This Zucchini Smoothie is a great way to use up frozen zucchini, and is a sneaky way to get more vegetables into your day. It tastes like you’re drinking a peanut butter milkshake, but it’s naturally sweet!
Why Add Zucchini to a Smoothie?
I came up with this smoothie recipe as a way to use up the frozen zucchini in my freezer. Zucchini has a very mild taste, so it add almost no flavor to this recipe, but it does add creaminess and a nice, slushy texture.
Think of frozen zucchini more like creamy ice cubes. They add extra nutrients, without affecting the flavor!
You can use fresh zucchini in this smoothie if you prefer, but in that case you’ll need to use less liquid, so that your smoothy isn’t too runny in texture. (Adding extra ice will just dilute the flavor, so that’s why you use less liquid instead.)
Benefits of Zucchini
Zucchini is a hydrating vegetable that’s loaded with antioxidants, and it’s neutral enough that you can add it to hummus or muffins without anyone noticing it.
Here’s what else you’ll love about zucchini:
- Zucchini is a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber, which can help prevent constipation and help feed the good bacteria in your gut.
- Diets rich in fruits and vegetables have been shown to lower the risk for Type 2 diabetes.
- The pectin found in zucchini may help to lower cholesterol levels.
- Zucchini is also rich in potassium, which may help to lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- It also contains the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which are thought to promote eye health.
Zucchini also makes a great low-carb ingredient, for recipes like zucchini pizza boats and zucchini lasagna. It’s pretty much as versatile of a veggie as cauliflower is!
How to Make It
To make this zucchini smoothie, you’ll add everything to the blender and blend until totally smooth. I like to use peanut butter and banana for a classic smoothie flavor, but you can add zucchini to basically any smoothie recipe instead of ice.
To help the flavor pop, I like to add a squeeze of honey to this recipe, but you can use dates instead of that if you want this recipe to be vegan, and exclusively fruit-sweetened.
For extra veggie power, you can also add in a handful of fresh baby spinach. This gives the smoothie a darker green color, so be prepared for that, but you can’t taste the leafy green addition at all.
Serve right away for the best flavor and texture.
In my opinion, smoothies taste best when you drink them right after blending, but you can make this smoothie ahead of time by storing the ingredients in a smoothie bag in the freezer.
The zucchini, banana, peanut butter, and spinach (if using) can all go into a bag in the freezer until you’re ready to make it. I use a silicone sandwich bag to avoid plastic, and it’s the perfect size for a single-serve smoothie bag.
When you’re ready for a smoothie, just dump the contents of the freezer bag into the blender, add the water and a squeeze of honey, and blend until smooth and slushy. You can always add a little extra water, if you need to help everything blend.
I hope you’ll enjoy this veggie-packed smoothie the next time you need a pick-me-up!
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Feel free to add frozen zucchini to any of these to thicken-up the texture and add an extra nutrient boost.
- Chocolate Smoothie
- My Go-To Detox Smoothie
- PB&J Smoothie (Jamba Juice copycat)
- Sneaky Beet Smoothie
- Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- Pumpkin Smoothie (that tastes like pie!)
- Creamy Pineapple Smoothie
- Watermelon Smoothie (unbelievably good!)
- Energizing Matcha Smoothie
- Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
I can’t wait to hear which one you try next!
Creamy Zucchini Smoothie
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup frozen zucchini
- 1 frozen banana , cut into coins
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon honey (or sub 2 pitted Medjool dates)
- 1 handful fresh baby spinach (optional)
- In a high-speed blender, combine the zucchini, banana, peanut butter, honey, and spinach, if using. Blend until smooth, adding a little extra water, if needed to keep everything blending. Taste and add an extra squeeze of honey, if needed.
- Serve right away for the best texture and flavor.
If you try this zucchini smoothie recipe, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like it. And if you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too! We can all benefit from your experience.
Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite veggie to add to smoothies?
Questions and Reviews
Love this! Tastes great and is approved by my picky 2 year old. I love sneaking veggies into his smoothies!
Absolutely amazing. You’re right! Tates just like a peanut butter smoothie. Plus it got another zucchini of my counter. Win win! This is going to be my new favorite smoothie for a while!
I’ve never blended zucchini to become smoothies. But the really special taste. Frozen zucchini and banana easy riding than fresh, this method not only reduces time but also increase flavor. Before I always add ice cube into the smoothie. When I drink around 30 minutes feeling like water inside. Thanks for the nice recipe!
Love the hidden greens in this! I need a better blender to work through the dates, but it was still a delicious smoothie I’ll be making again.
It was good and I’ll make it again, but I will try it without the honey. Personally it was a tad sweet for me and the honey was pretty much all I could taste. I don’t eat peanut butter often so when I do splurge and add it, I definitely want to taste it. I love the fact that there is hidden zucchini in this. I added “Power Greens” rather than straight spinach and couldn’t taste either at all. It’s a keeper recipe, but I’ll have to tweak it a bit to make it perfect for me.
It’s nice and smooth. I love the blended flavors of the banana, zucchini, and spinach. I opted to add dates instead of honey and it gave the drink a perfect sweetness with the banana. There are standard things I always add to smoothies and I added to this one as well. Half a cup of yogurt for the probiotics, chia seeds for the iron, flax seeds for fiber, and coconut oil for healthy fats. Instead of peanut butter, because I don’t have any, I added two handfuls of almonds.. All of these additives probably changed the overall flavor and texture, but I’d still give the foundation the credit for being great to begin with.
My 9 year old was wary of this when he saw me adding zucchini, but when he tried it he said it tastes just like a peanut butter banana smoothie – can’t even taste the zucchini! Love the balance of nutrients in this smoothie!
I’m so glad it was a hit! Thanks so much for leaving a review!
I’m having so much fun with your recipes. This is something I never in a thousand years would eat but it’s actually quite good! I personally thought it needed some acidity so I added pineapple… but it was better without. 😀
I just made this using coconut water in place of the water and it was absolutely delicious! I love the addition of the peanut butter in it! Thank you for yet another amazing recipe – I love your recipes so much. Your hidden cauliflower Mac and cheese is my 3 year old daughter’s favourite!
I’m confused about combining bananas with nut butters. I see a few of your recipes with both. Is that ok? Is their a way to tell which recipes are properly combined vs others or are they all properly combined? Thanks!
Substituted the peanut butter for sunflower butter and omitted the honey- absolutely amazing! Perfect way to use up all the zucchini from my garden 🙂
Easy, tasty, kids liked it!
I have not tried this recipe yet however I love the idea I have a freezer full of frozen zucchini from my garden. It’s winter here right now and I can’t do smoothies it’s just too cold but I’m going to do this as soon as it warms up thank you for the tips
It was delicious! I didn’t had any spinach. I added less honey and sub the water for almond milk.
Thank you for this recipe. I had a bunch of extra zucchini that I cut up and threw in the freezer. I’ve never thought of using zucchini in a smoothie. It was terrific and I will be making it from now on. I used almond milk today but I don’t always have it on hand. Thanks!!!!