I love when a smoothie recipe can play double duty and this decadent raspberry smoothie is no exception. You won’t even notice the leafy greens in this dessert-like beverage, and you can top it with coconut whipped cream for a lovely finish.
What’s not to love about raspberries? Their color! Their cool bumpy shape! The taste – oooh that delicious taste!
And did I mention how good for you those tiny deep pink berries are? They contain vitamins C + E, omega 3 fatty acids, potassium and antioxidants. Honestly, I can’t wait to get blending this raspberry smoothie! Let’s go!
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Blending a tasty smoothie takes the right ingredients as well as the right formula to turn out well. Over the years, I’ve learned what works best when it comes to taste, texture and nutrients. That is to say, using yummy fruits to help hide the extra healthy greens within is a huge win for your health. Take a look at what makes up this raspberry smoothie recipe…
Bright, tart raspberries
I used fresh ones for the photo, yet normally I use frozen raspberries. Consequently, they chill the smoothie and are almost always more affordable. Lower in calories and sugar, high in antioxidants and fiber – the raspberries in this smoothie are a powerhouse ingredient. Those antioxidants (signaled by the rich red color) can help prevent cancer and other diseases. In addition, vibrant colored raspberries make this particular concoction such lovely color and taste like summer relaxation in a glass!
Naturally lower in sugar than many fruits + higher in fiber and nutrients. That’s a total win-win!
Creamy coconut milk
Coconut milk makes this raspberry smoothie creamy + satisfying. If you give it a blend, then you’ll see that it turns this ordinary fruit smoothie into a decadent dessert drink. In addition, the healthy fats from the plant-based coconut milk will help curb your appetite and assist your body in absorbing the nutrients of the fruit and veg you’re consuming.
On the other hand, using my coconut milk smoothie cubes in this raspberry smoothie recipe is another great option. The cashew nuts and MCT oil in these cubes provide an additional bump in healthy fats, making for an even more filling icy cold drink.
Spinach is the hero in this raspberry smoothie recipe! I mean, if you think about it those little green leaves kinda look like plant version of tiny superhero capes. Just me? Okay, but seriously – you won’t taste this leafy green at all!
With spinach you reap all the benefits of phytonutrients, but none of the strong taste of greens. Phytonutrients are (glad you asked!) powerful antioxidants that help fight damage at the cellular level in your body. Spinach also helps slow the absorption of the fruit sugars into your blood stream because it’s high in fiber.
Lastly, I tossed in a spoonful of flax seed to boost your omega 3’s and healthy fats, which are lignans. It’s important to include lignans in your diet, and flaxseeds are an excellent source. Lignans may reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.
Also, flaxseeds are just the thing to include for a bit of protein when you’re craving something fruity, sweet + healthy. They can be added to all kinds of smoothies – not just this raspberry recipe!
Another quick, easy way to add protein containing flaxseed to this raspberry smoothie is with a serving of my protein powder recipe.
All of the nutrition, none of the fillers or artificial sweeteners – this powder adds 10g of clean protein to any smoothie. That’s thanks to the organic hemp, chia and flaxseed it contains in my perfectly proportioned and smooth blending formula. I made this with you in mind, smoothie lover!
Which Liquid Base is Best?
This raspberry smoothie recipe features a coconut milk base. Just as I mention above, this is to add healthy fat to keep you fuller longer. As a result, your raspberry smoothie will be creamier too.
However, what if you’re looking to reduce the calories and aren’t needing as much healthy fat? You can totally swap out the 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk for 1 cup water or other plant-based milk of your choice instead. Oat milk is another creamy option.
More Summer Berry Recipes
Looking for more ways to rawk berries in your daily life? Have fun exploring these yummy summer berry combos while you relax poolside. And don’t forget to invite me! #friendswithpools
Strawberry vegan milkshake
Blueberry spinach smoothie
Smoothie bowl recipes
Strawberry banana smoothie
Fresh blackberry smoothie
We say a big kale yeah to that question! Berries are rich good for you things like antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. Adding berries to your smoothies is a great way to get a lower sugar nutritional boost for your day.
Many raspberries are imported, driving up the cost to you, the end user. A great way to save on raspberries is to buy them frozen out of season, look for them in farmers markets, grow your own, or buy from a discount organic delivery service like Misfits Market. Since raspberries are not on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list, you can also get away with purchasing non-organic for a savings too!
From fruit-infused water, to popsicles, muffins, salads and of course our fav smoothies – raspberries are great for so many things. Fresh or frozen, you can easily incorporate raspberries in tons of recipes.
Good things. Many good things! Though you def want to mix up your berry game to get the most benefit, eating raspberries daily would provide you with extra water and fiber, which makes your digestive system happily move along. That, coupled with the antioxidants found in raspberries in turn helps rid your body of toxins. A total win!
Before you blend this raspberry smoothie
Not sure if your blender can handle the greens? I already did the research for you! Check out The Ultimate Blender Guide for details on countless blenders. Most importantly, I looked for the best ones to blend quickly, get rid of leafy chunks and provide tons of value for the price.
Happy blending! Be sure to hit us up with a comment below and let us know what you thought!
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 ½ cups raspberries frozen
- ½ cup spinach
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 serving homemade protein powder
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed ground
- 1 tbsp coconut flakes sprinkle on top
- Blend spinach and coconut milk until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.
- Use frozen raspberries to make smoothie cold.
- Coconut milk comes in a variety of options. Pick the one that best meets your health goals. I suggest an organic canned lite coconut milk in this smoothie.
- Swap coconut milk with the dairy-free milk of your choice.
- Use the leafy greens of your choice.
I tried this and it tasted like flinstone vitamins and looked nothing like the picture. I’m so confused by People who are raving about it. I feel like I’m missing something? 27.1g of fat from what?
Oooh wow! Flintstone vitamins are a pretty specific taste, Jennifer! It’s possible that the raspberries you used weren’t ripe enough, causing a tart vitamin-like taste to your smoothie. The healthy fats you see in this smoothie are from coconut milk, flaxseed and shredded coconut. If you’d like to reduce the fat content, you could leave out the shredded coconut and swap whole fat coconut milk for a lighter version.
I made the raspberry smoothie (day 7) using the recipe that came with the downloadable brochure for 2021, which was water, spinach, raspberries, peaches, & banana. It’s pretty good. All of the smoothies, so far, seem to be missing something.
Love this and pretty much all of the recipes! I blended this with my old blender, but I was hoping to upgrade to the Vitamix one that Jen listed above. I added it to my cart like she says, but the price didn’t drop to less than $300. Is there a special code that I need to use? Please let me know and thank you.
So glad you’re lovin the plant-based yumminess! Unfortunately, the sale price we originally posted about with Vitamix is no longer available for that model. While we aren’t in charge of when Vitamix offers those sales, we’ll def let you know when the next one happens! You can be notified of this and other sales they have by signing up for the Vitamix Newsletter (scroll down a bit on the page to sign up) or the Simple Green Smoothies emails. Plus, we will be having our annual Simple Green Smoothies Garage Sale starting this Thursday (3/18/21), which will feature several blenders for sale. Rawk the Year members get first dibs! Lastly, every quarter Simple Green Smoothies does a 10-Day Challenge. Keep an eye on your emails to see when the next one starts. We have ways that people doing the challenge can participate and earn prizes. Usually, there is one person in the challenge who wins a Vitamix!
SO good! Perfect thickness 🙂 I swirled in almond butter at the end before topping with coconut flakes. Yum!!
That sounds very tasty!
Just tastes likes yummy raspberries.
Hi! I absolutely love so many of your recipes! If I don’t have flaxseed is there a good replacement? Thanks!
Yes! Swap in another healthy fat you love. Some of my favorites are coconut oil and avocado. Learn more about our favorites here…
Hi have have grounded flex seed is that ok to put in a smoothie? Is there any difference in the ones that are not grounded?When will your book be coming out?I have lots of bananas in my freezer and they are change color to like a brown look is it ok to still use them in a smoothie?
Great questions! Ground flaxseed is a great choice! Adding flaxseed in ground form to your green smoothie helps your body absorb all of its nutritional benefits!
We’re so excited! Our book hits shelves on November 3rd! You can pre-order our book online now, and get rawesome bonus goodies! Or pick it up in Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, or Sam’s Club!
Bananas changing color in the freezer? No worries! It’s a natural reaction to freezing, the taste + nutrition is still there!
Cheers to health, happiness, + leafy greens! 🙂
When you list coconut milk are you referring to coconut milk from a can or in a container in the refrigerated section of the grocery store (like cow’s milk or almond milk)? Is there a difference?
Great question! The container doesn’t matter, as much as, making sure you’re reaching for coconut milk + not coconut creme. Coconut creme is higher in fat + has a custard like consistency…reach for coconut milk which is lighter + has a more milk like texture.
Hope this helps!
Hi is there any difference between the grounded flex and the hold?
Thank you so much for reaching out! Both ground and whole flax seed provide our bodies with a healthy dose of insoluble fiber. One of the bonuses of ground flax seed, however, is that, since it is broken down, our bodies can benefit from the insoluble fiber of the outer shell PLUS the soluble fiber that’s contained inside the seed. When eating whole flax seeds, they tend to pass right through the digestive system without being broken down, so we eliminate the soluble fiber. If you have whole flax seed on hand and want to add more soluble fiber to your diet, you can always grind the seeds in a coffee grinder!
Hope that helps :). Happy Blendin’!
I leave in Switzerland and in Europe cups are not a reference we are used to deal with unfortunately!
Any chance you’ll ever consider also using other measurements ?? Such as ml or grams?
It is difficult to find the right weight for different type of ingredients listed in your recipes…
That said love your recipes … But had sometimes to improvise the quantities !!
Thanks in advance
Thank you so much for reaching out + your suggestion! I’ll forward it to our team. In the meantime, here are our suggested measurement conversions…
Spices | Proteins | Superfoods:
½ tsp = 2mL
1 tsp = 5mL
2 tsp = 10mL
1 TBSP = 15mL
2 TBSP = 30mL
Mango | Pineapple | Strawberries | Beets | Carrots | Blueberries | Raspberries | Leafy Greens
1 cup = 250mL
1 ½ cups = 375mL
2 cups = 500mL
Water | Coconut Water | Coconut Milk | Almond Milk | Fresh Squeezed Juice | Rice Milk
½ cup = 125mL
1 cup = 250mL
1 ½ cups = 375mL
2 cups = 500mL
1 cup of leafy greens = 30g
2 cups of leafy greens = 60g
This answer is the bomb !!!
Thank you ever so much for these lists of conversion!!!
I’ll copy paste it straight away in a safe & easy place for my next smoothie trials !!!
Me and my husband are addicted to them and I’m now converting my friends as well !!
PS: I froze my fruits because they were perfectly ripe and did not want to waste them (had too much). Then used my frozen fruits for smoothies. Result is just delish! With summer approaching I’m going to have lots of fun making smoothies for my parties !
Yeah! We’re so happy we could help! And great call! We love freezing our own fresh fruit! It’s a great way to prevent waste, and to stock up when our favorite items are on sale or in season! 🙂
This sounds great, but it will have to wait until raspberries go on a sale. Those suckers are expensive!
Cherries + strawberries make a great replacement in the meantime. Or frozen fruit is always available!
I substituted the raspberries for strawberries added two bananas as well as sub the coconut milk with coconut water and added a tbsp of shredded coconut. Came out delicious. Thanks.
Wonderful, great substitutions!
I couldn’t find the nutritional facts for this. Would you mind helping me out? Love the smoothies!
We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data and the phone apps My Fitness Pal and Lose It.
Day 2 of my smoothie challenge. My smoothie did not have the gorgeous colour that yours had. In fact, it doesn’t have a very appetising colour at all…but still drinking it.