Published Dec 09, 2022, Updated Jun 26, 2023
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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.
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.
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!
- 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!
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.
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!
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
- Clementine Yogurt Parfaits
- Baby Beet and Clementine Salad
- Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal
- Grapefruit Avocado Salad with Arugula
- Orange Banana Smoothie
- Vanilla Orange Overnight Oats
- 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
- Add all ingredients to a high powered blender.
- Blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and add any additional milk or ice, as desired. Serve immediately.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.