Vegan Banana and Spinach Smoothie

This Vegan Banana and Spinach Smoothie is one of our favourite Spring remedies. Spinach provides an excellent source of iron and bananas supply potassium, along with a vast amount of other nutrients and bodily benefits from each of these awesome whole foods.

Dairy free smoothies are an easy to make (if you have a blender) and fun way of getting more raw fruits and vegetables into your diet. Smoothies need not be expensive to make either. We’ll explain how.

In the warmer months especially, a refreshing and nourishing cold smoothie feels great! We recommend you use local, fresh, plastic free and seasonal produce wherever possible.

We use Alpro Oat Milk in this smoothie.

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About the Ingredients

When it comes to choosing ingredients for Vegan Banana and Spinach Smoothie, choose the items with the lowest carbon footprint and the least packaging waste.

Vegan Meal with The Natural Essex Girl

Zero Waste Fresh Produce

Thankfully, there are now countless ways to buy your fresh produce like bananas in a zero waste way. Most U.K. supermarkets offer bananas loose in their produce aisles so opt for these instead of the plastic wrapped ones. Simply take a reusable bag with you or go rogue and throw them in the trolly or basket loose – after all, a banana already has a natural skin that gets removed before you eat it.

We prefer to source fruits and vegetables from local greengrocers and wholesalers for the freshest, tastiest products. Similarly to what you can do in larger supermarkets, take reusable bags with you for your purchases and avoid produce in pre-wrapped plastic.

Say NO to single use bags and food packaging.

Avoiding single use plastic is usually pretty easy to achieve when you’re buying whole items like bananas. But spinach can be a lot more tricky! We have NEVER seen spinach sold without single use plastic packaging (we are still hopeful it will happen).

When it comes to purchasing spinach, we highly recommend you look out for recyclable packaging, eco conscious companies and the lowest carbon footprint available. The best way to source spinach in an eco friendly way is to grow it yourself. It’s an easy seed to sow in Spring and we have a couple of large pots dedicated to spinach outside, as well as a few smaller window sill ones indoors too.

We used a second hand Breville Blend Active to make this smoothie.

Spinach does not last all that long once picked so, to avoid food waste, be prepared to freeze the spinach you don’t use before it turns bad using some reusable freezer bags or by up-cycling some single use plastic ones you already have. We keep a constant supply of spinach in our freezer for yummy homemade vegan smoothies like this one.

Eco Friendly Shopping

If you’re pretty new to eco friendly shopping, just a few staple items that you re-use over and over again are all you need to get started. We always carry a cotton tote bag, or two, and some of these excellent fresh produce bags as well.

Discover more of our favourite every day eco friendly products here.

Print Recipe
Vegan Banana and Spinach Smoothie
A refreshing Spring remedy packing lots of nutrients including iron, potassium and more. Enjoy as a snack, with breakfast or just because.
Vegan Banana and Spinach Smoothie
Course Breakfast
Keyword Vegan Smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
person
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Keyword Vegan Smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
person
Ingredients
Vegan Banana and Spinach Smoothie
Instructions
  1. Pour the oat milk into the blender. We like to use a smoothie blender with smoothie specific bottles as shown in the photo simply because it saves on washing up! The one featured in this photo is a second hand Breville that we've had for 5 plus years and still works well.
  2. Add chopped banana and spinach. We highly recommend freezing chunks of banana for use in smoothies. This way you can enjoy deliciously cold smoothies without the need for ice.
  3. Add the cinnamon and blend for at least 1 minute or until there are no chunks left and the blender passes through the contents without resistance.
  4. Throw on the smoothie bottle lid and slurp!
Recipe Notes

If you don't own a smoothie blender with bottles, instead pour the smoothie into a tall glass, sprinkle a little extra cinnamon on top and only add a straw if it's a cool reusable one like this metal straw or this bamboo straw - please avoid single use straws.

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