23 Best Plant-Based Superfood Smoothies + Toppings for Bowls

by Alena
Jul 6, 2020
speckled plate with three glasses containing green superfood smoothies

One of the easiest, most delicious and fun ways to eat more fruits and vegetables is to make plant-based smoothies featuring a couple of superfoods.

We’re not necessarily talking about ashwagandha or other strange and hard-to-find superfoods here that can have questionable side effects.

There are already superfoods all around you! They might not be as hip or Instagram-friendly as some of the more obscure selections, but you can totally boost the nutritional value of your plant-based smoothie by adding some flax seeds or greens.

Especially if you’re swapping bacon and eggs, breakfast muffins or sugary cereal for a quick and easy liquid vegan breakfast smoothie — this powerful blast of antioxidants, fiber and other essential nutrients helps you start your day on a totally different note.

Not only can you enjoy your daily dose of “hidden” veggies and plant-based goodness for breakfast, superfood smoothies also work for pre- or post-workout shakes, healthy snacks or a quick grab-and-go lunch add-on.

Including more whole plant-based foods is a great way to boost your daily nutrition as well as your immune system — and what better way to do so than blending up a delicious and customizable superfood smoothie?

In this article, we want to take a look at what’s behind “superfoods” and how to create foolproof plant-based smoothies, then share over 20 delicious recipes with you to get you started off right!

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Benefits of Plant-Based Smoothies

Let’s start with some reasons why we absolutely love plant-based smoothies to get you excited about trying some of the recipes.

  • Budget-friendly and accessible
  • Can easily hide veggies
  • Heavenly creamy
  • Very convenient & customizable
  • Great on-the-go option
  • Kid-friendly and weight loss-friendly
  • Nutrient-dense and creamy
  • Scalable and meal prep-friendly
  • Foolproof beginner recipes
  • Pretty much always taste great
  • Less food waste by using leftover produce

If one of your goals is to load up on more nutrient-dense foods to improve your overall health, decrease cravings, boost your beautiful glow and have fun doing so — keep on reading. 

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Basic Plant-Based Smoothie Formula

The great news is that you don’t have to follow strict recipes to create a delicious plant-based smoothie! If you’re looking for a balanced liquid meal that includes a few highly nutritious superfoods, here’s how to go about it.

  • Veggies: spinach, kale, zucchini, carrot, cauliflower, broccoli, beets, cucumber
  • Fruit: banana, mango, pineapple, berries, apple, orange
  • Nuts & Seeds: whole or as butter
  • Liquid: water, coconut water, plant-based milk, vegan yogurt, tea, juice

Foods often work synergistically, meaning they are more than their individual components. Vitamin C, for example, helps with the absorption of iron, which is why it’s a good idea to add some lemon juice to your green vegetables.

The beta-carotene in carrots and mangoes can be better absorbed when eaten with a source of fat — there are many examples like these. But that doesn’t mean you have to make fancy superfood smoothies with 10+ components!

You can keep your plant-based smoothies really simple and use only a few ingredients at a time — like bananas, flax and spinach.

In any case, we highly recommend that you use at least some frozen fruits or vegetables to greatly improve your plant-based smoothie’s texture! 

One great tip we want to share is that once your produce is getting very ripe and a little soggy, just chop it up and freeze it for an upcoming smoothie.

What Are Superfoods?

There are many misconceptions out there about superfoods and what they are. Generally speaking, there is no such thing as a true “superfood,” according to Ansley Hill, RD.

It’s mostly an industry-coined term for nutrient-rich foods with a capacity to positively affect health. 

But it’s important to understand that no single food holds the key to longevity or disease prevention — it’s the overall diet pattern that’s important.

Chugging down a glass of wheatgrass juice every day doesn’t set off the greasy bacon burger you had for lunch. It can be easy to justify choosing unhealthy foods by trying to balance out their negative side-effects, but don’t fall into that trap.

Let’s take a look at which foods offer a good nutrient bang for your buck so you can try to incorporate them more often — instead of the bacon, not alongside it, if possible.

white table with different-sized bowls containing plant-based foods such as dates, pumpkin seed butter, melted chocolate and puffed quinoa

Best Superfoods to Boost Nutrition 

You’ve probably noticed that some of these are easier to get a hold of at your regular store than others — but overall, we love that there are such highly nutritious and healthy superfoods at our fingertips! In fact, some can even be grown in your own garden.

So, if you’re not up for buying a bunch of expensive powders and dried berries, no problem!

We kept the following nutritious plant-based smoothies really accessible and didn’t go overboard on fancy superfoods. Most ingredients are actually easy to find, and you can just leave out add-ins like spirulina or hemp seeds.

Best Healthy Plant-Based Smoothies

Ready for the most delicious and creative way to get your “5 a day” on a regular basis? Even your kids will love most of these plant-based superfood smoothies, especially when they can help make them. Let’s check out these quick beginner recipes!

Mango Spinach Smoothie

white table with speckled plate containing four glasses with creamy green smoothie
Recipe by Shivani Loves Food

Starting with a simple go-to green smoothie, this 5-minute recipe calls for fresh spinach, frozen mango and some soy milk for plant-based protein. This combination of healthy ingredients is rich in minerals, very accessible and great for green smoothie beginners!

Tropical Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowl

white table with two bowls that are filled with orange sweet potato smoothie, kiwi, mango and raspberries
Recipe by Nutriciously

Fluffy, caramelly roasted sweet potato and frozen bananas create the basis for this beta carotene-rich breakfast smoothie bowl! It’s wonderfully textured, satisfying and can be topped with seasonal fruit, nuts and seeds to your heart’s content.

Blueberry Latte Breakfast Smoothie Jars

two glass jars next to each other filled with coffee infused chia pudding, berries and superfood smoothie layers
Recipe by Feasting On Fruit

These gorgeous glass jars feature cold brew-infused chia pudding topped with a two-ingredient swirled smoothie and fresh antioxidant-rich blueberries. They are secretly high in plant-based protein and certainly make any morning a lot brighter!

Avocado Mint Green Smoothie

table with leafy greens, avocado, mint, lemon and a glass of green superfood smoothie
Recipe by Quite Good Food

Naturally, a recipe collection of plant-based superfood smoothies has to feature a bunch of green goodness, right? This creamy green smoothie is made with fresh spinach, one ripe banana as well as some avocado for extra healthy fats, creaminess and vitamin E! The lime juice helps with iron absorption from the spinach, too.

Cranberry Orange Smoothie Bowl

white table with blood oranges, cranberries and two pink smoothie bowls topped with superfoods
Recipe by Short Girl Tall Order

Tart frozen cranberries combined with frozen bananas, fresh blood orange and a splash of almond milk are needed to create this vibrant and nutritious plant-based smoothie bowl! Both the blood oranges and cranberries are really high in vitamin C, which gives your immune system a nice boost.

Turmeric Mango Smoothie

wooden table with fresh mango, ginger and a glass with bright orange plant-based smoothie
Recipe by Rachael Hartley Nutrition

Don’t give that upcoming cold any chance of clinging onto you! This vibrant orange, turmeric and mango smoothie packs some ginger and carrots for a refreshing, spicy and super nutritious plant-based breakfast or snack.

Maca Mocha Cold Brew Smoothie

white table with a bottle of cold brew coffee next to two glasses filled with creamy brown smoothie
Recipe by Fit Mitten Kitchen

What better way to start your day than a date-sweetened creamy cold brew smoothie? Featuring cocoa, almond butter and even frozen cauliflower for an extra boost in nutrition, this shake can also be made with a tablespoon of maca powder — a cruciferous vegetable which has a root that is of the “adaptogenic” nature.

Pink Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

large white bowl filled with bright pink smoothie, raspberry jam, pitaya, frozen berries and coconut flakes
Recipe by Eating by Elaine

This stunning pink smoothie bowl is sweet, tart and super thick! Its base is made mainly from raspberries, dates and plant-based milk, all very nutrient-dense, and can be topped with anything you like! In the picture, you can see some dragonfruit or pitaya, almond butter, coconut, chia jam and frozen berries.

Mint Chocolate Green Protein Smoothie

two glasses with stainless steel straws and chocolate mint superfood smoothies
Recipe by Nutrition In The Kitch

Indulgent, healthy and high in plant-based protein! This gorgeous concoction is made with some baby spinach, almond milk, peppermint extract and chopped dark chocolate — you can be sure that nobody will be able to taste the hint of spinach in this flavorful superfood smoothie. We are in love with the chocolate swirl!

Ginger Snap Smoothie

table with dates, avocado and spices next to a glass jar filled with brown ginger snap smoothie
Recipe by Wholehearted Eats

This filling and flavorful plant-based smoothie calls for all of the delicious fall spices like ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, which are then blended into a delicious baked pumpkin and avocado base! Naturally sweetened with Medjool dates, this delicious treat is like a healthy drinkable dessert that loves you back.

Pumpkin Chia Smoothie Bowl

white bowl with a spoon and orange pumpkin chai smoothie topped with winter spices and coconut
Recipe by Real and Vibrant

Let’s keep this fall-theme going for a bit — because you don’t want to miss out on this pumpkin chia smoothie! Almost like a liquid cake, this smoothie is a creamy, starchy, naturally sweetened plant-based breakfast idea that’s infused with all the cozy spices you could want. Top with nutrient-dense nuts, dried fruit or some granola!

Carrot Cake Smoothie

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Recipe by Foolproof Living

One more dessert in a cup! But this one is totally banana-free, which isn’t common for plant-based smoothies. Instead, it gets its sweet flavor from pineapple and raisins as well as beta-carotene-rich carrots! Plus, it secretly hides a whole head of romaine lettuce (say what?).

Beet Orange Smoothie

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Recipe by Running on Real Food

Looking for some extra immunity-boosting benefits during the fall and winter months? This pink superfood smoothie is high in vitamin C and other antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and calls for spinach, zucchini, orange, beets and a handful of other simple ingredients.

Summer Superfood Smoothie Bowls

top view of table with white flowers, several spoons, berries and three colorful bowls filled with superfood smoothies and healthy vegan toppings
Recipe by Crowded Kitchen

These three loaded superfood smoothie bowls are truly bursting with color, flavor and nutrition! Made with an array of frozen berries, beet powder, hemp seeds, spirulina and turmeric powder, you’ll be sure to pack a lot of goodness into these plant-based breakfast bowls.

Layered Mango Blueberry Smoothie

table with two glass jars filled with mango blueberry smoothie and a paper straw each
Recipe by Vibrant Plate

Would you believe that these stunning breakfast smoothie jars are made with just 4 ingredients? Thanks to the frozen fruit and plant-based yogurt, they are super thick and rich — top with your favorite add-ons (find some ideas below) and enjoy in just 5 minutes.

Chlorella Green Smoothie

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Recipe by Delightful Mom Food

This chlorella smoothie is bursting with delicious tropical flavors and is packed with superfoods, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It gets its vibrant green color mainly from the algae (which you won’t be able to taste!) as well as some calcium-rich greens.

Strawberry + Blueberry Bean Smoothie

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Recipe by Nutriciously

Remember how we established that legumes are among the healthiest and most nutritious foods? Well then let’s add them to our creamy plant-based smoothies! Undetectably protein-stuffed, this fruity breakfast or post-workout shake is made with berries, cauliflower, hemp seeds and a few more healthy ingredients.

Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl

white table with a bowl of brown chocolate almond butter smoothie topped with almonds, chocolate and banana
Recipe by The Simple Veganista

Who would have thought this decadent looking (and tasting!) chocolate smoothie bowl is a secretly healthy, blissful treat? Despite its very simple composition, it’s fully whole food plant-based, made with a handful of vegan staple foods and can be topped to your delight.

Blueberry Broccoli Smoothie

two glasses of purple blueberry broccoli smoothie next to some broccoli florets
Recipe by Nourish Plate

This blueberry broccoli smoothie is loaded with good-for-your-health fruits and vegetables that will give you the needed boost to make any day brighter! It is delicious, even to those who are not fond of broccoli, and is incredibly nourishing and simple to make!

Mango Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

table with sliced lime, pink flowers, cubed mango and three glasses filled with creamy green tea smoothie
Recipe by Hey Nutrition Lady

Looking for a gentle boost in the morning or mid-day? This matcha smoothie could be perfect for you. Made with banana, frozen broccoli, mango and plant-based milk, this green superfood goodness is rich in flavor and antioxidants and it offers a slight zing from the lime.

Luscious Lemon Cheesecake Smoothie

glass with creamy vegan superfood lemon cheesecake smoothie
Recipe by A Virtual Vegan

This banana-free smoothie is like dessert in a glass because it tastes just like lemon cheesecake! Thick, satisfying and amazingly delicious, it’s made with coconut milk, cooked chickpeas and gets its sweetness from mango and dates. We love this genius recipe!

Coconut Spirulina Superfood Smoothie

table with a linen towel and a plate with two glasses full of Creamy Coconut Spirulina Superfood Smoothies
Recipe by Cotter Crunch

Gorgeously green and heavenly creamy, this superfood smoothie calls for coconut milk, spirulina, avocado, ginger and a few more antioxidant-rich spices! You can swap the spirulina for another superfood powder like barley or wheatgrass and top this thick base with chia and rolled oats.

Blueberry Acai Bowls

two bowls on a table filled with blueberry acai smoothie and topped with flowers, berries, banana and granola
Recipe by Choosing Chia

One of the latest trends in the foodie scene is acai, a type of berry that is used to create stunning superfood smoothie bowls like the one in this photo. Luckily, this homemade version doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg and is made with 6 simple ingredients that will take your breakfast to another level!

Creamy Minty Wheatgrass Smoothie

side view of table with a glass containing a stainless steel straw and filled with creamy wheatgrass mint plant-based smoothie
Recipe by Eating by Elaine

Finally, one more green smoothie that’s both delicious and stuffed to the brim with nutritious superfoods! Both fresh zucchini and a pinch of wheatgrass are hidden in this naturally sweetened, minty and ice-cold plant-based smoothie. A summer must!

Plant-Based Smoothie FAQ

Now that you’ve seen over 20 delicious and healthy plant-based smoothies, we want to answer a couple of common questions.

How often should you have smoothies, and are they great for weight loss? Can you store them, and what are good toppings? Let’s quickly go over some of these questions and answers.

How to Store Plant-Based Smoothies

Yes, it happens to all of us — we get into freestyling-mode and end up with a huge jug of blended goodness. Now what? Will your plant-based smoothie get bad within a day?

The good news is that you can use smoothies for meal prep and make them in advance, keeping the creamy goodness in airtight containers in the fridge. They can absorb smells rather quickly and oxidize when they get in contact with air.

What can happen is that your smoothie separates after a couple of hours. Just give your mason jar (or whatever you use to store it) a good shake and enjoy your homogeneous drink!

A great idea is to freeze your superfood smoothie into little cubes using an ice cube tray where they will stay nice and fresh for up to 2-3 months — a convenient way to make a quick and refreshing shake!

Vegan Meal Prep Guide + Plan

Delicious & Healthy Vegan Smoothie Toppings

While it’s definitely important what you put inside of your plant-based smoothies, you can boost nutrition, color and texture by choosing some fun superfood smoothie toppings! Some work best for drinkable smoothies in glasses while others are better put on a pretty smoothie bowl.

  • Peanut butter or almond butter
  • Blueberries, goji berries, raspberries
  • Sliced almonds or crushed walnuts
  • Chia seeds or hemp seeds
  • Cocoa nibs or chopped dark chocolate
  • Sliced banana or mango
  • Puffed rice or quinoa
  • Oats or granola
  • Pomegranate seeds

Smoothies and Weight Gain 

Liquids don’t always make us feel as full as solid foods — by blending your fruits and vegetables, they are somewhat “predigested,” which means our bodies don’t have to do much of the work anymore.

They pass through our systems much quicker as opposed to having to chew all of the ingredients. The total size of smoothies is also smaller compared to the original fruits and vegetables. 

Especially for those who have a hard time meeting calorie requirements on a plant-based diet or want to build some muscle, adding more superfood smoothies can help you get more energy!

You can easily transform your plant-based smoothie into a satiating meal by packing in some rolled oats, silken tofu, nut butter or cooked quinoa — if you’re looking to lose weight, be aware that liquid calories can add up easily.

Adjust the Flavor & Nutrient Content

Looking for a higher protein plant-based smoothie? We love adding a couple of white beans, silken tofu or soy milk to our fruity shakes.

While we personally don’t use any plant-based protein powders, you can totally put a scoop of it into your superfood smoothie. Especially if you currently cannot digest beans or legumes super well, this can help bump your overall protein intake.

Increase the amount of fiber in your plant-based smoothie by adding some oats, nuts or seeds — beans are great for this, too.

If vegetable smoothies take a bit of getting used to for you, why not add some more sweetness? Choose between bananas, dates, maple syrup, calorie-free stevia or all of the other vegan sweeteners.

Save Money & The Environment

Did you buy too many bananas or too much kale and now your produce is starting to go bad? 

Just peel, wash and chop everything, then place in individual freezer bags or combine them into little mixed smoothie bags — even soggy and almost overripe fruits and vegetables don’t mind being frozen and blended.

They are still nutritious and delicious; you don’t need to throw them away and waste your money! Plus, frozen plant-based smoothie add-ins make for such a nice texture.

Which Blender Is Best For Smoothies?

Over the years, we’ve tried several blenders all the way from cheap to expensive — and they all made for delicious plant-based smoothies.

If you don’t have a powerful high-speed blender like a Vitamix, make sure to blend your greens with some liquid first before adding any fruit. You also need a bit more liquid in general and should blend your superfood smoothies a bit longer to make them really smooth.

Over to you — do you enjoy plant-based smoothies? Have you tried any of these, and how did you like them? Share with us in the comments below and don’t forget to Pin these gorgeous creations!

Alena enjoying a bowl of fresh plant-based food and coffe in a restaurant
Alena 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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3 thoughts on “23 Best Plant-Based Superfood Smoothies + Toppings for Bowls”

  1. Awesome Post. I made Quinoa Raspberry Coconut last night at my home and my kids also loved it! I am excited to try your other recipes! many many thanks to you

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  2. There used to be a green apple ginger smoothie recipe at this URL (that was DELICIOUS), but I don’t see it now…any chance you can point me at the right direction?

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    • Hi Vera, this article was just recently overhauled — is this the recipe you’re talking about?
      1.5 cups kale
      1 medium apple
      1 cup orange juice
      1 banana
      1 tsp minced ginger root
      ½ tsp ground cinnamon
      1 tbsp chia or flax seeds
      Happy you’ve been enjoying the green smoothie :)

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