This broccoli smoothie recipe is loaded with nutritious ingredients, including raw or frozen broccoli, green apple, banana, mango, spinach, and avocado. It has a vibrant green color, creamy texture, and earthy yet sweet taste. Make this vegan smoothie for a healthy snack or breakfast to reap the benefits of eating more broccoli.
Broccoli…in a smoothie? I know what you’re probably thinking — “come on, Lizzie, that sounds gross!” Well, guess what? It really isn’t gross!
This super green, super tasty broccoli smoothie actually tastes good. You can still taste the broccoli, but the other ingredients complement it really well. So well, in fact, that you just might start adding this unique smoothie into your regular rotation!
After all, that’s what’s happened with my Tropical Swiss Chard Smoothie, Celery Smoothie, and Cherry Chocolate Cauliflower Smoothie. Readers LOVE them! You should totally try those recipes after you make your broccoli smoothie to see for yourself. Plus, be sure to check out my post on the Best Vegetables for Smoothies if you’re on a roll.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Broccoli: The star ingredient, of course. I prefer to use frozen broccoli, but you can substitute raw broccoli too.
- Banana: I like frozen banana, but if you don’t have a frozen one, a fresh one will be just fine. To make a broccoli smoothie without banana, omit this ingredient and add a little more mango. Just keep in mind that the final product won’t be as sweet as it would be with a banana.
- Frozen mango: Use frozen pineapple as a substitute if needed.
- Green apple: This adds a lovely hint of tartness. You can use another kind of apple if needed, though.
- Avocado: It’s the key to a creamy smoothie. If you don’t have avocado, swap in about ½ cup Greek yogurt (plant-based if needed).
- Spinach: Omit or use kale if you don’t have spinach.
- Vanilla extract: For a little extra flavor.
- Water: You can also use a plant-based milk of your choice.
Instructions and Equipment
The full recipe card for this broccoli smoothie is at the bottom of the post. Here’s a preview of the super easy steps:
- Combine ingredients in a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix or NutriBullet.
- Blend until smooth.
Broccoli Smoothie Benefits
Broccoli is often touted as a superfood that promotes weight loss and fights cancer. While it is true that broccoli has health benefits, no single food can prevent disease or make you lose weight on its own.
However, eating more broccoli by enjoying this broccoli smoothie or other recipes that use it is a great way to reap possible benefits associated with this vegetable. Broccoli provides heart healthy dietary fiber and immune-supporting vitamin C. Compounds in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are thought to have anti-cancer effects, but more research is needed.
Enjoy this smoothie right away. But if needed, you can keep leftover broccoli smoothie in an airtight container or glass jar in the refrigerator for up to a couple of days.
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- 1 cup broccoli - frozen or fresh
- 1 banana - preferably frozen
- 1 cup spinach - loosely packed
- ½ cup frozen mango
- ½ cup diced green apple
- ½ avocado
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup water - more as needed
- Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth, adding more water as needed.
- Leave a rating or review by tapping the stars on this recipe card (above) or in the comments section (at the end of the post)!
- For additional protein, add nuts or seeds, nut butter, or Greek yogurt.
Happy smoothie drinking! – Lizzie
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