This wholesome Orange Spinach Smoothie is made with refreshing ingredients like oranges, spinach, and frozen pineapple. Despite being made without yogurt, this smoothie still has a creamy texture.
Introducing the perfect springtime breakfast that will become your new favorite!
The smoothie's vibrant orange hue hints at the bright and citrusy flavors of oranges, which are complemented by the mild earthiness of fresh spinach.
The addition of sweet pineapple and mango brings a tropical twist to the mix.
Despite being dairy-free and made without yogurt, this tropical green smoothie has a smooth and creamy consistency that will make you crave more.
It's the perfect healthy breakfast or mid-day snack that provides you with the energy boost you need to take on the day!
This Orange Spinach Smoothie recipe is a delightful blend of nutritious yet simple ingredients that results in a refreshing and energizing breakfast or snack.
Ripe Bananas: For this smoothie to achieve a creamy texture, ripe and frozen bananas are essential. The bananas should be allowed to ripen fully and develop brown spots on their peel before freezing to ensure a sweet and delicious flavor.
Spinach: Spinach is a versatile ingredient that can be added to almost any smoothie without significantly affecting the flavor. It adds a mild earthy taste and beautiful green color to your smoothie but it won't overpower the other flavors. Leafy greens are a great way to add a boost of nutrients.
Frozen Fruit: I chose frozen pineapple and mango to add natural sweetness and bright flavors to this smoothie. You can choose either or both!
Navel Oranges: As this is an orange smoothie, it requires a generous amount of oranges. In this recipe, I used two small cara cara oranges after peeling them.
Orange Juice: Adding liquid to smoothies is essential for creating a drinkable texture. I added orange juice to add even more brightness and orange flavor. You can use non-dairy milk like almond milk or oat milk as well as coconut water.
You'll need a high-powered blender for this green smoothie recipe. I use a NutriBullet Pro and it works beautifully to make creamy smoothies in no time!
How to Make This Recipe
Making this orange green smoothie recipe is a breeze. All you need to do is combine all the ingredients in a powerful blender and blend until smooth.
Get the full recipe in the recipe card below.
To prepare this smoothie, start by peeling ripe bananas and freezing them in a container suitable for the freezer. Allow them to freeze completely, ideally overnight or for a minimum of three hours.
Once frozen, add the frozen bananas, along with all the other ingredients, into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
You may add extra orange juice to thin out the smoothie or a little more frozen banana or pineapple to make it thicker, depending on your preference.
Pour the smoothie into a glass and indulge in its delectable taste and creamy texture. Enjoy this wholesome and refreshing smoothie at any time of the day!
Substitutions & Additions
One of the best parts of this creamy smoothie is how easy it is to customize it! You can tailor it to your liking based on the ingredients you already have in your pantry or freezer.
Frozen Banana: The banana is added for creaminess and not as much for flavor. If you dislike bananas, try adding vegan plain greek yogurt or pick from my list of yogurt substitutes for smoothies to add a different creamy element.
Spinach: Make it a kale smoothie by substituting the spinach leaves for fresh kale. If you're worried about an overpowering taste of spinach, don't worry. The flavor of the mango, pineapple, and orange comes through the most.
Frozen Fruits: I typically use a mix of frozen pineapple and mango chunks but you could simply use just pineapple, just mango, or frozen berries. I love the tropical flavors!
Oranges: I used peeled cara cara oranges but any type of navel orange will work.
Orange Juice: Changing the orange juice will change the overall flavor but you could replace it with coconut water or coconut milk.
Add-ins: Chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, or fresh ginger.
Tips & Tricks
This orange smoothie recipe is a personal favorite due to its rich and creamy consistency, exceptional flavor, and wholesome ingredients. It tastes like an orange creamsicle but with added spinach!
If your bananas weren't ripe enough you may need to add a bit of sweetness. I recommend 1-2 pitted dates or a splash of maple syrup.
To make a thinner smoothie: Add more orange juice.
To make a thicker smoothie: Add a bit more frozen banana, frozen pineapple, or mango.
Storage & Freezing
This easy smoothie recipe makes 1 large serving or 2 small servings.
Storage: This spinach orange smoothie is best served as soon as possible.
Freeze: Leftover smoothie can be frozen in an ice cube tray and blended when ready to enjoy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it is perfectly OK to put raw spinach in a smoothie. Spinach is a popular ingredient in many smoothie recipes due to its high nutritional value and mild flavor. When blended in a smoothie, the spinach breaks down easily, making it easier for your body to digest and absorb the nutrients.
You can use vegan yogurt, avocado, or add more frozen fruit like mango and pineapple. Remember that the ingredient you choose will affect the flavor and texture of your smoothie.
Yes, you can use frozen spinach in a smoothie. Using frozen spinach can be a convenient and more affordable way to add greens to your smoothies.
Frozen fruit adds a thicker, creamier texture to smoothies than fresh fruit. This is because the frozen fruit helps to thicken the smoothie and creates a more ice-cream-like texture.
More Smoothie Recipes
Orange Spinach Smoothie (No Yogurt)
- 2 Frozen Ripe Bananas
- 2 cups Spinach
- 1 cup Frozen Pineapple or Mango I used both
- 2 Small Oranges peeled
- ¾ cup Orange Juice
- Peel the ripe bananas and freeze them in a freezer-safe container until frozen- overnight or for at least 3 hours.
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. To thin out the smoothie, add more orange juice. To make it thicker, add a bit more frozen banana or frozen pineapple.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
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