33 Best Smoothie Recipes to Give Your Blender A Workout

Whip up a delicious, colorful batch of smoothies and prepare for blended bliss.

January 21, 2021
Photo by Rocky Luten

Discover a whole rainbow of possibilities with our 33 best smoothie recipes and you just may find your favorite new glass of blended bliss. Smoothies are the ultimate grab-and-go meal or snack. Quickly toss ingredients into a blender, press the power button, and you’ve squeezed the nutrition of a whole meal into one delicious, icy, colorful drink. Smoothies are incredibly easy to make, can be infinitely customized, and all you need is a decent blender. Ready to meet our go-to sips?

1. Almond Coconut Smoothie

Coconut milk and shredded coconut give this creamy smoothie a tropical feel. Almond butter and hemp seeds add protein and a Medjool date sweetens the mixture—add another date or two for a sweeter shake.

2. Blueberry Smoothie

Bright purple and packed with nutrition, a blueberry smoothie is an easy breakfast or filling afternoon snack. Use a very ripe banana for a naturally sweeter drink, and use optional ingredients like oatmeal and yogurt to customize based on your mood.

3. Matcha-Avocado Smoothie

It’s easy being green when you blend up a smoothie with creamy, ripe avocado and earthy matcha green tea. A little sweetened condensed milk adds the right amount of sweet and creamy, lending it a flavor similar to a matcha latte.

4. Passion Fruit & Mango-Mint Lassi

While a sweet mango lassi is the best known version of the yogurt-based drink, there are a number of variations on the smoothie. This refreshing take with passionfruit and mint is great at counteracting spicy food.

5. Carrot-Ginger Smoothie

Carrots give this orange drink its hue along with plenty of nutrients and sweetness. A high-power blender will work best, or you can turn the mixture of carrot, apple, and ginger into juice.

6. Golden Milk Smoothie

Turmeric and ginger add color, flavor, and cold-fighting goodness to a creamy mixture of almond butter, banana, and coconut milk. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a kick.

7. Breakfast Chocolate + Beet + Strawberry Swirled Smoothie

A bright red blend of beets and strawberries is swirled with yogurt for a psychedelic smoothie. Cocoa and chocolate protein powder make it almost dessert-worthy.

8. Sweet Potato Smoothie

Use leftover cooked sweet potato to make an autumnal drink with maple syrup and cinnamon. Pumpkin purée will also work, and you can add other spices like ginger and clove to lean into the pumpkin pie spice.

9. Mint-Chip Smoothie

For a healthy take on mint chocolate chip ice cream, combine fresh mint leaves, spinach, banana, and cocoa nibs in a blender. Chlorella powder, made from green algae, adds a vibrant green color.

10. The "Jumpin' Monkey"

Combine your morning coffee with your breakfast with this caffeinated smoothie. Frozen, ripe bananas, yogurt, cocoa powder, espresso, and milk are all you need to get your day started.

11. Spiced Roasted Cherry Smoothie

Roasting fresh cherries with sugar and spices adds layers of flavor to this smoothie, and, once blended with yogurt and vanilla, it’s like enjoying cherry pie and vanilla ice cream in one convenient drink.

12. Kale & Kiwi Smoothie

Kiwi has a bright, sweet flavor and tender flesh that makes it ideal for blending up. Kefir is used as the liquid and protein, but you can also dilute regular yogurt with water or milk.

13. Gingery Beet Smoothie

The earthiness of beets is nicely balanced by spicy fresh ginger and tart lemon juice in a recipe that borders on sweet and savory. Add honey if you like to keep your drinks on the sweet side.

14. Tropical Dessert Smoothie

Smoothies aren’t just for a quick breakfast or after work-out snack. With a sweet and nutty mixture of banana, dates, and coconut halva spread, you can drink your dessert.

15. Creamy Berry Avocado Smoothie Bowl

If you’re tired of slurping through a straw, turn your next smoothie into a colorful bowl topped with fresh fruit and crunchy nuts and seeds. Adding avocado to the puréed fruit gives the mixture a more pudding-like consistency.

16. Matcha Smoothie

Matcha powder has a grassy, green tea flavor and bright color that works well in smoothies. Blending it up is a nice way to enjoy your morning or afternoon pick-me-up on a hot day.

17. Banana Berry Smoothie

Banana and strawberry is a classic flavor combination, seen in candies, yogurts, and fruit salads. Add a little yogurt, milk, and honey, and you have a treat that adults and kids alike will enjoy.

18. Triple Pomegranate Smoothie

Pomegranate juice and molasses are used for this punchy smoothie, putting the ruby red fruit front and center. Blueberries or raspberries can be used and will keep the sweet-tart mixture jewel-toned.

19. Kiwi Banana Smoothie

Juicy kiwi and sweet banana form the base of this super easy drink that’s topped off with plump blueberries and quinoa puffs. Feel free to swap the water for milk or juice for more flavor.

20. Date Shake with Toasted Nuts

Called a shake, this sweet drink doesn’t contain any ice cream, taking it more into smoothie territory. Dates are the star here along with a mix of nuts, making the drink better suited for a blender with some horsepower.

21. Avocado Lassi

Swap the classic mango for creamy avocado for a satisfying lassi that feels like a treat even though it’s healthy. We suggest soaking the nuts overnight for the best results and add a little more milk if needed to get the mixture to blend.

22. Watermelon, Raspberry, and Mint Smoothies

You just need three ingredients to make a refreshing summertime drink—chopped fresh watermelon, frozen raspberries, and fresh mint leaves. The watermelon adds enough juice that you shouldn’t need any extra liquid.

23. Green Tea Lime Pie Smoothie Bowl

If you’d like to take this recipe on the go, you can make the matcha, spinach, avocado, and lime base and serve it in a glass. For a fun change of pace, serve it in a bowl and top with anything from granola to fresh fruit to toasted coconut flakes.

24. Maple Fig Tahini Smoothie

Pack more nutrition into your smoothies by adding vegetables along with the usual fruit. Maple syrup, figs, and tahini add flavor to the mixture while frozen cauliflower adds body and lots of nutrition.

25. 5 Seed Strawberry Smoothie

Five different seeds—pumpkin, chia, flax, sunflower, and hemp seeds—add a nutty flavor and protein to this strawberry and banana smoothie. Swap the strawberries out for your favorite fresh or frozen berries.

26. Apple Banana Smoothie with Cinnamon

Use a top-notch blender to combine fresh apple, banana, rolled oats, and even a cookie or two to make a meal in a glass. Graham crackers or vanilla wafer would work nicely, or leave out the cookies altogether.

27. Cherry Hemp Smoothie

This mixture of fruit, vegetables, seeds, and spices truly is a meal in a glass. Frozen cherries are the star here, and a topping of dried cherries adds a little texture and even more flavor.

28. Chocolate Almond Joy Smoothie

Oats add body and staying power to this candy bar-flavored drink. Add a touch of almond extract to really amp up the nutty flavor and top with cocoa nibs to make it feel like a treat.

29. Heirloom Tomato and Mango Lassi with Ground Sumac

If you have an extra heirloom tomato or two, turn them into a cooling summertime drink with mango and tart sumac. The twist on a mango lassi is a welcome mix of sweet, savory, and tart.

30. Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl

If you need a little boost in the morning or after a work-out, combine protein powder, almonds, yogurt, and greens for a vibrant smoothie or bowl. For easier blending, soak the almonds overnight or swap for almond butter.

31. Grape & Spinach Smoothie

You may not think to add juicy green grapes to your smoothies, but this recipe may change your mind. Simply combined with fresh spinach and coconut milk, it’s a refreshing option on a hot day.

32. Raspberry Pineapple Smoothie

You can use fresh or frozen fruit for this simple but incredibly pleasing recipe. Frozen fruit tends to be picked at the peak of freshness, making it a nice option for smoothies all year round.

33. Corn and Pineapple Smoothie

Capture the flavor of fresh summertime corn in a tropical drink featuring pineapple and coconut. The fresh, juicy kernels add tons of natural sweetness without the need for added sweeteners.

What's your favorite kind of smoothie? Any blender tricks we should know? Let us know in the comments.

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letitia May 7, 2021
Are these in a book or pdf format ?????
Michelle A. January 23, 2021
Wow, so many of these look amazing! I have a green smoothie for breakfast almost every weekday morning. I do:
1 celery stalk
80 gram (1/4-1/3) cucumber
40 gram avocado (abt 1/4 avo, fresh or frozen)
1/4 banana, frozen
1 piece ginger
1 piece tumeric
1 cup water/almond milk or coconut water
1 piece/portion of fruit (I try to switch it up every week or 2 depending on what is in season and tasted good. Kiwi, blueberries, apples and peaches are all faves)
1 then add in one of the following:
Kale (2 handfulls)
Spinach (2 handfulls)
Broccoli (1 large floret)

Blend it up and enjoy.

Michelle A. January 24, 2021
Am going to be trying some of these tho, esp the more veggie based ones.
Laurel R. January 25, 2021
That sounds delicious and super nutritious! A great way to start the day. Thanks for sharing!