Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen!: Green Monster Smoothie (Spinach & Banana)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Green Monster Smoothie (Spinach & Banana)


Look at that pretty green color in this smoothie. No it's not lime and it's not food coloring........ It's Spinach!!!! I know what your thinking gross but hear me out on this one. I too was a bit skeptical the first time I made this smoothie.

When I was in Napa I was talking to Aggie from Aggie's Kitchen and she told me all about these green smoothies also know as Green Monster Smoothie. Aggie said that these smoothies taste just like a banana smoothie just green, and her kids love them. Well my kids love bananas too so I couldn't wait to get back home and try out this recipe.

I knew the exact day that I wanted to make these. Saint Patricks Day!!! The perfect disguise. I told my kids that the green was food coloring to celebrate St Patty's Days!!! They fell for it hook, line and sinker.

My daughter Mackenzie said Mom this looks like the green slime like on Nickelodeon. I told her your right. So Mackenzie renamed them Nickelodeon's Green Slime Smoothies. If Mackenzie wants to call them Green Slime Smoothies then Green Slime it is.

You see I was floored when Mackenzie was willing to give the smoothie a try and then she actually drank it. Mr. Picky Pants Carson said no way and wouldn't even touch it. I think Mackenzie freaked him out with the whole green slime thing LOL.

They do taste just like a banana smoothie but just green. The only thing I did differently was add a bit of honey because I could only find original almond milk. But I have still been adding the honey even with the vanilla almond milk.

That is the only change I made. I hope you give this recipe a try even if it is just out of curiosity. We love them and I have been making them a lot!!!!


I am including a photo of my Mackenzie giving the Green Monsters aka Green Slime Smoothies a try. She said it tasted really good just like bananas. I still haven't told her the green is from Spinach, that will be our little secret.


This is Gracie the little girl I babysit, also known as my smoothie buddy. Gracie loves the Green Monsters, but then there hasn't been a smoothie that Gracie has turned down.

These are the ingredients you will need: Vanilla Almond Milk, 1 - 2 bananas, Spinach Fresh or Frozen (Fresh is best), ice and a bit of honey (optional). If you use frozen spinach and frozen bananas you can omit the ice because it will thicken up nicely with the frozen fruit and frozen spinach.


Add everything into the blender and mix until smooth.





 


Green Monster Smoothie

1 - cup vanilla or original or light almond milk
1 - ripe banana
1 - cup fresh or frozen spinach or combination of kale, swiss chard & spinach
1 - teaspoon honey
1 - cup of crushed ice (less if using frozen bananas)

Combine milk, bananas, spinach and ice in a blender; process on high setting until smooth.
Add honey if a sweeter taste is desired. Pour into glasses to serve. 

Cook's note: Sometimes I add a 1/4 cup dry oatmeal and one tablespoon natural peanut butter. My favorite greens to use are Earthbound Farm Deep Green Power Blend (kale, spinach & swiss chard).

Makes 2 - 3 servings. 
  


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12 comments:

baby cribs said... #

I am so excited about this! I am going to make some and let my kids have a sip on it. I hope they will like it.

Kristen's Raw said... #

I adore seeing kiddos enjoying green smoothies! Yay!

Anonymous said... #

I make a different version of a green smoothie.
2 cups spinach
3/4 cup yogurt (I use vanilla)
1 kiwi
Ice for desired consistancy.
Very yummy, you would never know you were drinking spinach!

I've added bananas as well or any other fruit on hand.

Hannah said... #

I can't wait to try this with my daughter!! Thanks!

Aggie said... #

So happy you tried these Tina! Your daughter and little Gracie are too cute! :) Such a great way to get some extra veggies in!

Anonymous said... #

Yum! I went to the grocery store this weekend to get the items for this smoothie. I made it this morning before coming to work, and Oh My! I never would have thought this would taste so good.

I used frozen spinach and maybe should of let it thaw before I added it to the mixture because I think I added to much. I could taste a little spinach in the mixture...but it was still very good.

Thanks for posting!

Cat said... #

My kids are both allergic to almond so I made this with vanilla rice milk and with vanilla soy milk and they were a huge hit!! Even my boy who is scared of all things green thought it was wonderful to drink green slime monster juice...lol...go figure, spinach and broccoli are gross but green slimy monster juice is okay!! oh to be young again! Thanks for this recipe!!

Anonymous said... #

adding 1/4 - 1/2 cup of blueberries turns these into pretty purple monsters. might be easier to get the kids to try them if you're having problems.

Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said... #

What a cool idea for St. Patricks day! And healthy too. Maybe I need to plan on more spinach in this spring's garden. . .

Anonymous said... #

i make something VERY close to these...i just add frozen mangoes and peaches. absolutely delicious :)

Anonymous said... #

I do this with blueberries also & raw milk. I tried strawberry mix but it wasn't as good.

Allison said... #

Thank you for your idea. I have tried to make smoothie with chocolate and banana. It also very cool. Will you please tell me if you have any idea to make a great chocolate banana smoothie for children? My child love chocolate. lol

I am using Nutri Bullet 15 Piece Blender for making smoothies.