One sip of this refreshing Pear Smoothie can make all your worries go away… at least for a moment.

The secret to successfully making a good pear smoothie recipe is making sure your pear is ripe so it releases the sweet and juicy goodness that screams spring.

Pear smoothie recipe

Pears are one of the most underrated fruits out there, in my opinion. I have a feeling it has to do with how difficult it can be to find a ripe one and enjoy it before it goes bad. Reminds me of the avocado and this cute drawing from Simon Drew.

Seven stages of the avocado

Its true: The window of perfection is short, yet if you time it right it’s spectacular! And trust me, it’s worth giving it a shot for this pear smoothie recipe.

Ripening pears for this smoothie recipe

Oftentimes grocery stores only sell hard pears that take a week+ to ripen. Look for ones that don’t have any cuts or bruises since those will go bad quickly.

To speed up the ripening process, I put my pears in a brown paper bag and close tightly. As the pears ripen, a hormone known as ethylene is produced and emitted as a gas that is now trapped in the bag. This allows the fruit to ripen faster and more evenly than it would if kept in a plastic bag where air can’t circulate, or out in the open where ethylene can’t accumulate.

Fresh pear for a green pear smoothie.

Add a banana

If the paper bag isn’t doing the trick, try adding a banana in there! Bananas are pros at producing that ethylene gas for ripening and can speed up the process for you. This way you can turn those hard pears into softer + juicier ones, ready for your next pear smoothie.

Where did pears come from?

It turns out, pears are thought to originate in China. Jules Janick of Perdue University wrote that pears were widely planted in Japan as guardians of property because they were thought to ward of evil. Now that’s a powerful tree and fruit. Kinda reminds me of how the fiber in this pear smoothie works like a prebiotic in our gut to ward off evil bacteria. Go pears!

Pear smoothie recipe

Health benefits of whole food

Using plant-based whole food in your smoothies will exponentially increase the health benefits. These foods are the most natural, nutrient-dense foods on earth and are easy for our body to absorb the vitamins and minerals from them when blended. Examples are fruits like pears (of course!), peaches and bananas or veggies like spinach, kale and sweet potato.

What’s good about this Pear Smoothie?

The ingredients in this pear smoothie are total nutrient rawkstars, in my opinion. If you blend it up, then you’ll totally get these awesome benefits…

Pears: Pears are especially rich in folate, vitamin C, copper, and potassium. They’re also a good source of polyphenol antioxidants, micronutrients that are disease fighters.

Peaches: Peaches are low in calories and packed with minerals and vitamins such as antioxidants and vitamin C, which are required for the building of connective tissue inside the human body. Plus who doesn’t need more vitamin C these days to boost immunity?

Spinach: Spinach is an extremely nutrient-rich vegetable according to Healthline. Consequently, it packs high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, and calcium.

Increasing your smoothie’s protein count

If the nutritional benefits above aren’t quite enough and you’re looking for more plant based protein for your smoothie, check out Protein Smoothie Boost. All of the protein powders on the market these days seems to have extra ingredients I don’t care to put in my hard working body. As a result, I decided to make my own protein powder – Protein Smoothie Boost! 1 serving nets an extra 10g of protein in any smoothie. Toss it in you next pear smoothie!

Spring pear smoothie recipe
4.58 from 45 votes

Pear Smoothie

The secret to a good pear smoothie is making sure your pear is ripe. Once it’s ripe, then it’ll lose it’s gritty texture and turn into a sweet, juicy gem. If your pear isn’t ripe yet, feel free to push this recipe to later and make up a creation with leftover produce.
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Breakfast, Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pear ripe
  • ½ cup peach frozen
  • 1 serving homemade protein powder optional

Instructions 

  • Blend spinach and water until smooth. 
  • Add remaining fruit and blend again.

Notes

  • The more ripe your pear, the creamer the smoothie will be.

Nutrition

Calories: 138kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 37mg, Potassium: 520mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin A: 3109IU, Vitamin C: 21mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 1mg
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Smoothie Challenge Recipes

This smoothie recipe is from our free Smoothie Challenge. If you’re looking for more recipes, then make sure to sign up for the challenge to get your guidebook which has your shopping list, recipes and prep guide. I’ve also included the recipes below for you to access and leave reviews of all the recipes you try.

About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. ireally like with pear. I have neer added pear in my smootie but I really like this smoothie with pear. For me it is unique test. I will make it again.

  2. 5 stars
    Ok, this one really surprised me! I typically do not like pear. My grandma’s house sits in the country on 20 acres of land and I remember eating tons of fruit right off the trees growing up. I did not like pears and have avoided them throughout my life. Therefore, I was NOT excited about this smoothie. However, I took you advice and tried to get a really ripe pear. And boy did that make a difference! I remember pears having a gritty texture, juicy, but not really having a flavor. This smoothie was NOTHING like that! It was refreshing and light, smooth and creamy, and slightly sweet. Well, done! I will definitely be making this one again!

    1. Love that this was such a great experience for you, Hope!!! Isn’t it so comforting when food memories take you back to good times growing up, whether it’s a food we loved or not? Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    The Spring Pear smoothie was good. My turned out very frothy. I didn’t have peaches, so I used frozen pineapple. I think my pear could have be a little riper, but I still enjoyed it.

    1. For a frothy smoothies, def blend at a lower speed just prior to serving. Our high-powered blenders add lots of air in when moving fast and can cause a foamy or frothy smoothie. So glad you gave it a blend, Joyce!

  4. 5 stars
    This smoothie has a wonderful fresh taste. Very good, but will be even better when I have fresh local pears from me neighborhood orchards.

  5. 5 stars
    This smoothie was surprisingly not too sweet. I added kale to this one which might account for it not being as sweet as I thought it would be. I’d add banana next time to help with the creaminess. Still very tasty!

  6. 5 stars
    Wow, I was so expecting grit with this one, totally blown away, not gritty, so yeah you need a ripe pear. I added cilantro and the flavors just pop.

  7. 5 stars
    My husband and I really liked today’s smoothie. We will make this often when pears and peaches are in season.
    This smoothie challenge has been interesting and fun. I never thought my husband would be eating smoothies with me.

    1. Yay Linda! Next step… He’ll be cleansing with you for a Thrive 7-Day Reset like my hubby did in Jan! 😉

  8. 5 stars
    I will definitely be making this simple smoothie during peach season, my peaches today weren’t very sweet! I can’t remember the last time I had a pear….I forgot how much I like them 🙂 Great recipe! Mild but really good!