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20 Quick & Creative Smoothie Recipes That Are Crazy Good

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20 Quick & Creative Smoothie Recipes That Are Crazy Good

There’s no bad time to suck down a smoothie, so you can enjoy these healthy recipes after a workout, on a hot summer day, or whenever else you need a fix.

Smoothies are the ultimate healthy beverage.

They’re easy to make and a fantastic and delicious way to up your micronutrients, fiber, and protein, and they’re perfect for an on-the-go lifestyle.

What’s more, smoothies work great for just about any occasion, including…

And as you’ll see below, no matter your tastes or preferences, there’s a delicious smoothie recipe just for you.

Enjoy!

Banana Cream Pie Protein Shake

Banana Cream Pie smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Mariah’s Pleasing Plates

Turn a nutritious banana smoothie into a creamy dessert. A frozen banana, coconut flakes, and Greek yogurt are enough to make a sippable banana cream pie.

Then you can take it to the next level with a spoonful of instant banana pudding mix. To complete the pie, go all out with whipped cream (or Cool Whip) and ‘nilla wafers on top.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 medium banana, frozen

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1 Tbsp. sugar-free banana pudding mix

1 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes

1 small container (5.3 oz.) nonfat plain Greek yogurt

3 reduced-fat vanilla wafers (optional topping)

1/4 cup fat-free whipped topping

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 474

Protein: 41 grams

Carbs: 52 grams

Fat: 13 grams

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Layered Banana Split Smoothie

banana split smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

With a little extra time, you can turn an ordinary smoothie into an indulgent dessert. You’ll just have to make it in three rounds instead of throwing all the ingredients in the blender at once.

That way you’ll end up with a Neapolitan-style smoothie with distinct layers of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

Serves 2

Ingredients

Chocolate Layer:

1 banana, frozen

1/2 scoop WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate (or vanilla)

1 1/2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp. chia seeds

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Banana Layer:

1 banana, frozen

1/2 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1 tsp. chia seeds

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Strawberry Layer:

8 strawberries, frozen

1/2 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 245

Protein: 20 grams

Carbs: 38 grams

Fat: 4 grams

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Chocolate Avocado Strawberry Smoothie

chocolate strawberry smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Paleo Leap

For a creamy chocolate strawberry shake, just add avocado.

The fruit is a secret weapon for turning a healthy smoothie into a nutritious milkshake.

The avocado oil creates the texture of ice cream when frozen and blended, and with other flavors like cocoa and strawberry in the mix, you won’t notice anything about the avocado except the thick, milkshake feel.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 ripe avocado, roughly chopped

1 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. pure honey (optional)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 260

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 25 grams

Fat: 19 grams

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Strawberry Colada Smoothie

strawberry colada smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Cooking Classy

This pina colada has a strawberry swirl – and not the kind made with a sickeningly sweet strawberry syrup.

It starts with three kinds of fresh fruit: strawberry, banana, and pineapple. What makes it a creamy smoothie is a combo of Greek yogurt and coconut milk. The result is a strawberry colada that’s good with or without the rum.

Serves 2

Ingredients

8 oz. fresh strawberries, hulled

1 ripe banana, frozen

1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks, frozen

1 small container (5.3 oz.) nonfat coconut Greek yogurt

1 1/4 cups unsweetened coconut milk beverage

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 239

Protein: 8 grams

Carbs: 48 grams

Fat: 3 grams

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Orange Pineapple Green Smoothie

Orange Pineapple Green Smoothie Recipe Picture courtesy of Ashley Phipps

Love to start the day with a glass of OJ? Upgrade it to a tropical spinach smoothie with just a few more ingredients.

With a few minutes’ extra time for breakfast, you’ll have a beverage that doubles as a side dish for your cereal or toast. Add a scoop of vanilla protein powder, and it’ll be a complete meal.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 cup low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt

1 cup water

2 cups spinach

1 orange, peeled

1 banana

1 cup diced pineapple

Handful of ice (more if needed)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 273

Protein: 13 grams

Carbs: 55 grams

Fat: 2 grams

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Healthy Dreamsicle Smoothie

creamsicle smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Homemade Nutrition

Instead of stopping by Orange Julius, make this amazing creamsicle smoothie at home.

The secret to this isn’t the Greek yogurt, which makes it creamy, but cooked carrots for that all-natural sweetness. This also gets a flavor boost from fresh apple chunks and a teaspoon of honey.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/2 cup chopped apple

1/2 cup cooked carrots, fresh or frozen

1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup all-natural orange juice

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. pure honey (optional)

Handful of ice

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 215

Protein: 13 grams

Carbs: 37 grams

Fat: 3 grams

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Pineapple Cream Tropical Smoothie

Pineapple Cream Tropical Smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Tastes of Lizzy T’s

For a refreshing summer punch, mix up pineapple juice with a touch of milk and crushed ice for a quick, satisfying smoothie.

This one is extremely simple with just two kinds of juice, plus milk to make it creamy. Add vanilla extract, and if you want to dress up this drink for a party, serve with rum-soaked cherries.

Serves 2

Ingredients

3 cups crushed ice

3/4 cup pineapple juice

1/2 cup orange juice concentrate

1/2 cup cashew milk (or milk of choice)

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 85

Protein: 1 gram

Carbs: 19 grams

Fat: 1 gram

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Cucumber & Green Grape Smoothie

green grape smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Food Republic

Think you’ve tried every kind of smoothie under the sun? Here’s a new one for you.

Frozen grapes are a great snack when it’s hot during the summer, but this recipe takes them to the next level by combining green grapes with other refreshing ingredients like celery and cucumber.

This is also a tasty way to use up any fresh herbs you have, like parsley, cilantro, or mint.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups sweetened almond milk

1 medium Kirby cucumber, peeled and sliced

1 cup green seedless grapes, frozen

2 stalks celery, peeled and sliced

2 tsp. pure honey

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 115

Protein: 2 grams

Carbs: 25 grams

Fat: 2 grams

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Coconut Cranberry Smoothie

coconut cranberry smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Cotter Crunch

As fall turns to winter, there isn’t much fresh fruit available in the farmers’ market. But one thing you can rely on are cranberries, which don’t have to be dried or turned into a sauce.

Make a cranberry smoothie with unsweetened fruit, whey protein, and almond milk. And you don’t need a ton of added sugar to balance out the tartness of cranberries; creamy, rich coconut can work instead.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened cranberries, frozen

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 banana (optional)

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Dash of cinnamon

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 193

Protein: 12 grams

Carbs: 15 grams

Fat: 9 grams

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Mango Ginger Kale Smoothie

mango ginger kale smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Minimalist Baker

Pass by those overpriced smoothies that tout superfood benefits and intense flavors.

This one is even better than the brands that come in the bottle because it’s made with fresh ginger, kale, and lemon juice. You could even add a dash of turmeric for an extra boost of natural anti-inflammatories.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 cup ice (optional)

2 cups kale, packed

1 cup diced mango, frozen

1 cup sliced peaches, frozen

1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (or lime juice)

1 1/2 cups water (more if needed)

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup (optional)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 159

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 35 grams

Fat: 1 gram

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Vanilla Coffee Protein Shake

vanilla coffee smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Natural Delights

Don’t just add milk to your morning shot of espresso to make an iced latte. Upgrade your cup of Joe to a protein-packed coffee smoothie.

Blend it together with almond butter, and while you’re at it, you can add a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder.

The coffee shake can be tailored to your tastes in a number of ways, whether you want to add cocoa powder, pumpkin spice, or even Nutella.

Serves 1

Ingredients

3 Medjool dates, pitted and quartered

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1 Tbsp. almond butter

2 Tbsp. espresso (or 2 tsp. instant espresso powder)

1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk

5 ice cubes

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 342

Protein: 28 grams

Carbs: 28 grams

Fat: 15 grams

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Blueberry Pie Smoothie

blueberry banana smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Well Plated

Why have a plain blueberry smoothie when you can make one that tastes like a summer pie?

Instead of just blending together blueberries and yogurt, adding oats and almond butter will lend a flavor like pastry crust.

After that, a dash of ground cinnamon is all that’s left to bring it all together. For an extra-relaxing smoothie, try a pinch of dried lavender instead.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 banana, frozen

1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp. rolled oats

1/2 Tbsp. almond butter

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1 tsp. pure maple syrup (optional)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 313

Protein: 21 grams

Carbs: 43 grams

Fat: 7 grams

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Cherry Chocolate Smoothie

Cherry Chocolate Smoothie Recipe Picture courtesy of In It 4 the Long Run

Walk past the Cherry Garcia ice cream, and pick up some whole fruit instead. You can satisfy your craving with a cherry chocolate protein shake made from a few simple ingredients.

You don’t need the frozen banana if you add avocado or Greek yogurt instead. But if you decide to use it, a few drops of vanilla extract can make a smoothie that tastes like a banana split.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 banana, frozen

1 cup pitted cherries, frozen

1 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 scoop WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (more if needed)

1/4 tsp. almond extract (optional)

Handful of spinach

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 330

Protein: 26 grams

Carbs: 60 grams

Fat: 3 grams

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Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Turmeric Me Crazy

The ultimate mango smoothie is the lassi, a classic Indian drink made with yogurt.

The best thing to do is keep it simple, starting with a ripe mango and adding just enough yogurt necessary to turn it into a smoothie.

This is one recipe where you don’t want to sub Greek yogurt for regular because it’ll be too thick for the desired texture.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 red mango, peeled and cubed

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup yogurt

1 tsp. pure honey (optional)

1 tsp. chia seeds

2 ice cubes

Mint leaves (optional garnish)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 238

Protein: 8 grams

Carbs: 48 grams

Fat: 4 grams

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Green Tea Avocado Smoothie

Avocado Green smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of All Day I Dream About Food

Spinach or kale can make a great addition to a smoothie, but they aren’t necessary if you want to make one that’s green.

This one gets its color – and a ton of nutrients – from a delicious mix of matcha green tea powder and avocado. An avocado protein shake might sound savory, but this one is like a creamy vanilla green tea milkshake that’s actually good for you.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 tsp. matcha green tea powder

1 Tbsp. hot water

1/2 medium avocado

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

2 tsp. powdered erythritol

1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 203

Protein: 18 grams

Carbs: 16 grams

Fat: 10 grams

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

strawberry banana smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Saloni Health & Beauty

If you love drinkable yogurt, pick up some kefir. Then all you need to do is doctor it with the flavors and health boosts you want, and you’ll have a great smoothie.

Kefir is not only convenient, but it’s also highly nutritious. It’s made with a slightly different process than yogurt, so it’s great to have both in your diet to get two kinds of probiotics to support healthy digestion.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 cup low-fat plain kefir

2 Tbsp. walnuts

1 cup chopped strawberries

1 banana

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 467

Protein: 39 grams

Carbs: 55 grams

Fat: 12 grams

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Key Lime Smoothie

key lime pie smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Savoring the Flavoring

Even when you hide fresh leafy greens in a smoothie behind stronger flavors, the color can be a dead giveaway.

The trick to this spinach smoothie is to make it taste like key lime pie, which is supposed to be green already.

Then you can sweeten it with pure maple syrup, honey, or stevia to taste. To complete the pie, top with graham cracker crumbs.

Serves 1

Ingredients

Green Smoothie:

1/2 cup vanilla cashew milk (or other milk)

Juice of 2 limes

Splash of vanilla extract

1/2 cup spinach

1/2 tsp. pure maple syrup, divided

2 tsp. chia seeds

1 banana, frozen

1 cup ice

Vanilla Layer:

1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp. pure maple syrup

Vanilla paste to taste

Topping:

1 graham cracker, crushed

1 tsp. butter

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 392

Protein: 17 grams

Carbs: 61 grams

Fat: 13 grams

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Fig, Oat & Banana Smoothie

fig smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Sips and Spoonfuls

Forgot to make overnight oats the day before? Enjoy this oatmeal smoothie instead, which blends together fruit, almonds, and oats for a sweet start to your morning.

While you’re getting some complex carbs and all-natural sugars to power you through the morning, there’s also fiber in this smoothie.

Having a fiber-filled breakfast with oats and figs can help regulate blood glucose levels so your energy levels won’t crash in the afternoon.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 banana

2 figs

1 cup whole milk

1/4 tsp. ground cardamom

3 Tbsp. slivered almonds

3 Tbsp. rolled oats

1 tsp. pure honey (or more to taste)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 265

Protein: 8 grams

Carbs: 41 grams

Fat: 9 grams

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Banana Bread Protein Smoothie

Banana Almond Smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Pop Sugar

Even if you burn everything you bake, you can whip up something at home to satisfy banana bread cravings. And this sippable version makes a nutritious breakfast or post-workout shake because it’s full of cottage cheese, plus it has a scoop of whey protein.

Walnuts, vanilla extract, and warm spices make it more than a typical banana smoothie. For maximum flavor, roast the bananas for this recipe.

It’s a great way to extend the shelf life when they’re starting to brown. You can put them in the oven, peels and all, and then stash them in the fridge to cool.

If you’d rather freeze the roasted bananas, slice them up before transferring to an airtight container.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 banana, fresh or frozen

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 398

Protein: 43 grams

Carbs: 26 grams

Fat: 14 grams

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Sweet Potato Pie Protein Smoothie

sweet potato pie smoothie recipe Picture courtesy of Run on Veg

Vegetable smoothies don’t have to be green. This one takes the form of pie by using sweet potato puree as a base.

And when you add flaxseeds to a smoothie, they can fool your taste buds into thinking there’s pie crust in the mix since it has a nutty flavor, plus healthy fats to fill you up.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups Bai pear antioxidant infusion (or unsweetened apple juice)

1/2 cup cooked sweet potato

1 1/2 scoops Vega vanilla protein powder

2 tsp. almond butter

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Handful of ice cubes

1 tsp. flaxseeds (optional)

1 tsp. maca powder (optional)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 361

Protein: 35 grams

Carbs: 48 grams

Fat: 7 grams

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What did you think of these smoothie recipes? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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