Fruit smoothie recipes are easy to make, and perfect for an easy breakfast or snack! You only need a few ingredients and a blender and you’re ready to go!
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I make this fruit smoothie recipe multiple times a week for my family, and its always a huge hit with me and my kids. Its one of the most requested items at our house for breakfast, or an afternoon snack, and it can be packed with nutrients that you feel good about!
What is a Smoothie?
Smoothies are great because they are so easy! And you can you can whip them together with just a few ingredients. You can choose what kind of fruit, juice, yogurt, etc to have all types of different flavors of smoothies.
Types of Smoothies
You can have it be a berry smoothie, a tropical smoothie, banana orange, strawberry pineapple, etc. Try different kinds of fruits and yogurts to change the flavor.
Fruit Smoothie Ingredients
I usually like using orange juice in my smoothies (love the extra vitamin c too), but mango juice, pineapple juice, apple juice, or any other fruit juices will work, the possibilities are endless. You can also use milk or almond milk or even water if you have nothing else, but the juice helps to keep the smoothie extra sweet.
I left this recipe a little vague so you can change the ingredients how you want to fit your flavor choices or the ingredients you have on hand. I almost always use this same ratio for smoothies, no matter what flavors, but this is the perfect basic recipe for a starting point.
Easy Smoothie Recipe Ideas:
- Pineapple Mango: Pineapple Juice + 1 cup pineapple + 1 cup mango + vanilla yogurt + 1 ripe banana + 1 cup spinach
- Berry Blast: Apple juice + 2 cups mixed berries + huckleberry yogurt
- Topical Smoothie: Orange Banana Juice + 1 cup pineapple + 1 cup peach + vanilla yogurt + banana
- Strawberry-Banana: Orange Juice + 2 cups strawberries + strawberry yogurt + banana
Optional Fruit Smoothie Ingredients:
- Protein Powder – Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to make the smoothie more filling. Think about what flavor combos would taste yummy before mixing.
- Chia Seeds – Add up to 2 TBS of chia sheeds for a great way to get extra fiber, protein, and omega 3 fatty acids.
- Flax Seed – Add 1 to 3 TBS of flax seeds to get some healthy fats, help your digestive health, and lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
- Hemp Seeds – Add up to 3 TBS of shelled help seeds for 10 grams of protein, plus healthy fats and fiber in your smoothie.
- Peanut Butter – Add about 2 TBS of peanut butter or almond butter to your smoothie to boost your heart health, and add a yummy flavor. My favorite combos are a strawberry smoothie for a peanut butter and jelly flavor, or a banana smoothie!
- Maple Syrup – Add a small amount of pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup) to your smoothie to help sweeten it up a bit.
- Honey – Honey is also a great sweetener for smoothies if you think it’s not sweet enough already.
- Spinach – Add 1 to 2 cups of spinach or other leafy greens for so many added vitamins and benefits in your smoothie. With the banana you won’t even taste the added greens.
How to make a Fruit Smoothie
- Add your liquid to the blender (Juice, Water, Milk)
- Add the yogurt (whatever type you chose!)
- Then add the frozen fruit (see above for flavor combos I love)
- Top the fruit with any additional add ins you want, like protein powder, or chia seeds.
- Blend the smooth together on high speed until the fruit pieces are all cut up and the smoothie is a thick, creamy, but also drinkable texture.
- Add more liquid to thin, or a little more fruit to thicken, as desired.
Easy Smoothie Recipe Tips & Tricks:
- Milks: I love the sweetness that fresh fruit juices add to my smoothies, but you could also substitute that for your milk of choice, try coconut milk, coconut water, almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk, cow’s milk, etc.
- Ice: Add 1/2 to 1 cup of ice cubes to make your smoothie a little thicker. This makes it even better for a smoothie bowl too!
- Yogurt: I don’t recommend using plain greek yogurt because it doesn’t add any sweetness to your smoothie. Add a vanilla greek yogurt or other low-fat yogurt that has just a little sweetness, but is still high in protein and low in fat.
- Mix-ins: Don’t add too many of the above mix ins at once, mix and match your smoothie flavors and add ins to get your favorite combination. Too many mix ins will dry out your smoothie and you’ll need more juice added in.
Now grab your juice, favorite fruits, yogurt, and a blender and get blending!
Fruit Smoothie Recipe FAQs
Most fruits are great options for smoothies, but different fruits will chance the flavor, texture, and nutrition levels of our smoothies – here are some of my favorites to use:
mixed berries – you can use individual berries, or a mix of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. *I love the frozen triple berry blend from Costco. * They’re packed with antioxidants too!
tropical fruits – tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, or papaya are great options for a tropical smoothie that is high in vitamin c.
peaches – these add a nice sweet, and slightly tart flavor to a smoothie.
banana – I always love the flavor of bananas in my smoothies, and it adds such a great creaminess to them as well. They’re also a great source of potassium and fiber
Deciding between milk, and water depends on your dietary goals.
Water: Water is calorie free and a great choice if you’re looking to stay hydrated and keep your smoothie lower in calories
Milk: Cow’s milk, almond milk, or soy milk will give you a creamier smoothie and will have a variety of different nutrients depending which milk you use. The fat and protein in milk can keep you feeling satisfied longer.
Most fruit types can be added to a smoothie, but I recommend paying attention to the fruit combinations you pick, and not picking too much variety.
I also recommend using frozen fruits for the thickest, and richest smoothie. If you use fresh fruit you will need to add ice, and canned fruit varieties will add a lot of unneeded sugar.
Remember that personal tastes vary, so what works for one person may not work for another. Experiment with flavor combinations of fruits that you love to find your new favorite.
This, again, depends on your personal flavor and dietary preferences. Personally I love the added sweetness of a 100% juice addition to my smoothies, but if you want a lower calorie, less sugar option you may prefer a variety of milk.
Always start by adding the liquid base to my blender. This will ensure that the blade is covered completely, and will allow for a smoother blending process, and a creamier smoothie.
If your smoothie is thinner than you’d like you can thicken it up by adding in more frozen fruit or ice. Frozen fruit will give your smoothie thickness, and also add natural sweetness and flavor to the smoothie.
Ice will also thicken the smoothie, but can dilute the flavor when adding to much, so use it in moderation.
What’s your favorite smoothie flavor?
How to make Smoothies (Easy Fruit Smoothie Recipes)
- 1 cup fruit juice
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 2 cups frozen fruit
- 1 small banana (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a blender.
- Blend on high until desired consistency is reached. Add a little more juice or a little more frozen fruit (or ice) as needed to get desired consistency.
Recipe first published on March 7, 2014. Photos and text updated on April 30, 2018
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