Pear, banana, and ginger are a winning flavor combination in this easy pear smoothie that you’ll want to make on repeat for breakfast all winter long. Make it more filling by adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder or a couple of tablespoons of hemp hearts or chia seeds.
Hit the reset button this morning with this refreshing pear smoothie packed with nutrients. I love starting my morning with this smoothie and a big slice of chocolate walnut banana bread – nothing better! Smoothies are always one of my favorite breakfast options because the flavor combinations seem endless. Pear and ginger is a winning combo!
Health Benefits of this Smoothie
- This smoothie provides over 100% of your daily needs for Vitamin A which also is important for building and maintaining healthy skin, teeth, and bones.
- A good balance of healthy fiber, protein, and fat in this smoothie helps you feel satisfied and full for longer than a fruit and vegetable based juice.
- Like most fruits, pears are loaded with beneficial antioxidant compounds like quercetin that can help lower risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Pear: love using this seasonal fruit in everything from salads to smoothies. Adds tons of great flavor and sweetness to this smoothie.
- Spinach: add color and tons of nutrients to this smoothie by blending in a handful of fresh baby spinach. Don’t have spinach? You can also use baby kale.
- Milk: use any milk that you prefer. My favorite is unsweetened, plain soy milk.
- Yogurt: use any yogurt that you like. Plain or vanilla flavored yogurt work best. I like Kite Hill Greek Style vegan yogurt.
- Banana: banana adds luscious creaminess and a little sweetness to this smoothie. Use frozen banana if you like a thicker smoothie. Don’t like bananas? See the FAQ section below for suggestions.
- Ginger: ginger and pear are a great flavor combination. I recommend using fresh ginger for the most flavor.
See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
Smoothie Flavor Boosters
- Vanilla Extract: Add up to 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to your smoothie for a bit of lovely vanilla flavor.
- Cinnamon or Nutmeg: Both of these spices pair well with the pear. Plus, they are loaded with healthy antioxidants. I use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.
- Vanilla Protein Powder: Add protein and some lovely vanilla flavor to your smoothie by adding a scoop of protein powder. My favorite is Ritual.
- Almond Butter: Get a hint of almond flavor, healthy fats, and more creaminess in your smoothie with almond butter. I usually add 1 tablespoon of almond butter.
Step by Step
Step One: Add all of your smoothie ingredients to a blender making sure to put the spinach in first for a smoother blend.
Step Two: Puree until smooth and add to glass to serve.
- Layering is important: Put the spinach into the blender first and layer the other ingredients over top.
- Adjust thickness: Use frozen fruit if you prefer a thicker smoothie consistency. Add more milk if your smoothie is too thick.
- Add sweetness: Add an extra 1/2-1 tablespoon of maple syrup, agave or honey to add more sweetness. You can also toss a medjool date in before blending for additional sweetness.
- Use your favorite milk/yogurt: since I’m plant-based I like to use soy milk and non-dairy yogurt in my smoothies. However, you can use any milk (dairy, hemp, oat, almond) or yogurt (dairy, coconut, cashew, soy) that you like. Use Greek yogurt if you want to bump up the protein in your smoothie.
The banana and pear combination in this smoothie is delicious! If you want to use a different fruit instead of banana – blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries all pair well with pear.
You can use an extra 1/2 cup of yogurt, 1/2 avocado, or 1 cup frozen cauliflower rice instead. Since these options aren’t as sweet as a banana, you may want to add a little maple syrup or a date to your smoothie before blending for extra sweetness.
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- 1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 pear, core removed
- 3/4 cup unsweetened, plain soy milk
- 1/3 cup plain vegan yogurt
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger root
- Pour all the ingredients together in a blender. (Place the spinach in first so the rest of the ingredients can weigh the leaves down to help it puree up better.)
- Don’t like bananas? Use 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 avocado, or 1 cup frozen cauliflower rice. Add a little sweetener as well – about 1/2-1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey.
- Make it thicker: Use frozen banana for a thicker smoothie.
- Flavor boosters: choose from 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder.