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8 Staple Smoothies You Should Know How to Make

8 Staple Smoothies That You Should Know How to Make

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8 Staple Smoothies That You Should Know How to Make
9 Staple Smoothies You Should Know How to Make

I know it’s January. I know it’s like -30 degrees outside. Some of you may even have snow (oh snow, how I miss you, come back to me!). But I’m a believer that it is never too cold to have an awesome smoothie! Since smoothies are such a tasty way to pack in a ton of nutrients, I put on a big sweater and happily drink them even when the temps are frigid.

I thought I’d pull together a comprehensive how-to on making eight staple smoothies. I consider these smoothies “classic” because they are great flavor and health combos that please everyone! These are the kinds of smoothies that I think everyone should know how to make, and chances are, you’ll find a favorite combo among these recipes.

There really is no wrong way to make a smoothie, but I think these recipes are a great jumping off point if the blender intimidates you. I’ve included the full recipe for all eight smoothies below. I’d love for you to share your favorite classic smoothie in the comments!


But, before we dig into the recipes, I want to serve up a big glass of Smoothie 101 for you. Here are my smoothie “rules” that I stick by to help me make sure my smoothies are always yummy:

  1. Use a good blender. If you’re in the smoothie-making business, you should invest in a great blender. Trust me, it’s worth the cash not to have to chew your smoothie. I worked with a lower quality blender for years, and it was always frustrating to make a smoothie (and I broke the thing twice!). Vitamix and Blendtec are both well-loved and highly recommended. I personally use a Ninja Ultima. I love it because it’s just as powerful as those “big” brands, but a lot more affordable. No need to take out a second mortgage on your house just to make some smoothies.
  2. Use your (unsweetened) milk of choice. If you’re a fan of coconut milk, use it. Like cow’s milk? Go for it. A fan of almond milk? Cool. Use whatever milk you like in your smoothies—you can’t go wrong. I just recommend you stick to unsweetened and unflavored versions. That gives you the most control of the smoothie.
  3. Sweeten to taste. All of these smoothies here use frozen banana as a base (more on that in a sec), and bananas vary in sweetness. My recommendation is to blend up your smoothie without any added sweetener, then taste. Add in honey or maple syrup to taste. Many times, I don’t need to add anything! Another great natural option for sweetening: pitted Medjool dates. Throw in one or two of those bad boys and let the blender do it’s thing. You’d be amazed at how sweet your smoothie will be!
  4. Stock the freezer for easy smoothies. I throw a frozen banana into every single smoothie I make. It adds a lot of creaminess, sweetness, and nutrition, and honestly, bananas are just yummy as all get out. When I go grocery shopping, I buy the biggest ripe bunch I can find. Then when I get home, I peel them, break them into chunks, and then freeze them flat on a cookie sheet. When solid, I transfer them to a ziptop freezer bag.
  5. Use your creativity for mix-ins. The smoothie recipes below are plain—no chia-hemp-protein powder concoctions. But if you want to expand your smoothie horizons, go for it! Toss in chia seeds or protein powder or hemp seeds or flax or whatever else makes your heart happy. If you have a standard set of mix-ins you like, you can even freeze them into booster packs—great for really quick and easy smoothies!

And if you want to make it your own, here are my suggestions:

  • Don’t like or can’t eat bananas? Sub in 1/2 cup additional plain Greek yogurt (to add creaminess) plus 1 tablespoon additional sweetener and a handful of ice cubes in place of the frozen banana in these recipes. Other options: canned pineapple, sweetened yogurt, canned pears. Adding half a ripe avocado can really help make up for the creaminess that bananas usually add, too.
  • Want to make them vegan? Use plant-based Greek yogurt (there are really great coconut milk ones out there now) and stick to maple syrup and plant-based milks.

Alright, enough of me lecturing you. Let me dig into my eight classic smoothie recipes. Master these guys, and you’ll have an awesome repertoire of smoothie knowledge to tap into anytime you want to fire up your blender. Happy blending!

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Classic Green Smoothie

Classic Green Smoothie

It doesn’t get more healthy that a green smoothie, now does it? Green smoothies sound (and, honestly, look) like they wouldn’t taste the greatest, but if you do them right, they are sweet, balanced, and have no flavor of the greens! I’m a lightweight and use fresh baby spinach in my green smoothies because you can’t taste it at all. If you’re a little more hardcore on the health food front, you can try kale, collards, or even chard! The truth is, you can make almost any smoothie a green smoothie by tossing a handful of greens in. The end result might look yucky (the combo of strawberries and spinach results in a particularly gross gray color), but it’ll taste delicious!

Classic Green Smoothie

To make it, blend together:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup greens (baby spinach, destemmed kale, collards, chard, etc.)
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (nut, soy, animal)
  • Honey or maple syrup, to taste

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Who needs ice cream when you can make a smoothie that tastes like your favorite frozen treat? It’s really important to have a high-powered blender for this one, because standard blenders can’t handle the orange slices very well.

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

To make it, blend together:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 orange, peeled or 2 clementines, peeled
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (nut, soy, animal)
  • Honey or maple syrup, to taste

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

This is another dessert-like smoothie—you can’t beat the classic combo of peanut butter and chocolate! You can adjust the chocolate intensity of this smoothie by tweaking the amount of cocoa powder you add.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

To make it, blend together:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (nut, soy, animal)
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 1–3 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Honey or maple syrup, to taste

Creamy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

This smoothie is Juniper’s favorite! Mama likes it, too, because not only is it super tasty, but it’s got a nice boost of protein thanks to the Greek yogurt and peanut butter. I usually throw in a handful of spinach, too.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

To make it, blend together:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (nut, soy, animal)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Honey or maple syrup, to taste

Pina Colada Smoothie

Pina Colada Smoothie

This is a healthy virgin version of your favorite tropical cocktail! Coconut milk really adds to the tropical flavor, but if you don’t have any, other kinds of milk will work fine, too.

Pina Colada Smoothie

To make it, blend together:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (canned or fresh)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (from the can)
  • Honey or maple syrup, to taste

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

If you walk into any smoothie bar or coffeehouse, you’ll probably find a strawberry-banana smoothie on the menu. And that’s because it’s a yummy combo that everyone loves!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

To make it, blend together:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (nut, soy, animal)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Honey or maple syrup, to taste

Mocha Smoothie

Mocha Smoothie

If you’re a coffee-aholic, this smoothie is for you! It uses leftover coffee to add lots of java flavor. My tip for dealing with leftover coffee—pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze. Then you have coffee cubes ready for mocha smoothies (or iced coffee) whenever you need them.

Mocha Smoothie

To make it, blend together:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup strong-brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Honey or maple syrup, to taste

Mixed Berry Smoothie

Mixed Berry Smoothie

If you head to the frozen fruit section at your local grocery store, you’ll probably spy a few bags of mixed berries. They usually contain strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. These are perfect for an antioxidant-packed, tasty smoothie!

Mixed Berry Smoothie

To make it, blend together:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (nut, soy, animal)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Honey or maple syrup, to taste
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There you have it! My favorite eight staple smoothie recipes. If you’re looking to get your hands on more great smoothie recipes, you’re in luck, because I have a eCookbook out right now called 13 Simple Smoothies! The best part? It is totally free if you sign up to receive emails from Wholefully! No spam. And you can unsubscribe whenever you’d like (and keep your eCookbook). Get started here!

Cassie Johnston

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  • Ellen SAYS

    Great timing! We got a smoothie blender thing (Nutribullet I think) from our in-laws for Christmas (my father in law now LOVES green juices, it’s hilarious!) and I needed some more recipes for my repertoire. And I love that a lot of these use similar ingredients :) Also, I love the peanut butter smoothies with oats in it too, makes it really filling for breakfast!

    • Cassie SAYS

      Adding oats to a smoothie is GENIUS! I don’t know why I’ve never thought of it. (Oh wait, that’s right, it’s because I’m totally not a genius.)

    • janice ristow SAYS

      It defeats the purpose if you use honey or maple syrup. Sugar is sugar even if it is honey and there is plenty of sugar in fruit. Dr. Weil says your body doesn’t know the difference between orange juice and coke. Many people use peanut better with sugar in it so try to find one without sugar.

      • Cassie SAYS

        That’s why each of the recipes says to sweeten to taste. If you like your smoothies without added sweetener, awesome! :)

      • Bambi SAYS

        There’s a major difference between sugar and high fructose corn syrup (found in coke and many other processed drinks/foods). Your body is able to process sugar because it is more natural. High fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners are hard for your body to break down and digest. She’s using maple syrup or honey as they are natural sweeteners (no sugar added to them) and a little goes a long way.

      • Colleen SAYS

        Dr. Weil…lol

      • Unicorn Party SAYS

        Well, if Dr. Weil says it– then we should all have to listen…right?

        I prefer to think for myself.

      • carol martin SAYS

        I want More of this !!! Question do i have to use greek yogurt ? hat the sour taste is nasty yuck .! can I use truvia ?. I have been told by my Doctor That my ac hemoglobin is high but she does not want to try medication yet . She wants to see If I can get it down myself . i am 76 years

      • Dee SAYS

        I think honey has a lot of good things about it that regular sugar doesn’t.

      • Beverly SAYS

        I was diagnosed as prediabetic. I started making smoothies. My recipe is a small handful of Kale, a small handful of spimach, a small handful of walnuts, some chia and flax seeds, half an avocado, half an apple minus seeds but with skin and a bunch of fresh pineapple. I use green tea for the liquid. I sweetened anything else with honey or maple syrup. My husband, like Dr. Weil and gentle reader above says sugsr is sugsr is sugar. I read though that the body DOES know the difference and processes natural sugars differently. I found this to be accurate. There was plenty of natural sugars in my smoothie but my blood sugar levels came right down. Just sayin…..

    • Shirley Hatcher SAYS

      Thanks never tried smoothie before but I will now thanks too your recipes.

    • Paul SAYS

      Do you have smoothie recipes without bananas? Or are they a staple ? I dislike bananas

      • Julie @ Wholefully SAYS

        We have some substitutes you can make for the bananas!

        “Don’t like or can’t eat bananas? Sub in 1/2 cup additional plain Greek yogurt (to add creaminess) plus 1 tablespoon additional sweetener and a handful of ice cubes in place of the frozen banana in these recipes. Other options: canned pineapple, sweetened yogurt, canned pears. Adding half a ripe avocado can really help make up for the creaminess that bananas usually add, too.”

        Hope this helps!

      • Jenny SAYS

        What if you don’t have frozen bananas? Just throw in ice?

      • Cassie SAYS

        Yup, a handful or two of ice will work. :)

  • Kim SAYS

    Thank you!! Finally a bunch of smoothie recipes that don’t have a ton of wierd ingredients that I have no patience to search for in the grocery store. Can’t wait to get blending.

    • Cassie SAYS

      I think weird mix-ins should be optional! Like, if you want to add chia/hemp/flax whatever you your smoothies, go for it, but it should be a requirement. :)

  • Melissa SAYS

    Pineapple is also great for sweetening things up. I usually just throw stuff together but that peanut butter banana one is sounding yummy right now.

  • Alexandra SAYS

    Yum! These sound delicious. I’ve been off the smoothie making train for a while, but I need to jump back on. When did you start giving Juniper smoothies? Little Kai has mastered the straw now, so I think smoothies might be a good way to pack in some nutrients…

    • Cassie SAYS

      We started right around when she got the straw down—just shy of a year. She had no interest in them until a few months ago though.

  • Mia SAYS

    Can I still download the recipes if I already get your emails? These sound fabulous!

    • Cassie SAYS

      You should have gotten an email with a download link to the eBook a few days ago if you are already a subscriber!

      • Debra SAYS

        Cassie I too get your emails regularly so how can I get your smoothie ebook without signing up for your emails AGAIN?

      • Cassie SAYS

        Hi Debra: You should have gotten an email from me a few days ago with a link to the eBook—it went out to all my current subscribers. If you didn’t get it, just shoot an email to, and I’ll get you hooked up.

  • Yum! Thank you for these recipes! I am new to your blog and love every single post so far! It is inspiring for my new blog. Have you ever tried PB2? Apparently (according to the label) its got 85% less fat calories that traditional peanut butter. Not sure if they are talking about, like, the skippy and JIF crap, but even still, its a lot quicker putting peanut butter into smoothies!!

    • Cassie SAYS

      I have tried and used PB2, but I actually like the fat (and calories) of regular peanut butter. It helps make smoothies feel more like a meal than just a drink!

  • smoothie is my go to for most weekdays…and i have tried making smoothie packs with all the solid ingredients, which saves time in the long run. I want to try something with cold brewed tea soon. i love the idea of a mocha smoothie.

  • Erika SAYS

    The mocha one is catching my eye today, but these all sound great, and I appreciate that they are simple, simple, simple.

    Where do the glasses they are shown in come from? I want them!

  • Noline SAYS

    Great recipes…

    I really your photos. Both the style and the quality is amazing. I can see your hard work to improve your photos has really paid of.

    Have a wonderful 2016…

  • Denise SAYS

    Hi! I don’t like bananas in smoothies. Can you suggest any substitutes?

    • Michele SAYS

      Avocados area a great creamy ingredient used in green smoothies. :-)

      • Janie woodson SAYS

        What else can be used? I’m allergic to both.

      • Nancy SAYS

        I second the avocado suggestion. Even though I happen to love them, at first I thought, “Ew! In a smoothie??” But I tried it and it was amazing! No avocado taste at all, but amazing creaminiess!!

      • Patty SAYS

        You can smash up an avocado then Press them into the ice tray and freeze them then add one cube to your smoothie. Or how ever many cubes you’d like.

  • Renee SAYS

    Hi,just discovered your smoothie recipes,looking forward to trying them.

  • Laci SAYS

    these look awesome! love having staple recipes :) also, where in the heck can i find those sweet glass cups?? in LOVE!

    • Cassie SAYS

      They are Anchor Hocking brand from Meijer—I haven’t been able to find them online anywhere!

      • Laci SAYS

        lol, of course I have very “exclusive” taste, i have doen this for some other items too and they are always hard to find :) but thanks I will keep my eyes open for them!

      • Suzanne SAYS

        My mother in law just bought me some glasses similar made by Martha stwert from Macy’s

  • Amy SAYS

    Try Chocolate Raspberry. Frozen (or fresh if available) raspberries, a small handfull of dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips, and milk of choice.

  • Leigh SAYS

    Any ideas on a substitute for bananas? I HATE them! Wish I didn’t! Everyone tries to tell me you can’t taste them in smoothies but I totally can. So many great, healthy smoothie recipes require bananas and I’m bad at figuring out a different option.

  • Saba SAYS

    I Love this!!! Definitely saving it for the new year!!

  • Brii SAYS

    What if you’re lactose intolerant and can’t use yogurt? What do you suggest using instead?

    • Cassie SAYS

      SoDelicious makes a really great Greek style plain coconut milk yogurt (that you can get from Whole Foods). Highly recommended!

      • Brenda Allen SAYS

        I second the use of So Delicious! They have a great unsweetened vanilla coconut yogurt that is fantastic mixed with blueberries or cherries. I am lactose intolerant as well and was delighted when my youngest recommended this brand. So worth the extra money for it.

  • Kirstin SAYS

    These Are great! I have gained 30 lbs in the last two years. It is from a high performance job with little time for prep or cooking of good food. I like the idea of simple smooties i can prep or freeze the night before. Thank. You.

  • Terri SAYS

    I love smoothies & they are healthy. I’m trying to lose some weight, & I love having recipes, so I can make my grocery lists easier. … thanks for posting these !!

  • Amanda SAYS

    Hello from Central Indiana! Maybe not the healthiest alternative, but I make smoothies with Greek yogurt and frozen concentrate orange juice. Usually 2/3 cup of yogurt and two tablespoons of oj concentrate. It’s a good pick me up for blah mornings.

  • Wow! I am not a big smoothie drinker because they always seem so complicated. Even I could do this! Thanks!

  • katie SAYS

    I’m allergic to bananas. What would you recommend in its place?

    • Cassie SAYS

      Ripe avocado or more Greek yogurt (even frozen in cubes) would work great! And then just add a bit more of your favorite sweetener, too.

  • Sarah SAYS

    Love all the ideas! Where are those cups from that you have the smoothies in? Thanks!

  • Renee SAYS

    Are any of these good for weight loss?

  • Heather SAYS

    I see a lot of your smoothies contain yogurt….. What is the benefit? I make a lot of smoothies never using yogurt. Am I missing out?!?!!!

    • Cassie SAYS

      Yogurt makes the smoothie creamy, and it adds a lot of protein, healthy fat (if you use full fat yogurt), and probiotics for your gut. Yogurt is awesome!

  • Katie SAYS

    Hi I’m trying to sign up for emails so I can get the ecookbook but I think the link is broken. Can you send me a link or email me one? l just got a nutribullet and tried the orange Creamsicle smoothie. It was amazing! Thank you.

  • Jelli SAYS

    Love this grouping of smoothies. You’re right, these are the essentials. So glad to see choco pb made the cut. I think that the only one I’ve never tried on my own has been the piña colada, but it’s high time I make it. Pinned, shared, and bookmarked!

  • Glenora Helfrich SAYS

    Everything is made with greek yogurt. If you can’t stand greek yogurt is it alright to use the regular vanilla yogurt?

  • julie SAYS

    Hi what do you mean freeze bananas in chunks? Thanks!

    • Cassie SAYS

      Peel the bananas (I like to do a whole bunch at a time), break into 1″—ish chunks, plop into a freezer bag and then freeze. Keep them in there so they are ready to use in smoothies!

  • Maggie SAYS

    I am allergic to banana UGH !!! It is in every smoothie you make .Anything else that can replace it for sweetness ?

  • Meryle Shropshire SAYS

    Best smoothies ever… and healthy! Thank you.

  • JoAnn SAYS

    All of these Smoothies look Yummie .

  • clare SAYS

    These sound amazing!! Is there something you could use instead of Greek yogurt in the mocha one?? I’m not a huge fan it, but would like to try the smoothie itself.

    Also, is the mocha one as good without the Cocoa? I know it would then just be coffee, but I’m wondering if that will taste good too

    • Cassie SAYS

      You could use a thicker milk (like canned coconut milk) or regular yogurt. And the mocha one will still be delicious, just more of a latte flavor than a mocha flavor. :)

    • Jenna SAYS

      I used non dairy creamer (the liquid kind) in my mocha smoothies. It just takes a tablespoon or so and it comes out creamy like you added it to your coffee. And since they come in all sorts of flavors, you get great variety.

  • Lilly Collins SAYS

    I just tried the chocolate peanut butter smoothie. OMG, it is the most delicious thing I have made yet. I’m new to the whole smoothie scene, I “accidentally” got a Magic Bullet for Christmas. I have made at least one smoothie every day since then. It’s changing my life!

  • D SAYS

    I’m allergic to nuts – any suggestion on substitutes for the nuts and/or PB? I use soynut butter with grape jelly as a PB & jelly substitute, would that be ok? I’m assuming any milk can sub for almond milk.

  • Jean McDowell SAYS

    Have you stopped the free ebook on Smoothies? If not, would love one, just getting into the smoothies….just don’t think I can do the green ones…lol. Thanks.

    • Cassie SAYS

      Nope, it’s still available! If you signed up to receive emails but didn’t get the book (we were having some technical hiccups over the weekend), just shoot me an email to: and I’ll get you squared away.

  • Maggie SAYS

    These look delicious!! I’m allergic to bananas and have never been able to get into smoothies because I swear every single good recipe uses banana as a base – does anyone know of a good alternative that keeps the texture and health benefits intact??

  • Candace Hall SAYS

    I am trying to sign up to receive emails and to receive your free smoothie ebook but the link does not seem to be working.

  • Wendy SAYS

    I hate bananas so what can I substitute for some of the recipes like creamsicle and chocolate peanut butter?

  • Bambi SAYS

    Oooo… Mocha one is NOT good! I Should have used unsweet milk rather than yogurt… It tastes like a really tart coffee… any suggestions to thicken it up though? Maybe ice?

    • Cassie SAYS

      Ice would work just fine. And if it’s too tart for your tastes, you can sweeten it up with a little honey or maple syrup. I like my coffee bitter. :)

  • Stacy SAYS

    LOVE THIS!! Is there a printable version anywhere? I know, I shouldn’t need it – but I do! Like each recipe on it’s own page?

  • Jen SAYS

    Ok, I’m new at this. This might be a silly question but, what’s the process for freezing bananas? I get that you chunk them up. Then do you put them on a sheet pan to freeze? After they are froze do you bag them up or just leave them on a pan?

    • Cassie SAYS

      I just plop them (once chunked up) into a ziptop freezer bag, and then put the whole thing in the freezer. They stick together a little bit, but they aren’t too hard to break apart.

  • Alisa SAYS

    Can you tell me the calories and other nutritional value in each of the smoothies? Or tell me where to go to find this information..

  • Julia Williams SAYS

    Hi! Do these smoothies serve one person or more than one?
    Thanks so much

  • carol SAYS

    Well this excludes me, I am allergic to bananas , I love mocha too

  • Janet SAYS

    Are there any smoothies for the few of us who detest bananas?
    They always look so good and the taste is revolting to me. Surely there is something else I could add.

  • Kalpana Kishore SAYS

    Thank you for the tips. It will help a starter like me.

  • Rob SAYS

    These are great! Have you heard of anyone adding protein powder to them?

  • I recently started my journey with smoothies and I think these will be a great start! I’m not a huge fan of using berries because of the little seeds as I don’t care for texture in my drinks. Maybe I’ll get used to it?? I am happy to hear that spinach doesn’t add a harsh, sharp taste like I have imagined. I will have to give in and try it! Thank you for some good starting points with new flavors!

    • Cassie SAYS

      You can also strain the smoothie afterward through a fine sieve to get rid of seeds (they bother my husband, too, so I know from experience!).

  • mommmyof1 SAYS

    Can i use the peanut butter powder instead of all natural peanut butter? I dont have the all natural P.B.

  • Anna SAYS

    Hi! These look delicious! I was just wondering , how many servings does each recipe make?

  • karthik SAYS

    I will try this . Thank you for sharing.

  • mommy28358 SAYS

    Have any without bananas? I am allergic to bananas, but love making smoothies.

  • Hamo SAYS

    HI I am allergic to peanut butter so could I element it or which can i replace with another but don’t change the smoothie taste

    • Cassie SAYS

      I would just swap in a nut or seed butter that works for you. Sunflower seed butter would be great!

  • Amanda SAYS

    Thank you!!! Been looking for simple smoothie recipes with out all the weird protein powders and it’s hard!! I look forward to trying some of these right away!!! I’m also signing up to follow you now!!!

  • Kristy SAYS

    Have you used plain yogurt? Instead of the Greek yogurt?

  • Wendy SAYS

    Hi, I am completely new to smoothies but doc says, more fruit and veg so there we are. I am loathe to throw away the pulp on top of the smoothies and understand this is good fibre, Any suggestions for using it. Did make a soup with some veg pulp.

    • Cassie SAYS

      Hi Wendy: When you make smoothies, everything goes in the blender—the whole fruit or vegetable! And you get it all in your smoothie. I’m assuming you’re referring to juicing, which is where you actually extract the juice and have leftover pulp. I don’t do a lot of juicing, so I don’t have many suggestions for you. Sorry!

  • Michelle leck SAYS

    What are the carb count is these?? Any idea??

    • Cassie SAYS

      Sorry, I don’t count carbs, but there are lots of great calculators out there than can help you figure it out. This one is my favorite because it is cut and paste:

  • Heather SAYS

    I want these glasses SO bad and I cant find them anywhere! Do you remember where you bought them?? Also, the smoothies are delicious too<3

  • Julia Emley SAYS

    How many servings in each smoothie?

  • Hi Cassie, I love these kind of smoothies.
    And thank you so much

  • diana m SAYS

    These look awesome but fattening. Do you have calorie count that counts except for these recipes?

  • Karen Reed SAYS

    Would a food processor work instead of a blender?

    • Cassie SAYS

      I’ve never tried doing a smoothie in a food processor, but I do know that my food process has a really small capacity for liquid—I think the max line is at less than a cup. If you have an immersion/stick blender, that would work!

  • This was my first attempt at making a smoothie for myself. I have a newborn and it can be so hard to get a nutritious breakfast down (or any breakfast at all). I just wanted to say Thank You for these recipes and the blog post. It was the first time smoothie making didn’t feel intimidating to me. I made the Mocha smoothie to instructions and froze the coffee ice cubes the night before, it was delicious! Trying out the Mixed Berry tomorrow and subscribing to this blog today!

  • Emily SAYS

    All these sound amazing! Is there something I can use instead of bananas? They make me poorly so I can’t eat them :P

  • Pat Cauchi-Farrugia SAYS

    I have been throwing banana spinach strawbwrry and nut milk and it was fine but your recipes have flavour!!!!! I’m so glad I can make a simple tasty smoothie from just 4 ingredients! Bravo! Can’t wait to try pin cold tomorrow xxx

  • Pat Cauchi-Farrugia SAYS

    …oh by the way..has anyone tried using Aloe Vera water in smoothies (instead of milk). I did and it was great too….depends what it is used with…

  • Harsha SAYS

    Hey! This is awesome :)
    just a slight doubt – when you say unsweetened milk? do u mean evaporated milk or just normal milk?

  • shari SAYS

    I use low fat yogurt ice cream in stead of banana and yogurt. Then you have all the smoothness and depending on what you add less calories. I also like to add frozen juices to the yogurt ice cream. If you use the frozen juice don’t go overboard or it will be too sweet! I put two tablespoons for a large smoothie. But it’s your call.

  • Great idea :)
    I love your articles so much. Thanks for your recipes…

  • Sarah SAYS

    Hello, the recipes requiring Greek yogurt, I’m lactose intolerant, so what can I use instead? I have lactaid milk for the milk part but what can I replace the yogurt with? Or do you need it? Thanks!

    • Cassie SAYS

      There are some really great non-dairy yogurts out there! There are even some almond milk or coconut milk Greek-style yogurts that would work perfectly. Good luck!

  • Shanna SAYS

    Love this, thank you so much!

  • Queria SAYS

    I am excited about trying the smoothies. However, I have tried and tried to eat bananas but they make me nauseous. What could I use as a substitute? I love blueberries; would that work? Thanks in advance.

    • Cassie SAYS

      Check the comments for lots of good banana substitute suggestions from other banana-haters. :)

  • Lori SAYS

    I accidentally got vanilla Greek yogurt instead of plain but I think it will eliminate the need for the honey to sweeten it. I also love the idea of using frozen bananas.

  • Debbie SAYS

    I love your smoothies now I got to go shopping for more ingredients plus your smoothies will help me lose more weight thank you

  • Gigi SAYS

    Disappointed that every one of these have bananas. Can’t stand the taste. And yes I could taste them. Would love to have an alternative.

  • Becky Bowers SAYS

    I may have overlooked this, but do these recipes make just one serving? Thanks!

  • Armand Aviles SAYS

    Thanks for the great Recipes, easy to do and delicious

  • Thank you so much, Cassie, for sharing these yummy recipes with everyone. I just lost weight on Nutrisystem and LOVED their protein shakes in Vanilla, Coffee, and Chocolate flavor. Now that I want to maintain my weight, I was looking for smoothie recipes. I think I will always use frozen fruits and 1 cup of ice to any smoothie I make.
    If any of your readers want to do Protein Shakes without the frozen fruit, just buy Vanilla or Chocolate Whey Powder in a black container at Walmart. To 1 scoop, add just 3/4 cup water and 1 cup ice to your blender. I have a KitchenAid, and it’s wonderful. The recipe I gave for the whey powder protein shake is one serving and is only 110 calories, 1.5 g. total fat, 9 g. carbs, 7 g. sugar, and 15 g. of protein! But I want to try Cassie’s smoothies, too!

  • Yvonne SAYS

    Can these smoothies be made in advance like the night before? I would love to have these for my husband to take to work but he leaves too early so I would have to make them in advance.

    • Cassie SAYS

      The ones without greens, yes. They might separate a bit, but a good shaking will fix that. I’d recommend only making the ones with greens in them right before enjoying. :)

  • Shawn SAYS

    Hi! Love the smoothie recipes. Was wondering where you got the glassware?

    • Cassie SAYS

      I got mine from Meijer, but there is a link somewhere in the comments for where to buy them online (I didn’t find it, a reader did!).

  • Camille SAYS

    These look great, but I’ve got a sticky question. What if you don’t like banana? Is there an alternative? Or do I have to live a smoothie free life?

  • Stacey Shirley SAYS

    These look absolutely amazing – but why do they all have do have bananas in them? I’m allergic ?

  • Kristi SAYS

    I noticed several comments included a dislike or allergy for bananas and avocado. I’ve recently come across two substitutes…summer squash or sweet potato (the white one). I’ve tried the sweet potato version and was impressed. Cook it first, let it cool, then use half the potato with your other ingredients.

  • Heidi SAYS

    Hello :-)

    So I tried both the Mocha recipe and the Strawberry Banana one. The strawberry recipe was pretty on point and super simple. I didn’t have to add sugar becuase the strawberries really make up for the sweetened taste. The mocha recipe had a bit of a sour taste to it. I’m not sure if the cocoa was too much (it’s unsweetened) because I put a bit of honey in there…any suggestions on how to tame a sour taste? Thank you!!

    • Cassie SAYS

      I’d just cut back on the cocoa powder a bit (and maybe use less strong coffee). Hopefully that’ll help! :)

  • Madeline SAYS

    I am the worse eater, of lately, I don’t like meat just does not taste like it did in the past. I don’t eat a lot of veg. I eat a lot of bread and some times chop meat (that’s the only meat I will eat.) I had a fruit smoothie and loved it. I want to get into veg smoothies. I tried making the veg, it was horrible. What veg can I use to get the daily vitamin requirements, and what can I add to the veg smoothie to make it tast better? Also, can you drink the leftovers the next day, or it should be thrown away. Thank you. Will I get a reply in my email, because I’m not always on this site, but I love this site..

  • T SAYS

    Just made the mocha smoothie with strong cold brew coffee and natural unsweetened cocoa powder, wow pretty bitter but I added some protein powder and its delicious. I don’t think my bananas were ripe enough before I froze them either so I got a really strong non-ripe banana taste. Make sure your bananas are ripe enough! Thank you for all the recipes!

  • Colleen SAYS

    I was so excited about these until I saw that Every. Single. One. has a banana in it! I guess those of us who find bananas disgusting (we do exist!) just aren’t meant to hop on the smoothie bandwagon :-(

  • Sisse SAYS

    I just got a smoothie maker a few days ago and today I stumbled upon these recipes.
    I went straight out and got some peanutbutter and greak yoghurt, and I just have to admit how much I love the banana-peanutbutter smoothie blend, it’s amazing!
    Thank you for making it easy to make delicious smoothies! :)

  • Calvin SAYS

    We purchased a KitchenAid Diamond. It works just like those expensive blenders without the cost. We love it. Every now then when we do berries (strawberry, raspberry) it will have a few seeds that did not blend. I feel this is worth the cost.
    I have a question, I notice you don’t use ice with your smoothies. Is this just a preference or the frozen bananas suffices?
    Thanks for the recipes, a few we already do :).

    • Calvin SAYS

      P.S. I love the “ripe” banana idea and putting them in baggies into the freezer!

    • Cassie SAYS

      The frozen banana takes over the role of ice. If your bananas aren’t frozen, a handful of ice will do the trick. :)

  • Matilda SAYS

    I love smoothies. Kindly email your recipes.

  • Barbara SAYS

    Hi Cassie
    I’m new to this eating healthy and trying to cook healthy meals. But I like making smoothie, in your recipes you use milk can I use water or ice and add a scope of vegan protein powder. Thank you for your advice and all the great ideals and recipes.

  • Angie SAYS

    Excellent recipes yet easy to make! My husband and I have tried (and enjoyed) Choc/PB, Straw/banana, Mixed berry, and Banana/PB. The Banana/PB sustained me for almost 5 hours while running errands since morning. Excellent choice. Thank you Cassie. Be blessed.

  • Anonymous SAYS

    Today I tried the Classic green smoothie because it didn’t require Greek yogurt (don’t have any currently), BEST SMOOTHIE EVER! I didn’t even add the honey so it was only 3 simple ingredients! I’m not one to comment on recipes about if I liked it or not, but I had to for this smoothie because I love it so much! Yummy, simple, fast to make, perfect! Thanks so much!

    • Aska SAYS

      Today I made the P-B Banana one, and yesterday the Mocha one. Geez, these recipes are talented.

  • Brittany SAYS

    I made one with frozen grapes, melon & pineapple and/or orange with ice. Word to the wise, better have a really good blender (I have a Ninja and it didn’t cut it) for grapes since the skins don’t want to blend up. Or you could spend your day peeling grapes… Whatever floats your boat. But the taste was pretty outstanding.

  • Why frozen banana’s can is be unfrozen,or not frozen?

    • patti with an i SAYS

      The frozen bananas are just to make the smoothie cold. And if you have them in the freezer you don’t need to worry about them over-ripening.

  • Wow that orange DREAMSICKLE looks delicious!! I cant wait to make it for my wifey!

    – Justin

  • patti with an i SAYS

    I’ve been making the basic green smoothie, but without honey, instead adding a couple of tablespoons of coconut butter. Adds sweetness, but also extra fiber to slow down the absorption of the sugar.

  • Deborah Brown SAYS

    Having a healthy lifestyle and diet isn’t suppose to break your pocke and its not complicated or difficult to do. Simply purchase fruit and greens then SPLEND. We have but one life. There are no do-overs, so I say Smoothy away.

  • Apple SAYS

    Add avocado and thicken, makes it vegan, and silky! Almond milk. Agave.

  • Megan SAYS

    Does anyone know estimate on how many calories are in these smoothies? Wish they had the nutrition facts. Wanted to start weight watchers soon but hated to have to log all the ingredients used. Any info is appreciated on this. Thanks!

  • Julie @ Wholefully SAYS

    Here is a great copy and paste nutrition info calculator that should help:

  • Wendy SAYS

    What can I use instead of Greek yogurt? Or what brand do you recommend using for these smoothies?

  • Don Cameron SAYS

    Hi Cassie,
    Just wondering for the yogurt are you using frozen? It is hard to tell from the pictures.

  • Marcia SAYS

    Hello. Can you tell me approx how many calories each smoothie is if made exactly as written? _And are these one serving to be consumed as a meal replacement?

  • Donna SAYS

    Hi, Your smoothies looks and sound delicious. I can’t wait to start making them. I don’t usually post comments but the way you simply describe things, well, I just had to. I could read your directions and suggestions like I was talking to friends sitting around the kitchen table. Very easy reading.
    Posting to my Pinterest and loading ebook. Thank You for making winter a lot more tolerable!

  • Kerstin ( Chriss) Schuett SAYS

    does it have to be frozen …?

    • Julie @ Wholefully SAYS

      Not sure which element you’re asking about here… do you mean the fruit? Using frozen fruit means you don’t have to add any ice, which means the fruit flavor isn’t as diluted. If you don’t use/have frozen, you can add a handful of ice to the blender!

  • Elmira SAYS

    What would you recommend to use if you can’t have anything dairy?

  • sue SAYS

    You body most certainly does use natural ingredients differently than processed ingredients. That is why she (and, she only suggested ) to use the natural honey and pure maple syrup as an alternative IF you’ve tasted it and think it needs a little more sweetness. The addition of medjool date or two and I sometimes put in a prune or two and it sweetens nicely as well. . Especially if your a diabetic, you can bet your bippy it processes it all differently.

  • Would love your Smoothie book.
    Thank you

  • Kim Hoffman SAYS

    I find that my smoothies are chunky. Should I just blend longer? How long for a good creamy smoothy?

    • Julie @ Wholefully SAYS

      Depending on your blender, you may need to blend it for longer, or stop and loosen it up with a spoon and try again!

  • Frida SAYS

    Oh, those sound yummy, Im definitely trying some of them!

  • Sarah SAYS

    Sorry if this is a silly question, but this is new to me. Do you add ice? I notice most other recipes require it…

    • Julie @ Wholefully SAYS

      Nope, if you’re using frozen bananas or other frozen fruit, you don’t need ice – the frozen fruit will provide the texture and cold!

  • Caitlin SAYS

    Question: I HATE! bananas and I show I can replace bananas with plain Greek yogurt, but if the recipe already calls for Greek yogurt do I just add more Greek to replace the banana or no because it already has the yogurt in it?

  • Tiffany SAYS

    Thank you for your wonderful smoothie recipes, you are a smoothie genius!!!

  • oshin shah SAYS

    Helloo.. just wanted to know what is an unsweetened milk?? is it different from our regular milk which we use for making tea or coffee??
    please reply

    • Julie @ Wholefully SAYS

      Yep, if you are using regular white cow’s milk, that’s unsweetened already! But if you use a milk alternative, use an unsweetened one!

  • Kathi SAYS

    A lot of smoothie recipes call for yogurt. I’m allergic to milk and coconut and don’t like avocado. Is there anything I can use as a substitute?

    • Cassie SAYS

      There are a lots of non-dairy yogurt options out there (almond and soy are great!). Other than that, I’d just leave it out, and add an extra banana for creaminess. :)

  • Yum Yum !
    I would try it out for sure.
    Healthy option – Best way to keep yourself on track.

  • Leann senteney SAYS

    I have high cholesterol I need get it down and I want to lose weight I need recipes to help me please

    • Julie @ Wholefully SAYS

      I’m sorry to hear you are having health issues. I can’t give specific tips for a medical diet, because I don’t know your medical history. I recommend seeking out a dietitian to create a personalize plan.

  • Kathy SAYS

    I would love to try these but I would need to know the calories. Do you have that calculated by chance?

  • I would love to have these recipes for smoothie I’ve been wanting to make them for a while now. Thanks.

  • Brooks Weiss SAYS

    Where I live there is no plain yogurt, Greek or otherwise. What would be a substitute? Also, can you use unfrozen bananas?

    • Cassie SAYS

      You could use flavored yogurt (like vanilla) and just leave out any added sweetener! And you can use unfrozen bananas, but they don’t get quite as creamy or cold. :)


    I’m a little late to the party but with the magic of Pinterest, I found this! What about using powdered peanut butter? Or chocolate protein powder in place of cocoa? Do you have thoughts on either of these things? Thank you!

  • Monica SAYS

    Hello, every time I try to make smoothies it comes out too thick. Especially when using frozen fruit. Anyway to get a thinner smoothie?

  • Madison Adams SAYS

    I’ve been using regular vanilla yogurt. I buy the light 80 calorie 4 pack from Walmart and use one in each smoothie.

  • Celia SAYS

    Tried the banana strawberry smoothie today – really delicious and simple and it tastes as if it is really ‘naughty’ and not at all good for you!! Made it in my new Vitamix!!

  • Muggy nights SAYS

    How do I print?

    • Julie Grice SAYS

      You know, it turns out we don’t have an easy way to print these smoothie recipes. We will add it to our to-do list!

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