Easy, healthy, and delicious, smoothies work wonderfully for breakfast, as a meal replacement, or an on-the-go snack. But if you rely on the same smoothie recipes to get you through the week, your taste buds will quickly tire of your regular go-tos. When your daily drink starts to get a little drab, we recommend turning to these six recipes. Filled with zesty and hearty ingredients, such as cherries, limes, avocados, carrots, and even coffee, these thick and creamy beverages are much more exciting than a standard smoothie.
Grab your blender and make sure you have plenty of ice on hand — it’s time to whip up an oh-so-satisfying smoothie!
1. Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie
Start your day on an energetic note with Averie Cooks’s cherry revitalizer smoothie. Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free, this recipe, which yields 2 generous servings, is perfect for anyone with dietary restrictions. In addition to being filled with tangy, smooth, and rich flavors, this smoothie is also packed with noteworthy health benefits. Cherries provide you with vitamin A, bananas ensure you get your daily potassium fix, and coconut water will help replenish your electrolytes. Happy sipping!
- 2 cups tart cherries, frozen
- 2 medium/large ripe bananas
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
- Sweetener, to taste
Directions: Combine ingredients in a blender, blending until smooth. Serve immediately.
2. Key Lime Pie Smoothie
A slice of key lime pie can quickly derail your diet, but this smoothie from Vegan Sparkles certainly won’t! Coconut water, lime juice, avocado, coconut, spinach, and dates combine, creating a dessert-like drink that will help you meet your daily nutritional needs. The recipe yields 2 servings.
- 2 cups coconut water
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- ½ avocado
- ¼ cup organic, shredded coconut
- 1 to 2 handfuls fresh spinach leaves
- 3 Medjool dates, pitted
- 2 handfuls ice
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender, liquids first. Blend on low speed, building up to high speed, and continuing until smooth and creamy. Pour into glasses and enjoy.
3. Carrot and Sesame Date Shake
So thick it almost requires you to chew it, The New York Times’ healthy smoothie is filled with nutty notes and sweet flavors. Packed with calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C, 1 serving contains 214 calories, 6 grams of fat, 6 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.
- 1 medium carrot (about 3 ounces), peeled and coarsely chopped
- 3 fresh dates, preferably medjool, pitted
- 1 tablespoon lightly toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon wheat germ
- ⅓ cup fresh orange juice
- 2 or 3 ice cubes
Directions: Place all of the ingredients in a blender along with a few ice cubes if desired and blend until smooth.
4. Rise and Shine Skinny Coffee Smoothie
Awaken your tastebuds with In Katrina’s Kitchen’s recipe. Vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free, this smoothie contains coffee, ensuring you simultaneously get your caffeine fix and a few fruit servings. You know the drill — place your ingredients in a blender, pulse until smooth, and enjoy!
- 2 bananas
- ½ cup coffee, cold or room temperature
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- 2 to 3 tablespoons coconut flakes
- Handful of ice
Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. Garnish with flaked coconut or a swirl of chocolate syrup if desired.
5. Orange-Spice Chia Smoothie
Creamy flavors abound in Cooking Channel’s orange-spice chia smoothie. Oranges, cinnamon, honey, coconut, chia seeds, ginger root, and oranges work together to create a warm and toasty-tasting drink. The recipe yields 2 servings. SFGate notes that ginger root relieves nausea and vomiting, has a high level of antioxidants, which can help protect against cancer, and contains anti-inflammatory properties.
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds, plus more for garnish, optional
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more forgarnish, optional
- 1 teaspoon chopped peeled ginger root, about 1 (½-inch) piece
- 1 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
- 2 seedless oranges, peeled and segmented
Directions: Blend the coconut milk, chia seeds, honey, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, oranges, and 3 ice cubes in a blender on low speed until everything begins to combine. Raise the setting to high and blend until everything is well combined and the smoothie begins to have a creamy consistency. Taste; if you like it colder, add more ice cubes and blend until smooth. Pour into two glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and chia seeds if using.
6. Strawberries and Cream Smoothie
Ricotta cheese and strawberries taste terrific when eaten together, so why not pair them in your smoothie? SheKnows does just that, creating a simple yet stunning drink that has a velvety-thick texture. The recipe yields 1 servings.
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- ¼ cup ricotta cheese
- ½ cup milk
- Honey, to taste
Directions: Place the strawberries, ricotta, and milk in a blender, and combine thoroughly. Add honey to taste.