This Spinach Smoothie recipe does not taste like spinach - It is sweet, creamy, refreshing, made in under 5 minutes and tastes delicious.
I wanted a green spinach smoothie that was fruity, slightly sweet, and not tasting like a glass of bitter leafy greens. A good smoothie should be creamy, light, rejuvenating, and not as heavy as a milkshake or this mango milk.
I was able to get the flavor by adding dairy, in the form of both tangy and creamy Greek yogurt, and whole milk. Bananas add a creamy element, natural thickness, and smooth and velvety texture. A squeeze of honey helps balance out the flavors.
A green-colored drink might not be appealing to some, but give them a taste and they'll be hooked. It blends up thick, creamy and makes a nutritious snack for kids, like the date smoothie. Don't be surprised if they ask for seconds!
Baby spinach leaves is my favorite greens to have on hand, because it's excellent made into a spinach soup or simply tossed in a salad. It tastes mild and delicate with earthy undertones and significantly increases the nutritional value of your smoothie recipe.
Why this recipe works?
To make a nutritious spinach smoothie that was creamy, fruity, and pleasantly sweet, we carefully chose mild baby spinach leaves, bananas for fruity creaminess, milk for richness, and Greek yogurt for a hint of tang.
It has the perfect thickness without being runny and can be easily made icy cold by using frozen bananas. It's the breakfast drink to power through your day like this pina colada smoothie.
All you need are 5 simple ingredients to make a tasty drink. Scroll down to the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and amounts.
- Banana – Be sure to a heavily speckled banana for this spinach smoothie recipe. It makes it naturally sweet and creamy.
- Spinach - I prefer the milder, sweeter, more tender baby variety. You can find it sold in plastic boxes.
- Milk – The creamy, smooth taste of whole milk will hide the leafy green taste of spinach. Almond, cashew or oat milk will be just as delicious.
- Greek yogurt - It adds a tang, elevates the creamy factor and adds more protein. Make sure to use plain yogurt and not a flavored variety.
- Honey - A dash of honey makes it tasty less greenish.
Pro tip: Did you know you can store ripe bananas in the refrigerator to prolong their shelf life? Store perfectly ripe, but not overripe unpeeled bananas in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 days. The cool temperature slows down the production of ethylene, thereby decelerating ripening. However, refrigeration causes the peel to turn almost black in color. Refer more in Cook's Illustarted.
How to make?
You can find full printable recipe below, but here is a quick overview of the procedure along with step-by-step photos.
Add baby spinach leaves, peeled banana, milk, honey and greek yogurt into a blender and blitz until smooth, vibrant green and creamy.
Tip: I suggest using tender baby spinach leaves in this spinach smoothie recipe and save the more tougher, adult spinach leaves, that's sold in bunches for cooking (like a chickpea and spinach curry).
How to store?
If you are planning to make the spinach smoothie ahead, then store it in the refrigerator for no longer than two days.
Tip: If you have leftover spinach, make sure to store it in the original box with a layer of kitchen paper towel, placed on top of the leaves. The towel absorbs any excess moisture, keeping the greens fresh for a few days.
Honey will keep indefinitely in a sealed jar, but will occasionally crystalize. To return honey to fluid state, place the open jar in a bowl or saucepan with 1 to 2 inches of warm water until liquified.
You won't be able to taste it because of the added fruit, milk and yogurt. This is a great way to introduce green drinks to kids.
The short answer is no. Blending can help break down the cell walls and make some nutrients more accessible to the body. However, some high speed blenders can generate more heat due to friction and potentially cause very marginal loss in some heat sensitive nutrients. (Refer more details here)
To hasten the ripening process, place bananas and an apple in a paper bag, with the top loosely folded, for a couple of days. The bag will trap the ethylene gas produced by the fruits and will speed up the ripening.
More healthy smoothie recipes
- 1 ripe banana large
- 2 small handfuls baby spinach
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup greek yogurt or thick plain yogurt
- 1 to 2 tablespoons honey adjust according to taste
- Add all ingredients into a blender, blend until creamy and serve.Pro tip: Be sure to a heavily speckled banana for this spinach smoothie recipe. It makes it naturally sweet and creamy.
Nutritional information, based on third-party calculations, should be seen as estimates, not guarantees, as various factors like product types, brands, processing methods, and more can alter the nutritional content in recipes.
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