This green smoothie recipe is for beginners as well as veteran smoothie mavens. It’s simple to make with pure ingredients, including rice milk, spinach, banana, and honey or agave to sweeten. An easy, healthy way to start the day. Even the kids will be happy about it.
What does this green smoothie really taste like?
Yes. We went there. To that green smoothie place. But close your eyes, take a sip, and we swear you’d never guess this sweet, banana-y smoothie is suffused with good-for-you green things. Honest. We find that the basic proportion of banana, milk of some sort, and a little something to sweeten things up hides all manner of sins, er, healthful ingredients. And not to dissuade you from tossing in spinach or chard or kale or other green things, but we’ve also swooned over this basic banana smoothie made without the green stuff. Other times, we’ve found kids to like it with a handful of berries or papaya or mango. We’ve slipped peanut butter in there, too. A shot of vodka may make it go down even easier. Oh, and when we remember, we slice ripe (or borderline overripe) bananas and freeze them before blending for a smoothie that’s uber thick and creamy. That’s all we got. Care to add anything?
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 5 M
- Serves 4
Toss all the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth.
Divvy among 4 glasses and sip, gulp, or slurp immediately. Originally published January 8, 2013.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
I’m not blessed with green vegetable–loving kids, but they certainly like smoothies. They slurped these up and asked for seconds. These smoothies are very airy and light—more of a refreshing drink than a meal replacement. We’ll certainly be making these on a regular basis.
This is definitely a Testers Choice recipe. Not only is it simple but the taste is amazing. If you can get past the bright grass-green color of this smoothie, you’re treated to a wonderfully smooth, slightly sweet, mellow banana flavor.
I used vanilla rice milk and found that there was no real problem with the taste of it or the spinach in the smoothie. I think kids would love this; just don’t tell them about the spinach if they don’t like to eat their veggies.