The best green smoothie with frozen banana, peanut butter and baby spinach. If you’re new to green smoothies this is the perfect recipe to start with.

If the thought of drinking kale, spinach, collard greens and swiss chard makes you cringe, please don’t leave just yet! I promise that you can create green smoothies that actually taste good and they’ll make you feel good too!green smoothies that actually taste good and they’ll make you feel good too!

To be honest, I’ve always liked green smoothies, but never tried drinking them on a regular basis until recently.

And it’s been amazing!

Green smoothie in a mason jar, topped with banana slices and a peanut butter drizzle. A metal straw is in the jar.

I’ve made a a bunch of different green smoothies over the past two weeks and I’ve been feeling awesome.

It makes sense considering leafy greens are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. It’s one of the reasons I love incorporating one large salad a day, but putting greens in your smoothie is such an easy way to pack a lot of greens into one meal.

Green smoothie in a jar, topped with banana, peanut butter and a straw. A bowl of peanut butter is behind the jar.

Benefits of Eating Dark Leafy Greens

Greens are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. The benefits of leafy greens are amazing. Here are a few:

  • Blood purification
  • Cancer prevention
  • Improved circulation
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Promotion of healthy intestinal flora
  • Promotion of subtle, light and flexible energy
  • Lifted spirit and elimination of depression
  • Improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function
  • Cleared congestion, especially in lungs by reducing mucus

Getting Started with Green Smoothies

  • Baby spinach has a mild flavor and is a great place to start! Add a handful or two of baby spinach into your smoothies then work your way up to adding a larger amount of spinach or different greens that are a little more pungent like collards and kale.
  • Use frozen fruit! Frozen bananas and mango add a nice sweetness, great texture and cover up the taste of the greens really well. <– Just make sure your bananas are ripe and that you peel them before freezing. I like to break them in half and put them in freezer-safe bags or storage containers before placing in the freezer.
  • I recommend using a high-powered blender like a Vitamix. If you don’t have one you can still make green smoothies, but you’ll probably have to deal with pieces of un-blended greens. Just be sure to check your teeth. 😉
  • Remember that green smoothies don’t have to be green. When you include other colorful fruits (like berries) into the smoothie the color isn’t always pretty.
  • I’ve been using plant-based protein powder in my smoothies. My favorite protein powder brand is sweetened with stevia and that definitely helps to make the smoothie taste delicious.

Green smoothie in a mason jar, topped with banana slices and a peanut butter drizzle. A metal straw is in the jar.

One of my favorite green smoothies to date is this one with banana and peanut butter. This combo never disappoints and it’s delicious in this smoothie! And, I promise you won’t taste the spinach at all.

I hope this post will inspire you to try a green smoothie, if you haven’t before and if you have, perhaps it will be a friendly reminder to add a green smoothie or two back into your routine. Drink up and enjoy all the great benefits!

If you try this peanut butter banana green smoothie be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers. 

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Peanut Butter Banana Green Smoothie


Description

The BEST green smoothie with frozen banana, peanut butter and baby spinach. If you’re new to green smoothies this is the perfect recipe to start with. 


Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a large frozen banana
  • 12 Tablespoons peanut butter, PB2 or powdered peanut butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 cup cold unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk)
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredient into a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Smoothie

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie with 1 T peanut butter
  • Calories: 320
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Sodium: 237mg
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 23g

Keywords: green smoothie

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  1. Just tried to make your green elvis, with kale instead of spinach. But I think I need a better blender. Can you recommend one?

  2. Is a pint of green smoothie enough to have for lunch? I had a pint of my pint about an hour ago and I was full at the time but now I’m hungry again. I love spinach and I wonder if eating the food in the smoothie would be more filling than drinking it.

  3. Thank you for such wonderful info! Working on getting more green into my smoothie, and you have been a great inspiration. Know I want to find these bean burgers…

  4. This green smoothie is life changing! I am very new to smoothie making but this one tastes amazing:) I really can’t believe that you can’t taste the spinach at all! This is a great alternative to eating salads all the time.

  5. It’s official. I am obsessed with your blog! I’m a second year grad student and have very limited time to prepare food on my own that isn’t frozen, but with a little bit of time and effort I have made a few of your recipes this weekend, and I feel SO energized that I will definitely keep continuing! It’s so worth it 🙂 I literally feel 10 times more energized!

  6. Hi really liking your blog. I am big smoothie enthusiast. I was just wondering why you recommend freezing fresh bananas and using them? Is it just for coldness and texture or is there another reason i’m missing? Thanks!

    • To CR:
      I personally use frozen bananas mostly because I don’t want them to go bad over the period of time, but when they’re frozen, you can skip the ice step sometimes and it really doesn’t change the texture. I can assume that with non frozen bananas, it will be a tad more creamy, but when I use frozen bananas, it pretty much leaves the same texture.
      I hope this helps!

      – Hana

  7. Hi-Just found your blog here – I tried to find the 5 day slim down you mentioned, but could not – can you reference that for me, please? Thanks!

  8. Here is my green smoothie recipe that i’ve been using every morning for the last 5 years. I guess I should switch it up, but it tastes so good!

    Ingredients:
    2 large chard leaves
    handful of spinach
    1 banana
    1/2 apple
    1/4 cup frozen or fresh berries of choice
    1/2 cup orange juice or water
    3 tablespoons Raw Organic Whey protein (raworganicwhey.com)

    Bend it all in a blender and it’s an amazing way to start the day.

  9. The Green Elvis was delicious! Couldn’t even taste the spinach! I added a little bit of Kale in mines! Thanks for the recipe!!

  10. I found your blog from Tosca Reno’s blog! I just made the green Elvis smoothie, my first ever greenie..all I can say is Oh. My. Gosh. Hands down best smoothie EVER!!!!

  11. Yum! I’ve been having a green smoothie every morning for breakfast for several months now and sometimes as a pre-dinner snack. I thought I would get sick of them, but my body craves the greens! Tastes really refreshing too. I’ve been loving coconut milk in mine which makes it like a ‘milk’ shake. Can’t beat the pb banana combo 🙂

  12. Had this guy for breakfast this morning with PB2 and Chocolate protein powder. It makes the color kind of not good but the taste was amazing! All you can taste is Banana, Peanut butter, and chocolate! It’s like having a treat for breakfast!

  13. I love green smoothies too! I know bananas are good for you, but the sugar content worries me.

    So I sub in 2 TBS of oatmeal soaked overnight in 1 cup almond milk (or usually 24 hours, I put one in when I take one out), and a bit of ice. It thickens it up very nicely!

    You’ve got to experiment some more with these, please! I’ve read about ones with sweet potato that sound awesome! But still “green” with spinich or kale.

  14. I had my first green smoothie for breakfast the other day and I was shocked by how long I stayed full! Definitely not “just a smoothie” 🙂 It’s such a convenient way to get more servings of fruit/veggies into your day.

  15. That Green Elvis recipe is like what I have for breakfast every single day, unless one of my roommates is sleeping.. and I don’t want to wake her up with the sound of my vita mix 😉 haha

    I love the idea of having one as an afternoon snack. I wish I could take my blender to work!!! haha

    • I’m not sure if a smoothie would last all day in the fridge, but I make my smoothies at home on my lunch break (around 12:30) and they keep in the fridge until around 3:30 or so. Some hold better than others – I think frozen fruits definitely help. Maybe you could try it one day and see…

  16. I love green smoothies, although i always have the same one: spinach, banana, almond milk. so delicious!

    I would much rather have them as an afternoon snack, but I work until 5. Do you have any recommendations for smoothie-drinking at work?

  17. I haven’t made a green smoothie in a while because I have been on an Ellwood’s green juice kick, but I definitely need to reincorporate them back into my life. Wish I could whip them up at work as a 3PM snack! Maybe I will pre-make and store them in our office freezer??

  18. I love green smoothies! I have a hard time getting all my veggies in so making a smoothie with a couple handfuls of spinach is a great way for me to boost my leafy greens intake. I like making them with a banana + a bit of peanut butter + almond milk. Delicious!

  19. I haven’t tried putting peanut butter and spinach in the same smoothie before, but now I want to! My toddler loves smoothies, so it’s a great way to sneak some veggies into him. 🙂

  20. If I have my green smoothie instead of my other breakfast option (granola, banana, and yogurt), I feel SO much more alert in the morning. I think those micronutrients in the spinach help a ton!

  21. Hi! I’ve been drinking smoothies for years now, and lately I can’t stop reading about these “green” smoothies. So, I finally tried one at home this morning. I followed your recipe (couldn’t believe I had all your ingredients!). And oh my! Why have I been so anti green smoothies?!?!? It was wonderful! 🙂 You’ve made me one happy green smoothie drinker today!

  22. One tip, especially when using spinach in a smoothie, is that heating/cooking the spinach releases more of its nutrients!
    I will put some water in a bowl and stuff a huge handful spinach and nuke it for 30 seconds. Then put it in the blender WITH the water too! : )
    I’ve also noticed that the slightly wilted spinach blends a little bit easier. My blender is almost 10 years old and manages it okay!

  23. Hi! I’ve been lurking for a little while, but I wanted to say that those green smoothies look soooo refreshing:) Question: I just moved to the UK and for whatever reason, it seems really hard to find fresh greens right now. Have you ever experimented with frozen spinach in a smoothie? Cheers!

    • Hi Renee, we’ve been using frozen spinach when we make green smoothies. After all, if you can put a frozen banana in, why not some frozen spinach. If you defrost it first you have to deal with all the extra slime (yuck, lol!) plus lose some of the goodness as it runs down the drain. We love cheese, spinach and garlic pizza and if we have spinach in the freezer we can make on the spur of the moment even when we’ve no fresh. Or stir it into risotto. Or pasta. Oh, sorry, we were talking about smoothies weren’t we … I got carried away, there, lol!

    • Hi Renee! I’ve never tried using frozen spinach but I think it world work best if you defrost it and make sure to squeeze out all the liquid before putting it in the smoothie. Although, maybe it would work well frozen too. Let me know if you experiment with it. 🙂

  24. My wife and I have a green smoothie almost every morning for breakfast. Today I decided to actually measure the ingredients. Here’s our current favorite recipe (serves two):

    4 cups unsweetened almond milk
    Two servings matcha green tea powder
    Two servings whey protein powder (we use Jay Robb’s)
    3 cups spinach
    1.5 cups kale
    1/4 cup arugula
    1/4 cup frozen homemade broccoli sprouts
    Several sprigs of fresh mint
    One frozen cucumber
    One banana
    One tablespoon unrefined coconut oil

    Yum!

    I’m looking forward to seeing more green smoothie recipes here. Thanks for the info!

  25. I have a green smoothie every morning as my breakfast. Great way to get in a couple of veggies and several fruits at one time and it keeps me full till lunch. I now carry my Vitamix with me when I go visit my parents so I can continue my morning smoothie. I have been looking at IIN and sitting on the fence about it but the more and more people I see who have been through the program I’m thinking it is the right thing to do. Saving now so I can pay for it!

  26. I make green smoothies often and will try the green Elvis. Thanks for the link to Aimee DuFresne’s blog. I don’t know what she uses for juicing, but my Vitamix is a lot easier. Takes up less room, too. However we make the green smoothies, count me in for the ten day challenge!

  27. @Robin – Skin-ON bananas? Really?! I have a Vitamix, but I never considered putting bananas in with skin-on. I do use stems of kale, tho.

  28. Thanks for the recipe! Hubby and I bought a Vitamix on New Year’s Eve this last year and love it! We have been making smoothies ever since….we always put in 2 handfuls of organic spinach and 2 handfulls of broccoli, and 2 carrots, along with our fruit…we also add greek yogurt and 2 Tbsp. of Flaxseed meal….yummy….can’t taste the green veggies at all….love it! We also use frozen strawberries and frozen tripleberries…love how we feel….we’re in our 50’s!
    Merry

  29. I find that it’s helpful to juice the kale/collards with celery, cucumber, lime and/or a green apple before adding it to the blender. Once the greens are juiced, add the frozen banana and other additions as you would normally.

  30. When I first added green smoothies into my diet, the first thing I noticed was that they reduced my cravings for sugar!
    I love your article, and really appreciate your comment about eating veggies that are not organic. I agree with you 100%. It’s so much better to eat greens, even if they’re not organic, than to not eat them at all. Not everyone can afford all organic foods, but fruits and veggies are so loaded with goodness that we should never give them up. Naturally, organic is preferable, but all greens will benefit our health. Also, I love your glass with the picture of the pooch! It rocks!

  31. I need to eat more smoothies – this one looks amazing! I love my greens too and now that I’m eating Mila it will be a perfect vehicle!

  32. It’s funny, the recipie that you shared is almost exactly the same one that I have nearly every day! I am loving the PB2 in smoothies! Sometimes I thicken mine up with a little 1/2 t of guar gum and 1/4 t of xantham gum from Bob’s red mill, which helps to give it more of an ice cream like consistency.

  33. I had a green smoothie for breakfast and it was the first one I’ve had in quite awhile! I need to get in a habit of having on for a snack. I’m the same when it domes to meals or snacks I like to chew something!

  34. Mmm! I’m a fan of green smoothies- especially with Sunwarrior these days. This post decided it for me- I’m going to have one for a snack today!

  35. I tried out your black bean burgers recently. I didn’t have any breadcrumbs on hand, so I ended up crumbling 2 ends of whole wheat bread instead, and they came out great! I’d send you a photo, but they are half devoured, so next time!

  36. I’m easing into the green smoothie thing, I’ve just been adding a little spinach to my regular smoothies, increasing the amount each time. I’m up to about a handful of spinach and it’s not even noticeable, color wise or taste wise! I’m not sure I’ll ever go full-green smoothie like you, but I definitely see the benefits of adding in a little greens here and there 🙂

  37. Ooo girl those green smoothies are my favorite color ;D the recipe you shared sounds awesome! I’ve been having smoothies for breakfast, and I was like you… Thought I couldn’t have a smoothie as a meal. But it’s nice because you can add whatever or take out whatever you want depending on your appetite or just how you’re feeling 🙂 not to mention it’s a great feeling knowing that your body is probably leaping for joy when you drink it!

    Cheers 🙂

    Also, I’ll email you about being included in that post you want to compile

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