Creamy Zucchini Smoothie

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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!

zucchini smoothie in two glasses with straws

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.)

frozen zucchini in measuring cup

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 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!

zucchini smoothie ingredients in blender

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.

zucchini smoothie in blender

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.

zucchini smoothie with spinach added

Serve right away for the best flavor and texture.

Make-Ahead Option

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.

I can’t wait to hear which one you try next!

zucchini smoothie in two glasses with straws
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Creamy Zucchini Smoothie

This Zucchini Smoothie tastes like a peanut butter banana milkshake, with extra veggies hidden inside! The frozen zucchini adds a creamy texture, without affecting the flavor.
Course Drinks
Cuisine healthy
Keyword zucchini smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 342kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Make Ahead Tip: For an easy smoothie bag, add the zucchini, banana, peanut butter, and spinach, if using, to a freezer bag, then store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you're ready to make the smoothie, dump the contents of the bag into your blender, add the water and honey, and blend until smooth.
Nutrition information is for the whole batch, and is just an estimate, not a guarantee.

Nutrition

Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 1121mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 3137IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg

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.

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Comments

JEN K

Love this! Tastes great and is approved by my picky 2 year old. I love sneaking veggies into his smoothies!

Janice

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!

Harry

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!

Sarah Borsten

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.

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