Smoothies are awesome, and take many forms. But, have you seen these gorgeous layered ones? Read on to see some yummy smoothie stacks and how-tos to try!
Hello, friends! Today, I have an exciting topic for you. I don’t know about you, but I love smoothies. Like, right now my freezer, fridge, and pantry are full of fresh and frozen fruits, granolas, toppings, and other smoothie ingredients to make delicious and colorful smoothies. I love making them, and when I find a new, artistic way to do that, I jump on it. I totally got into the whole smoothie bowl craze (I’ll do a post on that later so keep an eye out!), but this smoothie idea definitely takes the cake. Layered smoothie stacks. I know, they look so colorful and fun, and they have got to take forever to make because, hello, so many colors. Never fear! There are many ways to make these very easy smoothies, and still have them be awesome and colorful. Today, I’m going to go over some healthy smoothie recipes, how to layer them easily, and how to make some of the insane colors you see. Ready? Let’s go!
Side note: I have a wonderful tip for freezing fruit. You’re going to need it to make the best smoothies. So, how do I freeze fresh fruit? I wash all my berries and let them dry. Then, I place them on parchment or wax paper in the freezer overnight. In the morning, I bag or box them up. No frosty berries! For things like peaches, I wash, dry, and cut in half. I remove the pit, place on parchment or wax paper in the freezer overnight. Again, perfectly frozen yet not frosty fruit! For bananas, I peel, cut up, and freeze on paper again. I then baggie them up, one banana per bag. Makes it very easy to add to smoothies! I’ve attempted to freeze things like dragon fruit, and will let you know how that worked out. Now that you know my favorite ways to freeze fruit, you’re ready to make healthy breakfast smoothies.
Update: the dragon fruit froze decently, kind of like how the bananas do, but not as well. 6/10, prefer fresh over frozen for use in fruit smoothie recipes.
You can literally taste the rainbow with a fruit smoothie this colorful! This one is super easy to make, though you’re going to need a bunch of frozen bananas. Let’s start with the bottom layer and go up, shall we? Layer 1 is 1 cup frozen strawberries and 1 frozen banana. Layer 2 is ½ cup papaya and 1 frozen banana. Layer 3 is ¼ cup pineapple chunks and 1 frozen banana (I wasn’t kidding about the bananas!). Layer 4 is 1 frozen banana and 1 tsp spirulina powder. Layer 5 is 1 cup frozen blueberries and 1 frozen banana. All that makes these two large breakfast smoothies, but you can easily chop the recipe in half. The creator, Lina Saber, suggests if your blender has a hard time blending these healthy smoothies, add coconut water. You can also add a smidge of milk, or yogurt, though these will dilute the colors of your smoothie drinks. I would also suggest if your blueberry layer isn’t as purple as you like, add some acai powder. It’s also super tasty!
I love these layering techniques that are coming up. They’re cute, and I love the cut out fruit that’s mixed in. I bet you are all wondering: how the heck do they get their layers so pretty? There’s a trick for that. Well, there are two. First, you want thick smoothies. Runny smoothies will mix together as you pour them in. Second, and my ultimate hack, use a spoon. I don’t mean to add in your smoothie layers spoonful at a time, although you can also do that. I mean to stick a spoon down near the layer you’re pouring onto, and pour your next layer onto the spoon. It helps lessen how the new layer hits the previous, and makes a smoother pour.
I found this out the other day while playing with smoothies. Y’all, I made a lot of Pinterest Fails and messy smoothies, and I’m trying to help you out here. This would definitely help when making this matcha berry smoothie by Mari Lydia. So, the green layer is a mix of matcha and spinach (what a cool green!) and there isn’t a recipe I can find, but it’s probably a handful of spinach and a ¼-½ teaspoon matcha, however much gives you the green color, with milk, yogurt, and frozen bananas. The berry layer has got to be a strawberry smoothie with raspberry, yogurt and frozen berries. Pretty, right?
Another super cute smoothie by Mari Lydia! This would be perfect for around Valentine’s Day, or to celebrate an anniversary with a loved one. The cool thing about this one is that it has a homemade jam in the middle. And yes, you can find the recipe for it here. While you’re on Mari’s Instagram checking out how to make the jam, you should look at her other creations. She’s got some wicked yummy looking healthy fruit smoothie bowls too. Man, I have major food envy with these people. So many awesome pictures of awesome food and Julie loves it. The other two layers of this smoothie are going to be another strawberry-raspberry layer like the one before, and a blueberry smoothie layer. Definitely frozen bananas, yogurt, and maybe some milk in it. It looks super creamy.
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Another food blogger/Instagrammer that I am uber jealous of is Alison Wu. Look at how pretty these smoothie stacks are. This is a multi-flavor superfood smoothie. The bottom two layers have cacao in them, so yummy chocolate flavors for all! The next three have, from bottom to top, blue algae powder, spirulina powder, and acai powder. I have the latter two, but I don’t own blue algae yet. It’s not something I could find in any of the health food stores around me, sadly. But, I did find spirulina at a health food store, and acai at HEB. Blue algae powder will be my next purchase, though I have heard it does have a more seaweed like taste to it, so I’m a bit hesitant. If I find it in a bulk bin, I’ll snag some and let you guys know how it really tastes! For these layers, I’ll go over the chocolate ones below. The other three, I would say maybe frozen bananas, a bit of the powder, like ¼-½ teaspoon, and maybe some yogurt and milk. Experiment. That’s the fun part!
This gorgeous green smoothie stack did not have a recipe, but was made again by the lovely Alison Wu (dude, check out her Instagram and have total food envy). I’m going to guess at how she made this one based on smoothies I have made. She uses the same kind of base in all of her breakfast smoothie recipes, which I am assuming is a yogurt and coconut milk combo, and maybe frozen bananas. I would use frozen bananas, but being allergic to coconut, I’d use a different type of milk. As for the green layers, add alllll the greens! Spinach, kale, pistachios, whatever green is your favorite smoothie additive. Kiwi might be good too. Anything that gives it a green color. My favorite? Spirulina powder. A little goes a long way. That top layer definitely has spirulina. I can tell from the bluish tint of the green.
Not all smoothie stacks have to be brightly colored to be beautiful. This chocolate deliciousness (again made by Alison Wu) is made with increasing amounts of cacao powder (which is different than cocoa powder, mind you) in a coconut milk, maca powder, and yogurt base. You can use any base you want, of course, but hello yummy chocolate goodness! On all these single color ombre ones, I would start backwards, and go as dark as you can. Maybe around a half teaspoon or so of the powder. Start there, then add more if it’s not dark enough for you. Then, split it, add more yogurt/bananas/milk to the blender, and keep lightening it. Or, you can go the other way. Whichever is easiest for you. When you have your layers, stack ‘em up. Ta-da, a super cool and yummy health smoothie, ready for Instagram!
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This one is on my list to make. I absolutely love bubble tea, because Boba pearls are kind of awesome and I totally need to do a post on that as well. I’ll get to that later. Boba pearls are tapioca balls (or pearls) that are added to drinks to give an interesting flavor, texture, and intriguing bite. They’re usually made from tapioca, but you can find them in many flavors and sizes, and you can buy them at specialty stores or online at places like Amazon. They’re great in fruit and flavored teas, milk teas, iced coffees, and yes, smoothies. This looks so pretty. Be right back, going to go buy some Boba to make this beautiful swirled smoothie! This smoothie is layered with a mixed berry part and a yogurt soy part. You can find the berry smoothie recipe here. Just, don’t blend the Boba. That wouldn’t work well. Add them to the bottom of your glass before pouring in the smoothie.
To wrap this up, I bet you are wondering how many blenders you’ll need to make these. I’ll give you a hint: only one! When making most of these yummy smoothie recipes, you won’t even need to rinse out the blender between layers, especially with the ombre ones. On the few where you need to rinse the blender, use hot water and swirl. The blender will be rinsed in seconds! I myself own one of those nifty NutriBullet blenders, so half the time I use the small cups (I have two of them) and I just rinse the blades in between layers. This blender is super easy to clean, and I haven’t found myself frustrated by having to clean it. It’s all for yummy, beautiful homemade smoothies, so I’m cool with it!
Well, there you have it! Some great ideas and inspiration for you to get into this trendy new way to make smoothies! Have any of you made smoothie stacks before? Got any tips or delicious smoothie recipes for us? Let me know in the comments below, and also tell me which of the smoothies I showed you is your favorite! Don’t forget to share this post with your smoothie-loving friends and family and, as always, stay creative, my friends!