Vanilla Lime Green Smoothie

With its tangy citrus and sweet vanilla, this nutrient-packed smoothie is reminiscent of a creamsicle - but with all of the goodness and none of the guilt.

Total Time: 10 minutes


Oh hey. In a day or two, you’re going to be at the store grabbing limes for your Cinco de Mayo margaritas (you are picking up limes for margaritas, right?!) Well, grab a couple extra. And a couple more. Because this might just be your new favorite green smoothie recipe. It’s definitely mine.

Vanilla lime green smoothie | Kitchen Treaty

And after you down all those margaritas on Sunday, starting off Monday with a healthy, vitamin-filled green smoothie is going to sound mighty nice.  So you might as well be prepared. (Be sure you’ve got vanilla yogurt, spinach, and bananas in your cart, too).

Vanilla lime green smoothie | Kitchen Treaty

I love my green smoothies – okay, so I’m borderline obsessed with them. Seriously, they’re such a creamy, sweet, fruity, milkshake-y to sneak tons of nutrients into your diet. I love them for breakfast, as an afternoon pick-me-up, after yoga class … pretty much any time I can think up an excuse to have one, I’ll have one.

And especially this one. With its tangy citrus and sweet vanilla, it’s a little reminiscent of a creamsicle. All of the goodness and none of the guilt. Not that we (four margaritas later) know anything about guilt.

Print Recipe

Vanilla Lime Green Smoothie

With its tangy citrus and sweet vanilla, this nutrient-packed smoothie is reminiscent of a creamsicle - but with all of the goodness and none of the guilt.

Yield: 1 smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup spinach leaves, packed
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 banana, best frozen
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (About 1 medium lime, depending on juiciness)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 - 1 cup ice (optional)


Place all ingredients except the ice in a blender and puree until blended. Add ice and puree until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve with a straw.


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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.

32 Responses to “Vanilla Lime Green Smoothie”

  1. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted on May 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I’m pretty much obsessed with green smoothies too and now I’ll have a new one to try–woo hoo!

    • Karen Troughton posted on May 3, 2013 at 6:55 am

      I love the possibilities with green smoothies! Endless combinations, totally delicious, no guilt. For the actual green, I can’t bring myself to venture much beyond spinach, though. :\

      • Tamara posted on February 19, 2014 at 7:32 am

        I mix Kale and Spinach together. I is really good and Kale is packed with nutrients! I have been drinking green smoothies for about three weeks now and have notice such an improvement with my digestive system. I love it! I was taking medicine for my stomach and since I’ve started drinking these I haven’t had to take any!

  2. dishing up the dirt posted on May 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I can’t get enough green smoothies in my belly these days. (especially with the nicer weather!) This version sounds fantastic!

    • Karen Troughton posted on May 6, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Green smoothies are the best invention ever. Well … there’s the iPhone. Okay, the best *food* invention ever.

  3. Alison posted on May 4, 2013 at 11:27 am

    uhh, omg. YES.

  4. Diana @ Brooklyn Atlas posted on May 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I’m pretty obsessed with green smoothies too and make one least twice a day. Sometimes for a dessert shake I’ll just add more fruit. Yours vanilla lime smoothie looks fantastic!

  5. Hazel posted on May 14, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I’ve never had a green smoothie before. Does it taste distinctly savoury? I’m pretty nervous to venture away from my normal fruit ones but love the sound of the lime in this

    • Karen Troughton posted on May 15, 2013 at 5:37 am

      Hazel, you will be blown away by how fruity and, well, normal a smoothie made with spinach tastes! They are so good. Promise. “Savory” and “smoothie” are two words that should never go together. ;)

  6. MAUI posted on May 22, 2013 at 8:57 am

    This smoothie recipe is absolutely DELICIOUS! I was looking for a good way to use up some leftover limes and spinach and this was perfect! I made modifications because I was missing two ingredients, but the taste was still fantastic and proof that the recipe is quite resilient. I only had blueberry yogurt so I used that instead, and my boyfriend finished up the milk this morning so I subbed pineapple juice. I’ll be making this for him tomorrow morning! Thanks!

    • Karen Troughton posted on May 24, 2013 at 6:53 am

      I am so glad you loved it! Both of those modifications sounds fabulous. Thanks so much for commenting to let me know. :)

  7. RJ posted on May 24, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I happen to have all of these ingredients in my fridge right now. I will try it in the morning.

  8. Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen posted on January 10, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Oh this sounds sooo good!!!!!

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  12. Jennifer posted on February 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I just finished this green smoothie, and I have to say I want to make it again this week! The Vanilla Lime Green Smoothie was my very first at-home green drink attempt. The serving fits perfectly in a large glass, and has dominant banana and vanilla flavors. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  13. Alice @ Honestly Fitness posted on February 24, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Yummm, this lookds divine! I am thinking about making it but subbing the vanilla yogurt with my vanilla protein powder

    • Karen Troughton posted on February 26, 2014 at 6:41 am

      Great idea! Let us know how you liked it!

      • Alice @ Honestly Fitness posted on March 8, 2014 at 9:38 am

        Hi there, so I ended up trying the smoothie and I LOVED it! The combination of vanilla and lime was spot on.
        I tweaked mine by adding vanilla protein powder and my homemade ‘toffee’ sauce as well. I tagged you on instagram about it :)

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  17. Judy posted on May 3, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I would be interested in the nutritional values for this smoothie.

  18. Jessie posted on May 5, 2014 at 10:40 am

    This looks great, I’m going to try it with vanilla almond milk and bok choy.  

  19. Anna posted on July 1, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I made a few modifications to make this a substantial pre-swimming fuel (use plain full fat instead of vanilla yogurt to reduce sugar and round it out, added 1/2 scoop protein powder) and I also added about 1/4 cup fresh cucumber from the garden and it was lovely.  The color is much more appeasing than other smoothies I’ve tried, as well.
    Thank you for posting!

  20. Rebecca posted on January 2, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I’ve had this smoothie recipe bookmarked for over a year and happened to have all the ingredients this morning…wow.  This is one tasty smoothie that isn’t grossly thick or tasting predominantly of spinach.  I love it!

  21. Christie - posted on January 6, 2015 at 8:31 am

    I love that you added lime to a smoothie!  I love it in anything but hadn’t thought to add it to a smoothie.  This is brilliant!

  22. Marye posted on January 6, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Great way to get your kids to eat spinach if they won’t! This looks great.

  23. Cate @ Chez CateyLou posted on January 6, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I have no idea why I have never thought to put lime in a smoothie before!! This sounds delicious, and I love the color.  Can’t wait to try it!

  24. Chrissy posted on January 8, 2015 at 8:10 am

    I just feel better all day when I have my smoothie! I like the super greens mixtures.. and really I don’t taste them at all.. if I do I just add a little more fruit. I’ve never put vanilla in my smoothies though so I want to try that! :) Thanks for the recipe.

  25. Tish posted on May 28, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Yummy! I left out the yogurt and used agave nectar instead of honey, but it was still pretty dang good! Definitely adding this one to my smoothie rotation! 

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