A creamy, delicious green smoothie that sneaks in some nutrient-rich greens from spinach, but has a fruity flavor and naturally rich texture thanks to the use of banana, strawberries, and heart-healthy SunButter spread!
You guys, I am SO in love with this smoothie, it’s absolutely insane!
Green smoothies are a part of my daily life, this is true. I often get jokes and jabs from my family that they could never eat plant-based, vegan, or even vegetarian because they don’t want to drink green smoothies.
I laugh, but at the same time, I really feel for them because they don’t know what they’re missing out on.
When you know how to flavor your green smoothies, you can’t EVER taste the greens, and best of all, you get to sneak in your veggies and greens at the same time!
Sure you can easily eat a plant-based, vegan, or even a vegetarian diet without ever drinking one green smoothie in your life. I know many people that do.
However, I’m not one of those people and never will be.
I love creamy, bright, vibrant smoothies that happen to taste like a healthy-ish dessert!
Take this beautiful green smoothie, for instance. Although it’s color can scare off many, it tastes like a strawberry banana shake with a faint taste of peanut butter in the background.
Sound good? I bet so!
But if you’re allergic to peanuts or have an intolerance, you’re probably thinking, “No, not peanut butter!”
Well not to worry, friends. We’re not using peanut butter in today’s green smoothie, although the taste could easily fool you to think that we are.
We’re using SunButter instead!
SunButter is made from roasted sunflower seeds, and although it’s 100% nut-free, it tastes a lot like a richer, dark-roasted peanut butter.
SunButter is the best brand of sunflower seed butter I’ve ever tried of all the different varieties, and I’m convinced that their special roasting process is what makes it so special. Not to mention, it’s so smooth and creamy!
SunButter recently sent me some of their latest Organic and Natural, No Added Sugar varieties of SunButter to try out and share with all of you, and I’ve been loving having these healthy jars of goodness in my pantry the last few weeks.
Although you can easily use SunButter on a variety of things, such as sandwiches, whole grain crackers, sprouted grain toast, fruit, or baked goods of all kinds, I suggest trying them in a smoothie once and awhile!
Now, you’re probably wondering why you should try SunButter if you haven’t already. So let’s talk about that!
Nutritional Benefits of SunButter:
Although I love peanut butter, SunButter has some unique qualities on its own that makes it an incredibly healthy choice.
First, it’s 100% allergen-friendly.
Although I’m sure a sunflower seed allergy exists somewhere, it’s very rare. In fact, SunButter is 100% dairy, soy, gluten, tree nut, and peanut-free! It’s also school safe approved, meaning you can send it to school and not have to worry about anyone having a reaction to it like they would a tree nut butter (almond butter, for example) or peanut butter.
SunButter is even non-GMO and vegan!
But that’s not all SunButter has going for it.
Check this out….
SunButter contains 25% of your daily magnesium and copper levels. Both magnesium and copper play important roles in your nervous system health, metabolism, and overall mood. Magnesium is also one of the quickest minerals to be depleted during the body during times of stress and it can help contribute to strong bones, a healthy heart, and can aid in energy levels as well as lower anxiety and stress.
SunButter is also rich in Vitamin E, which is a vitamin that keeps your skin in great shape. It’s also fat-soluble, meaning it’s a vitamin that needs to be eaten with a source of natural fat to be absorbed. Since SunButter is rich in heart-healthy and metabolic-friendly monounsaturated fats (just like peanut butter), it’s naturally a great source of healthy fats and vitamin E that you can eat daily if you choose to. Other good sources of vitamin E are almonds, avocados, olives, and walnuts.
Finally, SunButter is a good source of other key vitamins and minerals, along with protein. It contains 6 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons and is 100% free of cholesterol and added oil.
I suggest trying the No Added Sugar, Natural variety of SunButter if you like a bit of salt in your spread. This variety contains just sea salt and roasted sunflower seeds. My favorite variety is Organic SunButter which contains just organic roasted sunflower seeds.
Whatever you do, definitely try SunButter in this delicious, Vegan Strawberry Spinach SunButter Green Smoothie. The Sunbutter will help your body absorb all the wonderful and nutritious vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in the spinach, and the strawberries and banana will add natural sweetness, potassium, fiber, and vitamin C for even more goodness.
The result is a creamy, delicious, thick smoothie that you can eat with a spoon for a filling breakfast or light lunch. I added a boost of protein to this smoothie with the use of Vega One in the Berry flavor, but you can use any variety of plant-based protein that you like or use 1/3 cup rolled oats instead of protein powder if you don’t have any on hand.
Because if you can get your greens in the form of a delicious, thick and creamy smoothie that tastes like an indulgent shake, I say, why the heck not! 🙂
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla non-dairy milk (choose flax, rice, or hemp milk if you have a nut allergy)
- 1 cup of frozen organic spinach (this makes it super thick and less "green" tasting)
- 1 cup of frozen strawberries
- 1/2 a ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon of SunButter spread (I used the Organic SunButter variety)
- 1 scoop of berry-flavored plant-based protein (I used Vega One Berry) or you can use 1/3 cup oats if you don't want to use protein powder
- 1/2 cup cold water
- optional for extra sweetness: 1 Medjool date or 1 full drop of liquid, alcohol-free stevia
- Add all the ingredients to the blender in the order listed.
- Blend on low, then progress to high. Or, if you have a Nutribullet, just put the ingredients in the blender cup in the order listed, secure the blade, and blend.
- Scoop into your favorite smoothie cup or glass, and garnish with whatever toppings you want. I used a strawberry, some sunflower seeds, coconut, and a little extra drizzle of SunButter. Cacao nibs, sliced banana, or some goji berries would be good too!
Have you ever had Sunbutter? What’s your favorite way to use it?
*I requested and received free product from SunButter to share this recipe with you but was not paid for my time or this recipe. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone. Thanks for letting me share brands I love and support with you on The Soulful Spoon!*