7 Breakfast Smoothies That (Almost) Taste Like Dessert
We’ve all seen those Facebook posts with the shiny green smoothies, looking up at us expectantly, just daring us to start the year with a big swig of kale. But if you’re not quite ready to face the day with a glass of bitter greens, start with something a little softer, a lot sweeter and definitely more decadent. These are our favorite dessert-inspired smoothies — no kale in sight.
If you like berry pies, try these Frozen Fruit Smoothies (pictured above).
It’s up to you to choose among frozen strawberries, raspberries or cherries to make this top-rated smoothie. It’s blended with a frozen banana, orange juice and some yogurt, proving you can transform everyday items into a healthy treat.
If you like fresh fruit tarts, try these Papaya Smoothies.
With just three simple ingredients, this breakfast blend will taste like a tropical vacation in a glass.
If you like banana splits, try Trisha Yearwood’s Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie.
What happens when vanilla almond milk swirls around peanut butter, Greek yogurt and a frozen banana? The creamiest breakfast you’ll ever drink outside of an ice cream shop.
If you like blueberry pie, try these Superfood Smoothies.
Creamy avocado is blended with milk and a banana in this blueberry-based smoothie, creating a craveable concoction that will make your morning even more luscious.
Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved
BANANA AND WALNUT SMOOTHIE, Giada De Laurentiis, Giada at Home/FeelGood Food, Food Network, Unsweetened Almond Milk, Coconut Water, Walnut Pieces, Dried Dates, Banana
If you like banana spice cake, try Giada De Laurentiis’ Banana and Walnut Smoothie.
Giada uses coconut water, almond milk and a few other good-for-you goodies to whip up a rich and hearty smoothie that is similar to the flavor of Bananas Foster.
If you like orange-vanilla ice pops, try these 4-Ingredient Peach Smoothies.
Think of that famous orange-vanilla ice pop and imagine it with a peach twist. That’s what’s happening in this satisfying smoothie.
If you like chocolate-peanut butter anything, try Bobby Flay’s Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swirl Smoothie.
Between the chocolate and heavy cream, it’s really only the banana, plain yogurt and a little low-fat milk that are keeping this decadent smoothie from serious milkshake territory.
If you have kids, try these Rainbow Smoothies.
OK, this one isn’t exactly inspired by dessert, and there might be a vegetable, if you choose to add it. But, boy, are these smoothies fun to make with kids. After selecting fruit (and a couple veggies) from all over the rainbow, blend the ingredients together to create a colorful masterpiece even spinach skeptics will love. (Trust me, I live with two of them.)
Charity Curley Mathews is the mom of four small kids. She blogs about food and parenting at Foodlets.com, where every recipe is full of fresh ingredients, simple to make and kid-tested 4x.