Banana Spinach Smoothie

I realize this Banana Spinach Smoothie sounds weird, but give it a try!

Looking to get in some greens but don’t feel like eating a huge salad?

Want to get your kids to eat more veggies?

Whatever the reason, this leafy green packed smoothie is your new best friend. 

And it’s delicious, too!

The banana makes it nice and sweet, and you won’t taste the spinach.

I promise. :)

banana spinach smoothie

This recipe is crazy easy, too. 

Only 3 ingredients (not including ice), and you just toss everything into the blender and enjoy!

easiest green smoothie recipe

Here are the basics ingredients:

banana spinach smoothie ingredients

Want to mix it up? 

For more fruit, try berries – they go well here, too. 

For extra staying power from healthy fat, try tossing in a tablespoon of nut butter, flaxseed, or chia seeds. 

Or – did you know that avocado is delicious in smoothies? It makes them nice and creamy! 

Let me know what your favorite combinations are – or stick with the basic recipe, below! 

Either way, enjoy. :)

Yield: 1 smoothie

Banana Spinach Smoothie

Banana Spinach Smoothie

This delicious banana spinach smoothie is the easiest and yummiest way to get your veggies - you can't taste the spinach!

Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute


  • Half a large or 1 small very ripe banana
  • 1 cup milk (or dairy substitute)
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach


  1. Toss everything in a blender with a few ice cubes.
  2. Blend and enjoy!
Such a great way to sneak in some greens.

Let me know how you like it – and what variations of it you make!

banana spinach smoothie

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  1. 1

    Anne, I wonder if instead of the spinach I could use some green grass powder. I have been drinking Green Vibrance- organic greens and freeze dried grass juice…
    I drink it in the a.m….and it is a slow process….maybe in the smoothie it would go down faster and taste better. Just a thought.

    • 2

      Absolutely! That would definitely make it tastier. I do that a lot with the Vega greens smoothie powder – have you tried it? Pretty tasty actually!

  2. 3
    Claudia S. says

    Dear Anne! This is pretty amazing! but I must say that as a child my grandmother used to give us some kind of juice (wich i didnt like because it was too healthy ;) that contained fresh orange juice+spinach juice. It really doesn’t taste bad and I appreciated more these days.

    GRacias for this recipe!

    A hug from Lima, Perú :D

    • 4

      Smart grandma :)

      • 5

        Very smart grandma! I’d highly recommend you add a source of vitamin C to the spinach whenever raw spinach is involved in any dish or smoothie. Not only does the combination taste great, but the vitamin C helps unlock the calcium in spinach and makes it easier for your body to absorb. The same effect can be achieved by slightly cooking the spinach. Without cooking it or mixing it in with Vitamin C, much of the calcium passes through the gut without getting absorbed.

  3. 7

    Tried this smoothy with strawberries and it was pretty good. Although mine was brownish not green! lol I’m not sure why. I got this from my friend Tina at FFF blog. :)

    • 8

      Just read your post! Ha ha! The reason your smoothies combining spinach and strawberries is brown, is because the combination of the colors green and red makes brown! Still a great smoothies, I tried it and loved it! Thank u!

  4. 9

    Yum! Thanks so much for this recipe. I am in the first trimester of a twin pregnancy and having a really hard time eating due to queasiness. Last week I discovered I could stomach smoothies with bananas, milk, and vanilla whey protein to up my protein intake, but I wasn’t getting enough vegetables. I tried throwing in a couple handfuls spinach in the smoothie and I can hardly taste it at all. Now I can get protein AND veggies in a form I can handle eating – thanks!

  5. 11

    Hi Anne! These recipes look wonderful, and I’m so excited to try some of them. I noticed, however, that you use dairy in your spinach smoothie. I’ve always been told that its not good to combine dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, etc) with dairy because the dark greens interfere with your body’s ability to absorb the calcium in the dairy. As a general rule, I always use non-dairy milk when I make green smoothies. Have you ever thought about doing this?

    • 12

      Hi Liz! I haven’t thought about that, but that’s just because I love regular milk. I’ve learned in school that a lot of things block other things from being absorbed depending what you are eating together.. and it’s kind of impossible to always eat the perfect combination, so I’ll just do the best that I can. I probably wouldn’t ever buy non-dairy milk… so it makes more sense for me to just drink these when I feel like it with regular milk, and absorb what my body can, vs. not having them at all. But by all means – try the recipes with non-dairy milk and let me know how they are! :)

  6. 13

    Almond milk in this recipe is great. So anyone who is non-dairy…just as awesome as with dairy milk :)

  7. 16
    Serina Isabelle says

    Trying this with orange juice was delicious! I added some flax seeds and protein powder to help me start my day and it really was divine. Thanks for sharing!

  8. 17

    I wonder what this would taste like if I use Almond milk and added some hemp seeds . Thanks for the recipe, I was trying to ascertain if spinach can be combined with bananas and voila . I’m adding your Facebook page to my massive vegan/vegetarian fb list .

    • 18

      I’m not sure about the hemp seeds, but it would definitely work with almond milk! Enjoy!

      • 19

        It tasted great with hemp seeds Anne! Thanks for the recipe :-) I think I’m going to also try some of the suggestions your commenters have shared and maybe even purchase hemp seed protein powder . In Jamaica, the cousin of spinach–callaloo — is more common/abundant , so I think this yet another leafy green to experiment with. ( it’s stuff like this Usian Bolt was raised on and so far so good and clean….commercial supplementation is a risky thing when hour an athlete i guess… lol )

    • 21

      Spinach can be combined with most other fruits and veggies. Try fresh pineapple or sweet apples. Delicious. You could also use kale in most smoothies.

  9. 22

    If I were to use oranges in this how much should I use without making it too runny? Does it have to be skim milk and can I use frozen spinach? I am new to making food on my own ;)

    • 23

      Not sure about the oranges – maybe the juice from 1 orange and just add more ice? Any % milk will work. And I would use fresh baby spinach, not frozen! Enjoy!

      • 24

        Thanks for the tips! I will try that in the future, but since I decided to try it before I saw your reply I just used half of an orange, a fourth of an avocado, a couple strawberries, no ice, and the rest like you said in the recipe. It ended up pretty good. Thanks for giving me a recipe to base my concoction off of! :)

  10. 26

    Exactly what I was looking for to test my new Nutri Bullet. Delish! Thanks so much. Cheers!

  11. 27

    This is great, I was looking for a way to make eating spinach easier. I can barely taste it and I put a touch of sugar in it so my 3 yr old will drink it. Amazing.:D

  12. 28

    Funny how I found your website. Just went to look in the fridge, found the banana / spinach smoothie the wifey made before she left for college and its tastes like HEAVEN (Little chilled as well)! What are the long term benefits of just a spinach / banana smoothie perhaps for a period of 90 days? Just using these two ingredients in particular.

  13. 29

    The good thing about Spinach is that it does not overpower other ingredients like Kale can. I have tried the Spinach, Banana (frozen to make it super cold) with regular milk, with almond milk which gives it a nice nutty flavor and with orange juice. I have mixed in peaches, pineapple with OJ and water. I have used frozen mango, with almond milk and put some cardamom (a spice) in it. The cardamom enhanced the taste even more. I have added avocado to the spinach, banana and milk. The possibilities are endless. The thing about making smoothies is that you can experiment with whatever you have in hand that would pair well together. It’s awesome!

  14. 30
    Julie Dauncey says

    I chucked in a few frozen berries and it was great for adding a bit of bite!

  15. 31

    I let myself go with spinach so it was a bit bitter but still good and very healthy. Thanks!

  16. 32

    Yummy. I doubled the recipe, used Vanilla Soy Milk and added 2 full spoons of milled flax seed.So goood :)

  17. 33

    Hey I was just wondering if you guys ever tried it with soy milk? I am just recently enjoying soy milk and I’m starting to love the taste! Wondering what experiences you’ve had with this..?

  18. 36

    Hi I have been told that when drinking dairy that the calcium in the milk is so acidic that to balance the ph levels out bodies will search it’s own reserves for calcium which it withdraws from our bones. Therefor dairy is not good for us. I use almond milk for everything. You don’t have to agree but this is what I have read in non fiction books so I thought I would share it.

  19. 37

    I added canteloupe to this and it was delicious! First time having a green smoothie and I had my doubts, but I was pleasantly surprised! Thanks! :-)

  20. 38

    What if I used almond milk instead of skim? Think it’d taste good? I think I’ll try it!

  21. 40
    The Queen of Hearts says

    Whoever above asked if it was good with soy milk, it definitely is! That’s how I made mine and it tasted great.

  22. 41

    Just made this for my partner and I and wow! This is amazing. Didn’t use much milk! I’m going explore much more now.

  23. 42
    Jeanie serio says

    I used the spinach( lots of it ) coconut milk, a touch of local honey, some chia seeds and a whole banan! This was yummy!

  24. 43

    I make this all the time, with a frozen pre-sliced banana, vanilla lite soy milk and a large helping of spinach. Perfect breakfast!

  25. 44

    I’ve just tried and it’s amazing. I’ve always loved spinach and all things green!
    I’ve just had an oral surgery and not been able to eat solids and came across your recipe. Love it love it love it! I’m thinking of using avocado instead of banana next time.
    Thank you
    Jem (from Melbourne, Australia)

  26. 45

    i made for me 3 handful spinach, 1 piece of banana blend it in orange-mango juice..yum yum

  27. 46
    christine says

    I am allergic to bananas what can I use in it’s place, I am so ready to try this smoothie it sounds so good. Please post replies so I can enjoy this drink. thanks

  28. 48

    I tried this today and it was delicious! Thank you so much.

  29. 49
    Sasha Henry says

    This is EXACTLY the kind of recipe I had been searching for! Super easy, lots of greens, and great taste! Seriously, I used almost a 2 whole cups of spinach in mine and with the banana and milk it doesn’t taste bad at all. Thanks for this recipe, it gives me no excuses not to get my greens in:)

  30. 51
    Christine says

    Just what I needed this morning. About to start a 16 hr day with a cold and this tastes great and makes me feel good to be giving greens to my body. Tastes like a milkshake!

  31. 53

    I was just wondering how much milk you use I know it says one cup but I have abnormally large cups and would just be way too much. Do you know In mls about how much

  32. 55

    I make a yummy green smoothie using 1 frozen banana, 200g baby spinach, 250ml apple juice, juice of 1 lime and a sprinkle of chia seeds and all in the blender. Its so good.

  33. 56

    What about using watercress in place of or w/ the spinach and banana?

  34. 59

    This is great! I throw in a little bit of powdered peanut butter (PB2) – yummy!!

  35. 60

    thank you, fantastic drink !! i also tried watrermelon instead of bannana and milk,and it was sweeett:)

  36. 61

    I’m doing a handful of mixed spinach and watercress, 6-8 oz of almond milk, 1/4 cup frozen wild blueberries, 1 banana, 4 chunks of fresh pineapple and 2 tbsp of almond slices or pecans. Taste great. I have been having at least one a day. My energy has gotten better and have lost 9 lbs in 2 weeks.

  37. 62

    My mom makes these all the time but instead of milk she uses orange juice and that adds a citrus flavor. (I’m drinking one right now!)

  38. 63

    Would adding cucumber work?

  39. 65

    Would adding chocolate syrup and/or peanut butter work?

  40. 67

    Girl! I was just laying here thinking that I ran out of fruit for a spinach smoothie, then I remembered that I have bananas. So, I thought “hmmmmm, that could be good or VERY nasty.” I googled and found your thread. Hahahaha…thanks for posting. I will go give it a try !

  41. 71

    I love this but I make one with frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries), almond milk instead of dairy milk and I add flaxseed. It really keeps me full and gets fruits and veggies in me!

    • 72

      Aaaaah this what I was getting at. I was going to ask if I could use wheat germ but I see you commented that you use flaxseed. I have some so I’m going to whip some up right now lol Thank you!

  42. 73
    michelle haynes says

    Would it hurt to use frozen spinach instead of fresh?

  43. 75

    I have fresh baby spinach and 2 bananas that are very riped. Instead of wasting them, I figured I would make a smoothie. I googled these two ingredients and your receipt came up. I’m looking forward to trying it out!!

  44. 77

    This was my first homemade green smoothie and it was absolutely amazing! However instead of half a banana I used a whole and i used orange juice instead of milk because we didn’t have skim. I recently got into green smoothies after trying paneras b-green power smoothie. Im super excited to try more green smoothie recipes like this. Thank you!

  45. 78

    I tried to make this and i don’t think It tasted right, I’m not sure what I did though.

  46. 79
    Marsha Myerowitz says

    I just tried this with 2 c. of spinach, a whole banana, a cup of 2% (didn’t have skim), and I added a tablespoon of sunflower seeds, with a few ice cubes. It’s really tasty! I was going to do two handfuls of spinach, but it would have been way more than 2 cups. On the other hand, I can’t taste the spinach, so maybe next time I will do more. (because I LIKE spinach!) I might also add blueberries next time, but I don’t want to change the taste too much, so how many do you think would be good? I have also done just milk, banana, and a cup of baby carrots. Also very tasty. Maybe I should add the carrots to this!!!!! Wow, carrots AND spinach!

  47. 82

    I will try it in the next day or two and let you know. Thanks!

  48. 83

    Tried this yesterday. I’ve perfected a very low cal yummy fruit smoothie and was getting tired of salads and old plain veggies and then I thought of veggie smoothies. DUH! I’m motivated because I lost 50 lbs 2 years ago but gained 10 back so I’m obsessive on finding low cal yummy foods so I can lose weight without getting hungry. I used some spinach that was on its last leg, a whole banana and a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I use almond milk in everything I can. Used to use skim but the AM is 1/3 less calories! It’s a lifesaver. (Can even make a 12 oz glass of chocolate milk with pure stevia and Hershey’s powder for a mere 45 calories!)

    Anyway it was good but a bit bland so I topped it off with nutmeg which helped. Will try other things like cinnamon and maybe just veggies without fruit with some creole spice or something. I think I just have to get used to drinking green stuff that tastes like fruit. My mind doesn’t bend that way right now lol!

  49. 84
    Marsha Myerowitz says

    Hi, finally tried the smoothie with 1/4 c. blueberries. Didn’t really like it, changed the taste too much. So I stuck in a few baby carrots and sunflower seeds again, and that was much better. Thanks again.

  50. 85


    I eat no greens so I’m looking for a cheat so to speak and came across this recipe!

    I’m gonna give it a go but do you have any other suggestions that will help me as I hate veggies?

    Any help appreciated…


  51. 87

    I tried this today and it is delicious! I substituted Unsweetened Flax Milk. Thank you for the recipe!

  52. 88

    How much protein you think is in one shake? Looking to sub this shake sometimes with my protein powder shakes I make. I love the spinach shakes but just wondered would it make up for a meal? Please let me know

  53. 90

    Do you have to use skim milk or can it be whole milk?

  54. 92

    Hi Anne,

    I’m thinking of doing this,

    Either whole or half a banana
    250ml Almond Milk
    1 Scoop of Protein Powder
    2 Handful of fresh baby spinach
    Maybe add a teaspoon of peanut butter in there also.

    Would this be ok to do?


    • 93

      Sure, enjoy!

      • 94

        Hi Anne,

        Tried this yesterday, and must say it taste fantastic! Knowing that your getting vital nutrients in just one smoothie is a great feeling! Good way to start your day and I couldn’t recommend it more!

        Am glad I have come across this website.

        Now it’s time to experiment with some more fruits and vegetables!

  55. 96

    Can I use frozen spinach instead? How many cubes? I’ve been meaning to do a green smoothie and needed some inspiration.

  56. 98

    I know I’m late to the party but wow this drink is amazing thank you.

  57. 99

    These recipes seem to all say baby spinach, regular spinach (where I live anyways) is much cheaper- probably more nutricious too judging by color- is no good?

  58. 101

    Thanks for reply Anne. Seems fine to me, I think spinach has very little flavor to it- banana overpowers.

  59. 103

    Hello everyone and Happy 2016. I need guidance. I only have a blender and do not know where to begin or what to buy. Since I have never created a smoothie and really want to get into these and eat better,what other than spinach, bananas, almond milk,what else can I use and buy? I am looking for the ingredients that will allow be to change up everyday with out having to but the whole produce department. It sounds like freezing bananas will help save and keep them from going brown so fast. Help what do I buy first so I do not have a bad experience?

    Thank you
    SD Hale

    • 104

      Avocados and plain Greek yogurt are fantastic additions for a boost of protein and a smoother consistency. Berries make for good smoothies as well. Chia, hemp and flax seeds are good additions as well. I have substituted swiss chard and kale for greens. Raw cacao powder gives a nice chocolate flavor as well, but if you do that, add a little natural sweetener such as date sugar or honey (just a small amount though). Just make sure that if you are making a smoothie, that you only use one fruit to ensure that your sugar intake is not too high. For my smoothie, I use 1 small banana, 1 tbsp raw cacao powder, 2 handfuls of your preferred green, 1 tsp date sugar, 4 oz of 1% milk, 4 oz of water and it makes two 6 oz servings. Hope this was helpful. :-)

  60. 105

    This was great!
    My bananas are always frozen that way I don’t add ice and I also add an egg extra protein 👌🏼😀

  61. 106
    Paul Brown says

    Can you be more specific on the milk content?
    What quantity and variety?

    • 107

      As stated in the recipe, it’s 1 cup. Regarding the kind, I’ve made this recipe using whole milk, 2% milk, and almond milk, and all are great. Enjoy!

  62. 108

    Wasn’t sure at first as thought it might be “bitty” but it was perfectly smooth…first, I put the milk in, followed by a huge amount of spinach and blended it for a minute..then I added 2 bananas and finished off for 30 seconds…the result is delicious, no taste of spinach and the colour is healthy looking..!!! Deffo a good way to kick start your morning..!!!

  63. 110

    Loving the recipe and great to hear that it turned out well for you when you used almond milk. Think I’ll be trying this with almond milk soon…

  64. 111

    Omg. This is the best thing ever. I have never done anything like this and was thinking it would taste horrible but it tastes so good.

  65. 112
    kidest kasaye says

    It’s yummy but I adeded kiwis as well very nice👌

  66. 113

    I do a similar smoothie, but I add vanilla whey protein powder, raw cacao, date sugar and do a half and half mixture of milk and water. Another suggestion would be to add avocado and skip the ice, it gives it more of a milkshake texture.

  67. 114

    My first green smoothie and it’s a hit. I did add 2 handfuls of frozen blueberries. Really a great starter recipe, thank you Anne.

  68. 116
    Adrienne says

    Hi Anne,
    I make it with green tea instead of milk. I also put a small spoonful of honey. My smoothie is not as thick as it would be with milk, but it tastes wonderful. And the extra benefit is that green tea is good for your health – plus, there are less calories without milk :)

  69. 118

    Really smooth and creamy, delicous!

  70. 119

    Yummy! Thank you for the recipe (:

  71. 120

    I make these every morning for my mom and I. I didn’t get it from your recipe though I made it up and I love it.

  72. 121
    Tabitha ((: says

    Mmmmm!! I loved this recipe ! Delicious ((: I added a 1 1/4 cup milk, ice it up, about a whole banana, fresh out of our garden spinach 2 handfuls or more!!((; lol , 1 celery stalk, a tiny bit of honey and a squirt n a half of a fresh lemon 😘😘😘 yummy!! Try it!!(:

  73. 122

    I made this with almond milk and a teaspoon of peanut butter! It was great!!

  74. 123

    I throw in some Anaheim pepper for flavor and zing.

  75. 124

    So I usually use water instead of milk. For example, this morning I juiced, 1.5 handful of spinach, 1 carrot, 1 banana, 2 tablespoons of flax seed, 1 teaspoon turmeric and water. Definitely didn’t taste the spinach or carrot.
    I do different variations but usually my base veggies stay the same: baby kale and baby spinach. I alternate my fruits so that I don’t get bored with it since I usually juice for breakfast!

  76. 125

    Banana is a perfect ingredient. It has a unique flavor and is extremely healthy as it is rich in nutrients like iron and potassium. This smoothie will be very helpful for busy bees like me. Thank you for sharing.

  77. 126

    This was so refreshing and yummy – I really enjoyed it! Thanks for a great and easy recipe. :)

  78. 128

    I was hesitant to add the spinach but I did it and added a teaspoon of peanut butter and chia seeds and wow, it was the tastiest smoothie ever. It was green but tasted just like a banana smoothie. Thank you!

  79. 130

    Love this recipe ! This morning I added pineapple, strawberries, flax and hemp seeds! So good!!!

  80. 132
    Melissa Knue says

    To my Spinach smoothie i added a table spoon of coconut oil melted, a table spoon of almonds, o boy talk about delicious.

  81. 134

    I have to admit I was a little bit scared when I saw the combination but I put everything (2 cups of spinach, 1 banana and unsweetened almond milk) in a blender added some frozen berries annnnndddd

    I really liked it! Gonna have this more often!

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