Brightly colored foods normally indicate the presence of food dye and other processed ingredients. Though this rainbow smoothie includes four electrifying layers, it’s made using 100% plants and whole-food ingredients.

rainbow smoothie to share on a counter with party decorations and whipped cream + sprinkles to top.

Now, blending all the ingredients together is just fine, yet layering different flavors creates a unique smoothie experience. Plus, your smoothie will instantly become Insta-worthy. When trying to eat healthily, sometimes you need your food to be eye candy!

Table of Contents
  1. Tools for a Rainbow Smoothie
  2. Create Vibrant Colors, Naturally
  3. Smoothie Bar Toppings
  4. More Colorful Smoothie Recipes
  5. Rainbow Smoothie Recipe

Tools for a Rainbow Smoothie

No need for multiple blenders, just rinse out the container in between blends. If you want a truly smooth result, invest in a Vitamix for the best blend every time.

You will need a few pitchers or glasses to hold each smoothie color in-between blends before you’re ready to assemble the smoothie.

fun party dessert in a glass jars with sprinkles and coconut whipped cream on top as well as paper straws.

Create Vibrant Colors, Naturally

Fruit is naturally bright and just about every color of the rainbow, so smoothies made with whole food should be too! Berries are an easy way to deeply color your smoothie as well as mango and pineapple. Spinach and kale will turn almost any smoothie instantly green, yet mixing leafy greens and berries often turn smoothies a deep red or brown.

I created a list at the bottom of this post with smoothie recipes based on the end color, so feel free to swap out any layer with one below. Make your rainbow smoothie your own! Blue is the only shade I haven’t mastered through whole-food, so using a natural powder-like butterfly pea protein does the trick easily.

Smoothie Bar Toppings

Need a fun, plant-forward breakfast for a summer sleepover? This rainbow smoothie can be doubled or even quadrupled and then set up like a build-your-own sundae bar. Here are a few of my go-to topping suggestions:

Go crazy! The kids can pick out which smoothie layers they want and then run wild with the topping options. It’s a seriously fun way to eat the rainbow in a smoothie.

vegan dessert recipe featuring layers of colorful fruit smoothies in jars with coconut whipped cream, sprinkles and paper straws.

More Colorful Smoothie Recipes

I love creating smoothie recipes with both style and flavor. If you want a specific color for your next event, then check out these naturally vibrant options below. Layer them together to create your own version of this rainbow smoothie:

Red Smoothies

Yellow Smoothies

Orange Smoothies

Pink Smoothies

Purple Smoothies

Blue Smoothies

Don’t forget to share your rainbow smoothie photos and tag @SimpleGreenSmoothies in them! I’d love to see all your creations; this community can create works of art with food.

5 from 5 votes

Rainbow Smoothie

Summer is the perfect time for some tie-dying; instead of white t-shirts, it’s a healthy smoothie! Vibrant, colorful layers are blended separately, then spooned into jars and topped with a dollop of coconut whipped cream and sprinkles. Blend up a quadruple batch for a DIY tie-dye smoothie bar and let everyone create their unique blend of flavors and colors.
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 20 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 2

Ingredients  

Green layer:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup mango thawed, if frozen
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup coconut milk

Yellow layer:

  • 1 cup mango thawed if frozen
  • 1 orange peeled

Pink layer:

  • 1 cup strawberries frozen, yet slightly thawed
  • ½ cup beets peeled and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup coconut milk

Blue layer:

  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ to ½ tsp butterfly pea powder
  • pinch baking soda optional
  • ½ tsp lemon juice, optional
  •  

Toppings:

  • Coconut cream whipped
  • sprinkles no artificial dye
  • Freeze-dried berries crushed

Instructions 

  • Blend green, yellow, and pink layers separately. Transfer each color to a separate bowl or jar. Rinse blender between each color. Add a little extra water if blender is having a difficult time blending.
  • For the blue layer, place coconut milk and butterfly pea flower powder in a small jar or bowl and whisk together until combined.
  • To serve, spoon a little of each color into two pint jars. There will be more green than any other color. Top the smoothies with a dollop of whipped coconut cream (simply whisk the thick cream from canned coconut quickly) and garnish with sprinkles and/or freeze-dried fruit. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Add lemon juice if you’d like the blue to become a bit more purple.
  • Double or triple the layers to feed a party.
  • Add a whole toppings bar to turn these into smoothie ‘sundaes.’
  • Coconut whipped cream is a great dairy-free topping that you can buy from the store or make yourself.
  • This smoothie won’t keep in the fridge for very long, so if you want to make it a few hours ahead of time, then store the layers separate from each other then stir and layer right before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 168mg, Potassium: 778mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 4334IU, Vitamin C: 135mg, Calcium: 87mg, Iron: 2mg
Tried this recipe? Show me!Mention @SimpleGreenSmoothies or tag #SimpleGreenSmoothies!

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.

You might Also Like…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rating




Comments

  1. 5 stars
    So beautiful!! It was a little harder to make sure the mixtures got blended properly, especially with the orange, and I was able to keep most fruits frozen. But it was still delicious and soo so pretty!

    1. Right!! This is seriously the best recipe ever for parties!!

  2. 5 stars
    If you’re looking for smoothie style points, look no farther! For natural colored sprinkles, there’s a few options: India Tree, Natural Kitchen and even Wilton has one too.

    1. It really does! Let us know how you like it once you give it a try!!

    1. Isn’t it just gorgeous!!! It tastes just as delicious as it looks too 🙂