A creamy broccoli smoothie with fruit is made with 4 ingredients, without banana, and is nutrient dense thanks to broccoli, but tastes sweet from fresh oranges, and creamy from frozen milk ice cubes.
This broccoli smoothie with oranges tastes like a fruity ice cream and is startlingly nutritious, high in protein, fiber and a ton of micronutrients. Make it easy to contribute to your 5-a-day fruit and vegetables!
This broccoli smoothie with milk and without bananas is sweet from oranges and carrots so the broccoli flavor is not strong. Just like my other favorite smoothies, my chocolate zucchini smoothie, and my spinach berry smoothie, blend up this vegetable smoothie and enjoy right away or freeze in ice cube trays to be blended later.
Why You'll Love This
Perfect for all diets. This broccoli smoothie without bananas is made with fresh or frozen broccoli, is dairy free, and suitable for vegans and it is gluten free.
A good weight-loss smoothie. This smoothie is low in calories with only 174 calories, and high in protein with 12 grams, and high in fiber with 6 grams. This smoothie with broccoli is also rich in nutrients from two vegetables and one fruit.
Broccoli. Use raw broccoli florets only. Use fresh and freeze it or store-bought frozen. The flavor of the broccoli will influence the flavor of the smoothie so if using fresh be sure it is dark green, and if using frozen choose a quality brand such as Whole Foods 365, Birds Eye or Cascadian.
Oranges. Fresh peeled oranges are best. Any type of orange is fine.
Carrots. Additional veggie for structure and vitamin A.
Milk ice cubes. You'll use a mix of liquid milk and milk ice cubes. Just freeze milk in an ice cube tray. Use your favorite - canned coconut milk will make the smoothie creamy and had healthy fats.
See the recipe card at the bottom for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Substitutions & Variations
Instead of broccoli, swap for 1 ½ cup packed with raw baby spinach or raw baby kale.
Instead of oranges, swap for frozen pineapple, kiwi or an apple.
Vary the flavor by choosing some add-ins including ¼ fresh avocado, ½ cup packed of raw spinach or kale, or 2 tablespoon of lemon or lime juice or 1 tablespoon freshly ground ginger.
Step by Step Instructions
For more detail, visit the complete and printable recipe at the bottom of this post, but here are general steps.
Step 1: Pour milk into ice cube trays and freeze for at least 2 hours. Freeze fresh raw broccoli florets if not using pre-frozen.
Step 2: Add ingredients to a blender. Be sure to add only broccoli florets, cut off the stem which won't break down well.
Step 3: Process until smooth, about 30 seconds or longer if things aren't fully broken down. Taste and add more oranges if you need it to be sweeter.
If you don't have a high speed blender, simply allow the milk ice cubes to thaw a bit or use just milk, and chop the broccoli and any other ingredients into smaller pieces to help your blender blend. You can even try to make this smoothie in a food processor if you don't have a blender.
If you don't have time to freeze the milk, just use all liquid milk but use at least one other frozen ingredient.
Use at least one frozen ingredient to be sure your smoothie is creamy.
Store left over smoothie in a glass for 24 hours in the refrigerator, or longer by pouring it into ice cube trays, freezing and blending again to drink.
No, always use broccoli raw in a smoothie. Cooked broccoli will turn your smoothie slimy, and have reduced nutrition.
Yes, broccoli does not absorb pesticides and is thus considered a clean vegetable, not evening required to be bought organic. [source]
The best way to make broccoli taste good in a smoothie is to add other fruits such as oranges, mango, or even pineapple and ginger.
Yes, add it raw and only the florets, no stems. Chop into small pieces or use a high speed blender. Be sure to include a sweet fruit to offset the flavor of the raw broccoli.
Other Vegetable Smoothies
Broccoli Smoothie with Fruit
- ¾ cups broccoli raw, fresh or frozen, florets or crown
- ½ cup orange segments navel, clementines, mandarins
- ½ cup carrots raw, chopped or shredded
- ½ cup milk ice cubes
- ½ cup milk
- Pour milk into ice cube trays and freeze for at least 2 hours. Freeze fresh raw broccoli florets if not using pre-frozen.
- Add ingredients to a blender. Be sure to add only broccoli florets, cut off the stem which won't break down well.
- Process until smooth, about 30 seconds or longer if things aren't fully broken down. Taste and add more oranges if you need it to be sweeter.