This recipe makes one of my favorite vegan green smoothies and is perfect for making a delicious smoothie bowl. It is incredibly easy to whip up and uses delicious fruit, plant-based milk, and organic spirulina powder.
What is spirulina?
Spirulina is a member of the blue-green algae family and is known for its superfood qualities. It has a bunch of proven health benefits and can be a wonderful supplement to your daily diet.
It is probably most well known for its beautiful pop of color. Depending on the variety you choose, your smoothie will have a rich blue or green hue that creates the prettiest dishes with its natural coloring.
It's a great addition to your favorite vegan smoothie or vegetarian smoothie.
I like to add a scoop to my recipes and make spirulina smoothies, oatmeal or chia seed pudding. If you're feeling extra creative, you can use it in baking and cooking as well, and make beautiful pancakes, cakes, cookies, and more!
Spinach: Using baby spinach will give you a lighter and sweeter flavor. You can substitute any leafy green that you prefer, but baby spinach will give you the best flavor here in my opinion.
Almond Milk: I use plain, unsweetened almond milk but feel free to spice things up and use a flavor like vanilla, or use sweetened almond milk. You can also substitute any other plant-based milk or coconut water in it's place.
Banana: Use frozen bananas to get a nice frozen consistency.
Mango: Use frozen mango. If you don't have mango you can omit and double the amount of pineapple you use.
Pineapple: I don't recommend omitting the pineapple because it will help sweeten things up a lot. Like the other fruit in this recipe, I recommend freezing it before making your smoothie.
Spirulina Powder: I opt for organic spirulina powder to ensure the highest possible quality. You can use green or blue, dealers choice!
Lemon Juice: I prefer to use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the freshest possible flavor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there different types of spirulina? Yes, there are several different variations, the most common being blue spirulina and green spirulina.
What does it taste like? If you use a lot of spirulina powder, it can have a bit of an ocean-like taste. I use about half of a teaspoon so I get a great pop of color and very little, if any taste from it.
Where can I buy spirulina? You can usually find spirulina powder in most health food stores. You can also find it online.
Step 1: Combine your baby spinach and almond milk in the blender and blend until the spinach is well chopped up and you don't have a ton of spinach chunks.
This step allows the spinach to blend into the smoothie a bit better.
Step 2: Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend until the smoothie is nice and creamy.
Use a spoon or spatula if you need to scrape the sides and blend a little more so you don't end up with any fruit chunks.
Step 3: Pour into your cup or bowl, garnish and top with anything you want, and enjoy!
Make a smoothie bowl
It's easy to transform this classic smoothie into a smoothie bowl recipe!
Personally, I prefer my bowls to be a little bit thicker than a classic smoothie in a cup. This is easily accomplished by adding a little extra frozen fruit or ice, or a little less of your liquid base, in this case just add less almond milk.
I also like to use more toppings to make things more fun, this way you'll get a bite of something extra yummy with different textures in every spoonful. You can add fresh or frozen fruit, granola, nuts, coconut flakes, anything you like.
You can substitute any other plant-based milk or coconut water in place of the almond milk.
You can also omit the mango and use twice as much pineapple if you don't have mango on hand.
Feel free to use either green spirulina powder or blue spirulina powder in this recipe to easily bounce between either a green spirulina smoothie or a blue spirulina smoothie.
This is one of my favorite lazy vegan recipes. It is so quick and easy to make, it's perfect for beginners in the kitchen or a quick and easy meal.
If you're looking for more vegan smoothie recipes, check out these next:
- High speed blender
- 1 Banana frozen
- 1 cup Baby Spinach
- 1 cup Almond Milk
- ½ cup Pineapple frozen
- ½ cup Mango frozen
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
- ½ teaspoon Spirulina Powder
- Start by blending the almond milk and baby spinach together until you no longer have chunks of spinach.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend until you have a smooth consistency.
- Garnish with optional toppings such as fruit, granola, coconut, or hemp seeds.
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