The Easiest Breakfast Smoothie

The Easiest Breakfast Smoothie

I love breakfast smoothies, they’re the best way to kick start a great day! I know lots of people think that eating healthily takes a long time but smoothies are the easiest, quickest things – it literally takes me two minutes to throw everything in the blender, blend it up and then if I’m really busy I’ll just take it on the go with me. You can even make it the night before if you want to be super speedy in the mornings – although don’t add the chia seeds or you’ll end up with a chia pudding smoothie and you’ll have to eat it with a spoon!

This is a seriously delicious smoothie. The banana, oats and almond milk make it super thick and creamy, while the berries give it a beautiful colour and a sweet, fruity flavour and the spinach gives you a good dose of revitalising greens so that you’ll be glowing from the inside out all day! I also add hemp powder for a good protein boost and chia seeds to up my fibre, protein and omega-3 intake – both this hemp and the chia blend into the smoothie really well so you won’t taste either and together they’ll really help to boost your energy. If you like a little something sweet in the morning try adding a couple of medjool dates to the mix too, they sweeten it up and enhance the creaminess, making each sip extra awesome! All these ingredients together really do keep you full, satisfied and energised all morning as they give you so much fibre, plant protein and an amazing array of health-boosting vitamins and minerals. If you feel like you need a crunch though, add a little less milk and then pour the smoothie into a bowl and top it with your favourite granola, nuts, seeds, raisins, cacao nibs, fruit etc for a delicious smoothie bowl!

Serves 1

– 1 banana

– 1 big handful of spinach (35g)

– 2 handfuls of frozen berries (these keep it cool and are much cheaper than fresh berries, but fresh berries and a little ice work perfectly instead) (80g)

– 1 cup of almond milk (250ml)

– 3 tablespoons of oats

– 1 tablespoon of hemp powder

– 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

Optional: 2 medjool dates

Simply peel the banana and pit the dates, then pour everything into your blender and blend until smooth!


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  • CherrySueDointheDo

    Full disclosure, Ella, I was getting up to make a full Irish fry for my boys this morning when this pinged into my Inbox. I have been following Slimming World and planning tweaking it to have smoothies for breakfast starting Monday. Thank you hugely for the kick up the bum, this was delicious!! So sweet the boys didn’t even whinge about missing their sausages. Success!

  • Tamzin Pettitt

    Love a thick smoothie so this is a perfect breakfast for me, yum!

  • Millie l Add A Little

    I love breakfast smoothies! They are so delicious and easy on the go!

  • Guest

    Hi Ella I am in love with your smoothie recipes and this one looks great! I am so excited to try this delicious looking smoothie:) from Ella xx

  • Marie-Louise

    Love this! <3 Made my wn version of it this morning – with the ingredient I had in my kitchen
    Soo delicious and filling!


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  • Bene

    Hi, thank you for your great recipes. I am preparing smoothies every day and I would like to find a substitute for the banana. Too many bananas create some issue with my digestive system! Thank you!!! Ben

  • Hannah VanderWeide

    Absolutely love this. I made a similar one this morning and used ALOHA’s Daily Good Greens Berry Blend. Amazing goodness. Check it out here:!!

  • Hannah VanderWeide

    Absolutely love this! I made a very similar one this morning + threw in ALOHA’s Daily Good Greens Berry Blend. If you haven’t tried their products, you totally should:

  • ellawoodward

    You can always leave out the banana it jut wont be so creamy!

  • Hanne

    Dear Ella, I really want to try many of your recipies, but to do so I need to buy a food processor. Can you please tell me which one to buy? =) Which one do you have?

    Sincerely, Hanne

  • ellawoodward

    Hey, I use a Magmix but there are a couple of options in the shop section of the blog that I would recommend

  • Little Miss Hungry

    This looks delicious! I love oats in smoothies! I’ve got my own version on my blog.

  • cat

    If I don’t have hemp powder can I just grind hemp seeds in a coffee grinder?

  • Christine

    Dear Ella, I am just getting going, and your recipes have made it possible. Please can I ask two questions. Is white tea acidic, I know green tea is not acidic, but I must admit I do prefer the taste of white. Also, when you mentioned good fats for cooking, e.g. olive oil, what about Rice Bran Oil as I have been using this for some time and wonder whether you think it is a healthy oil or not. Thanks you. Christine

  • Besma | Curiously Conscious

    I make this so often now – thank you for the wonderful recipe Ella! I also blogged about it, it’s that good!

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  • ellawoodward

    I’ve never tried that so I don’t know, sorry!

  • Elizabeth

    Ella, I cannot thank you enough for this fabulous blog! I lost my father several years ago to a severe form of dysautonomia and since the genetic elements of the disease are yet to be fully understood I have thoroughly enjoyed adding this breakfast smoothie into my daily (and now healthier) routine! Would love to see some of the Deliciously Ella salads available in the US!

  • Heather S

    Your nail varnish is divine- could you tell me brand/shade? Thanks :) love your work on here! x

  • ellawoodward

    I’m so sorry I can’t remember what it is!

  • ellawoodward

    I am so pleased that you are finding it helpful in making healthy decisions x

  • Charlotte

    Hi Ella, great recipes as usual! I love my breakfasts solid, but I’m really keen on starting juicing as well. Would you recommend having them as snacks? What could I add to ‘snack’ portion smoothies to not overdo it all?
    Thank you! :)

  • Louise

    Hi Ella, I really love your recipes but I absolutely hate bananas. I was wondering if you could make a smoothie that doesn’t have any bananas in it :) love your blog so much!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Christine,

    I don’t personally use rice bran oil but it has a high smoke point so should be relatively healthy to cook with although I’m afraid I am not too familiar with it. White tea isn’t acidic as far as I know.

    I hope that helps,
    Ella x

  • ellawoodward

    Smoothies make perfect snacks and you can always make a smaller portion if you don’t want something too big!

  • ellawoodward

    You can always add an avocado instead and nut butter to keep it nice and creamy but it will change the taste!

  • Alice Baillie

    Hi Ella,I live in Hong Kong and find it tricky to get hold of almond milk. Is soy milk the best alternative?

    • ellawoodward

      I personally don’t use soy milk but almond or oat milk is really easy to make at home!

    • Amy

      I think you can make your own Almond milk at home with a blender. Mix 1 cup Almonds with 1 cup of water and blend. You can make Cashew milk that way so i think you could do the same with Almonds?

    • Verity

      Hi Alice,

      Not sure if this will help you but Oliver’s supermarket in the Prince’s building sell Almond Milk (including unsweetened and flavoured versions). I think they also sell Coconut milk too as well as a variety of Soy.

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    • Sara Berger

      try rice milk! it’s not as creamy but with the other ingredients it should still give you good consistency.

  • Rosie

    I don’t like oats in smoothies. Would taking the oats out change the recipe much?

  • ellawoodward

    No, it should’t make too much difference.

  • Vic

    Ella, can you make a breakfast smoothie the night before – will it lose some of its goodness? My flatmate starts later then me in the morning and is right next to the kitchen, I feel bad to wake him with an almighty blender blast in the morning! Thank you. xx

  • Marlene Sery

    hello Ella :-) it’s almost 2 am in the morning and had to check about you and your blog since a friend of a friend of mine from the UK told me “oh you look like Ella ” …well looking at you now, i know it’s a compliment and a very / overly generous one ! you’re so gorgeous …perhaps some similarities when i was in my twenties ..which was about 25 years ago rrrrrrr….with much darker hair and green eyes instead of your lovely blue eyes …
    I’ve been a vegetarian and eaten raw for the most part of that time so i completely love the kind of recipes you promote and share ….at the time people thought i was a “bit too much”” of a “health frick” yet now it’s all over the place …that’s the way to go …and people are quite taken back when i tell them how old I am :-).
    So go for it !
    Sorry this is perhaps rather a long post. As a favor :-) (and probably a good idea too for most people who visit your blog and willing to embark on the health cooking) i’d like to ask you if you possess/ own all the blenders you sell on your website and if so …it would be very nice & useful for you to perhaps make a kind of review and give an honest advice on what they can and can not do and the kind of performance to expect… Not everyone can afford every piece of the ideal raw foodist equipment like the Magimix food processor and a Vitamix or Sage blender. Together , and as start it’s almost a thousand pounds .
    For instance, there’s the Philips blender…i went to my local shop and some of the piece are a bit cheaply made ( like the cap and spatula ) but seems good enough with 6 blades to make smoothies with “no bits” as advertised….is it “honest advertisement” ? :-)
    i’d like to ask you if you have tried to make almond milk with it for instance ? same with raw nuts / dip recipes and raw soups ? how does the Philips and Magimix blenders would handle this kind of tasks and food preparation compared to the legendary ” vitamix and co” blenders for instance?
    I can see like most “pro” you use the Vitamix ..i hope one day i’ ll be able to “swallow the bullet” and buy one or something equivalent ( is the Magimix a valid competition to the more pricey blenders / can it handle the same food preparation with the same results)?
    Would really love your insight :-)
    hoping to read or watch the tests in the near future as i’m in need of that piece of equipment
    many thanks in advance with a smile :-)

  • Louise Hartland

    I just made this, it’s the first smoothy I’ve ever made and it was a massive hit :) even with my husband!!!

  • ellawoodward

    Yes, you can make it the night before and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. You may loose a little goodness but not enough to worry about. Just give them a shake in the morning x

  • Madaleine Alessi

    I substituted Maca powder for the hemp powder mentioned and added some almond butter and I just love this smoothie. It is really quite terrific and make healthy eating easy for me at least! Thank you very much!!

  • ellawoodward

    So pleased you like it!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Marlene,

    Thanks for you comment. I actually have a review of blenders on the site already that I hope you will find helpful xx

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Marlene,

    Thanks for you comment. I actually have a review of blenders on the site already that I hope you will find helpful xx

  • Dya

    Is absolutely delicious!!! Or is… deliciously!!! :)

  • Anna

    Hi Ella,
    I am a vegetarian since two years and decided to live gluten and sugar free from this year on. Found your blog yesterday and made the Breakfast Smoothie this morning. I love it! Thank you. Can you please tell my why you don’t use soy milk? Thank you xx

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Anna, I’m so glad you love it! Soy milk is normally quite processed and contains unnatural products. X

  • ihsancandra

    nyam nyam nyam… looks very delicious..

  • Mimi

    Ella,I really adore your website and recipes. I tried a lots of them and the taste is delicious! Also, I can recommend you the following website as an inspiration. You will find so many yummy , healthy and simple recipes. Wish you all the best !

  • Sherri Warner

    What kind of Oats are best to add?

  • Rebecca Foster

    Hi Ella,
    I have Addison’s disease and am adding a lot of your recipes into my diet in a bid to reduce my steroid intake if my consultant thinks it is safe to do so of course… I have a nut allergy, almonds are a total no go for me and appear in a lot of your recipes along with other nuts. is there any advice for a clean, healthy diet that is nut free??

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sherri, you can use organic rolled oats x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Rebecca, there are so many nut-free recipes in my new cookbook. Seeds are a great alternative to nuts such as pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds. These tend to work really well in my recipes as a replacement of nuts. Ella x

  • Marie Lewis

    Love your inspiring and beautiful blog. I, like many Americans, have been taught to dread food/cooking. Your descriptions have helped change my attitude about food, to make it something pretty, healthy, delicious and well worth the effort. Tried this smoothie this morning, and it’s out of this world fantastic! Didn’t have almond milk, so just just water. Was very filling and satisfying. Makes so much that I was still sipping it as lunchtime neared, so next time may half the recipe. Two thumbs up! And thank you!

    • Rebecca Wise

      Hi Marie, I’m fascinated by your comment that like many Americans you have been taught to dread food/cooking. Can you elaborate? I’m passionate about food and nutrition and I would love to get to the bottom of this..

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Amy, yes you could definitely try it if you soak and blanch the almonds first! Have a lovely day x

  • Tee

    Hi Ella, this sounds great and can’t wait to try it!! Just wondering if it would be good to add cacao powder as well? If so, how much? thank you!!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Tee, yes you can add cacao powder to this smoothie is you want a chocolatey taste, perhaps 1 tbsp. Have a lovely day! X

    • Tee

      great!! Thanks so much for confirming that!

  • sandib

    I’m over the moon to have found you and your amazing recipes, I’ve already received my kindle version of your book, however, I have a problem, dates and buckwheat are just not available here in Ecuador, I do have figs and quinoa flour, flax seeds and flour and just wonder whether these would work instead

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, yes they sound like great substitutes! Have a lovely day! X

  • SeaCat26 .

    Hi Ella, I was wondering if this smoothie works with any type of protein powder? Can you clarify for me why hemp protein powder is best for this smoothie? What are it’s benefits? Could I substitute it for rice protein powder? – (I already have this in my cupboard.)
    Many thanks for your time.
    Best wishes,

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, I love the taste of hemp protein. It’s a great plant-based protein. You could try a mixture of brown rice protein and hemp seed protein in your smoothies. X

  • Joanne ‘gobyette’ Gardner

    I use lactose free milk as I have jus been diagnosed with celiac and lactose free diary free which is hard for me please can u help

  • Dana N.

    I can`t get enough of this smoothie. I used to make it with flaxseeds but your version with hemp protein, oats and chia seeds is much more filling and it tastes even better. So, thank you Ella for inspiring me to use hemp protein and chia seeds. I desperately would like to put on wait and I hope, hemp protein could help a little bit. It is so yummy.

  • ellawoodward

    I use dairy free milk such as cashew milk, almond milk or oat milk. Cashew nut cheese and coconut yogurt are great dairy alternatives! X

  • ellawoodward

    I think it tastes so much better when it’s been freshly made on the day! X

  • Sharon Hancock

    I have recently started drinking smoothies daily and love them. In fact I started writing about my experiences in my new blog.

    I am looking forward to trying this recipe. Looks yummy.

  • Ajna

    Amazing, love your blog and your book is great. <3

  • hayleygray

    This recipe is really yummy. I’ve made it a few times before I leave and I take it in a travel bottle to enjoy on the tube. It stays nice and cold. A friend of mine bought me a travel blender to convert me to smoothies and this recipe has definitely got me converted! It’s so filling, and I do feel full of energy. I normally snack in my lectures but I was fine right up until lunch time. Thanks Ella.

  • maddymorton

    Hi Ella, I’vd been watching some of your videos and I am worried I’ve been using the wrong kind of spoon! I was taught by mum mum that a tablespoon = 2 dessert spoons, but where your recipe says ‘tablespoon’ it looks like you are using a dessert spoon (i.e. normal spoon) – which is the right one? Thank you!

  • Breeda O’Sullivan

    Just made this and it tastes great, I will be having this a lot more in the future for breakfast! Thank you! Bee

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, when I use 1 tablespoon, I just mean 1 regular spoonful. Hope that helps! Have a lovely day x

  • Izzy Spence

    Hi Ella,
    Could I use kale instead of spinach?
    Thanks, Issy x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Izzy, yes for sure! Have a lovely day! X

  • Sarah Moody

    Made this morning, oh my god it’s delicious! I bought the Philips blender & it doesn’t seem to have completely worked as chewing bits of date but it’s still amazing! Maybe I need to get to grips with the settings x

  • Emma McGonigle

    Hi Ella, I love your recipes :) you’re really helping and inspiring me to increase the plant based dishes in my diet :)

    With the hemp protein powder, is this a substitute for whey protein? Is it flavoured like whey protein?
    where would be the best place to buy this?

    thanks so much :) Emma

    • ellawoodward

      Yes I use hemp protein as a substitute for whey protein as whey contains dairy. It doesn’t taste like whey, the taste is pretty mild. You can buy it from Whole Foods, healthy food stores or Amazon! X

      • Emma McGonigle

        thanks so much for getting back to me so quickly :)
        I have some whey left, which I will use before buying the hemp. what flavour/brand would you recommend?

        • ellawoodward

          Pulsin do a great hemp powder! X

  • ellawoodward

    I use a Vitamix, it’s listed in the blog post all about blenders! X

  • ellawoodward

    So happy you love the smoothie! You could try using it as almond flour by drying it out in the oven on a low heat. Make sure it’s completely dry before using it as a flour otherwise it could change the consistency of what you are making! X

  • Nicola

    Hi Ella I really dislike bananas, could I use something else or do you think this would be ok without? X

    • ellawoodward

      The bananas are really good for texture and taste but there is a banana free smoothie on the blog :) x

  • Cecily Morley

    Hi ella, could you use just normal milk instead?

    • ellawoodward

      Yes regular milk would work well too! X

  • ellawoodward

    Sadly this isn’t something I have heard of or know too much about but I would be interested to look into this. Hope you love the smoothies x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, I buy them from Whole Foods. Hope you love the smoothie! X

  • Antonia

    hey ella, i really love the smoothie, i drink it a lot! do you think i could use frozen spinach instead of fresh one? xx from germany, keep up the great work!

    • ellawoodward

      I haven’t tried this recipe with frozen spinach before but I imagine that it would work well too! Hope it’s delicious x

  • ellawoodward

    Sorry to hear that it’s too thick! It’s always thick but definitely pour-able. I would definitely add some more almond milk to thin it out. Hope it tastes delicious x

  • ellawoodward

    So sorry but this isn’t something I include in my recipes – I much prefer to count goodness rather than calories! Hope you love the smoothie x

  • ellawoodward

    I find that avocado is an awesome replacement as they have a similar consistency. You could try adding a couple of medjool dates to add some sweetness. Apple puree is also great to replace mashed banana x

    • Anne

      Thanks so much for the reply, this will open up a whole new world to me.

  • ellawoodward

    I don’t, but feel free to soak them if you prefer x

  • ellawoodward

    I use a Vitamix. Here’s a post on all my favourite blender recommendations, hope you find it helpful! X

  • ellawoodward

    Totally up to you depending on how hungry you are! Sometimes I have just a smoothie and sometimes I have both x

    • Joie

      Okay. Thanks so much! I had this smoothie this morning and it was absolutely delicious! :)

  • Ali

    Hi Ella – do you have to use hemp powder or is there an alternative? I tend to use a tiny bit of maca powder in my smoothies – would that work for this one?

    • ellawoodward

      No you can leave the hemp out if you like. A little bit of maca would be delicious in this! x

  • David Pead

    Can you make these smooties the night before and put in the fridge. Dont really want to wake the neighbours at 6am

    • ellawoodward

      Sadly smoothies don’t last so well overnight, they’re best made fresh if possible. You could shop all the ingredients and have the ready in your blender in the fridge overnight x