Recipe: Smoothies | Chris Kresser

Recipe: Smoothies

by Chris Kresser

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smoothieEarlier this week I posted on Facebook about my morning smoothie and asked for your favorites. Here is a collection of some of them – try them all!

Cocoa-Mint:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1 TBS fresh mint
  • 1/2 banana
  • ice

Coffee-Banana:

  • 1 banana
  • 3 dates
  • 2 TBS cream
  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1-2 TBS of ground coffee beans
  •  a little raw cacao powder

Avocado-Berry:

  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • half an avocado
  • a whole banana
  • handful of baby spinach
  • 1 cup yogurt (or almond milk)
  • 2 TBS almonds (or almond butter)
  • raw honey (optional)

Coconut Spice:

  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp coconut butter or coconut oil
  • Raw honey/maple syrup for sweetening
  • Toasted coconut flakes (for garnish)

Watermelon-Plum-Ginger:

  • 1/2 cup watermelon
  • 1/2 lemon peeled
  • 1 orange peeled
  • cilantro
  • 1 TSP fresh ginger
  • 1 umboshi plum
  • 1 cup coconut water

Enjoy!

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  1. This is a long dead conversation but I thought I’d throw this in for all you banana haters:

    1 c. ice
    1 c. water or milk of your choice
    3/4 c. greens
    1/2 avocado
    1 T. unsweet cocoa
    splash of vanilla
    1/4-1/2 t. salt
    20 drops stevia
    honey to taste

    That’s the core recipe. Optional items I throw in: chia seeds, cocoa nibs, various healthy oils, collagen, one raw egg (adds depth to the flavor) . . . this hides it all well and tastes wonderful. For a minty change, throw in a handful of mint or a splash of mint extract. For a shift to satisfy your coffee craving – add a t. espresso powder or use the real stuff in place of the water.

  2. The Coconut Spice seems interesting. I’m looking forward to try it. It does, however, contain more ingredients than my typical smoothie!

  3. My family (especially the kids) love smoothies. We are always inventing a recipe. Your cocoa mint sound delicious – must give it a try. Here is another good recipe:

    Creamy Strawberry Green Smoothie

    1/2 cup water
    1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted
    1 banana
    2 cups baby spinach leaves
    1 cup frozen strawberries
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Directions
    Combine the ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed for 30 seconds or until creamy.

    If you are using fresh strawberries, you will need to add a handful of ice cubes.

    Pour and enjoy.

    I have a large collection of other Paleo recipes on my blog. Another favorite is my lemon-head smoothie.

  4. These may be Paleo Smoothies but they contain way too much sugar for my system. No way could I handle that much fruit! And I am violently hypersensitive to any type of dairy, coconut, or tree nuts. My morning smoothie consists of Frozen spinach, a small amount of butternut and/or Spaghetti Squash, some frozen okra, some frozen or fresh asparagus or green beans, a huge handful of Spring mix with herbs, 3 rounded teas Brown rice or Yellow pea protein and some olive oil. Gives me plenty of morning veggies!

  5. I opened this link with anticipation that maybe people would share some smoothie recipes that do not include banana. I never make smoothies because I don’t like bananas and they seem to be a primary smoothie ingredient. Does anyone have some recipes…such as the coconut chocolate or the coffee flavored types that use something besides banana? I assume it is to make the smooth texture. I am also trying to limit things with sugary fruits as my blood sugar tends to run high.

    • Pam – I have used things like pumpkin puree and sweet potatoes (The asian varieties) in place of bananas because I have to watch my blood sugar. I’ve also used avacodos and almond butter depending on the flavor.

      A favorite I like to make is:
      1/2 cup of coconut milk
      1/4 cup of pumpkin puree
      handful of spinach
      fresh sliced ginger (it’s about 1 – 2 teaspoons)
      1 tablespoon(or less) of coconut oil (This will help sweeten as well)
      ice
      you may need to add more coconut milk for desired consistency

      I bought a Vitamix blender and their recipe book has a lot of recipes that are mostly vegetables but they will have some small fruit as part of it to help sweeten. It might be a few slices of an orange, or some fresh ginger, or lemon/lime.
      I’m not affiliated with the company, just thought I’d mention it since I had the same problem with smoothies having too many sugary fruits. You can find some of their recipes online.

  6. I grow chocolate-mint in my garden – and yes it does taste like chocolate mint 🙂
    Can’t wait to try it in the Cocoa-Mint smoothie.

  7. Wow! This is a nice collection of healthy smoothies. I love Cocoa mint and Avocado-Berry smoothies. I can’t wait to try it. My kids will surely love these smoothies. 🙂

  8. Chris, do eat anything else with your smoothie? I’m wondering how I’d feel without some kind of dense protein.

    • I usually have two small sausages with my morning smoothie, and that does me right.
      Here’s my recipe:
      2 scoops protein powder
      4 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
      1 scoop Amazing Grass superfood powder
      2 T chia seeds
      1/2 banana
      1/4 cup blueberry
      8 oz water

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