This Paleo smoothie recipe is chocked full of good healthy delicious fruits and vegetables and with no white sugar added. Green smoothies are an essential part of our home. It is a great way to get a lot of nutrition in a delicious way! They can be so versatile and have so many fun flavors. There are plenty of combinations to please everyone.
Today I wanted to share with you my favorite smoothie recipe. One of the best parts of smoothies is how easy it is to make one. Tossing ingredients into a blender – now that is something I can handle doing. 🙂
I have to admit that I didn’t totally come up with this green smoothie recipe on my own. We had a similar smoothie from a food truck several years ago. My children LOVED it, greens and all and begged me to figure out how to make it myself. So after a little experimenting, I came up with this recipe. One of my favorite things about it is that it’s fun and easy to make.
Plus, I love that it gets my children to eat their greens, raw fruit, and essential oils. And, it’s not a small amount of greens. I mean, 3 cups of spinach. That’s a lot of greens. It’s not just a token amount of greens so you can call it a “green” smoothie (and don’t tell me you don’t do that sometimes).
Costco has a blend of baby greens that come in a bag that I really like for smoothies. The blend has baby spinach, baby kale, baby chard, etc. Make sure to pack the greens into the measuring cup when measuring. You could use coconut milk in a carton, but canned will give it the best flavor.
My secret ingredient in smoothies is an avocado. It does not taste avocado-y, but it keeps it from separating (it will eventually separate a little bit if stored in the fridge over several hours) and makes it so creamy and smooth. Plus you get a dose of healthy fats.
I also added a few drops of wild orange essential oil to really make this smoothie flavorful and refreshing!
Here are some adaptions and substitutions I like to make to this recipe:
- Kale instead of spinach works well
- The riper the banana, the sweeter it is
- To make this extra creamy and rich, chill the coconut milk first then only use the thick cream from the top of the can
- You may substitute the coconut milk with regular milk, avocado milk, greek yogurt, etc. Lots of options.
- I almost always never use the maple syrup , although my daughter likes lots of extras. You could use another sweetener too, like honey or sugar.
- You could experiment with other essential oils, like lime or lemon
- I almost always add a few dashes of Real Salt to my smoothies. I would never add “regular” salt to a smoothie, but Real Salt brings out the flavor and makes it taste sweeter
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Tropical Paleo Smoothie Recipe
This Paleo green smoothie recipe is chocked full of good healthy delicious fruits and vegetables and with no white sugar added. My children ask me to make it all the time.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: Paleo
- 3 Cups Spinach (Kale, or a blend of small leafy greens, packed)
- 1 Banana (peeled)
- 1 Orange (peeled)
- 1 1/2 Cups Pineapple (cubed)
- 1/2 Avocado (pitted and skin removed)
- 1 Cup Coconut Milk (canned for best flavor)
- 1 Tbl Pure Maple Syrup (optional – use if fruit is not very sweet)
- 2 Cups Crushed Ice
- 3 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil (optional)
- Dried Coconut Chips (optional)
- Chia Seeds (optional)
- Place all ingredients (besides the coconut chips and chia seeds) in a high speed blender and blend until very smooth and creamy, 1 1/2-2 minutes.
- Pour into 3-4 glasses and top with dried coconut chips and chia seeds, if desired.
- Will keep up to 2-3 days refrigerated. Stir briskly to re-combine if storing in the fridge.
Keywords: spinach, banana, orange, avocado
9 of the Best Paleo Coconut Milk Smoothie Recipes
I don’t care who you are, you are bound to love a smoothie. What’s not to love? Sweet, rich, and creamy and so many vitamins… it’s deliciousness and goodness in a glass. But just like anything else, it can easily be loaded with tons of unwanted calories and sugar. That’s why these are such a good idea; they are so much healthier than the regular smoothies out there.
Smoothies are easy to make and good for anyone who doesn’t drink dairy because they are dairy-free. A huge bonus is that coconut milk tastes delicious and I think it tastes better than regular milk in these.
You have to try all of these recipes and let me know which one are your favorites. They all look so good I can’t decide which one to try first.
1. Tropical Green Smoothie – See Above
2. Pretty Coconut and Raw Beet – The Endless Meal
Beets – Blueberries – Coconut Milk – Water
Bet you never thought you could drink your beets! It’s the ultimate healthy breakfast. The beets are noticeable but not overpowering. They sure make it pretty, don’t they?
My mom used to make beet chocolate cake all the time. So, a smoothie with beets isn’t that far-fetched. Give it a try and find out for yourself, they sure are healthy. Just don’t tell the kids what is in it or they might bolt for the door.
3. Coconut Milk – The Gracious Pantry
Coconut Milk – Banana – Spinach – Coconut Flakes – Vanilla
This is the perfect way to use up that coconut milk you have left after you make coconut whipped cream. You know how when you make coconut whipped cream you only use the cream off the top of the can and all the good coconut milk is left in the bottom. Well, use that milk in smoothies. Don’t throw it away, it’s perfectly good and very healthy for you. Some people call this wonderful white liquid.
4. Key Lime Pie – Cook Eat Paleo
Coconut Milk – Ice – Avocado – Limes – Honey
When you make this you’ll think you made a key lime pie, but making this is a lot easier than making a pie. If you can’t find key limes, regular limes will do just fine. It’s like dessert in a glass. The avocado adds a special touch. Delish
5. Pineapple Coconut Lime – One Lovely Life
Pineapple – Coconut Milk – Lime
With very few ingredients in this, you can really enjoy each ingredient individually. The coconut brings some silky creaminess along with a bunch of healthy fat, the pineapple adds a tangy tropical flavor and the lime adds a punch of zing. It’s a bright, creamy, tangy match made in heaven. If you want to add other things I suggest mango instead of half of the pineapple. You could also add chia seeds or maybe a small handful of spinach.
6. Raspberry Coconut – Creme De Le Crumb
Coconut Milk – Banana – Raspberries
If you need a dairy-free smoothie, coconut milk is definitely the way to go. Just add some bananas and raspberries and you’re really good to go. I love that this has no added sugar too. Those raspberries sure give it a pretty color, don’t they? I love that.
7. Tropikale – Live Eat Learn
Kale – Pineapple – Banana – Orange – Coconut Milk – Coconut Oil
This is a tropical take on what I would call the classic green smoothie. The coconut milk, orange, and pineapple give it that tropical flavor. I think fresh pineapple would taste wonderful in this. Don’t forget how healthy that kale is either. Do you like fresh pineapple? If you do you have to try making one of these.
8. Chocolate Nutmeg – That Girls Cooks Healthy
Coconut Milk – Cacao Powder – Banana – Chia Seeds – Almond Butter – Dates – Nutmeg
Have you ever seen a chocolate smoothie with nutmeg before? Nutmeg is very very pungent so be careful you don’t add too much. It’s always best to start out with less and then add more if you want to. That’s really easy to do if you just taste it while it’s still in the blender. You can just add more and give it a zap. You could even leave it out if you’re nervous about adding nutmeg.
9. Healthy Shamrock Shake – Cook Eat Paleo
Coconut Milk – Ice – Avocado – Vanilla – Fresh Mint – Honey
Can you believe there is no food coloring added to this? It really does remind me of shamrocks. This is a healthy shamrock shake without the ice cream, food coloring, milk or mint extract.
It’s made with avocado and coconut milk which makes it really rich and creamy. The fresh mint leaves which give it the minty flavor and green color. The amount of mint you add is up to you. This is another case of just adding a little bit, tasting and adding more if you want to.
9 of the Best Healthy Smoothie Recipes That Are Paleo
I can’t think of many things that are better than a list of paleo breakfast smoothie recipes. I mean these are great recipes for everyone to enjoy. My kids love smoothies and it is a really easy way to get a lot of good healthy fruits and vegetables in a child or an adult for that matter. They are also so quick and easy to make and you can take them with you to work or wherever if you need to.
When I make smoothies I always make more than I alone can eat for one breakfast. I just stick what’s leftover in the fridge and it tastes just as good the next day. That makes it even quicker and easier the second day That’s no time spent preparing breakfast at all. Sometimes I pour the leftovers into popsicle molds and my children love the popsicles. They are usually gone by the next morning! What a healthy popsicle idea.
You can pretty much experiment making smoothies and be okay, but why bother? It is so nice to have a quick and simple recipe that guarantees the balance and flavor will be there because someone else figured it out for you.
Smoothies don’t just have fruit in them though. Plenty of breakfast smoothies have vegetables in them and all sorts of other things. Some of these recipes are made with some interesting ingredients like carrots or beets. Just remember what my mother used to tell me, “don’t knock it until you’ve tried it”. Sounds delicious to me.
One of the biggie ingredients in these is either almond milk or coconut milk. Almond milk and coconut milk are great, but you have to be careful and always buy unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk. Most of these recipes here specify unsweetened almond or coconut milk, but not all of them.
Make sure you get unsweetened because if almond and coconut milk is sweetened that means it has some kind of sugar sweetener in it and we can’t have that. Even better yet, a lot of these recipes don’t have any kind of milk in them at all.
A smoothie for sounds really good to me; I need more variety in my life. Smoothies are a great way to get a lot of fruits and vegetables in you quickly and without much work. There are some great combinations of ingredients that I’m sure you have never thought of. Give these recipes a try and you will be glad you did. You are going to have to check them out.
Read more about the best blenders for smoothies HERE!
Get your blender out and enjoy it!
1. Tropical Green Smoothie – See Above
2. Blueberry Banana Chia – Beaming Baker
Chia Seeds – Almond Milk – Bananas – Blueberries
Here is a refreshing banana blueberry smoothie with just four ingredients. It’s sweetened with fruit only, packed with antioxidants and bursting with chia seed goodness. It’s packed with blueberries and it’s the perfect dessert or snack since it’s super easy to make. I love the color since it reminds me of spring which is my favorite time of year.
3. Pink Grapefruit Green – Get Inspired Everyday
Pineapple Chunks – Grapefruit – Avocado – Baby Spinach
Grapefruit and pineapple are a great combination and they’re perfect for green smoothies. Grapefruit and pineapple are really good at cutting through the green flavor of the spinach. Since they are both really strong flavors you can add a lot more greens than you normally could.
Yet it’s still sweet and tastes wonderful. You can use any sweet grapefruit you’d like but pink grapefruit was used here which just happens to be the same thing as ruby red grapefruit. Sometimes there is confusion about that. If the grapefruit tastes a little bitter you could either peel or cut the white stuff off since that’s what makes it bitter.
Or you could juice it a little just to get the fruit out of the white outside peel, keep the pulp. Does anyone know what that’s called? I’m talking about the white stuff that’s left after you peel the grapefruit. The part you always eat on oranges but not sometimes for a grapefruit.
4. Black Raspberry Vanilla – Paleo Newbie
Raspberries – Blackberries – Honey – Vanilla – Cinnamon – Coconut Milk – Ice Cubes
This is a quick pick me up for breakfast or after a workout. It makes a great in-between meal snack too. It’s packed with nutritious antioxidants, fresh berries with really rich flavors. It’s refreshing any time of day. It’s totally guilt-free since there are not any refined sugar in it. Whip it up and drink it. I wouldn’t add the protein powder since it’s really hard to find a true Paleo protein powder on the market.
5. Peach Coconut – Cook Eat Paleo
Coconut Milk – Ice – Peaches – Lemon Zest
This is what I call a “peaches and cream” smoothie. The combination of coconut milk, fresh peaches and a hint of lemon are really good together. It has a milkshake-like consistency. If you use a Vitamix it will turn out more velvety smooth that it will if you make it in a regular blender.
6. Glowing Berry Beet – Get Inspired Everyday
Mixed Berries – Beet – Bananas – Kale – Fresh Ginger – Coconut Water – Ice Cubes
I hope the word “beet” doesn’t scare you off. I love beets, especially in a fresh salad. Did you know that beets are a nutrition powerhouse? They fight inflammation, have anti-cancer properties, and are rich in vitamin C and B6, potassium, manganese and folate. They are rich in fiber and good carbs.
You could add the beet greens in too which has more iron than spinach. I like cooked beet green better than spinach. The best part about beets is the intense color which they add to this smoothie despite all the green colors it has it turns out an amazing bright purple/pink/magenta color.
7. Strawberry Lemonade – Wholesomelicious
Almond Milk – Strawberries – Lemon Juice – Lemon Zest – Coconut Oil – Spinach Leaves
Tired of bananas in your smoothies? Well, this recipe doesn’t have bananas. This one is kind of like drinking a strawberry lemonade. If you’re making it for the kids you could add a bit of honey but if you like yours a bit more tart just follow the recipe. It’s healthy, right? It’s a strawberry lemonade without all the sugar. Since this is good for you, you could make it anytime you want!
8. Pineapple Blueberry – North South Blonde
Pineapple Chunks – Blueberries – Almond Milk – Banana – Chia Seeds
Here is a tropical drink made with blueberries and pineapple that you can make and love all year round. It nourishes your body an is full of antioxidants for optimal health. It will help hydrate your skin, strengthen your nails and hair and give you more energy. It’ll help you feel and look your best. Isn’t it pretty, it’ll help make you pretty inside and outside.
9. Easy Banana, Peach & Date – Flexitarian Nutrition
Banana – Peaches – Dates – Almond Milk – Hemp Hearts
This date and peach smoothie are so delicious and refreshing. It’s easy to make for beginners and it’s a great way to get some healthy foods inside those picky eaters. It can be a quick on-the-go breakfast or even a nice treat for dessert. You could add a handful of spinach to add more nutrients if you would like to. The dates add all the sweetness you would ever want, a few go a long way.
The hemp hearts give it that creamy texture. I don’t like to add ice because I don’t like my drinks too cold. I think when the milk is refrigerated and the fruit is frozen it is enough to make it cold enough. Plus, did you know that cold drinks are harder for your digestive system. Your digestive system has to put a lot of energy into warming them up to your body temperature before they can be digested.