{Recipe} Winter Smoothies

wintersmooth

Today I am featuring a sample of the smoothies that we have been enjoying over winter. These smoothies take advantage of seasonal fruits – apples, pears, strawberries, oranges, and avocados. Small, sweet bananas are in season all year round in my neck of the woods, so they feature prominently in my smoothies. I prefer to use bananas that have been frozen, as they impart a creamy, thick consistency to smoothies. I keep my freezer stocked with a steady supply of banana pieces.

I am fortunate to have a high-speed blender in my kitchen (Blendtec), but you can prepare these smoothies in a ‘regular’ blender. If you think that your blender could not cope with a particular ingredient – like apples or pumpkin seeds – leave it out or substitute. Don’t leave out the green leaves though!

applepear

Apple-Pear Green Smoothie

This smoothie is delightfully thick and satisfying. A good breakfast smoothie.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 Tbsp coconut butter (optional)

1 pear, cored

1 apple, cored (or another pear, cored)

flesh of 1/2 an avocado

3 Tbsp rolled oats (or gluten-free oats)

1 heaped tsp ground flax seeds (linseeds)

2 cups baby cos lettuce (romaine) leaves

2 cups baby spinach leaves

 2 small dinosaur kale (tuscan cabbage) leaves, de-stemmed

2 small frozen bananas

Method

1. Place ingredients into blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth.

2. Serve in tall glasses.

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berrycitrus

Berry-Citrus Green Smoothie

A subtle hint of citrus, and the health-giving properties of berries and pumpkin seeds.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 cups water

1 orange, peeled

1 cup strawberries

flesh of 1/2 an avocado

1 heaped tsp ground flax seeds (linseeds)

1 Tbsp raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

1 cup baby cos (romaine) lettuce leaves

2 cups baby spinach leaves

1 cup curly kale leaves, de-stemmed

1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (I use organic, frozen)

1 small frozen banana

Method

1. Place ingredients into blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth.

2. Serve in tall glasses.

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straw1

The following recipes are designed to be ‘kid friendly’. They contain a small amount of leafy greens, but are not green in appearance.

In our household, the tiniest Tiny Vegans adore green smoothies and happily drink them. Unfortunately, my older children are not as keen. They prefer non-dairy milk-based smoothies, like the following three recipes.

strawberryban

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

Delightfully creamy. A delicious after school snack.

Serves 1 (or makes 2 child-sized serves)

Ingredients:

1 cup of non-dairy milk (I use soy or unsweetened almond)

1 cup strawberries

flesh of 1/4 avocado

1 heaped tsp ground flax seeds (linseeds)

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

2 baby cos (romaine) lettuce leaves, stem section removed

2 small frozen bananas

Method

1. Place ingredients into blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth.

2. Decorate glass with a strawberry.

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chocmint

Choc-Mint Smoothie

A refreshing burst of mint. Not strictly a winter blend, but a delectable flavour combination nonetheless.

Serves 1 (makes 2 child-sized serves)

Ingredients:

1 cup non-dairy milk (I use unsweetened almond)

1/2 Tbsp raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder

1 heaped tsp ground flax seeds (linseeds)

3 medjool dates, pitted, and soaked until soft (optional)

1/4 cup freshly picked mint leaves

2 small frozen bananas

Method

1. Place ingredients into blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth.

2. Pour into glass and top with a sprinkling of cacao nibs.

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pear1

Pear-Chocolate Chai Smoothie

Dark caramel in colour. A satisfying hint of chai-inspired spices and a welcome burst of chocolate.

Serves 1 (makes 2 child-sized serves)

Ingredients:

1 cup non-dairy milk (I use soy)

1 pear, cored

1 heaped tsp raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

1/16 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

a generous pinch of ground cardamon

a pinch of ground cloves

1 heaped tsp ground flax seeds (linseeds)

6 baby spinach leaves, end stems removed

1 small frozen banana

Method

1. Place ingredients into blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth.

2. Pour into glass and top with a sprinkling of freshly grated nutmeg.

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What are your favourite winter smoothie combinations?

Every Monday, I feature a delicious vegan recipe (or more!) that is enjoyed by my own family – I hope your family enjoys it too!

Ally  :)

For summer-inspired smoothies, see this post.

Linking up with Healthy Vegan Fridays.

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About Ally
Mamma. Vegan. I blog at Made of Stars.

13 Responses to {Recipe} Winter Smoothies

  1. susykat says:

    Pear-chocolate chai smoothie – WOW! 😀
    My go-to combination of late has been banana, pear, rockmelon, strawberries and goji berries with bok choy and baby spinach. Sometimes I add a dash of cinnamon, or some shredded coconut.

    • Ally says:

      Yum! Your smoothie combo sounds delicious. I am a fan of bok choy in smoothies but I haven’t used it that way for ages. Thanks for the reminder.
      Yes, the chai smoothie is spectacular. It is my fave milk-based smoothie at the moment. A good substitute for coffee….sort of!

  2. Linda says:

    I’m in a bit of a smoothie rut & always stick to the same two smoothies. I like these ideas as a bit of inspiration. Thanks!

    • Ally says:

      Hi Linda!
      Ah yes, I know about ruts too! I’m glad you found a bit of inspiration here.
      I gather it’s still pretty cold in your neck of the woods? We have had a couple of really warm days- a taste of spring. Perfect smoothie weather! Earlier in winter I was really struggling to muster interest for cold smoothies.

  3. uberdish says:

    I love your smoothie recipes Ally! I’m passing your recipes on to my 10 year-old daughter who has become quite the smoothie chef. I’ll put a star beside your Pear-Chocolate Chai Smoothie in hopes that she makes this one first. 😉
    We are coming to the end of our summer holidays here (grrrrr!). Our nights are getting cooler and our days shorter. The Pear-Chocolate Chai Smoothie would be a nice evening treat – and I’m very much crazy for chai!

    • Ally says:

      Hi Angela! 🙂
      Oh I hope your daughter likes them. Yes, the chai is my favourite.
      I’m sorry to hear that your summer holidays are coming to an end.

  4. liveblissful says:

    They all look fantastic! Funny how kids don’t know green is the color they don’t want to eat till get they older lol

  5. Sophie33 says:

    Your winter smoothies look like Summer smoothies! You have strawberries in Wintertime? I love them all, dear Ally! I am also going to make them all! 😉 MMMMM! x

  6. Mmm the textures look amazing! Do you notice a difference when you soak your dates?

    • Ally says:

      Hi! Thanks. 🙂

      If I have really fresh, soft medjool dates, I definitely don’t soak them. They incorporate well, and there are no chunky bits. The Blendtec can also cope with harder dates, ones that have hardened up in the fridge, but I have to blend for longer to get a smooth result.

      I imagine that a regular blender would cope better with dates that are soft, whether through soaking or because they are really fresh.

      Do you have a high speed blender?

  7. narf77 says:

    Quadruple bonus recipe! You are certainly value for money girl! 😉

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