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5 Great Breakfast Smoothie Recipes

Published by: Chef Matty Riedel • Updated: November 24, 2023

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and when we make healthy food choices, we feel fuller for longer and, most importantly, happier! Yet, finding the inspiration to make something wholesome can feel somewhat tiring and long-winded. A busy lifestyle sometimes means reaching for quick fixes – cereals, breakfast bars, and shop-bought smoothies. Although they may seem like they’re doing the job, they don’t contain much nutritional value.

If you’re looking for healthier breakfast options and ones that’ll keep you full throughout the day, then smoothies are my go-to option. Not only are they packed with all the goodness, but they are also relatively simple to make. A mix of fruits, veggies, and proteins – ready at the touch of a button, and the great thing about making them at home is you know what’s going on inside, unlike store-bought smoothies, which are full of excess sugars and calories.

But even the thought of throwing a bunch of ingredients into a blender first thing in the morning can still be a little overwhelming for some. That’s where I come in. Below, I have set out five of my favourite, easy-to-follow breakfast smoothies for you- because the less thinking you have to do in the morning is a bonus, right?

5 Great Breakfast Smoothie Recipes

Please note that smoothies that contain more vegetables than fruit have a higher fibre content. If you’re craving something sweet, a fruit-heavy smoothie could help suppress your cravings and save you from reaching for that chocolate cake later in the day! Whatever your dietary preferences are, feel free to change the measurements of my recipes to suit you! 

It’s a great way to get that added nutrition all packed into one meal.

woman enjoying a healthy breakfast (is that a healthy orange smoothie?)

Not Sure What To Put In Your Smoothie? Here Are Some Tips:

  • Vegetables – Packed with fibre, green vegetables are favoured in most smoothies – spinach and kale blend well with other ingredients. Add veggies like carrots or peppers for an added sweetness if you have a juicer.
  • Fresh or Frozen Fruit – A combination of both is preferred. When using ice, it can dilute the flavour of a smoothie. Frozen fruits are a great alternative and add thickness. You can prepare in advance by chopping fruit and freezing them in a zip-lock bag.
  • Natural Yogurt – Choose a brand with no added sugar. Plain yoghurt is a great way to get extra protein into your smoothie. It adds a delicious flavour and makes it creamy.
  • Oats – They give a traditional breakfast taste. Adding raw oats (I use rolled oats) is perfectly fine – remember to add these first and blend them into powder.
  • Nut Butters & Avocado – They provide healthy fats and protein. Be mindful not to add too much, as both can overpower the other flavours.
  • Seeds are packed with fibre and contain many important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. My favourites are pumpkin, chia and flax seeds.
  • Liquid – This is essential in any smoothie to help all the ingredients come together in your blender. Skip fruit juices, as you should already have lots of natural sweetness from your fruit and vegetables. Other options include milk or non-dairy alternatives, almond, soy or nut-based coconut, and oat milk. You can also add plain water or coconut water.
  • Flavour Enhancers – Adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract, cayenne pepper, or even some cacao nibs can boost the flavour of a smoothie, and all have great health benefits.

5 Simple Steps To Make The Perfect Smoothie

  1. Add your liquids first, which helps break down everything else that follows.
  2. Next in is any frozen ingredients – ice, frozen fruit or veggies.
  3. Add any large ingredients, chopped or sliced fruit and veggies.
  4. Then add any smaller ingredients, such as nut butter, protein powders or flavour enhancers. 
  5. Finally, to blend, start slowly and break down the big ingredients. Increase the speed and blend until smooth.

Now For My Top 5 Breakfast Smoothies

1. Oats So Smoothie

smoothie recipes using oats

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh spinach 
  • ⅓ small banana chopped, frozen 
  • ¾ cup pineapple chunks 
  • ½ cup mango, frozen 
  • 4-5 pitted dates 
  • 2 tsp lime juice 
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk

Method

  1. Add coconut milk, lime juice and dates, and blend on a low setting.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, starting with bananas, pineapples, mangos, and spinach.
  3. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender.
  4. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

2. Green Giant Smoothie

green smoothie recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh spinach 
  • ⅓ small banana chopped, frozen 
  • ¾ cup pineapple chunks 
  • ½ cup mango, frozen 
  • 4-5 pitted dates 
  • 2 tsp lime juice 
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk

Method

  1. Add coconut milk, lime juice and dates, and blend on a low setting.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, starting with bananas, pineapple, mangos, and spinach. 
  3. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender.
  4. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

3. The Power Puff Smoothie

the power puff smoothie recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mango chunks, frozen 
  • ½ banana chunks, frozen 
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 cup yoghurt 
  • 1 cm ginger, peeled & grated 
  • ½ tsp turmeric

Method

  1. Start by adding the yoghurt and ginger, and blend on a low setting.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, starting with mangos, bananas and avocado, followed by turmeric.
  3. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender.
  4. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

4. Morning Mocha Smoothie

smoothie recipes with mocha

Ingredients

  • 50 ml espresso coffee or 1 tsp instant coffee powder, brewed 
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder 
  • ½ banana chopped, frozen 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp honey 
  • ¾ cup milk of choice 
  • 1 cup of ice

Method

  1. This recipe is slightly more technical than the others, so listen carefully. 
  2. Place all the ingredients liquids (except the ice) into the blender first.
  3. Blitz until combined.
  4. Add the ice, using the medium setting, and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour into a tall glass garnish with cocoa powder because you can!
  6. Enjoy your delicious creation.

5. Brekkie On The Go-Go Smoothie

smoothie recipes for people on the go

Ingredients

  • ½ cup rolled oats 
  • ½ cup protein powder 
  • ½ cup milk of choice 
  • 1 banana chopped, frozen
  • 1 cup yoghurt 
  • 1 tsp honey 
  • ¾ cup dried coconut flakes
  • 1 cup of ice, optional for a thicker consistency

Method 

  1. Place the rolled oats first and blitz to a powder.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, starting with the milk, followed by the yoghurt, banana, protein powder and honey.
  3. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender.
  4. Pour into your reusable cup, and garnish with coconut flakes for a nice touch.
  5. Rush out of the door as you’re late for work, but that smoothie was worth it. Enjoy!

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Breakfast Smoothie Recipes: Summing Up

There you have it – 5 tasty, nourishing smoothie creations for you to try out at home. Remember, don’t be scared to add ingredients to make it your own or swap out anything you may not have. If there’s one piece of advice I can give you to help with washing up and savouring every last piece of smoothie stuck in your blender, it’s to buy yourself a rubber spatula in advance (thank me later).

Enjoy!

Chef and Restaurant Owner Matty Riedel
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