Raspberry Banana Spinach Smoothie
This raspberry banana spinach smoothie is such a delicious, healthy, and filling breakfast idea! It’s made with nutritious ingredients and is a source of fiber, healthy fats, protein, and greens. Recipe is gluten-free, naturally sweetened only with fruit, and can be made vegan if desired.
While I love sharing more *creative* smoothie combinations on the blog, today I wanted to share a variation of what I make for my partner and I almost every morning!
This raspberry banana spinach smoothie uses staple ingredients that I almost always have on hand in my fridge and freezer. It’s also super customizable – I often follow the exact recipe but then switch up the fruits every now and then for variety!
One of the main things I practice as a dietitian is starting the day with something that’s nutritionally-balanced. When it comes to my go-to breakfast smoothie, that means something that contains sources of protein, healthy fats, and fiber-rich carbohydrates. This unique combination helps to slow down digestion and the blood sugar response, helping me stay full and satisfied all morning long.
This raspberry smoothie ticks all those boxes! Plus, it’s made with only 10 simple ingredients that pack in a ton of additional nutrition benefits. There are also no ADDED sugars in this recipe, with the sweetness coming from fruit alone. I hope you enjoy it 🙂
Want more smoothie recipe inspiration? Check out my roundup of easy, healthy smoothie recipes for more ideas!
Ingredients Needed & Possible Swaps
All you need to make this raspberry banana spinach smoothie are 10 simple ingredients:
- Almond Milk – You can use any milk or milk alternatives that you like. Just aim for an unsweetened one, if possible.
- Plain Greek Yogurt – You can swap the greek yogurt with a vegan alternative if needed. Do note that this will likely lower the protein content though!
- Raspberries – I used frozen raspberries here, but feel free to use fresh ones. If you want to switch things up, feel free to try this with another berry, like blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries.
- Banana – I used a frozen banana here as I LOVE the texture it gives. If you don’t like banana you could try swapping it with frozen zucchini for a similar texture, but you’ll likely have to add something else to bring up the sweetness a bit!
- Spinach – This leafy green has a super neutral flavour and won’t alter the flavour profile too much!
- Avocado – Really helps to make this smoothie thick and, well, smooth! I like using pre-frozen avocado chunks (I always purchase a large bag of them from Costco to keep in my freezer), but fresh will work too.
- Chia Seeds – Feel free to swap with other seeds like hemp, pumpkin, or flax.
- Hemp Seeds – See above 😉
- Lime – If you don’t have a lime on hand, I’ve also made this exact smoothie with a sprinkle of cinnamon + splash of vanilla extract instead of lime. It’s delicious too!
- Protein powder (optional) – If you want to increase the protein content of this smoothie, feel free to add a scoop of your favourite protein powder. An unflavoured or vanilla version would work best.
Note – if using fresh ingredients instead of frozen, you will likely have to add ice to get the temperature nice and cold. The beauty of frozen ingredients in smoothies is that it gives the perfect temperature without having to water down the flavours!
My Favourite Blender For Smoothies
I use this Vitamix almost every day. I bought it about 7 years ago and it still functions perfectly. It makes a super smooth and creamy smoothie in seconds (not to mention many other meals, like soups)!
Raspberry Smoothie Nutrition Benefits
- Raspberries are high in dietary fiber (8 grams in 1 cup!), antioxidants, and vitamin C. They’re also a source of other micronutrients, like manganese, vitamin K, vitamin E, iron, magnesium, and potassium.
- Bananas are a good source of dietary fibre and micronutrients like potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and magnesium.
- Spinach is packed with phytonutrients and is a source of micronutrients like, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, iron, and calcium.
- Avocados are a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and dietary fibre, as well as micronutrients like vitamin C, B6, K, E, folate, magnesium, and potassium.
- Plain greek yogurt is a great source of protein, gut-friendly probiotic bacteria, and micronutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin A and B12.
- Chia seeds are packed with fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and minerals like magnesium, calcium, and iron.
- Lime juice is a source of vitamin C and antioxidants.
More Delicious Smoothie Recipes
- Watermelon Banana Strawberry Smoothie
- Lemon Blueberry Avocado Smoothie
- Papaya Banana Coconut Smoothie
- Banana Chai Smoothie With Vanilla
- Simple Cherry Smoothie With Yogurt
- Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie
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Get the Recipe: Raspberry Banana Spinach Smoothie
- 2 cups almond milk, unsweetened (or other plant-based milk)
- 1.5 cups raspberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 banana, fresh or frozen
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/4 cup avocado chunks, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (benefits of Greek yogurt)
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 lime, juice only
- Unflavoured or vanilla protein powder (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender, starting with the almond milk.
- Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Feel free to adjust flavours or amounts of liquid until desired taste/consistency is reached. Enjoy!
- I typically purchase raspberries + avocados pre-frozen (at Costco!), but you can always freeze them yourself (just remove those avocado skins first + cut into pieces)
- For the banana, simply remove the peel and break in half. Store in a freezer-safe container or bag and place in the freezer. Do this the night before (or any time you have a bunch of bananas getting too ripe), so that you have frozen chunks of fruit ready to go in the morning.
- If using fresh ingredients instead of frozen, you will likely have to add ice to get the temperature nice and cold.
- If you want to switch things up, feel free to try this with another berry, like blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries.
- Instead of almond milk, you can use any milk or milk alternatives that you like. Just aim for an unsweetened one, if possible.
- If you want to increase the protein content of this smoothie, feel free to add a scoop of your favourite protein powder. An unflavoured or vanilla version would work best. I added some plain collagen powder to mine!
- You can swap the greek yogurt with a vegan alternative if needed. Do note that this will likely lower the protein content though. In this case, you may want to use a soy milk as your milk choice to increase protein!
- Chia and hemp seeds can be swapped for one another (in the case where you only have 1 on hand), or you can swap them for flax seeds.
- If you don’t like banana you could try swapping it with frozen zucchini for a similar texture, but you’ll likely have to add something else to bring up the sweetness a bit!
- If you don’t have a lime on hand, I’ve also made this exact smoothie with a sprinkle of cinnamon + splash of vanilla extract instead. It’s delicious too!
As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.
Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.