I started having smoothies for breakfast on-and-off a few years ago, and its a habit I’ve adopted into my weekday routine.
Before I started having breakfast smoothies, I worried they wouldn’t fill me up, but you’d be surprised. I make my smoothie before I leave for the office (on days when I’m not working from home) and drink it at about 9, once I’m settled in for the day. A mid-morning snack (usually a piece of fruit) is enough to keep me full until lunchtime.
And how else could I have (usually) 2-3 portions of my five a day before I’ve even really started?
It literally takes me about 3 minutes to get breakfast sorted now (which means an extra 10 minutes in bed, no?) To make my daily smoothie I use more of a formula than a recipe, so don’t take these as gospel – play around, use whatever you’ve got in the house, or whatever you prefer, to find a roster of smoothies that you love. My basic formula goes something like this:
Formula for the perfect vegan smoothie
Start with a piece of fresh fruit
Usually a banana, but an apple or a big chunk of honeydew melon work well
Add some frozen fruit
Cherries, raspberries, mango, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, or mixed frozen fruit, literally whatever. I usually buy frozen fruit from the supermarket, but when I see a really good offer on berries or other exciting fruits I’ll snap them up and freeze them myself
Throw in a handful of greens
Spinach, kale and cavolo nero are all good options. This is the bit that can put people off smoothies. A small handful of greens makes up one of your five-a-day though (not to mention that green vegetables like these have a bunch of added health benefits). Once your smoothie is all whizzed together, you can’t even taste the greens through all those fruits and extras
Add half a cup of liquid
I use vegan milk like soy, almond or coconut, but try juices too. Around a cup is usually enough, as well as around half a cup of water
Ice it up
Especially if you’re taking your smoothie to-go, adding ice adds thickness and texture, and keeps it cool
Now add your fun extras for flavour and texture:
The obvious peanut, or try almond or cashew for something more interesting
I like to add fresh mint or basil to my berry smoothies when I have them growing on the windowsill during summer
Sunflower, poppy and pumpkin seeds all add a crunchy texture, and chia or linseed will give you a thicker smoothie
In this post, I’m sharing the recipes for two of my absolute go-tos: a classic tropical green smoothie, and a pink berry smoothie.
I’m also sharing my special chocolate coffee smoothie, which is basically the smoothie version of cake for breakfast. A total sweet treat, not a tonne of nutritional value but plenty of feelgood flavour for those mornings when you just need caffeinated sugar
Any blender or smoothie-maker will do the job, but a personal blender (like a (affiliate link) Breville Blend Active, which is the one I’ve used for the last 2+ years and is still going strong, or a (affiliate link) NutriBullet, for for a more premium option) makes life so much easier for daily smoothie making – just add everything to the bottle, blend, rinse the blades and screw on the drinking cap and you’re good to go.
My go-to vegan smoothies
Classic green tropical smoothie
This (or some variation on it) is my ‘standard’ day-to-day smoothie. I’ll usually take a green smoothie into the office with me and breakfast at my desk. Some people think it looks unappealing (and sometimes I add a few berries which turns it a kind of sludgy colour which I mean, still 100% delish, but I’ll concede that thick, brown-ish-grey-ish liquid might look kinda gross). But this? This bright green puts me in mind of springtime and the countryside, I think it looks f*cking delicious.
Pink berry & almond smoothie
This smoothie might look like the sweetest of the bunch, but berry smoothies are usually more tart that the green veriety. Back on colour, if its the ‘green’ that puts you off smoothies, berry varieties are the way to go. This one is such a bright, jewelled pink, it looks more like a dessert than breakfast.
Vegan Frappe-style smoothie
This one is really my ‘treat’ smoothie. Its more like an iced coffee than an actual breakfast (though the addition of oats do make it very filling). Coffee & chocolate are a perfect match for oats, and it even manages to hide a portion of fruit.
My Three Go-To Vegan Breakfast Smoothies. In this post, I'm sharing the recipes for two of my absolute go-tos: a classic tropical green smoothie, and a pink berry smoothie, as well as one for my vegan frappe-style smoothie: a chocolate coffee smoothie. It literally takes me about 3 minutes to get breakfast sorted now (And how else could I have (usually) 2-3 portions of my five a day before I've even really started?) To make my daily smoothie I use more of a formula than a recipe, so don't take these as gospel.
- 1 Banana
- 0.5 cup Spinach (approx.)
- 1 cup Coconut Milk (approx.)
- 0.5 cup Frozen Mango (approx.)
- 0.5 cup Frozen Pineapple (approx.)
- 1 cup Ice Cubes (approx.)
- 1 tbsp. Peanut Butter (crunchy) (approx.)
- 1 Banana
- 0.5 cup Kale (approx.)
- 1 cup Almond Milk (approx.)
- 1 cup Frozen Berries (approx.)
- 1 cup Ice Cubes (approx.)
- 1 tbsp. Chia Seeds (approx.)
- 1 tbsp. Almond Butter (approx.)
- 1 Banana (very ripe)
- 0.25 cup Oats (gluten-free)
- 1.5 cup Soy Milk
- 1 Espresso (or small, strong coffee)
- 0.5 tbsp. Cacao Powder
- 1.5 Cup Ice Cubes (approx.)
Peel the banana
Add all the ingredients to the blender
Blend for 5-10 seconds and pulse a few times, until the ingredients are a thick, smooth texture
That's literally it - put the travel cap on your blender (or decant into a travel bottle if you don't have a personal blender) and away you go