These colourful and super tasty smoothie recipes make healthier eating (and drinking) so much easier. Seriously, you won’t even know you’re supping kale.
APPLE AND AVOCADO
To say we love avocado wouldn’t even begin to describe our feelings. Life without the smooth, buttery fruit is hard to imagine and we’ll eat them in practically anything. Forget avocado on toast, you should be drinking it
. If you’re sceptical, don’t be. Avocado gives a silky texture and substance to smoothies, without an overbearing taste. Throw in a couple of handfuls of greens, banana, apple, and voilà! Avocado can do no wrong.
A smoothie that’s also a pie? We’re sold. This dessert-cum-drink
is smooth, creamy and has all the flavours of an apple pie: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and, of course, sweet, sweet apples.
BANANA PEANUT BUTTER GREEN
Yes, this smoothie may appear to be green, but really you’re getting the flavours of banana and peanut butter
– perfect for tempting little ones.
SPICED BLUEBERRY AND WALNUT
Channel your inner health hipster by popping a good sprinkling of flax seed in your smoothie. This brilliantly colourful drink
is spiced with cinnamon, the seasonal garnish of champions, for a wintry take on a berry drink. If making your own walnut milk sounds like too much hard work, substitute with another nut milk, such as almond or hazelnut.
VEGAN VANILLA CHAI
Warm chai spices and cool vanilla almond milk
are a match made in smoothie heaven. Simply blend frozen bananas with a good splash of the nut milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves for the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. For the chai lovers, go all out and double the amount of spice for an intense spicy flavour.
WARM GINGER PEAR
Yes, a warm smoothie
. Really. After blending your ingredients, transfer your pear and ginger drink to a small pan and heat. Winter warmer indeed.
ALMOND COOKIE DOUGH
The warming, comforting flavours of an almond, coconut and chocolate cookie in a drink
? Yes please! For the thickest, creamiest smoothie possible, combine the banana, oats, coconut-flavoured yoghurt, cocoa powder, almond extract, coconut and almonds together and leave in the fridge overnight. Blitz the next morning for an acceptable way to have cookies for breakfast.
THE SMOOTHIE BOWL
It’s time to swap that straw for a spoon because smoothie bowls are a thing
. Yes, they’re much prettier to look at than your average smoothie but one of their biggest advantages is that you can add some tasty topping – we’re talking a sprinkling of granola, sliced or diced fresh fruit, or perhaps some chia seeds. Earn extra health hipster brownie points with the addition of bee pollen in this recipe.
PINK POWER DETOX
Forget wheatgrass shots – there’s nothing quite like the aroma of coconut oil and a handful of greens whizzing in a blender to transport your mind to the Bounty island. In this smoothie recipe it’s mixed with beetroot, celery, apple, lemon and avocado for a tart vegan pick-me-up
RAW BANANA BREAD
What could be better than the buttery, sweet and toasty flavours of a slice of banana bread on a chilly morning? Drinks like a dessert and totally appropriate for the morning makes, this smoothie recipe
is a winner. If DIYing your own walnut milk isn’t your thing, you can just swap in some almond milk instead. Easy.
FRUIT AND YOGHURT
Let’s be honest, the beauty of the smoothie is that it doesn’t have to be complicated to taste good. If you’re the kind of person who is put off making your own because of all the measuring, the effort and, let’s not forget, the mess, we may have found your ideal smoothie companion
. Add strawberry yoghurt, nut milk and frozen berries to a blender (yes, just three ingredients), blend and you’re good to go. They also make pretty fine ice lollies come summer.
COCONUT CITRUS SUNSHINE
Looking for a brighter perspective? This coconut citrus smoothie
is sunshine in a glass and will brighten up any gloomy morning. Combining oranges, grapefruit, ginger, ground turmeric, chia seeds and bee pollen, the addition of coconut yoghurt makes a nice change from the cow kind.
RISE AND SHINE CREAMY CLEMENTINE
Downing a glass in the colder months is a good way of getting that dose of Vitamin C, right? Clementines + cashew nuts = one creamy wakeup call
AVOCADO, CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER
The ginger, goji berries and hemp provide the superpower part, while the citrus brings the sunshine. This superfood sunshine smoothie
means autumn has never looked so bright.
So, this is almost entirely fruit
. That’s right, no yoghurt, no milk and, if you’re a smoothie addict, this will give you a break from bananas. Blend together plums, apple juice, frozen blueberries, cinnamon and ice cubes. Simple.
ROASTED BANANA AND ALMOND
If you’re looking for your smoothie to masquerade as a milkshake, then Floating Kitchen
has found the answer: roasted bananas. That’s right, putting those bananas in the oven with a sprinkling of sugar until they’re all golden and caramelised will make that smoothie extra special. Yes, this takes a bit longer than your average dump-everything-in-the-blender-and-press-the-button smoothie recipe, but you won’t complain. Trust us.
HOT APPLE CIDER
Sweet from the apples, spicy from the ginger and cinnamon, this is like a warm hug in drink form
. Yes, there’s spinach in the green goodness mix, but you’d never know it. Honest.