Green Smoothie



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Here’s how to make the best green smoothie recipe in 5 minutes with only 4 simple ingredients. It’s healthy, creamy and absolutely delicious!

I have a few different green smoothie recipes on the blog, but today I’m sharing my go-to basic green smoothie recipe that is so easy and delicious.

It’s made with only four simple ingredients… spinach, almond milk (or any liquid of choice), banana and frozen fruit of choice. I usually go with frozen mango for a tropical vibe and because the mango adds a nice creaminess to smoothies, but feel free to use whatever frozen fruit you have on hand!

Two green smoothies in glasses with straws and fresh mango slices.

Why You’ll Love This Smoothie

  • Easy – With needing only 4 main ingredients and a blender this smoothie comes together in a matter of minutes!
  • Naturally sweetened – There’s no added sugar in this recipe. This smoothie is sweetened only with fruit!
  • Customizable – Feel free to make this smoothie your own! Want to use different fruit? Go for it! Want to add a protein boost? Add some protein powder or yogurt.
Ingredients measured out to make a Green Smoothie: almond milk, frozen mango, spinach and frozen banana.

Ingredients Needed

You only need 4 main ingredients to whip up this smoothie! From there, feel free to add additional ingredients as desired. See below for some ideas!

  • unsweetened almond milk – this serves as the liquid base of your smoothie. I like using unsweetened almond milk, which helps to make the smoothie creamy without adding extra sugars. Oat milk, coconut milk or cashew milk would all be great options and add more creaminess, but feel free to use your favorite type of dairy-free or regular dairy milk. You could also use water or coconut water for the liquid base.
  • frozen banana – adds creaminess and natural sweetness. You can follow my guide on how to freeze bananas for smoothies.
  • frozen fruit of choice – I usually use frozen mango for a tropical twist, but feel free to use your favorite type of fruit or whatever you have on hand. Frozen pineapple, passion fruit, peaches or berries would all work well.
  • baby spinach – for that green goodness, packed with nutrients and a mild taste. Feel free to use kale or your favorite type of greens.

How to Make the Best Green Smoothie

This recipe is super simple and can be whipped up in less than 5 minutes.

Just place all of your ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the consistency as desired, adding more liquid for a thinner smoothie or some ice for a thicker smoothie. Pour your smoothie into a glass and enjoy!

Side by side photos of ingredients in a blender, before and after being blended into a green smoothie.

Smoothie Tips

  • Start with less liquid: It’s easier to add more liquid later to adjust the thickness rather than trying to fix an overly watery smoothie. Start with 1 cup of liquid and add more as desired.
  • Use frozen fruit: Frozen fruits not only keep the smoothie cold but also add to its creamy texture so I recommend always using frozen fruit when it comes to smoothies. Frozen bananas, in particular, are great for a smooth, creamy consistency.
  • Use a high-powdered blender: For the best results and smoothest texture I suggest using a high-powdered blender. I love my Vitamix for making smoothies!
Green smoothie being poured into a glass.

Green Smoothie Variations

This recipe is perfect on its own, but it’s also totally customizable. Add your favorite mix-ins or try some of the variations below:

  • Add protein: I love adding protein powder to my smoothies for a protein boost. You could make my green protein smoothie or just add your favorite protein powder to this smoothie. You could also add 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt for an alternative protein boost.
  • Add avocado: For additional creaminess and healthy fats add avocado to this smoothie
  • Add more veggies: For more nutrients you could add additional veggies like an extra handful of leafy greens, half a cucumber, frozen cauliflower or frozen zucchini.
  • Add nuts: Blend in a tablespoon of nut butter like almond butter or peanut butter for a nutty depth and extra protein. Or make this peanut butter green smoothie.
  • Add seeds: For some fiber and additional thickness try adding a tablespoon of chia seeds to this smoothie.
  • Add citrus: Add a splash of lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice or grapefruit juice for some vitamin c and tang!
  • Berry blast: Use a blend of frozen berries like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries for an antioxidant-rich green smoothie.
  • Tropical twist: Use coconut milk as the liquid base and include frozen pineapple or kiwi for a more exotic flavor profile. Or just make this tropical green smoothie.
Overhead of two green smoothies in glasses with fresh mango slices.

How to Make a Green Smoothie Without Banana

The frozen banana in this recipe gives the smoothie a thick and creamy texture and it also adds a bit of sweetness, without being too overpowering. If you’re looking for a low-sugar option, are allergic to bananas or simply don’t like them, here are some ideas for replacements:

  • frozen fruit – swap the frozen banana with another frozen fruit like mango, pineapple or berries.
  • ice – replace the frozen banana with ice (about 1 cup). It will give the smoothie volume and a nice, frozen slushy texture.
  • frozen milk ice cubes – this is the same concept, but instead of using regular ice cubes, make frozen cubes using your favorite non-dairy milk (like almond or coconut milk) and use about 1 cup of these cubes instead of the frozen banana.
  • frozen cauliflower rice – I use frozen cauliflower rice in my smoothies all the time and it works as a low-sugar replacement for frozen bananas. I do find that it adds a different texture to smoothies especially if you use a large amount. I’d start with 1/4 cup, give the smoothie a taste and then add more if needed.
  • avocado – fresh (or frozen) avocado works great as a sub for the creaminess banana adds to smoothies.
  • frozen zucchini – like frozen cauliflower, frozen zucchini works great as a low-sugar replacement for frozen bananas. It also doesn’t add a ton of flavor! You can blanch or steam your zucchini before freezing if you want to make it easier to digest, but I don’t find this necessary.

Two green smoothies in glasses with straws.


Can I make this smoothie ahead of time?

Yes, you can make it ahead and store it in the fridge for up to a day. Just give it a good stir or shake before drinking, as separation may occur.

Can I add other supplements to this smoothie?

Certainly! Feel free to add your favorite supplements like spirulina, maca powder, or a greens blend for an extra nutritional boost.

Can I use fresh fruits instead of frozen?

Absolutely, but using frozen fruits helps give the smoothie a thicker, more refreshing texture. You may want to add ice if using fresh fruits.

How can I make my smoothie sweeter?

I find that this smoothie has plenty of sweetness from the fruit, but if you want to add more sweetness or are skipping the banana, try adding a bit of honey, maple syrup, or a pitted date.

More Smoothie Recipes

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Green Smoothie

Here's how to make the best green smoothie recipe in 5 minutes with only 4 simple ingredients. It's healthy, creamy and absolutely delicious!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1



  • Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass and enjoy.


Serving: 1smoothie | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 991mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 24g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.


Additional Info

Course: Drink, Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green smoothie, green smoothie recipe
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