4.8.2021

8 Vegan Smoothies for All

These vegan smoothie recipes offer a variety of flavors and nutrients to fuel your body, including my fav: Citrus Vegan Smoothie.

Vegan smoothie recipes and plant-based eating are becoming more and more popular. People are looking to add more plants to their diet because the results don’t lie. And well, that’s my goal here at Simple Green Smoothies. I want to inspire everyone to eat more plants and blend smoothies with me. So I’m sharing a great round-up with you today of my top 8 vegan smoothies, which I hope you blend and fall in love with too!

What’s a vegan smoothie

If you’re trying to limit the amount of animal products you consume, a vegan smoothie is a great option. It’s typically a mixture of fruits, vegetables and a liquid base like water, oat milk, almond milk or even coconut milk. There are TONS of tasty recipe options and today I want to share 8 vegan smoothies with you.

Now, if you are NOT vegan, that’s okay! I’m not either. Yet it’s great to fuel our bodies with all kinds of plants, and these amazing smoothies do just that.

What you won’t find in these recipes is anything using animals or stuff that comes from them — cow’s milk, yogurt, honey, etc. Some of these foods can cause digestive and skin issues, so we stay away from it all with vegan smoothies.

The plant-based lifestyle

When I was 28 years old with two babies…. I realized hadn’t been giving my body the right kind of fuel. Instead of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, I was living off of coffee, Lucky Charms, and mac n’ cheese. I called myself the world’s unhealthiest vegetarian and I felt like crap.

Well, that all changed after that first taste of a green smoothie.

Thanks to childhood pickiness, portrayal in the media, and the color green, a lot of people think they don’t like veggies, especially leafy greens. By leaving those out of the diet, the body misses out on so many nutrients that it can’t get from other places. Vitamins and supplements still aren’t as good as eating your fruits and veggies.

Vegan Smoothie recipe with spinach and mango

What can you use instead of milk in a smoothie?

If you lived through the 80’s and early 90’s, “Got Milk” commercials were everywhere. I truly thought that milk was the answer to everything. Yet that isn’t the case— especially if you’re lactose intolerant (me!) or sensitive to dairy (which is the #1 food allergy). Thankfully, a milk-free smoothie is quite easy to do. Instead of milk, I like to use almond milk, oat milk, water, coconut water or even rice milk depending on what fruits I’m using.

Eating and living healthy starts with the desire to do so. It can be a scary thing to do. And I’m not suggesting everyone needs to adopt a vegan diet and lifestyle. I live by a “you do you” mantra when it comes to eating. But it almost goes without saying that most people could benefit from eating more plants.

During the day the majority of us are accustomed to three meals and a few snacks. Swap one of those with a green smoothie and see what happens. If you’re like me, you’ll find your energy start to soar. Your tastebuds will change. You’ll start craving more plants. And who knows? Maybe it will inspire you to make other healthy changes like going for a daily walk or practicing good sleep hygiene (we even have a vegan smoothie that helps promote good sleep!)

What should a vegan eat for breakfast?

A breakfast smoothie goes a long way first thing in the morning. Now, you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy a smoothie for breakfast. I think everyone benefits from more fruits and veggies blended today, which is why I follow a plant-based lifestyle. Yet you don’t have to remove all meat, cheese and milk from your diet in order to get results.

Start with one thing: a vegan smoothie, and see where it takes you. Smoothies have taken me on a journey to other nations, they’ve fueled my body to run marathons, they’ve given me energy to be a girl boss, a wife, a mother, and all of the other roles I fulfill.

The more plants you add to your diet, the more you’ll start to crave them. This def happened to me when I started drinking green smoothies. (I didn’t dive fully into vegan smoothies in the beginning, yet I quickly realized the results get even better when you do!)

What would you use extra energy to do?

8 vegan smoothie recipes

Here are my top vegan smoothie recommendations. They are all delicious + nutritious beverages the whole family can enjoy together. So grab your blender and get ready to mix some fun new recipes!

plant based smoothie recipe

Cinnamon date smoothie– Is this a dessert?! I’ve gotten tons of comments on this smoothie, saying it tastes like a cinnamon roll in a cup. The key is using fresh dates as well as plant based milk for a creamy, delightful treat.

delicious vegan smoothie

Chocolate protein shake– If that photo hasn’t sold you on this smoothie, then let me testify to it’s awesomeness. I blend this smoothie up before a big workout, so my body can use its ingredients for fuel.

breakfast smoothie made with plants

Banana oatmeal smoothie– Perfect for breakfast on the go, this creamy smoothie is boosted with oatmeal. This vegan smoothie’s truly some serious goodness ready to consume in minutes.

fun smoothie bowl

Coconut joy smoothie bowl– Smoothie bowls are uniquely designed to be loaded with plants like smoothies, yet thicker and a blank canvas for ALL. THE. TOPPINGS.

the best vegan smoothie

Beginner’s luck smoothie– I don’t call this the best smoothie ever just for kicks. It’s been voted into this title by fans over and over again. If you are new to vegan smoothies, green smoothies, or any kind of smoothie, then this should be your first blend.

delicious vegan smoothie recipe

Mango smoothie– A super refreshing, creamy smoothie made with cashew milk is at the top of my blending list this spring. This is a new recipe, and was an easy add to the vegan smoothie recipes list – it’s so good!

smoothie with citrus

Strawberry carrot smoothie– Carrots in a smoothie? Kale yeah! I love adding a variety of root veggies to smoothies; they add both flavor and nutrition. Plus, the sweetness from the carrots pairs so well with fresh strawberries in this beverage.

Vegan Smoothie Ingredients

Citrus vegan smoothies for the win!

This last vegan smoothie recipe below is a definite winner. It’s our Day #1 smoothie in our 10-Day Summer Smoothie Challenge. Vitamin C-powered fruits dominate for a mighty immunity boost. If you’re looking for a little less natural sugar, then swap the banana for some slices of avocado. It uses a bit less water than my typical green smoothie formula, because an orange is naturally full of water.

Don’t forget to blend this smoothie and let me know with a comment + review how you liked it!

Citrus Vegan Smoothie

This delicious citrus vegan smoothie is bright, citrusy and refreshing when you’ve been sweating and hot on a bright summer day. It's also called Citrus Breeze in my best-selling book, Simple Green Smoothies.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Servings: 1
Calories: 166kcal
Author: Jen Hansard

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup mango, frozen
  • 1/4 cup pineapple, frozen
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 Protein Smoothie Boost, optional

Instructions

  • Blend the spinach, water, and oranges together until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend again.

Notes

  • Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 3616IU | Vitamin C: 118mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. MM says:

    I love this smoothie. It’s so rich and the pineapple gives it a sweet flavor. No need to add sugar.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Glad you gave it a blend, MM! Blending with fruits like pineapple is a great way to get used to preparing food without added sugar. Way to rawk it!

  2. Sandy says:

    Like this one a lot!

  3. Amanda Jorjorian says:

    This one is my new favorite! So sweet from the banana and mango! I used frozen pineapple, banana and mango and I love the texture of it! My boyfriend (who is/(was!) anti-green smoothie) tasted it and loved it too. He said it’s the kind of smoothie he likes – nice and sweet. I did not add the protein powder but will try that next time because I have a vanilla honeysuckle rose one from Amazing Grass that I think would be delish here. ll definitely make this one again and again!

  4. Alyssa Foote says:

    Made a tasty meal replacement smoothie with the addition of oats, Greek yogurt, matcha, and the magic trio (chia, seeds, hemp hearts, and flax seeds)! Nice balance of citrus and creaminess from the banana. Might add a bit of lemon or lime next time to see if it gives it a bit more of a flavour pop.

  5. Alissabeth Taylor says:

    Always a yummy one! Love the tropical vibe in the summer.

  6. LalitaSakthi says:

    I substituted the pineapple for kiwi a I am allergic to pineapple. The banana makes it creamy yummy

  7. Marilyn D says:

    Very easy-to-drink smoothie, even my meat and potatoes hubby will drink this one, and so will the grandchildren.

  8. JP says:

    Very nice! Hubby approved!

  9. Holly says:

    Great one to start with! I prefer my smoothies a bit thcker so I’ll adjust for that.

  10. Sharon says:

    The Citrus Vegan smoothie is very tasty. It was very refreshing.

  11. Lisa Johansen says:

    Loved it, so easy and love the citrus!

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