Spirulina Broccoli Smoothie (Creamy & Tasty)

by Alena

This super green spirulina broccoli smoothie is creamy, packed with nutrients and tropical flavor! Easy to make and customizable, it’s a meal prep-friendly vegan breakfast or snack idea that even kids enjoy.

Adding some more veggies to our diet couldn’t be more convenient than this green broccoli smoothie! 

Even those who aren’t keen on this cruciferous vegetable can enjoy its health benefits by drinking this refreshing super green smoothie in the morning.

Loaded with fiber and great for cleaning out your fridge (aka using up the produce you have on hand), this recipe can help kids and adults alike to meet their nutritional requirements in a much more delicious way!

Truth be told, this green smoothie doesn’t taste like candy or anything (like our mango chocolate smoothie does), but we’ve successfully added frozen cauliflower and even white beans to our morning shake as you can see in this berry been smoothie recipe.

Here’s why you need to try this recipe and what you should know before you throw all of the veggies you have in your blender!

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Overview & recipe features 

  • 5-minute preparation time
  • Easy to make & customize
  • Gluten-free, sugar-free & vegan
  • High in fiber & essential nutrients
  • Kid-friendly and portable

If you’re curious about how to incorporate more healthy foods into your diet and make eating your greens much more fun, all you need is a blender and the following ingredients for our spirulina broccoli smoothie.

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Ingredients needed

  • Broccoli — both raw and frozen florets work in this recipe.
  • Kale — some healthy added leafy greens which can be swapped with spinach.
  • Apple — green apple, for the greenest of all smoothies! But any color will do.
  • Pineapple — works wonderfully in masking the broccoli flavor! Mango is another great idea.
  • Avocado — some healthy fats, lots of creaminess and more green color for our smoothie!
  • Cucumber — makes it even more refreshing but can be skipped.
  • Spirulina powder — probably the hardest-to-find ingredient which is optional but can be added for more nutrients while masking its distinct earthy taste.
  • Liquid — we love using coconut water in this smoothie recipe but if it’s not easy to come by for you, just use water or your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Healthy flavors — ginger, cinnamon and lemon juice is our favorite combination here but we’ll share more ideas with you further down below.

You can find the exact amounts in the recipe card below. If you have any questions about these ingredients and possible adjustments, I’ll share more about them in a bit!

blender jar filled with avocado, pineapple, broccoli and kale

How to make this broccoli smoothie

If you haven’t made a smoothie before, let me assure you that almost nothing is easier to make — including peanut butter on toast.

You simply need to wash and roughly chop your fresh produce and put it into your blender jar. Add the frozen pineapple chunks, powders and liquid, close the lid and blend for about 30 seconds.

Start on low and slowly increase the speed to high without over-blending the ingredients because this will warm up the frozen ingredients too much.

The amount of time it’ll take to end up with a homogenous green broccoli smoothie depends on the quality of your blender as well as the exact volume of the fruits and veggies you’ve added.

Our recipe calls for a small head of broccoli as well as a medium-sized green apple, but everyone probably has a slightly different interpretation of these statements.

So, if your smoothie doesn’t come together nicely after a couple of seconds, you’ll want to stop the blending process and add more liquid to it.

pouring creamy vegan green broccoli smoothie in a glass

Storage & serving

It’s best to immediately enjoy this broccoli smoothie or store it covered in the fridge for 1-2 days. It might separate after a while, so give it a stir before drinking it the next day.

If you don’t add much liquid to your smoothie (just like suggested in the recipe), it is thick enough to be topped with some chia seeds, shredded coconut, crushed nuts or homemade granola!

Find great topping ideas in our article on this tropical vegan sweet potato smoothie bowl and these plant-based superfood smoothie ideas!

FAQs for this recipe

Can you eat raw broccoli in a smoothie?

Sure, broccoli can be enjoyed raw and works well for smoothies! But if you only have frozen broccoli on hand or want your beverage to be thicker and colder, just swap raw for frozen broccoli.

In this case, you want to make sure to use a good high-speed blender that can deal with these frozen chunks!

Can you freeze broccoli for smoothies?

If you have too much broccoli in your fridge, it’s actually a great idea to cut it into florets and freeze it to use for smoothies, soups or stews in the future!

freezer packs with pineapple, ginger, cucumber, broccoli and kale for smoothies

How to make smoothie freezer packs?

Wash and chop your produce, then divide everything into Ziploc freezer bags, Tupperware or glass jar containers. Freeze immediately.

When you’re ready to make your green smoothie, get your pack out of the freezer and add the liquid from the recipe alongside any flavorful powders of your choice to it.

You need more liquid when using completely frozen ingredients as opposed to a mix of raw and frozen, so keep that in mind!

You can also let your freezer pack thaw for a couple of minutes before blending it which your blender will definitely appreciate.

What veggies go well in smoothies?

Our favorite replacements for this green smoothie are using frozen cauliflower instead of broccoli and spinach instead of kale.

But you can modify it even more to your liking and try these veggies:
Beets & beet greens
Swiss chard
Collard greens
Celery
Romaine lettuce
Carrot
Zucchini
Sweet potatoes (cooked)

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How to make a banana broccoli smoothie?

One very popular ingredient in smoothies is banana, and you can just as well make a delicious banana broccoli smoothie by simply adding a banana (plus some more liquid) to our recipe!

Banana will add more creaminess and sweetness to the smoothie and can be used in place of or in addition to the pineapple.

Both raw and frozen bananas work well!

I can’t find or don’t like spirulina!

Don’t worry, this is an optional ingredient. Your broccoli smoothie won’t become as green in color but it’ll still be packed with nutrients when skipping the spirulina powder.

By the way, chlorella or protein powder could be used instead! 

woman in white dress standing by a window and putting a straw in a glass of super green smoothie

More healthy vegan snacks

If easy and tasty plant-based snacks are your jam, try these ideas next!

Did you make our green broccoli smoothie? We’d love to read about it, so be sure to leave a review and tell us more in the comments below. You can also Pin this recipe here!

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Spirulina Broccoli Smoothie (Easy & Tasty)

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This super green spirulina broccoli smoothie is creamy, packed with nutrients and tropical flavor! Easy to make and customizable, it’s a meal prep-friendly vegan breakfast or snack idea that even kids enjoy. Perfect for on-the-go and year-round!

Ingredients

  • 1 small broccoli head, cut into florets
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 1 green apple, cubed
  • 1 cup pineapple, frozen (200 g)
  • 2 tsp spirulina powder
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 avocado, peeled, cut into slices
  • 1 medium-sized cucumber, cubed
  • ½ cup coconut water (120 ml)
  • ½ cup water (120 ml)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Toppings (optional)

  • Chia seeds
  • Shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Wash and chop all of your fresh produce. Place all of the ingredients into your blender and blend until a homogeneous, smooth mixture is created.
  2. Depending on your desired consistency as well as the exact volumes of the produce used, you might want to add more liquid (water, coconut water or plant-based milk) to your smoothie and blend again.
  3. Once you’ve achieved your preferred taste and consistency, divide the green smoothie into serving glasses and top with chia seeds or shredded coconut if you like!
  4. Any leftovers can be kept covered in the fridge for around 2 days.

Notes

  • If you don’t have a high-speed blender, be sure to cut everything into smaller pieces and remove the stems from the kale leaves.
  • Spirulina powder, cinnamon, ginger and lemon juice are optional and can be swapped or skipped.
  • Add more protein to your broccoli smoothie by using soy milk, a scoop of protein powder, soy yogurt, white beans or silken tofu!
  • Nutrition information has automatically been calculated without any toppings.
  • You can find instructions for freezing, ingredient swapping & more in the article.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: ½ recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 159mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 17gSugar: 24gProtein: 9g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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