Vegan Superfood Smoothie
This vegan superfood smoothie is packed full of nutrient-dense ingredients that will kick-start your day! Delicious, super quick to make, and filling.
We’ve been drinking smoothies for many years now. Some good, others bad, but have always enjoyed a thick, rich punch of goodness.
We’ve experimented quite a bit and feel as though we have perfected a unique smoothie blend. Now, this smoothie we’ve fallen head over heels for and it’s packed full of vegan superfoods. We just had to share it with you all!
It includes powerful ingredients like raw cacao, blueberries, hemp seeds, fermented brown rice protein, and flaxseeds to maximise our nutrient intake as vegans first thing in the morning.
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I’d like to go through and list all the ingredients and their benefits below.
The incredible ingredient list of this vegan superfood smoothie
Raw cacao – Cacao powder (not to be confused with cocoa) is full of magnesium, calcium and it’s also the highest plant-based source of iron.
Hemp Seeds – A wonderful source of omega 3 and 6. I usually also associate hemp seeds with it being a complete protein also containing all ten essential amino acids.
Banana – When using bananas, especially for cooking, blending, and baking, have them ripe with lots of black spots. They will taste better (sweeter) and also have more nutrients! Bananas are a great source of potassium. They also help to sustain your blood sugar during exercise.
Flaxseeds – They’re an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids as well as a great source of fibre. They come in both golden and brown colours, there is pretty much no nutritional difference between the two. One comes from a purple flower and the other from a yellow one. Want to learn more about flax? We go into more depth in our post on how to make a flax egg.
Cashews – They are a raw vegan dessert best friend! We love to add them to curries, smoothies, raw sweets, dressings, and just anything that we want to make nice and thick. Cashews are full of nutrients and the right kind of fat. Don’t overindulge in them though as some people can have reactions to consuming too many (like an itchy throat).
Blueberries -These little cuties help to lower your risk of heart disease, are high in antioxidants, and aid digestion. The most powerful berry out there!
Fermented Brown Rice Protein – We love this brand of protein powder, but any organic, raw, and vegan (and preferably fermented) protein powder will work for this recipe. When it’s fermented, it helps with digestion. Try and avoid ones that have certain flavours as they may have unnecessary additives. However, there is one that is chocolate flavoured that we get from a naturopath (my mum) that’s a practitioner range only product that is specific for building muscle.
Chia Seeds – Another wonderful source of omega 3s! Chia seeds are a fantastic source of manganese, calcium, and magnesium. They are also an excellent source of fibre. Chia seeds are a must in a vegan kitchen.
Liquids – We normally use either almond, soy, or coconut milk for smoothies. Considering that there’s already nuts in the smoothie, you don’t really need nut milk. It just adds a creamier and richer flavour. If you decide to use water, adding a little vanilla extract might be a nice touch.
Packed full of nutrients
So there you have it, sounds great huh? Hope you enjoy this smoothie and that it’ll give you plenty of energy!
I like to make this for two mornings as it serves 4 people. So I would typically add a little more liquid as the bananas, cashews, chia seeds, and flax seeds all thicken up the smoothie. So over time, it will be more like a mousse.
Feel free to experiment with ingredients and don’t feel like you need to have everything to make this work. Generally, the base will be bananas, liquid of choice, and then throw in anything else that works well together. Have fun with it!
If you love the idea of a smoothie bowl in the warmer months, then this quick peanut butter smoothie bowl will be right up your alley!
Other breakfast recipes you’ll love:
- Alkalising Green Juice Recipe
- Jumbo Healthy Vegan Breakfast Cookies (Gluten-Free)
- Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- Apple, Blueberry and Vanilla Vegan Oat Bran Porridge
- Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding with Cashew Cream
- Coffee Chia Pudding Breakfast Parfait
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Vegan Superfood Smoothie
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4
Enjoy this epic vegan-friendly breakfast superfood smoothie. The perfect nutrient-dense way to start your day!
- 3 ripe bananas (or if you want it more like a frozen thick shake, use frozen bananas)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- ½ cup / 65g raw cashews
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder (preferably raw)
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons protein powder*
- ½ cup / 65g frozen or fresh blueberries
- 2½ cups / 625ml liquid of choice*
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until you reach a smooth consistency.
- Enjoy straight away, or refrigerate for later.
Protein powders: We use either a plain raw, bio-fermented brown rice protein or a chocolate flavoured complete protein powder – if we use this one, we don’t add the cacao powder as it already has the chocolate flavour.
Liquid: This can vary depending on what you have in your fridge. We sometimes use coconut water, plant-based milks, or just water (or a combination).
Have a sweet tooth? Add 2 Medjool dates or a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup.
Nuts: You can swap the cashews for any other nut of choice, or for a nut-free option, leave them out.
This smoothie will thicken as it sits, so if you want to consume it later, add more liquid.
This looks delicious! My daughter is allergic to coconut, cashews, avocado, and banana. Can you believe that? It’s like a vegan’s worst nightmare. She loves her green juice, though, there really is no sub for banana and avocado. Creamy is not in her future. lol
Thanks Bethany. Oh wow! As you said though, at least she likes her green juice!
So yummy! Just had 1/3 of it for my second lunch #nom.
Used Acai as it was literally the only frozen fruit I had in my freezer, swapped the almond milk for water plus some almonds and used cacao nips instead of the powder – I seriously ran out of cacao powder – not die how this could happen 😉 Need to go shopping!
It’s so good! What a lovely way to start into the day… This smoothie puts a smile on my face ?
And this comment put a smile on mine! Thanks for sharing Kris 🙂 Sounds like you’ve made some delicious alterations xx
I would up the protein powder and eliminate the almond milk if you are looking to reduce your rubbish footprint. You can use water instead. Since you already have cashews in the recipe you really don’t need a store bought nut milk 🙂
Good idea Summer! We do sometimes make our own or if we’re feeling lazy just add water and almonds in with the recipe and blend that first before adding the rest of the ingredients 🙂