estimate of the nutritional value of this recipe and cannot be taken as facts. The owners of Mae's Menu are not nutritionists or dieticians and therefore cannot be held accountable for this nutrition estimate. Please contact your nutritionist or medical professional for a nutritional breakdown of this food. Furthermore, this food is not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.