Mmmmmm, green spinach smoothies…..need I say more? This particular spinach smoothie with banana, pear, and strawberries recipe is one of our favorites because it's simple, healthy, and packs a flavor punch. Plus, the addition of banana makes it nice and creamy. Give it a try for yourself, and see what you think!
Green smoothies are the perfect way to start the day, sipping a bunch of nutrients in a delicious and comforting way.
You can throw in a bunch of your favorite veggies, fruits, seeds, powders, and antioxidants in one go, and voilà!
But not all smoothies are built. Equally, they can be protein-packed, meal-replacers, light, super creamy, high or low calories, and so on. The key is to make them delicious and to have them match your nutritional goals or specific needs on a given day.
This banana and pear smoothie was built to create a creamy, filling, weight-loss, protein-packed complete breakfast smoothie to keep you going until lunch, when you can grab another easily meal-prepped chickpea vegan tuna salad sandwich.
- Spinach: Packed with iron and vitamins, this leafy green doesn't just color your smoothie a vibrant green; it's an all-natural energy booster. Plus, it's low in calories and high in nutrients, making it a win-win for any health-conscious sipper.
- Strawberries: These little red gems bring antioxidants and Vitamin C to the party, all while adding a natural sweetness and pop of color. They also help in creating that Insta-worthy smoothie aesthetic.
- Ripe Fresh Pear: This often-underestimated fruit provides fiber and sweetness without overwhelming the taste buds. Plus, its natural sugars are a wholesome alternative to refined sweeteners.
- Banana: Creaminess, ahoy! The banana gives your smoothie a smooth and luscious texture, while also being a good source of potassium and natural sweetness.
- Dairy-free Milk: Why just water it down when you can bring in flavor, creaminess, and additional nutrients? Whether it's almond, oat, or soy, dairy-free milk enhances the texture and contributes to a well-rounded flavor profile.
- Medjool Dates: Your smoothie's sweetness level just got dialed up but in a low glycemic way. These little treasures not only sweeten the mix but also bring in beneficial minerals like potassium and magnesium.
See the recipe card for quantities.
Make this banana pear smoothie with a prep time of fewer than 5 minutes, blending all the ingredients in a high-speed blender.
If you choose to use frozen pear, strawberries, and bananas, this vegan smoothie will be creamier, and you may need to adjust with more liquid if the blender blades get stuck.
Add lemon to your strawberries to make their flavor pop up even more.
Freeze ripe bananas in chunks, so they don't form clumps, making the blender's job more difficult.
Blend until smooth, adjusting the sweetness to your liking. Serve immediately.
- Plant milk - instead of soy milk, which we chose to increase the protein content of healthy smoothie recipes, you could use almond milk (see how to make almond milk at home), oat milk, or coconut milk.
- Medjool dates - vegan honey, homemade date paste, or maple syrup is another way to make your smoothies sweet.
This pear banana smoothie can take many variations because all its components tend to meld well with various ingredients.
- Cocoa - add cocoa powder to make it chocolatey (see our strawberry chocolate smoothie for stress and anxiety relief).
- Workout partner - add a clean protein powder to increase this macronutrient content and make it the perfect post-workout smoothie.
- Antioxidant powerhouse - add chia seeds or flax meal to add extra free-radical fighting properties to your pear banana smoothie.
- Extra creamy - add a portion of dairy-free plain yogurt.
- Spice notes - sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin spice mix.
- More fiber - add a tablespoon of oatmeal.
- Stamina - add 1-3 tablespoons of maca powder.
Banana pear smoothie leftovers will keep in a covered mason jar in the refrigerator for up to one day, though best when fresh.
You can freeze leftovers into smoothie cubes and add them to other smoothies.
💡 Top tips
Squeeze some lemon juice into the strawberries to make the flavor even more prominent.
To make a thicker smoothie, use frozen produce or add more bananas.
If using fresh ripe pears you might even choose to drop the Medjool dates. Pears are great for constipation!
🍃 More spinach smoothie recipes
This frozen spinach with ginger root is super fresh and packs lots of anti-inflammatory properties.
We love this spinach blueberry banana smoothie because it packs many antioxidant properties delivered by low-calorie blueberries.
If you like using pear on your smoothies, try out this grapefruit smoothie, which is also super fresh and has a low-calorie count.
This 3-ingredient pineapple coconut smoothie is a great option for the Summer months; it is like a virgin piña colada!
⭐ If you try this pear and banana smoothie recipe, let us know! 💬 Leave a comment, rate it, and don't forget to tag us @ourplantbasedworld on Instagram. Cheers!
Spinach Smoothie with Banana and Pear (10 g Protein)
- 3 cups spinach or kale
- 1 banana ripe, frozen
- 1 pear ripe, cored and chopped
- ½ cup strawberries frozen
- 2 cups soy milk or almond milk
- 2 meedjol dates pitted
- Wash, chop, and core the pear.
- Wash the spinach if it is packed and readily available to consume.
- Pit the Medjool dates.
- Add all ingredients into the blender, then add the rest. Blend until creamy, usually about 40 seconds.
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