Pomegranate Smoothie that’s Dairy-Free, Creamy, and Sweet on Health

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Over the past decade, pomegranates have gone from obscure and expensive to seasonal staples that go on sale often. When they are on discount, usually in the middle of winter, I stock up. Pomegranate arils are a delicious snack, a tasty topping, and I love them in this creamy dairy-free pomegranate smoothie recipe.

Dairy-Free Pomegranate Smoothie Recipe - Creamy, Delicious, Healthy, and Naturally Vegan, Plant-Based and Paleo with Allergy-Friendly Options

A Pomegranate Smoothie that’s Dairy-Free, Creamy, and Sweet on Health

Pomegranate is famed for it’s delicious taste, and it’s unique antioxidants that put green tea and red wine to shame. It’s praised for fighting inflammation, helping to prevent certain types of cancer, and even offering protection against infections.

Pomegranate is typically in season from fall into spring, but some parts of North America have a shorter season or higher price tag. Fortunately, I have two solutions. You can use pomegranate juice, which is usually sold in shelf-stable jars, and is even available at stores like Trader Joe’s. Or you can purchase refrigerated or frozen pomegranate arils. All of these options are usually available year round in most areas of the country.

If you want a very smooth and creamy pomegranate smoothie, it’s actually best to use pomegranate juice in this recipe. Pomegranate arils have tiny little seeds in them that don’t always break up in the blender. We don’t mind them at all, but I wanted to give you a heads up!

Dairy-Free Pomegranate Smoothie Recipe - Creamy, Delicious, Healthy, and Naturally Vegan, Plant-Based and Paleo with Allergy-Friendly Options

Special Diet Notes: Creamy Pomegranate Smoothie

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, optionally nut-free, optionally peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, added sugar-free, and paleo-friendly.

Creamy Pomegranate Smoothie (Dairy-Free)
 
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This naturally sweet smoothie gets a unique flavor boost from the combination of pomegranate and spice. I also add nut or seed butter for good nutrient balance and a creamier finish.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup pomegranate juice or pomegranate arils (see Note below)
  • 1 large frozen ripe banana, broken into chunks
  • ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla dairy-free milk beverage, plus more if needed (see Note below)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cashew butter, peanut butter, or sunflower seed butter (I use lightly salted)
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon or ground ginger
  • Pomegranate seeds, for topping (optional)
Instructions
  1. Put the milk beverage, banana, ¼ cup pomegranate juice or arils, nut or seed butter, and cinnamon or ginger in your blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Blend in more milk beverage for a thinner consistency, if desired.
  3. Pour into a tall glass and top with pomegranate arils, if desired.
Notes
Pomegranate Note: If you opt to use pomegranate arils instead of pomegranate juice, then there might be some tiny little hard seeds in your smoothie. You can pre-blend the pomegranate seeds and strain the juice to remove any remaining solids.

Vanilla Milk Beverage: If you can't locate unsweetened vanilla, you can use regular vanilla milk beverage (for sweeter) or plain unsweetened milk beverage plus ⅛ teaspoon pure vanilla flavoring, paste, or extract.

Higher Protein Option: You can substitute 1 to 2 tablespoons dairy-free protein powder for the nut/seed butter, or simply add 1 to 2 tablespoons protein powder. I recommend unflavored plain or vanilla protein powder for this recipe..

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

3 Comments

  1. I need more smoothie recipes in my life! This one is great 🙂 I love the little arils on top too. Gonna try with protein powder, for sure. I’ve been testing a few out these past few weeks

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