Cinnamon Pear Ginger Smoothie
This cinnamon ginger pear smoothie recipe tastes like a creamy cup of autumn, with a sneaky dose of spinach blended in! Sweet, spiced, and oh-so-comforting—it’s a festive fall smoothie that’s sure to satisfy. Learn how to make a healthy green smoothie with pear, fresh ginger, spinach, and yogurt, including how to freeze pears for smoothies.
Try my Chai Pumpkin Smoothie for even more sippable fall-themed fun!
Ginger Pear Smoothie Benefits
- Flavorful: Sweet, spiced, and creamy—this pear ginger smoothie tastes like a mellow, sippable gingersnap cookie! Pears have a crisp, juicy, smooth sweetness that balances the zesty kick of fresh ginger perfectly. Instead of a routine, boring breakfast, this fun fall smoothie with pear nourishes the body and satisfies the taste buds.
- Easy: If I’m going to whip up a healthy smoothie in the morning, it better be easy—and this pear smoothie recipe keeps things super stress-free. Only 7 ingredients + spices, and the recipe is totally flexible. Skip or omit an ingredient if you don’t have it, and use alternatives that suit your lifestyle.
- No Banana: Bananas are an extremely popular ingredient in green smoothies, but not everyone likes them. If you’re one of the many who’s searching for healthy smoothies without banana, this creamy pear spinach smoothie is a delicious banana-free option!
- Nutritious: Pears are an excellent source of gut-friendly fiber & immune-supporting vitamin C. Spinach offers loads of vitamin K1 & iron, which support the health of our body’s tissues & blood. And ginger contains an incredibly powerful anti-inflammatory & antioxidizing compound known as gingerol. Add almond butter & Greek yogurt into the mix, and this nutritious pear smoothie also offers 10g of protein!
Can you freeze pear for smoothies?
To freeze pears for smoothies, simply chop fresh pears into pieces, transfer to a freezer-safe container or bag, and freeze for up to 12 months. No need to peel, cook, or soak when you’re freezing pears for smoothies! (However, methods will vary if you plan to use frozen pears in baked goods, jams, or fruit salad). For this pear spinach smoothie recipe, I just chop & freeze 1 pear, and then use half of it in my green smoothie. If preferred, you can also make your smoothie with fresh pear instead.
Ginger Pear Smoothie Ingredients & Substitutions
- Frozen Pear. The best pears for smoothies are those with the sweetest, juiciest flavor—like Bartlett, Anjou, or Bosc pears. Bartlett pears are my personal favorites, both the green & the red varieties. You can make this pear smoothie recipe with a fresh or frozen pear, or substitute with a similar fruit like apple or banana.
- Spinach. A handful of spinach adds loads of nutrients & color to this fall smoothie! Spinach has a mild taste that blends in seamlessly, so it’s my go-to choice for a green smoothie with unique flavors like this. You could also substitute with different leafy greens like kale or romaine, or omit the greens altogether.
- Yogurt. Any yogurt will do—dairy or nondairy. Use Greek yogurt for a dose of protein, or coconut yogurt for a richer, creamier, more satisfying smoothie.
- Milk of Choice. Dairy or nondairy milk can work here, whichever you prefer.
- Nut Butter. Just a tablespoon of nut butter makes this festive smoothie even creamier. I like the earthy, mild flavor of almond butter, or you could use peanut butter, cashew butter—whatever you like.
- Honey. Honey has a sweet, floral flavor that complements the crisp, juicy pear deliciously here. But you can really use any sweetener you like—maple syrup, white sugar, coconut sugar, etc. (Or no sweetener!)
- Fresh Ginger. Add an irresistible zing of fall spice with fresh ginger root, peeled & finely grated with a microplane or cheese grater. Use less (¼ tsp) for a more subtle flavor, or add more (½ tsp) for a more powerful flavor kick!
- Spices. Cinnamon & cardamom bring the warm flavors full circle in this pear ginger smoothie. If you don’t have cardamom, just use cinnamon. Or feel free to add additional fall spices like nutmeg, allspice, or cloves.
Watch my Fall Breakfast Smoothies video to see how I make this pear smoothie!
What flavors go well with pears?
With their smooth, mellow sweetness and a crisp hint of spice, pears pair well with all kinds of flavors: sweet, fruity, earthy, nutty, and (of course) warm fall spices. If you’d like to switch things up or create your own yummy smoothies with pears, get creative combining with different fruits & flavors!
- Fruits: Apple, banana, coconut, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, or orange could all be tasty additions to this recipe.
- Nuts: Swap out the almond butter for a more flavorful alternative, like cashew, pecan, or walnut butter. Or, try making a fall smoothie with toasted pecans or walnuts for maximum toasty comfort!
- Oats: For an even thicker, creamier, more satisfying texture, try blending oats into this green smoothie recipe. You could even serve this as a spoonable pear smoothie bowl topped with fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut shreds—whatever you like.
- Spices & Flavorings: Customize with any flavorings you enjoy! Try adding other fall spices like nutmeg, cloves, or allspice, or add some dessert-like indulgence with vanilla extract or cocoa powder.
Cinnamon Ginger & Pear Smoothie
- ½ cup chopped pear, frozen, (Bartlett or Anjou)
- ½ cup spinach
- ½ cup yogurt of choice
- ¼ cup milk of choice
- 1½ Tbsp almond butter, (or nut butter of choice)
- 2 tsp honey, to taste (or maple syrup)
- ¼ tsp fresh ginger, grated, (up to ½ tsp)
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon
- pinch of cardamom
- Chop fresh pear with the peel on and store in a freezer-safe container or bag. Freeze overnight, or for up to 12 months.
- To make smoothie, add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve with a straw and enjoy!
- Yields 12oz cinnamon pear & ginger smoothie.