Breakfast Smoothies

The breakfast smoothies listed below are all fruit-based and are excellent for breakfast when there is little time to prepare full meals. Some are made with Greek yoghurt, which can be done with most of them if you want to add a little protein.

If you avoid using refined sugar and juices with additives, these can be a healthy, nutritious way to start your day.

Use the recipes below as starting points – adding or substituting ingredients to fit your personal preferences. It is almost impossible to make a bad smoothie when you stick with the basics.

Place all ingredients for each smoothie in a blender and blend until smooth. Add additional ice for thicker consistency and additional liquid for thinner consistency.

Local honey and real maple syrup are the best natural sweeteners available. I do not recommend any other sweeteners.

Almond milk, coconut water, freshly squeezed juices, and water are the best liquids. When in a crunch, milk can be used, as well. A couple of the recipes call for pineapple juice, which is difficult to find in its natural state unless you make your own. Since I tend to be a purist (no additives), I often substitute pineapple juice with OJ that I make myself; but, it can be less sweet than pineapple juice, so adjust the amount of sweetener – to your personal taste.

I do not recommend that you drink a breakfast smoothie every morning (although it is better than not eating at all – or than gulping down a cup of strong coffee and a doughnut); but once or twice a week on extremely busy days, smoothies are a good option.

Banana Cream Pie Smoothie

  • 1 medium banana (sliced and frozen)
  • 1 (5.3 oz. carton) Oikos Greek Yoghurt – Plain
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup almond milk (regular milk will also work)
  • 2 – 4 vanilla wafers
  • 1 T. local honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup ice (more if needed)

Apple Banana Crunch Smoothie

• 1 medium banana (frozen)
• 1 fresh apple (peeled and cored)
• Substitute apple with 1 cup frozen strawberries
• 5 raw almonds
• 1 (5.3 oz. carton) Oikos Greek Yoghurt – Plain
• ¼ teaspoon vanilla
• ¾ cup almond milk
• ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
• ¼ tsp fresh grated ginger
• 2 teaspoons local honey
• ½ cup ice (adjust amount to reach desired consistency)

Banana Mango Apple Smoothie

• 1 cup fresh mango (sliced)
• 1 banana
• 1 apple (peeled and cored)
• ½ cup pineapple or fresh orange juice
• ½ cup cold water
• Enough ice to create desired consistency
• Add a little local honey if it is too tart

Berry Banana Apple Smoothie

• 1 medium banana (frozen)
• 1 crisp apple (peeled and cored)
• 4 ounces pineapple juice
• 1 cup raspberries, strawberries or blueberries (fresh or frozen)
• 2 tablespoons cranberry juice
• Dash of nutmeg
• 1 cup ice (If using frozen fruit, you can use less ice)
• Enough cold water to blend well

Strawberry Apricot Smoothie

• 1 cup fresh strawberries (washed and hulled)
• 1 large medium-ripe apricot
• 1 banana (frozen)
• 1/3 cup almond milk
• ½ cup ice
• 1 scant T. honey

Banana Peach Strawberry Avocado Smoothie

• 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
• 1 medium-ripe peach (peeled and pitted)
• 1 cup strawberries (washed and hulled)
• 1 medium ripe avocado
• ½ cup pineapple juice
• ½ cup cold water (add more if needed)
• Small amount of ice

Cherry Strawberry Smoothie

• 1½ cup pitted sweet red cherries (fresh or frozen, unsweetened)
• 1 banana (frozen)
• 1 – 1½ cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
• 2 teaspoons local honey
• 1 T. Chia seeds
• Juice of one orange, plus enough cold water to make 1 cup liquid.
• Add ice as needed for thickness

I ran across this wonderful tool you may want to check out:  It will help you find more smoothie recipes that are just right for you. Have fun! 

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