This spirulina smoothie is really more of a vegan spirulina shake because it's so decadent. And just in time for for St. Patrick's Day? Start off your day with this "lucky" shake, and try not to think about all the beer you're about to drink. The hardest part is getting your hands on some Spirulina, but that's easily solved with some help from Whole Foods or the Internet.
Without further ado, I present my vegan spirulina shake.
There are four elements that make this vegan spirulina shake so decadent:
- Signature green color
- Over-the-top toppings & add-ins
Let's break them down:
Creaminess: choose creamy fruits
- Avocado is a smoothie standby for me - it adds texture, and takes on the flavor of whatever is around it.
- Frozen ripe bananas and mangos give the smoothie it's sweetness, and add to the thick soft-serve like texture.
- In my opinion, there's a never a bad time to add peanut butter to a smoothie, and I always have it on hand. You can, of course, sub with the nut butter of your choice.
Signature green color: Spirulina
Algae. Is. Cool. It also has insane health benefits - gotta love some extra protein, vitamins and minerals.
The green color comes from an algae called Spirulina. Technically, spirulina is a cyanobacteria, a type of blue-green algae. If you remember from your high school biology class, algae are the most primitive form of the plant life we have on earth today. Algae. Is. Cool. It also has insane health benefits - gotta love some extra protein, vitamins and minerals. Learn more here.
P.S. If you ever need a snorkeling guide for the Caribbean or Bahamas, please HMU. I am a marine biology geek. I digress...
Over-the-top toppings and add-ins
Honestly, this stuff is optional, but it takes the shake to another new level. Pick and choose what you like from this list!
- Blueberries - I like adding these to the bottom of my shake for fresh fruity treat at the end.
- Macadamia nut butter - my recipe is coming soon! I was introduced to this in Hawaii and can't get it off my mind. You can also sub with peanut butter or nut butter of your choice.
- Coconut whipped cream - I discovered that ReddiWhip makes a coconut whipped cream a few weeks ago and am OBSESSED. The "big" Publix near me carries it. If it's something you like, ask your local grocery store to stock it for you!
- Banana slices - extra sweetness and texture
- Coconut flakes - if you want extra crunch
Why the heck would I want a green shake? Well, why would you want a green juice? Why would you want a strawberry smoothie? IDK, it just looks cool and tastes good. You don't have to use spirulina if you really don't like the deep green color.
Is this actually healthy?? Well...while it is made with "whole foods" (fruits, etc.), the fruits I selected tend to be higher in sugar. So while better than, say, icecream, I still consider this smoothie more of a "treat" or something to be enjoyed in moderation. Especially with all the add-ons and toppings!
I can't find spirulina anywhere! There's this site called Amazon...they own this grocery store called Whole Foods...try either of those, or better yet, your local health food store!Print
Perfect for St. Patty's day, or when you just have a sweet tooth and want something a little bit different.
Recipe makes 3-4 large smoothies. Great for a crowd!
- 2 frozen ripe bananas
- 1 lb frozen mangoes
- 1 heaping Tbsp peanut butter
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 T spirulina (or less if you want a less green smoothie)
- Coconut milk to nearly cover solid ingredients (more if you like thinner smoothie)
- Nut butter (I had Macadamia nut butter on hand, but use what you have!)
- Sliced bananas
- Coconut flakes
- Macadamia nuts
- Coconut whipped cream
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
Tip: start your blender on low, and build up speed as your ingredients mix in.
Layer in blueberries, bananas, etc. as you desire, and top with whipped cream, and anything else you're feeling.
Though not required, if you're making a lot of smoothies and sauces, I HIGHLY recommend investing in a Vitamix blender. It has changed my life.