The Easiest Breakfast Smoothie

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I love breakfast smoothies, they’re the best way to kick start a great day! I know lots of people think that eating healthily takes a long time but smoothies are the easiest, quickest things – it literally takes me two minutes to throw everything in the blender, blend it up and then if I’m really busy I’ll just take it on the go with me. You can even make it the night before if you want to be super speedy in the mornings – although don’t add the chia seeds or you’ll end up with a chia pudding smoothie and you’ll have to eat it with a spoon!

This is a seriously delicious smoothie. The banana, oats and almond milk make it super thick and creamy, while the berries give it a beautiful colour and a sweet, fruity flavour and the spinach gives you a good dose of revitalising greens so that you’ll be glowing from the inside out all day! I also add hemp powder for a good protein boost and chia seeds to up my fibre, protein and omega-3 intake – both this hemp and the chia blend into the smoothie really well so you won’t taste either and together they’ll really help to boost your energy. If you like a little something sweet in the morning try adding a couple of medjool dates to the mix too, they sweeten it up and enhance the creaminess, making each sip extra awesome! All these ingredients together really do keep you full, satisfied and energised all morning as they give you so much fibre, plant protein and an amazing array of health-boosting vitamins and minerals. If you feel like you need a crunch though, add a little less milk and then pour the smoothie into a bowl and top it with your favourite granola, nuts, seeds, raisins, cacao nibs, fruit etc for a delicious smoothie bowl!

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Serves 1

– 1 banana

– 1 big handful of spinach

– 2 handfuls of frozen berries (these keep it cool and are much cheaper than fresh berries, but fresh berries and a little ice work perfectly instead)

– 1/2 a cup of almond milk

– 3 tablespoons of oats

– 1 tablespoon of hemp powder

– 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

Optional: 2 medjool dates

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Simply peel the banana and pit the dates, then pour everything into your blender and blend until smooth!


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  • ellawoodward

    You can always leave out the banana it jut wont be so creamy!

  • ellawoodward

    Hey, I use a Magmix but there are a couple of options in the shop section of the blog that I would recommend

  • ellawoodward

    I’ve never tried that so I don’t know, sorry!

  • ellawoodward

    I’m so sorry I can’t remember what it is!

  • ellawoodward

    I am so pleased that you are finding it helpful in making healthy decisions x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Christine,

    I don’t personally use rice bran oil but it has a high smoke point so should be relatively healthy to cook with although I’m afraid I am not too familiar with it. White tea isn’t acidic as far as I know.

    I hope that helps,
    Ella x

  • ellawoodward

    Smoothies make perfect snacks and you can always make a smaller portion if you don’t want something too big!

  • ellawoodward

    You can always add an avocado instead and nut butter to keep it nice and creamy but it will change the taste!

  • Alice Baillie

    Hi Ella,I live in Hong Kong and find it tricky to get hold of almond milk. Is soy milk the best alternative?

    • ellawoodward

      I personally don’t use soy milk but almond or oat milk is really easy to make at home!

    • Verity

      Hi Alice,

      Not sure if this will help you but Oliver’s supermarket in the Prince’s building sell Almond Milk (including unsweetened and flavoured versions). I think they also sell Coconut milk too as well as a variety of Soy.

  • ellawoodward

    No, it should’t make too much difference.

  • ellawoodward

    Yes, you can make it the night before and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. You may loose a little goodness but not enough to worry about. Just give them a shake in the morning x

  • ellawoodward

    So pleased you like it!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Marlene,

    Thanks for you comment. I actually have a review of blenders on the site already that I hope you will find helpful xx

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Marlene,

    Thanks for you comment. I actually have a review of blenders on the site already that I hope you will find helpful xx

  • Dya

    Is absolutely delicious!!! Or is… deliciously!!! :)

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Anna, I’m so glad you love it! Soy milk is normally quite processed and contains unnatural products. X

  • Mimi

    Ella,I really adore your website and recipes. I tried a lots of them and the taste is delicious! Also, I can recommend you the following website http://www.artof4elements.com/entry/113/why-food-for-health as an inspiration. You will find so many yummy , healthy and simple recipes. Wish you all the best !

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sherri, you can use organic rolled oats x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Rebecca, there are so many nut-free recipes in my new cookbook. Seeds are a great alternative to nuts such as pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds. These tend to work really well in my recipes as a replacement of nuts. Ella x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Amy, yes you could definitely try it if you soak and blanch the almonds first! Have a lovely day x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Tee, yes you can add cacao powder to this smoothie is you want a chocolatey taste, perhaps 1 tbsp. Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, yes they sound like great substitutes! Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, I love the taste of hemp protein. It’s a great plant-based protein. You could try a mixture of brown rice protein and hemp seed protein in your smoothies. X

  • ellawoodward

    I use dairy free milk such as cashew milk, almond milk or oat milk. Cashew nut cheese and coconut yogurt are great dairy alternatives! X

  • ellawoodward

    I think it tastes so much better when it’s been freshly made on the day! X

  • Sharon Hancock

    I have recently started drinking smoothies daily and love them. In fact I started writing about my experiences in my new blog. http://www.sprinklesofpeace.wordpress.com

    I am looking forward to trying this recipe. Looks yummy.

  • Ajna

    Amazing, love your blog and your book is great. <3

  • hayleygray

    This recipe is really yummy. I’ve made it a few times before I leave and I take it in a travel bottle to enjoy on the tube. It stays nice and cold. A friend of mine bought me a travel blender to convert me to smoothies and this recipe has definitely got me converted! It’s so filling, and I do feel full of energy. I normally snack in my lectures but I was fine right up until lunch time. Thanks Ella.

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, when I use 1 tablespoon, I just mean 1 regular spoonful. Hope that helps! Have a lovely day x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Izzy, yes for sure! Have a lovely day! X