Looking for a creamy green smoothie that’s packed with nutrients and staying power? Try this spirulina smoothie with banana, spinach, mango, and more!
It has a lightly sweet, slightly earthy flavor, and only takes minutes to throw together. Enjoy it as a breakfast, snack, or anytime smoothie!
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Green Fruit Smoothie with Spirulina Powder
This spirulina smoothie with frozen fruit is super simple, but has a delicious flavor combination! I love how the deep green color of the spirulina shows through. (You can also use blue spirulina powder – see the ingredients notes further down in the post!)
A scoop of hemp seeds adds extra protein, but protein powder, nut butter, flax seeds, etc. would all be great swaps or additions to this smoothie. Feel free to get creative – smoothie recipes are not an exact science!
If you’re vegan or not a milk fan, just use non-dairy milk – almond milk, oat milk, hemp milk, or coconut milk would all be great replacements – to keep this a smoothie recipe dairy free.
What is spirulina powder?
Spirulina is a type of natural blue-green algae that grows in water. It’s packed with nutrients, and was originally eaten by the ancient Aztecs.
Spirulina powder is made by harvesting, straining, triple-washing, and drying mature spirulina algae into powdered form.
In addition to being nutritious, it also makes smoothies a really fun vibrant color. 🙂
Health Benefits of Spirulina
Spirulina is cultivated for its wide array of nutritional properties. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals (like Vitamins C, E, and B6), and helps boost your immune system (among other things)!
Not only that, but a small amount of spirulina contains a good amount of high-quality protein and essential amino acids for the body.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this healthy green spirulina smoothie:
- banana (The riper the banana is, the sweeter it will be. Just make sure it isn’t too overripe – i.e. doesn’t have a lot of bruising/soft spots.)
- frozen mango (You can buy pre-chopped frozen mango at most grocery stores, or slice and freeze fresh mango yourself. Or, use fresh mango and add a few ice cubes to the smoothie instead. Up to you! Check out this mango habanero salsa post for a helpful tip on how to cut mango.)
- baby spinach (Or any greens you like, such as kale or swiss chard – just be sure to remove the bitter stems and only include the leaves in the smoothie if you’re using kale or swiss chard.)
- hemp seeds (This adds protein and healthy fat and contributes to the creamy texture. You can easily swap these out for something else, like chia or flax seeds, nut butters, or protein powder.)
- milk (You can use any kind of milk you prefer! Dairy milk, unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, etc. all work great.)
- spirulina powder (Either green spirulina powder or blue spirulina powder work here; I recommend green as blue spirulina powder is often more expensive, and actually tends to have a lower nutritional value than green spirulina. Spirulina is intensely pigmented (it almost looks like paint pigment!) and makes the smoothie a beautiful deep color.)
As for the fruits used here, frozen banana and mango are both super creamy fruits when blended, so this is a beautifully smooth smoothie!
I would recommend keeping the banana for that smoothness, but if you substitute the mango for another fruit, I would recommend pineapple if you’d like to keep the color bright green. Berries like blueberries or blackberries will create a darker smoothie color, but will also be delicious!
How to Make a Spirulina Smoothie
All the full details and measurements for how to make this smoothie are in the recipe card at the end of the post, but here is a brief overview.
First off, you’ll want to slice your banana into chunks and freeze it ahead of time. Using a frozen banana helps keep the smoothie thick.
Additionally, if you’re starting with fresh mango: wash, peel, dice, and freeze it ahead of time.
If you want to use fresh vs. frozen fruit, you can definitely do that; you’ll just need to add a few ice cubes into the smoothie to make it creamy and frosty.
Once your ingredients are assembled this is really easy to throw together – simply combine all ingredients in a blender. (Start out with 1/2 cup of milk of choice). Blend until smooth.
If the smoothie is too thick for your liking, add more milk and blend again to thin it out a bit.
Lastly, pour into a glass and enjoy!
What does spirulina taste like?
Spirulina powder on its own has an earthy taste – sort of similar to seaweed. I probably wouldn’t recommend eating it on its own, but you won’t taste it much in this smoothie!
Here are a few ways to switch up this spirulina smoothie recipe:
- Replace a small amount of milk with plain Greek yogurt for an added protein boost (and extra creaminess!)
- Replace the frozen mango with frozen or fresh pineapple (if using fresh, add a couple ice cubes)
- Use coconut milk for a more tropical flavor
- Replace the hemp seeds with chia seeds, flax seed, nut butter, or protein powder
- Add in blueberries or blackberries (this will change the color of the smoothie, though)
This mango spinach smoothie is such a great way to enjoy the nutritional benefits of spirulina powder! It’s creamy and refreshing – definitely a good way to start the day (or boost your energy midday). I hope you love it!
The full recipe is below.
More smoothie recipes you’ll love:
- Mango Pineapple Smoothie with Kale
- Banana Spinach Smoothie
- Ginger Turmeric Smoothie with Mango
- Strawberry Cherry Smoothie with Lemon
- Spiced Sweet Potato Smoothie
- Watermelon Rind Smoothie
- Berry Smoothie with Yogurt
- Mint Avocado Banana Smoothie (Healthy Shamrock Shake)
- 1 ripe banana, frozen and sliced
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1 packed cup baby spinach leaves
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1/2-1 cup milk of choice (dairy or non-dairy)
- 1 teaspoon spirulina powder*
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, starting with 1/2 cup of milk and adding more as needed to create your desired smoothie consistency.