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.

Vanilla Lime Green Smoothie

Yield: 1 smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

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.


  • 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.

34 Responses to “Vanilla Lime Green Smoothie”

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

    • 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. :\

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

  3. uhh, omg. YES.

  4. 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. 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

    • 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. 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!

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

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  11. 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.

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

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

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

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

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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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