This easy berry smoothie with granola is a great breakfast for busy mornings. It's delicious, easy, and made with ingredients like yogurt, frozen berries, banana, and spinach that you may already have in your kitchen.
[This recipe was originally posted in August 2018. It has been updated with new photos, cooking instructions, expert tips, FAQ, related recipes, video and ways to repurpose/use up ingredients]
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How will this breakfast smoothie make your life easier?
We all need a good and easy smoothie recipe in our back pocket. This berry smoothie with granola is super easy, made with ingredients you may already have, and it's adaptable-meaning you can just ingredients that you have already.
This smoothie recipe makes one serving, so you won't be left with another serving if you're making breakfast for one.
Plus with the addition of granola, the berry smoothie with granola is more filling breakfast than most smoothies. This Strawberry Banana PB Smoothie, Green Apple Smoothie, and Wild Blueberry Tea Smoothie are also great smoothie recipes.
What makes this smoothie recipe so good?
How do I make it?
This berry smoothie with granola just takes 2 steps to make. Step 1: add all ingredients into a blender jar. The only order you need to worry about is to add the easy to mix ingredients first, so start with the yogurt.
Step 2: Sprinkle granola over your berry smoothie with granola. It's great with pumpkin flaxseed granola or this Homemade Peanut Butter Granola.
- I used plain yogurt in this berry smoothie with granola because that's my pantry staple. Skip the added vanilla if you're using flavored yogurt.
- Swap the mixed berries for one type of berries. It's probably good with peach, pineapple, or mango-but I haven't tested it with those ingredients.
- Don't have frozen berries? Add fresh berries and a few ice cubes to this berry smoothie with granola if you like thick smoothies.
- Swap the spinach for frozen spinach.
- Swap the milk for your favorite non-dairy milk if needed. Soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk would work here.
- Use your favorite granola, I recommend a more simple flavored one so the flavors don't clash. For example, I tried it with maple granola and I didn't like the flavor combination.
- Freeze bananas that are too ripe to eat (make sure to peel the peel off before freezing). You can use these in smoothies, banana bread, and you can make banana ice cream with them.
- Use wilting spinach (or kale) in this berry smoothie with granola recipe. No need to throw it away.
Making a smoothie with granola is really easy, you can top your smoothie with granola or blend granola into your smoothie. Top this triple berry smoothie with granola, if you like crunchy granola.
The main ingredients in a smoothie are: fruit, liquid, and add-ins like nuts, seeds, or leafy greens. Yogurt is a great addition for a smooth texture and added protein.
Ice can definitely go into a smoothie, but it doesn't add any flavor, if you want to use flavorful ingredients, add frozen fruit to make it thick and cold.
Fruit smoothies, like this berry smoothie with granola often have lots of nutrients in them, from the fruit. If you add yogurt and milk, there's also some protein and calcium. All foods can fit into a healthful diet, don't try to eat only 'healthy foods'.
What can I make with leftover ingredients?
- Frozen Berries: Overnight Oats with Yogurt, include them in a Waffle Bar, Yogurt Bowl.
- Spinach: Thai Beef with Spinach and Fried Garlic, Grapefruit and Avocado Salad, Microwave Egg Bowl, or Arugula Basil Pesto
- Greek Yogurt: Peanut Butter Overnight Oats, Chicken Salad Pita
- Banana: Bananas Foster Pancakes, Overnight Oats with Yogurt, or Berry Oatmeal Cups.
- Granola: Yogurt Bowl.
Did you make this berry smoothie with granola? Leave me a comment & rating to share how it turned out!
Spinach Apple Banana Smoothie
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- Measuring Cups
- ½ whole Granny Smith apple cored, quartered
- ½ whole banana fresh or frozen
- ¾ cup frozen pineapple slices
- ⅓ cup fresh spinach leaves or frozen, see note below
- ½ teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 Tablespoon flax seeds
- 1 cup water or apple juice
- Layer in apple quarters, frozen banana, frozen pineapple, spinach, grated ginger, flax seeds, and liquid. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into glass and enjoy immediately.
- Adjust the amount of ginger you add to your preferences.
- Add a dollop of yogurt and/or milk to your spinach apple banana smoothie to make it more filling.
- Add apple juice or water to the smoothie for a fruitier flavor, but you can also add milk, almond milk, soy milk, or your favorite milk alternative.
- Substitute fresh spinach for frozen spinach. Just add ½ the amount of frozen spinach (about 3 Tablespoons).
- Optional add-ins: Chia seeds, ground flax, and flax seeds? are all great additions to this smoothie.
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