Vegan smoothie recipes are often thought of as drinks that cannot replace meals. However, just because a recipe doesn’t contain animal protein doesn’t mean it can’t replace a meal. For example, you can get protein from vegan protein powder, nuts, seeds, and nut butters in these recipes to get what you need. It’s that simple! For these vegan smoothie recipes, you can adjust them however you like depending on what you have. Just make sure you are getting in some produce, protein, and carbohydrates with every smoothie you make to replace a meal. These recipes are so delicious that you will definitely want to make a full meal out of them!
1. Thick Peanut Butter Banana
Most vegan smoothie recipes have bananas as the base, and for a good reason! Bananas are so good for you, giving you pure energy, and they are best frozen in smoothies. To freeze, simply peel the banana before you freeze it, cut it up, and put it in a Ziploc bag for several hours. There are a couple frozen bananas in this recipe for your produce, but I also like adding spinach to this recipe – you can’t even taste it! It has fiber from the dates, healthy fats from chia and peanut butter, and protein from the peanut butter as well. This recipe tastes sweet, creamy, and delicious, but it’s only sweetened with fruit (dates and bananas)!
2 Frozen Bananas, sliced
4 Small Dates or 2 Large Medjool Dates, pitted
1 HEAPING Tbsp. Smooth Peanut Butter
1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
1/2 Cup Hemp Milk, or Other Non-Dairy Milk
1/4 Cup Water, to thin down the mixture
Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Puree until completely smooth, adding more water if necessary. Set aside for approx. 3-5 minutes so that the chia seeds can break down a little bit more and you can absorb their nutritional benefits more easily.
2. Key Lime Pie Smoothie
It is hard to believe that this smoothie is healthy because it really tastes like key lime pie filling in a glass. You also won’t be able to believe you can eat this smoothie as a meal and not feel guilty about it! It’s true though, because you will be getting protein from the cashews, healthy fats from the coconut, avocado, and chia seeds, and bananas and greens for fresh produce. This is a complete meal in a glass, as it is full of vitamins and nutrients from whole foods as well. Depending on how many calories you need, this smoothie can serve one to two people.
2 cups preferred milk (I used Trader Joes Coconut Milk, unsweetened)
¼ cup raw cashews (soaked if you do not have a high power blender to pulverize)
4 tablespoons lime juice
2 large handfuls of greens (I use spinach)
1 large frozen banana (if it is fresh that is fine, just won’t be as frosty!)
2 tablespoons coconut butter (I use my homemade)
2 tablespoons chia seed (optional)
Splash vanilla extract (optional)
Zest of one lime (to taste, optional)
Liquid stevia or raw honey to taste (I prefer NuNaturals, and use about 10-20 drops to taste)
Place all ingredients into a blender and whir until smooth and creamy.
3. Strawberry Avocado and Spearmint Smoothie
There is nothing better than a light, satisfying, and refreshing meal during the day. The mint in this smoothie goes great with the strawberries to create a rejuvenating drink. This smoothie is the perfect light pick-me-up, and is bursting with filling healthy fats from the avocado. Avocados are also great natural thickeners for smoothies and give them ultra-creamy texture. The strawberries, banana, and spearmint will also give you some vitamins and nutrients from fresh produce.
1/2 frozen banana
2 cups fresh strawberries, halved
3 tbsp fresh spearmint + extra for garnish
1 1/2 cups coconut water
1/2 Haas avocado
1 pitted date (optional)
A few ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in a blender till smooth. Garnish with spearmint, and enjoy!
4. Rich Chocolate Banana Protein Shake
I love this protein shake for its health benefits and because it tastes like a shake. You can have it on the go after a workout, or just simply sip on it for breakfast. It is so filling and it tastes just like smoothies that you can buy at Starbucks, but without the added sugar. I highly recommend using Sunwarrior or Vega chocolate protein powders for this recipe, as they are both vegan. It is also a good idea to add in some leafy greens (which you won’t taste) to add to the produce with the banana. There is enough protein in this recipe to sustain you due to the protein powder addition. You also get the delicious, creamy chocolate shake-like consistency, while getting antioxidants from the cocoa powder.
1 Scoop chocolate protein powder (use a vegan brand)
1 Medium, ripe banana
1 Cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
1 TB unsweetened baking cocoa
3-5 Ice Cubes
Blend and enjoy!
5. Thick Mango Ice Cream Smoothie
With the words ‘ice cream’ in the title of this recipe, you know it is going to be decadent. This smoothie really does taste like melted ice cream in a glass, and the almond butter makes it so creamy. This recipe is raw and full of healthy fats and protein from the almond butter, and vitamins from the mango. I will note that 1/3 cup of maple syrup is a lot for this recipe if you are making this just for yourself, so make sure you taste and make sure you can get by with less and still have it taste great. I also like adding in a little bit of frozen banana in place of some of the maple syrup, plus a little stevia.
2 cups frozen mango chunks
¼ cup raw almond butter
½ cup water
⅓ cup maple syrup
Blend and serve.
6. Sleepy Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
This smoothie is designed for replacing breakfast. The term sleepy in the title of this recipe refers to the fact that you soak all of the ingredients overnight before blending it into a delicious morning smoothie. There is vegan protein powder in this recipe for protein, chia seeds for healthy fats, oats for fiber, and blueberries for your healthy produce. The great thing about soaking these ingredients overnight is that the oats and chia seeds will absorb the liquid and you will end up with a thick smoothie. It amazes me how the taste of vanilla and blueberries combined really does make it taste like a chilled blueberry muffin.
1 1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup blueberries [fresh or frozen]
2 tbsp uncontaminated regular oats – alternatively you can use packaged gluten free oatmeal, gluten free granola, or quinoa flakes
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp vanilla protein powder – I used Manitoba Harvest
1 tbsp chia
Night before: combine all ingredients [but the blueberries] in a glass or plastic container. Stir to combine and place in fridge.
Morning: pour contents of container into blender, add blueberries and blend until smooth.
7. Green Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
This recipe makes one huge smoothie. The best part is that you can drink it all by yourself if you so desire – it is that healthy! It is so delicious that you will not want to share it with other people. Oh, and you can’t even taste the spinach one bit. There are only dates and oranges used to sweeten this recipe, and the use of vegan sour cream makes this recipe very creamy and delicious. If you don’t want to use vegan sour cream, you can always use unsweetened vegan yogurt if you want. That’s where you will be getting your protein, and you will be getting vitamins from the spinach, dates, and oranges.
2 c packed Spinach leaves
4 large Navel Oranges, peeled and chopped //or// 4 cups chopped Oranges
1 Tsp Orange zest
9 Medjool Dates soaked in warm water for 10 minutes, pits removed
2 tsp Vanilla
2 c Ice cubes
1 c AtV Sour Cream (see recipe link below) or vegan yogurt
2 c Water
Blend everything together for roughly 30 seconds until smooth!
AtV Sour Cream Recipe: addictedtoveggies.com
8. Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie
Just like the orange creamsicle smoothie in the slide before, this smoothie makes one big serving. Yes, you can drink the entire thing guilt-free if you want to! There are antioxidants from the strawberries and fiber from the dates in this smoothie. The addition of protein powder adds fiber, and ground flax adds some healthy fats. If you want to use the optional maca powder, that is good for balancing hormonal issues. I love how refreshing this smoothie is, and how it tastes like a sweet strawberry shortcake slice.
3 cups frozen strawberries (about 12 ounces)
1 1/2 cups plain, unsweetened almond milk (store bought or unflavored homemade)
3 Medjool dates, pitted
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 tablespoon vegetable-based protein powder, such as pea or hemp
2 teaspoons vanilla exrtract
1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
Combine berries, almond milk, dates, flax seed, protein powder, vanilla, and maca powder in blender and blend on high speed until completely smooth, about 1 minute. Divide between two glasses and serve cold. Smoothie can be kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two days. Reblend or shake well before serving.
9. Cherry Almond Smoothie
If you have never had the combination of cherries and almonds, you are really missing out. Blending them together in this recipe really puts it over the top. The almond butter and protein powder give you protein while making this smoothie extra creamy (I like adding more almond butter than that, by the way, so feel free to adjust). Almond extract just adds to the nutty taste of the smoothie, and the cherries help reduce inflammation and provide nutrients for your meal. The optional guar gum is a great addition to make this smoothie even thicker, and is fairly cheap too.
(1 large smoothie)
1 cup pitted cherries, fresh or frozen
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (such as Sunwarrior vanilla)
2 tsp almond butter
1 tsp pure almond extract
1/2 tsp maca root powder (optional - doesn't affect the taste or texture)
1/2 tsp camu camu powder (optional - a powerful superfood with lots of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties)
1 cup water or unsweetened almond milk
6-8 ice cubes ice
1/2 tsp guar gum, to enhance creaminess (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender except for the ice and guar gum. Blend until almost smooth. Add ice and guar gum, and continue blending. Pour into glasses and enjoy!
Smoothies make great balanced meals for many reasons. They are easy to make, portable, healthy, and most importantly delicious. Best of all, the only piece of equipment you need is a blender! What is your favorite meal replacement smoothie blend?
Sources: veganyackattack.com, tessadomesticdiva.com, choosingraw.com, muffin-topless.com, therawfoodbeginnerchef.com, healthfulpursuit.com, addictedtoveggies.com, seriouseats.com, eat-spin-run-repeat.com