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Blueberry Banana Smoothie {Vegan}

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Kick off your morning with this easy Blueberry Banana Smoothie! Or do what I do and sip on it in the afternoon to ward off those pre-dinner munchies.
Blueberry banana smoothie in a mason jar, surrounded by spinach and banana.

Blueberry banana smoothie in a mason jar, surrounded by spinach and banana.

Whenever I need a quick and easy breakfast, this blueberry banana smoothie does the trick every time. It takes just a few minutes to blend and is packed with nutrients. It rivals my Pineapple Spinach Smoothie and Berry Almond Milk Smoothie Bowl for the top smoothie spot!

This simple breakfast smoothie is made without yogurt and thinned with almond milk. So, if you’re adding more whole food plant-based recipes to your diet, this one’s for you! That being said, it can be made with almost any kind of milk.

And if you’re looking for more plant-based recipes, check out my collection of Vegan Recipes.

Almond milk, blueberries, banana, spinach, flaxseed meal on a baking sheet.

Almond milk, blueberries, banana, spinach, flaxseed meal on a baking sheet.

What you need for this Blueberry Banana Smoothie recipe:

These are the main components of this recipe (affiliate links included):

  • Blueberries: Either fresh or frozen blueberries can be used.
  • Banana: The riper the banana, the sweeter the smoothie. I like to use a banana that’s overripe with spots, but not so ripe that it’s turning black all over.
  • Spinach: Fresh spinach leaves add nutrients, and can be substituted with other greens, such as kale.
  • Flaxseed meal: Flaxseed meal can be found in most grocery stores. It’s a fantastic source of omega-3s! It may be labeled as “ground flaxseeds”.
  • Hemp hearts: Hemp hearts can be found in many grocery stores and health food stores. If you can’t find them, just leave them out.
  • Almond milk: Unsweetened almond milk is widely available in grocery stores and health food stores.

Tips for making this banana blueberry smoothie:

Can you just throw everything in the blender and puree? Sure! But I have a couple of tips to make everything blend as smoothly as possible.

  • When incorporating greens into a smoothie, I find that the leaves are pureed thoroughly when I blend them first with the liquid. Pour in the almond milk, add the spinach leaves and blend until smooth…before adding the other ingredients.
  • Whether you use frozen or fresh fruit is up to you. However, I recommend that at least one of the fruits (blueberries or banana) is frozen in order to thicken the smoothie. If both are frozen, you may need to add additional liquid.

Collage of spinach in blender, and blueberries and banana in blender.

Collage of spinach in blender, and blueberries and banana in blender.

Frequently asked questions:

Should I add a sweetener?

If the banana is slightly overripe, you won’t need any additional sweetener. The banana is sweet enough on its own.

What can I use instead of almond milk?

Lots of options here! Almost any plant-based milk, such as soy milk, almond-coconut milk blends, cashew milk and oak milk, can be used. I highly recommend buying the unsweetened versions so that you don’t overdo it on the sugar grams or compromise the taste of the smoothie.

Of course, regular cow’s milk can also be used! Even water will work in this recipe.

Can I use frozen bananas?

As I mentioned above, using frozen fruit is totally fine.

A couple of things to keep in mind. First, be sure that your blender can handle frozen banana (I use this blender). I like to freeze my banana in slices or small chunks. But if you have a really heavy-duty blender, you can likely freeze the banana in larger pieces without compromising your blender.

If you use both frozen banana and frozen blueberries, you may need to add more almond milk to thin the smoothie.

Banana blueberry smoothie in a glass, topped with hemp hearts. Spinach leaves on the side.

Banana blueberry smoothie in a glass, topped with hemp hearts. Spinach leaves on the side.

Other healthy snack recipes:

No-Bake Energy Bites (Carrot Cake)
Apple & Peanut Butter Granola Snacks
Prune Almond Protein Balls

Blueberry banana smoothie in a mason jar, surrounded by spinach and banana.Blueberry banana smoothie in a mason jar, surrounded by spinach and banana.

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Blueberry Banana Smoothie Recipe {Vegan}

Kick off your morning with this easy Blueberry Banana Smoothie! Or do what I do and sip on it in the afternoon to ward off those pre-dinner munchies.

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Course: Beverages

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Blueberry Banana Smoothie, Plant Based, Smoothie Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 2 Servings

Calories: 177.1kcal

Author: Dara Michalski | Cookin’ Canuck

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other kind of milk)
  • 1 1/2 cups (lightly packed) spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries

Instructions

  • Pour the almond milk into a blender and add the spinach. Puree until smooth.

  • Add the hemp hearts and flax seed meal. Puree.

  • Add the banana and blueberries. Puree until smooth. Serve.

Notes

Weight Watchers Points: 2 (Blue – Freestyle SmartPoints) / 2 (Green) / 2 (Purple)

Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I provide nutritional information for my recipes as a courtesy to my readers. It is calculated using the Sparks nutrition calculator and Weight Watchers points are calculated using the Recipe Builder on their site. While I attempt to provide information that is as accurate as possible, you should calculate the nutritional information independently before relying on it.

Nutrition

Serving: 8ounces | Calories: 177.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.9g | Protein: 4.8g | Fat: 4.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 92.6mg | Fiber: 6.8g | Sugar: 18.3g


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