This refreshing pineapple kiwi green smoothie is made with Honeycrisp apples, frozen bananas, frozen pineapple, fresh mint, baby spinach, kiwi, and dates. It's vegan, sweet, and creamy, and has a hidden serving of vegetables.
Why This Works
This smoothie tastes fantastic, and it can be prepared in 5 minutes. I love that this pineapple kiwi smoothie is packed full of fruits and spinach, making it easy for me to get my fruit and veggie servings in for the day.
Also, this recipe is fail-proof. It's an excellent recipe to make for beginner chefs. Not only is it fun to make, but it's delicious and nutritious.
- Frozen banana: I highly recommend using a frozen banana for this recipe. Frozen bananas make the smoothie creamy and cold. Any time my bananas are on the verge of going bad, I peel them, split them in half, and add them to a freezer-friendly storage bag in the freezer.
- Frozen pineapple: I prepare my frozen pineapple chunks from a fresh pineapple. I buy the fresh pineapple, peel and chop it into pieces, then store it in freezer bags. Frozen pineapple is an excellent fruit to add to smoothies.
- Fresh spinach: Spinach is packed with iron. It's tasteless when blended up in a smoothie, so pack it in. I prefer to use triple-washed baby spinach.
- Medjool dates: I use dates in everything that needs to be sweetened and blended, like this homemade almond milk. The best dates for this smoothie are Medjool dates. Pit the dates before blending.
- Honeycrisp apple: This detox green smoothie is the best with Honeycrisp apple. However, if you would like to substitute another type of apple, that's fine.
- Kiwi: I use fresh kiwi for this detox green smoothie. Kiwi is packed with vitamin C.
- Fresh mint: The secret ingredient to this smoothie is fresh mint leaves. Dried mint is not an appropriate substitute, so omit this ingredient if you don't have any fresh mint. It's worth having fresh mint for this smoothie.
- Water: I prefer water for smoothies rather than milk or nut milk.
How To Make A Pineapple Kiwi Smoothie
Prepare the ingredients and add them to the blender.
Blend on high for about 30 seconds.
Tips and Tricks
- Use frozen banana and frozen pineapple. Instead of using ice, the frozen banana and pineapple make the smoothie cold and smoothie-like.
- Use pre-washed baby spinach leaves. Baby spinach leaves are tender and tasteless, and they blend well in a smoothie.
- Use a Vitamix blender. Vitamix blenders make excellent smoothies, so if you drink smoothies frequently, I highly recommend buying one.
- Easy toddler hack: Cut the end off a baby bottle. Pour this creamy green smoothie into a bottle. It makes it easy for a toddler to drink comfortably without making a mess.
Substitutions and Variations
- Substitute honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar for pitted dates.
- Add almond milk, cashew milk, or oat milk.
- Any apple is an appropriate substitute for Honeycrisp apples.
- Vitamix blender or another high-power blender for blending up this smoothie well.
- Chef's knife and cutting board to chop the fruit.
Pineapple kiwi smoothies last for about 8 hours in the fridge. It's a great double-batch recipe to have for a later snack in the day.
Vegan Vitamix Smoothies
Pineapple Kiwi Spinach Green Smoothie
- 1½ whole frozen banana can also use a peeled fresh banana
- 1 cup frozen pineapple peeled and cubed
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 honey crisp apple cored
- 4 Medjool dates with pit removed
- 2 whole kiwi peeled
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 4 cups water
- Put everything in the Vitamix blender. Blend on high for about 30 seconds or until smooth.
- Pour and enjoy!
- Make sure banana and pineapple are frozen.
- Other apples can be substituted for the honeycrisp apple.
- Make sure the spinach leaves and mint leaves are fresh.