4-Ingredient Spinach Banana Smoothie
This creamy spinach banana smoothie is so simple, you only need 4 ingredients to make it! Vegan-friendly, naturally sweet, and loaded with nourishing green goodness. How to make a green smoothie with spinach, banana, yogurt, and milk—no sugar or sweeteners needed! Deliciously easy and with plenty of room to customize.
Healthy smoothies don’t need to be complicated, and you don’t need tons of ingredients. You can turn just about any fruit smoothie into a satisfying vegetable smoothie by adding a heaping handful of spinach! This simple smoothie does just that: combines a frozen banana with plenty of superfood spinach, plus milk and yogurt for a smooth, sippable texture.
Keep this spinach fruit smoothie vegan by using the non-dairy milk & non-dairy yogurt of your choice. And, if you’d like to add additional fruits, veggies, nut butter, or even protein powder into the mix, go for it! This recipe is meant to be as simple as possible, but still totally tasty with just 4 ingredients. Think of it as a flexible base recipe for green smoothies with spinach—have fun jazzing it up however you like!
Are banana and spinach a good combination?
This spinach and banana smoothie is a dynamite combination! Taste-wise, the natural sugars in ripe bananas give them a tropical, almost candy-like flavor—which perfectly masks the subtle flavor of spinach. Combined with creamy yogurt and milk, you won’t even taste the spinach in this smoothie! Plus, adding spinach to smoothies can boost the nutrient content, making this healthy green smoothie a great source of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium.
Spinach Banana Smoothie Ingredients
- Milk of Choice. Feel free to use any milk you like in this recipe—dairy or nondairy. Personally, I prefer to use soy milk for a bit of added sweetness, creaminess, and protein!
- Spinach. I like to use fresh spinach leaves, or you can make a frozen spinach smoothie if preferred. If you make a lot of your healthy smoothies with spinach and you want some variety, swap out the spinach and make a kale smoothie instead—or even an arugula smoothie!
- Banana. A frozen banana adds creaminess & sweetness to this green smoothie recipe, but you can also use a fresh banana instead. Either way, be sure to use a ripe banana for the sweetest flavor and best taste! For a flavor change (or if you don’t like bananas), substitute with a different tropical fruit like pineapple or mango.
- Yogurt of Choice. I love the thick, satisfying texture of a Greek yogurt smoothie, as well as the boost of protein. By combining Greek yogurt with soy milk, you can turn this into a spinach protein smoothie with 20g of protein! Alternatively, you could use a regular dairy yogurt, or any nondairy yogurt for a vegan smoothie.
Customization & Addition Ideas
- Fruit: Add some tasty variety to your healthy spinach smoothie by incorporating additional fruits alongside (or instead of) banana. I’ve added 2 peeled kiwis to this recipe to make a kiwi spinach banana smoothie, and it’s so scrumptious! Or, consider adding ½-1 cup of fresh or frozen pineapple, mango, berries, peaches, oranges, or even dragon fruit.
- Vegetables: If you’re feeling adventurous, try making a green smoothie with spinach and other veggies. You could whip up a refreshing vegetable smoothie with cucumber, carrot, bell pepper, cauliflower, or even a broccoli smoothie!
- Nut Butter: Make your nutritious smoothie even tastier by adding 2-3 Tbsp of peanut butter, or any nut butter you like.
- Nuts & Seeds: For added nutrients & thickness, try adding 1-2 Tbsp of chia seeds or ground flax. Or, blend in whole nuts like almonds, walnuts, or cashews.
- Protein Powder: Feel free to add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to turn this wholesome smoothie into a spinach protein shake!
Spinach Smoothie Benefits
This simple spinach banana smoothie is like a sweet and sippable multivitamin. Spinach and banana combined pack a healthy dose of dietary fiber into this smoothie. Plus, essential minerals like magnesium and potassium, which are involved in bone health, regulating blood pressure, and regulating mood and sleep.
On its own, spinach is an incredible source of vitamin K1: an essential nutrient for bone health that helps us absorb calcium from other foods. And, spinach contains loads of immune-boosting vitamin C, vitamin A for healthy eyes and skin, and folate for cellular health DNA production. Plus, you can even sip up some calcium and iron from your green spinach smoothies!
On top of this, spinach is a powerful anti-inflammatory food, rich in antioxidants that help reduce chronic inflammation & reverse free radical damage. And don’t worry, blending spinach will not destroy the nutrients in your vegetable smoothie. In its leafy form or blended form, spinach is one of the most nutritionally dense vegetables you can eat.
How to Make a Spinach Smoothie with Fruit & Yogurt
- First, choose your ingredients—you can follow this 4-ingredient banana spinach smoothie recipe exactly, or get creative customizing it! For the best spinach smoothie, be sure to include at least 1 sweet fruit, your choice of yogurt, and your choice of milk.
- Then, add your spinach and fruit smoothie ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth & creamy.
- Serve with a straw and enjoy!
Can I prep spinach smoothies ahead of time?
You can easily meal prep smoothies with spinach by preparing make-ahead smoothie jars or freezer smoothie bags. Simply portion the spinach and fruits into sealable jars or bags—excluding wet ingredients like milk or yogurt. Then freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready for a smoothie, just add your frozen spinach smoothie pack into the blender, along with milk and yogurt, then blend!
Watch how to make this easy spinach smoothie in my Green Veggie Smoothie Recipes video!
4-Ingredient Spinach Banana Smoothie
Spinach Banana Smoothie:
- ½ cup milk of choice, (add more as needed for blending)
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 cup spinach
- ½ cup yogurt of choice, Greek or dairy free (optional for creaminess)
Optional Additions or Substitutions:
- 1-2 kiwi, peeled
- 2-3 Tbsp peanut butter, or nut butter of choice
- 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds or ground flax
- 1 cup blueberries or strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 scoop protein powder of choice