Here are all the best vegan smoothie recipes to try: creamy and full of big flavor! These plant based purees are ideal for breakfast and snacks.
Smoothies are one of the quickest and easiest to infuse colorful fruits and vegetables into your diet. Make a good one and it’s hard to resist slurping it down! Do you eat mostly plant based? Many smoothie recipes have Greek yogurt or milk to make them creamy. But there are lots of tricks to make delicious purees that are 100% vegan.
Here are the top vegan smoothie recipes to try! These are the most flavor-packed, nutrient dense plant-based purees you can find. There’s creamy strawberry banana, and a nutrient-packed green spinach smoothie. There’s a bright and healthy celery ginger puree, and a vegan peanut butter smoothie that tastes like a milkshake. Ready to blend?
At the top of our vegan smoothie recipes: the Strawberry Banana Smoothie! All you need is 2 ingredients (plus ice and water). Blend up bananas and frozen strawberries and you’ve impossibly got the perfect smoothie texture and flavor: it’s creamy, sweet and fruity, with just enough banana essence. No yogurt, milk or sweetener needed! Add almond, cashew or peanut butter for a hit of protein.
Here's a vegan green smoothie recipe that tastes sweet tart and fruity: nothing at all like spinach! Yes, this healthy and easysmoothie is so tasty, you’ll forget that you’re eating your greens. Make it one of two ways: with cashews for some protein, or with more fruit to keep it nut-free. Either way, it’s plant-based and packed with nutrients…as you’d expect a green drink would be! As with all of these vegan smoothies, add nut butter to up the protein.
Here's a vegan smoothie packed with fruit! It's all about a variety of fruits to provide lots of vitamins, nutrients and fiber. It’s got just the right frosty texture and refreshing sweet tart flavor. You don’t even need milk or yogurt: just loads of fruit that’s blended together with water into a beautiful bright puree. This frozen treat is the perfect afternoon snack to infuse your body with all the good stuff.
This really is the perfect vegan mango smoothie recipe! In fact, it tastes more like mango ice cream than a healthy smoothie. This bright yellow puree has the best sweet flavor and the creamiest icy texture. It's made with lots of mango, banana and almond milk. This one is the ultimate treat.
This vegan avocado smoothie is sweet and tropical! Banana and pineapple bring sweet, nuanced flavor to compliment the avocado perfectly. And the texture is so light and creamy from the avocado. Here’s how to make this beautifully bright green, plant-based smoothie!
Do you love a good acai bowl? Then we’ve got the next best thing…or maybe it’s even better. Meet this Acai Berry Smoothie! It’s everything that’s great about the smoothie bowl, but it’s in easy portable form. You don’t have to worry about it melting in the bowl while you try to arrange the toppings with your best artistic flair. Just pop it in a glass and slurp with a straw!
This vegan smoothie is bursting with berry flavor! This bright purple puree is lusciously creamy and stunning to look at. It’s packed with beautiful berry flavor that has just the right counterbalance of banana. It’s perfect for breakfast, snack, or an after dinner treat.
A kale smoothie recipe sounds like it would be intensely bitter. But this vegan smoothie is anything but! It’s full of fruity flavor from green apple, pineapple and banana. It tastes heavenly, yet at the same time you’re getting a big dose of nutrients from leafy greens.
You can swear off milkshakes for good, because this easy vegan smoothie is just as satisfying. It’s got the best pure peanut buttery flavor, and the silkiest, creamiest texture. Even better: all you need is 3 ingredients: peanut butter, almond milk and bananas. You won’t be able to stop slurping it.
Here's a vegan smoothie that’s so full of irresistible flavor, you’ll forget that it’s good for you. Meet the perfect celery smoothie! It’s packed with sweet flavor from green apple and banana. The way the celery melds with fresh ginger gives it an intriguing brightness. You won't be able to stop sipping!
The sweet flavor of fresh pineapple simply irresistible. Here’s a vegan smoothie recipe that captures that beauty: the perfect pineapple smoothie! Just a handful of ingredients transform it into a beautifully creamy yellow puree with the best fruity, tropical flavor. Use the almond milk option to make it vegan!
Ways to add protein to a vegan smoothie
These vegan and dairy free smoothie recipes are full of fruits and vegetables, simply packed with nutrients! But because they don’t have Greek yogurt, they have less protein than their non-plant based counterparts. If you’re looking to load up on protein, don’t worry! Here are a few ways to add protein to vegan smoothie recipes:
Nut butter. The best way to add plant based protein to a smoothie: add a scoop of nut butter! Try peanut butter, cashew butter, or almond butter. For nut allergies, use sunflower butter. Keep in mind that it will slightly alter the flavor and color of the smoothie: so add just enough that it doesn’t overpower.
Chia seeds! Two tablespoons of chia seeds add 4 grams protein and 11 grams fiber to a smoothie (see this Chia Seed Smoothie).
Protein powder. We prefer adding natural nut butter, but protein powder is an easy way to load on the protein. Try a vanilla flavored powder to meld into the smoothie flavors. Again, don’t go overboard or the aftertaste will be overpowering.
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 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.