This Blueberry Kiwi Smoothie is an awesome breakfast or post-workout smoothie. It's full of flavor, packed with protein and made without banana, too.
Oh how I adore kiwis, and lately I've been loving this in this kiwi smoothie recipe. They pair well with blueberries, and add a tropical twist to my typical smoothie routine. Honestly, this smoothie is basically summer in a glass.
I don't know about you, but I tend to enjoy a smoothie most days for a midday snack. My strawberry blueberry smoothie and my cherry smoothie tend to be my go-to's. So, it's nice to switch it up from time to time, and this vegan smoothie recipe is just the way to use up kiwis!
- It's fruity, but not too sweet, and made with easy-to-find ingredients
- Kiwis are full of vitamin C, and have a fair amount of fiber and and potassium too.
- It has protein without using protein powder! Hemp seeds have a ton of protein, and they taste better than protein powder (in my opinion).
Kiwi - I know many people don't eat the skin, but since we're just throwing the kiwi into the blender, I opted to leave it on and you couldn't taste it (or feel it) at all. Totally up to you if you prefer to peel the kiwi first or not.
Blueberries - You can use fresh or frozen blueberries -- fresh will produce a thinner smoothie, and frozen will make your smoothie thicker. Not a blueberry fan? Try pineapple, mango or even strawberries instead.
Hemp seeds - Hemp seeds are a great way to add protein to a smoothie without using protein powder. But, if you don't like hemp seeds, a scoop of regular or vanilla-flavored protein powder will work.
Mint - This may seem random, but trust me on this one! The mint pairs so well with the kiwi and makes the smoothie taste extra refreshing.
Milk - I used almond milk, but water, orange juice or any dairy-free milk will work.
Like most smoothie recipes, this one is very easy to make. Simply add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend them up until the mixture is smooth, approximately 30-60 seconds.
Tips and tricks
- Want to bulk up this smoothie? Add more STUFF, like yogurt, spinach, chia seeds, half of an avocado, frozen cauliflower (like in this cauliflower smoothie), and/or a drizzle of honey.
- This recipe is made without banana, but feel free to add one is if you enjoy using banana as the base of your smoothies.
- Want this smoothie to be even more tropical? Add frozen tropical fruit mix, and use coconut milk as the liquid.
Are hemp seeds really full of protein?
There's 10 grams of protein in 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds. Not bad if you ask me!
Do you peel the kiwi first?
You don't have to! Since it's going into a smoothie and getting blended up into a creamy texture, you won't be able to taste the skin (or feel it!). But, if it makes you feel better, you can peel the kiwi before adding it to the blender.
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- ½ cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 2 kiwis
- 2 mint leaves
- 3 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 4 ice cubes
- ½ cup almond milk or milk of choice; more as needed
- Cut kiwis in half and then add them, along with the remaining ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth, 30-60 seconds. Enjoy!
UPDATE NOTE: This post was originally published in January 2019. It was updated with new text and photos in July 2022.