5-Minute Spinach Banana & Ginger Smoothie

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 4 votes

Take your morning smoothie routine to new heights with this vibrant and refreshing spinach banana green smoothie.Filled with healthy greens, cinnamon, and fresh ginger, this vegan smoothie takes just 5 minutes to make!

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This simple spinach banana and ginger smoothie is so refreshing, satiating, easily customizable, and super quick to fix up on a busy morning or as a snack! I love a green smoothie with ginger, and the orange juice, frozen banana, vanilla, cinnamon, and a smidge of cayenne work so nicely as flavour compliments.

What kind of greens are best in a smoothie?

  • My personal preference is baby spinach because it is so mild tasting. You can really pack a lot into a smoothie without noticing the taste.

I do a vegan green smoothie pretty much every morning, and this spinach banana and ginger smoothie one of my go-tos when I’m craving a more fruit and freshness-forward option. It’s not too sweet, and I love that it simply comes together with 10 ingredients in about 5 minutes; all with the power of your blender! If you’re feeling a bit lazy and wondering if you can eat the skin of ginger–you can! I often just chuck a little piece into the blender, unpeeled. It makes no difference in the final taste.

Can you freeze spinach for smoothies?

  • Yes you can, and there are two straightforward options below.
  • The first is to simple transfer baby spinach to a sealable bag and freeze it as-is. Press as much air out of the bag as you can before placing in the freezer. This option will keep for 6 months and take up a bit more space in your freezer.
  • The second option is to steam or boil the spinach until it is soft and bright green. From here, you’ll drain it and bundle it all up in a clean kitchen towel. Gather up the edges of the towel and squeeze out as much moisture as you can. From here, arrange clumps of squeezed spinach out on a baking sheet and transfer to the freezer. Once the clumps are frozen solid, transfer them to a sealable bag for up to 6 months!

This spinach banana & ginger smoothie is naturally nut-free and soy-free, in addition to being vegan. If you don’t enjoy bananas in your smoothies, I recommend substituting an equal amount of either frozen ripe pear, frozen peaches, or even frozen avocado if you’re trying to bring the sugar down. All options work great with the other ingredients.

I have so many great options to up your vegan breakfast smoothie game! Look no further for over 20 vegan smoothie ideas. My cookbook has a few of my favourite smoothies as well!

An head-on shot of a spinach banana & ginger smoothie in a clear, stemless wine glass that’s perched on top of a galvanized metal plate on a grey background.

5-Minute Spinach Banana & Ginger Smoothie

Take your morning smoothie routine to new heights with this vibrant and refreshing spinach banana green smoothie. Filled with healthy greens, cinnamon, and fresh ginger, this vegan smoothie takes just 5 minutes to make!
5 from 4 votes
GINGER, C & GREENS SMOOTHIE - The First Mess
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2- inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch cayenne (optional)
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 ripe banana, preferably frozen

Equipment

Notes

  • Because I call for 2 packed cups, super mild baby spinach is my preferred green for this smoothie.
  • You could substitute the banana with a handful of frozen pineapple or mango, or even some frozen avocado if you want to bring the sugar down a bit.

Instructions

  • In an upright blender, combine the orange juice, lemon juice, ginger, protein powder, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, cayenne, baby spinach, and the frozen banana. Bring the blender’s speed up to high and run until liquid is completely smooth. Enjoy immediately.
08/12/2018 (Last Updated 02/09/2023)
Posted in: autumn, beverage, breakfast, creamy, gluten free, grain-free, nut free, oil free, quick, raw, refined sugar-free, snack, sour, spicy, spring, summer, sweet, vegan, winter

16 comments

Recipe Rating




  • Mary

    5 stars
    This is so delicious/tangy/spicy and a perfect, energizing way to start your day!

  • Dawn Tauscher

    Do you think this would turn out well if I put all ingredients in a freezer bag, freeze it, and then toss it in the blender a few days later? Trying to think of easy ways to “meal prep” with this. 

    • Laura

      Hi Dawn! i think you could freeze everything in portions minus any liquid, and you’d be good! To blend, just put the pre-portioned ingredients into your blender and add the OJ/squeeze of lemon and you’ll be good to go!
      -L

  • Kerry

    All your smoothies are so good!  I subbed pineapple juice here and it turned out amazingly.  My smoothies (just throwing things in the blender) never turned out well until I started using your recipes.

  • Shivani

    I was looking for a way to get more spinach/greens in my diet and came across this recipe. SO delicious! love how the ginger and cinnamon add a nice kick. I also substituted tangerine juice for orange juice and it’s great. I’ve already made this a couple of times and look forward to having this in my smoothie rotation. Thanks for a great recipe!!

  • Bella Marin

    fresh juice is always the best!!!!

  • Giselle

    I used to work at a smoothie shop and can tell you that fresh squeezed orange juice make a huge difference.

    • Laura

      Yes it totally does! The freshness is unparalleled :D
      -L

  • Little Plastic Footprint Blog

    This looks like the perfect workout drink! I’m kind of obsessed with green smoothies, this looks so good! Thanks!

    • Laura

      Yes, it’s so energizing. Green smoothies are a major food group around here ;)
      -L

  • Kelsey F

    That article from The Guardian really hits home! And it inspires me to keep incorporating more plant-based meals into my routine. Thanks for your list of interesting reads!

    • Laura

      So glad that you had a positive takeaway message from it, Kelsey!
      -L

  • Emily

    Going to add this to my smoothie rotation!
    And those massage balls are going on my wish list!

    • Laura

      They’re on mine too, girl :)
      -L

  • Jan

    I find myself looking forward to your posts. They are always full of good info and a great recipe. Thanks so much.

  • Sasha

    Can’t wait to see you! Donuts, Dahl, and bread oh my! Looking forward to checking out all these links on the train. XO