This recipe a dairy-free basic green smoothie was submitted by Renu Laesch for a recipe contest that we held many years ago. It’s a great starter recipe for seamless, healthy smoothie that you can enjoy just as Renu intended, or easily build upon with your favorite add-ins. We have some suggestions below!
Basic Green Smoothie that’s Good as is or Customized
Really, the sky is the limit. But here are some tips for making this dairy-free basic green smoothie your own.
- I Want More Protein! As noted in the recipe, you can use a dairy-free protein milk beverage. There aren’t too many brands left on the market. But you can add about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of your favorite protein powder to get the same protein levels without affecting the texture of the smoothie too much. I like to use a vanilla or plain protein powder.
- Should I Use More Yogurt? I love this recipe with a really high probiotic yogurt. Brands like Cocoyo, Cocojune, Lavva, and DAH! contain so many probiotics, that a small serving is plenty. It also helps that the banana in this basic green smoothie is a natural prebiotic, to enhance the probiotic potency. That all said, you can use more yogurt and reduce the milk beverage if you want a thicker blend.
- Will Other Greens Work? We love spinach because it’s the most antioxidant-rich with the mildest taste. Kale is a smoothie favorite, and many people like it. We aren’t fans, but go for it if you are. Regular romaine lettuce is a refreshing alternative.
- Need Banana-Free? Substitute 1/2 cup frozen mango for the banana. It’s equally delicious in this blend!
- What Other Add-Ins Should I Try? We like nut or seed butters, seasonal berries, pineapple, ginger (fresh or powdered), and fruity superfood powders, like acai, goji, or pomegranate. You can also sneak in some supplements, like calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium.
Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Basic Green Smoothie
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, paleo, and vegetarian. Just be sure to choose the milk beverage and yogurt alternative that suit your dietary needs.
- 2 cups spinach leaves
- 1 cup dairy-free vanilla milk beverage (see protein note below)
- 2 tablespoons dairy-free vanilla yogurt
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 teaspoon flaxseed meal (optional)
- Add the spinach, milk beverage, yogurt, banana, and flaxseed to your blender, in that order. Blend until smooth.
- Pour the smoothie into a tall glass and enjoy!