Broccoli Smoothie

A broccoli smoothie makes eating this nutritious vegetable easy as pie! Blended with fruit and yogurt, it’s a deliciously healthy snack.

Broccoli smoothie

Want to eat more broccoli? Here’s an interesting way to use it: throw it into a smoothie! This Magic Broccoli Smoothie makes nutritious vegetable taste sweet and creamy. You can barely even taste that it’s there! Now, there are lots of delicious ways to eat broccoli that we’ll cover below (our favorite way makes it taste like French fries). But if you want to throw it into a beautifully green smoothie as a healthy breakfast or snack: here’s your best bet!

Ingredients in a broccoli smoothie

This broccoli smoothie combines fruit and yogurt with the green florets to make it taste amazing! Our three-year-old sucked this down quickly and immediately demanded more. Of course, there’s no real trick: this smoothie is mostly comprised of fruit like apple, banana and pineapple. (If you want to eat lots of broccoli without the fruit, go to the other ideas below). Here’s what’s in this broccoli smoothie:

  • Broccoli: Chop it into small florets and throw it in!
  • Apple: We like using green apple for its sweet tart flavor and green color, but any apple will do.
  • Banana: Banana is key to getting a creamy texture.
  • Frozen pineapple: Frozen pineapple adds just the right frosty texture and sweetness. You can substitute frozen mango if desired!
  • Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is great for smoothies because it loads on the protein, and it also has probiotics that are helpful for digestion and gut health. (Try our other Yogurt Smoothies.)
How to make a broccoli smoothie

Variations on a broccoli smoothie: make it greener, icier & more!

Want a bright green smoothie? Or like it super cold and icy? Here are a few variations on this broccoli smoothie:

  • Spinach. Add 1 cup baby spinach to make an even darker green smoothie!
  • Ice. Add 1/2 to 1 cup ice for a fluffier, icier smoothie.
  • Cinnamon. Spice it up with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
  • Berries. Love berries? You can use those too. Substitute frozen strawberries or blueberries for the pineapple: keep in mind this will alter the color. It will also make it slightly more tart, so you may want to adjust by adding a little maple syrup as necessary.

Make it vegan: a few pointers

Like vegan smoothies? You can make this broccoli smoothie vegan by doing the following:

  • Omit the Greek yogurt and use almond or oat milk instead of water. Start with 1/2 cup and increase as necessary to get the right blend and texture. You also may want to add a little ice to make it frothier.
  • If desired, add protein via nut butter. Greek yogurt packs on the protein, so you may want to add a nut butter like cashew butter or almond butter.
Broccoli smoothie

5 more ways to make broccoli taste amazing

As we noted above: this broccoli smoothie is a great way to eat a little broccoli that’s covered by fruity flavors. But want to eat a large quantity of broccoli and make it taste good? Here are our favorite ways:

How to cut broccoli

Broccoli nutrition

This green vegetable is one of the healthiest you can eat! This cruciferous vegetable is part of a vegetable family that includes cauliflowercabbageBrussels sprouts and kale. Here’s what to know about broccoli nutrition:

  • It’s a great source of fiber. 1 cup of raw broccoli has 2.3 grams of fiber, or about 5 to 10% of your daily need. (Source)
  • It’s very high in Vitamin C. 1/2 cup has 70% your daily value of Vitamin C! (Source)
  • It’s relatively high in protein for a green vegetable. 1 cup has 3 grams protein. (Source) That’s a similar level to asparagus and potatoes.

This broccoli smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For plant-based, dairy-free and vegan, see the notes above.

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Broccoli smoothie

Magic Broccoli Smoothie


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large or 2 small smoothies 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

A broccoli smoothie makes eating this nutritious vegetable easy as pie! Blended with fruit and yogurt, it’s a deliciously healthy snack.


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt*
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped small broccoli florets
  • 1 large green apple, chopped
  • 1 banana (room temperature)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the blender, adding the liquids first and breaking the banana into pieces. Blend until smooth. Eat immediately or store up to 1 day refrigerated in a covered jar.

Notes

*For a vegan smoothie, you can omit the Greek yogurt. If you’d like a creamy, texture, use almond milk or oat milk instead of water, and add additional water as necessary to get it to blend.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Smoothie

Keywords: Broccoli smoothie

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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