8 Vegan Smoothies for All

4.8.2021

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!

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Citrus Vegan Smoothie


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

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.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup mango
  • 1/4 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost (optional)

Instructions

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

Notes

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

  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: spinach smoothie, citrus smoothie

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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 plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Kat says:

    Totally don’t need to be vegan to appreciate how yummy this recipe is. Delish!

  2. Amanda says:

    Love starting my morning with these plant-powered recipes!!

  3. Kim says:

    I LOVE the orange in this smoothie. It’s perfect for summertime!

  4. Trisha W says:

    I LOVE this smoothie!!!! The orange was a game-changer for me and I don’t think I’ll ever go back.

  5. Erin says:

    Now I know what all the hype is about oranges in smoothies. SO good. Can’t wait to try a few more of these recipes listed.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Something magical about an orange in your smoothie – we agree! 🙂

  6. Michelle says:

    Love it! I have my own version I got from this book.

    https://tinyurl.com/PlantBasedCookbk

  7. Tina says:

    Delicious & sweet! Whole family loved it.

  8. Karina says:

    So good!

  9. Rebecca Starkey says:

    Perfect to start the day! Loaded with vitamin C! Delish!

  10. Deanna Perlmutter says:

    Love this … smooth & crisp & clean!

  11. Annette Vos says:

    This is so simple and refreshing! Love the tropical fruit blend. The tip to blend the spinach first is great! Really blends it up well before adding fruit.
    Thank you. Another great recipe from Simple Green Smoothie !

  12. Karen says:

    I substituted Vitamin C booster cubes for the mango and pineapple and really enjoyed this smoothie.

  13. Mary Buersmeyer says:

    Perfect way to start the day!

  14. April R Eckert says:

    This was the perfect first smoothie. It was not complicated and yummy!

  15. Holly P. says:

    We LOVED the addition of the orange! Adds a nice extra hint of summer.

  16. Jalisa S says:

    I’m not usually good at making green smoothies taste good. I definitely will have this recipe in my notes as a go-to. I like it.

  17. Andrea says:

    I am not a huge fan of oranges and I have never thought to put them in my smoothie but this combo is delicious! Refreshing on a hot day!

  18. Alissabeth says:

    Always a favorite. So sweet, citrusy and tropical. Yum!

  19. Shelley says:

    Yes I liked the taste of this one. I appear to like smoothies that have pineapple in them a lot. So yeah yum

  20. Grace says:

    Thought it might be too sweet with the banana, pineapple and mango, but the portions were well balanced. The banana and mango made it nice and smooth

  21. Eve says:

    This is one of my favorite smoothie recipe’s and has quickly become a go to recipe for me. It is so bright and refreshing and it’s just perfect!

  22. Mary says:

    A nice vegan tasting smoothie. Great way to start the week off. Very light tasting but delicious. Refreshing after a run and very pretty green!

  23. Kira says:

    So refreshing! Taste like Summer!

  24. Randy says:

    Good flavor. Not too sweet.

  25. Trudy Richardson says:

    I really liked this smoothie and will make it several times in the future. I especially liked the combination of orange, pineapple, mango, banana. It gave the smoothie a very good flavor. Very pleasant.

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