Clementine Smoothie

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This creamy clementine smoothie combines clementines with a frozen banana and almond milk for a delicious smoothie that tastes like a creamsicle. Vegan and gluten-free. 

Citrus season is here and I’m so excited! I love all types of oranges, but clementines might just be my favorite citrus, which is what inspired this clementine smoothie! It’s a little untraditional as clementines aren’t a fruit I add to smoothies very often, however if you give this smoothie a whirl, I think you’ll be delighted at how delicious it is.

This smoothie is not only tasty (it tastes like a healthier creamsicle!), but it’s super easy to whip up (you only need 4 main ingredients). In addition, it has a good mix of healthy sugar, protein (over 20 grams!) and fat. I love having this smoothie for breakfast or as a post-workout recovery drink.

Two clementine smoothies with straws.

Why You’ll Love This Smoothie

  • It’s creamy, refreshing and tastes like a creamsicle, but is healthier and has way less sugar!
  • It’s made with just four simple ingredients.
  • Packed with over 20 grams of protein.
A clementine smoothie surrounded by clementines.

Clementine 101

Clementines are a great source of vitamin C and fiber, which makes them perfect for adding to a smoothie. Vitamin C will help boost your immune system and the fiber will help keep you feeling full. Adding clementines to your smoothie is a great way to get a nutritious boost!

Ingredients measured out to make Creamy Clementine Smoothie: clementines, almond milk, vanilla protein powder, ice and banana.

Ingredients Needed

  • almond milk – the liquid for this smoothie. I prefer unsweetened vanilla almond milk for this recipe, but any dairy-free or regular dairy milk will work! Coconut milk or oat milk would be my second choice for a nice creamy consistency.
  • frozen banana – helps to thicken this smoothie and adds some natural sweetness.
  • clementines – adds a nice citrus flavor and they’re packed with vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • vanilla protein powder – a great way to add flavor and protein to a smoothie. It makes this smoothie taste more like a creamsicle and adds over 20 grams of protein! I personally love Nuzest protein powder. It’s plant-based and delicious. (Use code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order.)
  • ice – helps make this smoothie thicker… and colder!
Pouring clementine smoothie into a glass.

Customize Your Smoothie

  • Add more sweetness – I think this smoothie is plenty sweet as is, but you can always add a touch of honey, maple syrup or a medjool date if you want a sweeter smoothie.
  • Swap the protein powder – if you don’t have protein powder on hand, you could swap it out for something like Greek yogurt, which will add plenty of protein while also helping create a creamy smoothie. The greek yogurt is also more of a kid-friendly protein option! Nut butter or a handful of nuts or seeds (like hemp seeds or chia seeds) is also a great option for some added protein.
  • Add more veggies – blend in a handful of spinach or frozen cauliflower for an added nutritious kick with plenty of health benefits.
  • Add ice cream – if you really want to create an authentic creamsicle smoothie, go ahead and add a scoop of regular or dairy-free vanilla ice cream!
  • Swap the fruit – if you don’t have a banana on hand, frozen mango, peach or pineapple chunks would be a good substitute.
  • Add more citrus flavor – if you want more citrus flavor you could swap some or all of the almond milk with orange juice.
Side by side photos of a blender with the ingredients for a clementine smoothie, before and after being blended.

How to Make

If you haven’t already, peel your clementines then add all your ingredients to your blender, blend until smooth and creamy and enjoy!

Two clementine smoothies with straws.

How to Store Smoothie For Later

  • Store the smoothie in a glass container with an airtight lid (I like to use 16-ounce wide-mouth mason jars, but a thermos would probably work really well too). Seal the container and place in the fridge as soon as possible.
  • Try to fill the container to the top to avoid extra air which will cause the smoothie to oxidize.
  • Add a little lime or lemon juice to prevent oxidation.
  • Take the smoothie out of the fridge when you’re ready to drink it. Give it a good shake and enjoy.
  • Plan to drink the smoothie within 24 hours — it probably won’t keep much longer than that.

More Smoothies to Try

More Citrus Recipes

Be sure to check out my guide for how to make a smoothie as well as all of the smoothie recipes on EBF!

Clementine Smoothie

5 from 12 votes
This creamy clementine smoothie combines clementines with a frozen banana and almond milk for a delicious smoothie that tastes like a creamsicle. Vegan and gluten-free. 
Two clementine smoothies with straws.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ½ frozen banana, peeled and sliced before freezing
  • 3 clementines, peeled
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (25 grams)
  • Handful of ice (4-5 cubes), optional

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a high powered blender.
    Ingredients in a high powered blender.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and add any additional milk or ice, as desired. Serve immediately.
    Clementine smoothie in a high powered blender.

Equipment

Nutrition

Serving: 1 smoothie Calories: 301kcal Carbohydrates: 52g Protein: 23g Fat: 3g Sodium: 456mg Potassium: 752mg Fiber: 7g Sugar: 35g
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: clementine smoothie

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    30 comments
    1. AJ
      January 18, 2023 AT 7:46 pm

      5 stars
      Just tried this smoothie. It was so good! I modified the recipe based on the ingredients I had. No protein powder and I added some kefir – it was still delicious. I will be making this as posted after my next trip to the grocery store. Either way it’s a keeper.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 20, 2023 AT 10:57 am

        WOO! I am excited to hear that you are loving this smoothie, AJ. I am glad to know that the kefir worked as well. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I so appreciate it!

    2. Maggie
      December 9, 2022 AT 1:52 pm

      Would using a frozen banana eliminate the need for ice? I never seem to have success with ice added to smoothies.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 12, 2022 AT 3:26 pm

        Hi Maggie – this recipe already calls for frozen banana. Are you using a high powered blender? You could try omitting the ice, but it might not be as thick.

    3. Taylor Byers
      June 14, 2021 AT 2:49 pm

      5 stars
      The one unique thing I LOVE about this smoothie is that it’s so naturally sweet that you don’t even need natural sweetener as an addition! The combination of sweet clementines and the sweetness of a banana does this smoothie wonders. This smoothie brings out the summer vibes! I used the optional protein powder and I feel it helped add to the creaminess! (Let alone adding some extra protein in!)

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 14, 2021 AT 6:35 pm

        I’m so glad you’re loving this smoothie, Taylor! Thanks for trying it and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    4. Lily’s mom
      June 12, 2021 AT 7:57 pm

      3 stars
      I think I may have done something wrong. I just made this, and mine looks nothing like the photo 😆 It did taste like a creamscicle, but it was really runny, so I added more bananas which tweaked the flavor and didn’t help much with the consistency. Definitely worth trying again though!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 13, 2021 AT 11:16 pm

        Did you change anything about the recipe?! Maybe added a bit more liquid? Either way, I’m glad it still tasted good!

    5. Marianne @ Living with Greater Purpose
      February 11, 2014 AT 7:00 pm

      I have so many clementines to use up. I’m thinking this may be breakfast tomorrow!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        February 11, 2014 AT 9:15 pm

        Woo-hoo! Let me know how it turns out.

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