Layered smoothies are the way go when you want something healthy but crave more than slurping down a smoothie in a hurry. Part parfait, part smoothie, these pretty little things are sweet treats for your eyes as well as your body. Kind of like dessert to start the day. So if you’re feeling ambitious, create a parfait smoothie like one of these beauties… you’ll find a few recipes to try out by our favorite Instagram bloggers. We hope this inspires you to join the layered smoothie squad and show a few of your creations off via Instagram! If you use any of the recipes given in this post and do share on the Insta, please follow the original recipe creator and tag them in your photo. Have fun and whip up something pretty!
Alison Wu of Wu Haus @alison_wu gives us all the green feels with these Matcha-Avocado-Tahini Smoothies made with Greek yogurt.
[Makes 2 smoothies]
1 1/4 cup nut mylk
2 Tablespoons hemp seeds
2 teaspoons matcha
1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
2 Tablespoons tahini
2 Tablespoons MCT oil
3 ice cubes
Greek yogurt for layering
To garnish: Crumbled coconut matcha macaroons (recipe on blog), shredded coconut
1.) Blend all ingredients (except yogurt) in high speed blender until very smoothie.
2.) Using a spoon, alternate layering Greek yogurt and smoothie. To create tie-dye effect, use a chopstick to draw lines up and down the side of each glass. Top with garnishes and enjoy!
Maybe not quite a smoothie, but these matcha overnight oats look delicious. Made with matcha overnight oats, cinnamon chia pudding, passion fruit, kiwi and peanut butter all muddled together in a glass! Such a fruity combo full of texture and creaminess.
To make chia pudding, just mix 3 tbsp of chia seeds with 1 cup of plant based milk, and add 1 tsp cinnamon. Mix well and leave for at least 15 minutes to thicken. For the oats, mix half a cup of oats with 1 cup almond mylk and 1 tsp of organic matcha powder.
This layered smoothie combination is just so magical… golden currants floating on top of cashew-banana-cauli based smoothies with blue majik, goji and pitaya layers.
A berry rich layered breakfast smoothie by Marie of @8thandlake uses blackberry and blueberry smoothie blend (bottom layer), then vanilla raspberry (middle), topped with a creamy layer of yogurt. Each layer was blended with coconut milk, then finished off with toasted coconut flakes and nuts.
This blueberry and golden kiwi smoothie is hiding something. Mitra of @nutriholist uses frozen cauliflower as her “secret ingredient” to make this vibrant smoothie both creamy and healthy. Cauliflower gives a smooth creamy texture to smoothies and a ton of nutrients–such as vitamins C, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, fiber, and protein.
Blueberry & Golden Kiwi Smoothie
🔹1 1/2 cups frozen cauliflower (raw or steamed)
🔹1 cup blueberries
🔹1/4 cup hemp hearts
🔹1 tbsp ground flax seeds
🔹1/2 tsp ground cardamom
🔹1 cup water
Blend until smooth, garnish with kiwi slices and enjoy.
It doesn’t have to actually be your birthday to make this color combination for your layered smoothie. Chia seeds and smoothie layers make this look so pretty and festive. Layer chia smoothie blend with pink and green smoothie blends, top with granola and dried rose petals.
Try this recipe by Alison Wu from Wu Haus (aka Smoothie Queen because she’s such an expert):
[Makes 2 large smoothies or 4 smaller smoothies]
2 medium-sized zucchini, peeled and chopped into 1″ rounds
2 Tablespoons coconut butter
2 scoops collagen powder or vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup coconut yogurt + more for layering
3/4 cup almond mylk
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon of any of your favorite adaptogens – I added ashwagandha, maca and astragalus
For the greyish layer: 1/2 teaspoon blue algae powder + 2 frozen blackberries
For the yellow layer: 2 Tablespoons freeze dried mango + a sprinkle of turmeric
For the pink layer: 1/2 teaspoon pitaya powder OR 1 teaspoon grated beet
To garnish: raw matcha macaroons (I used this brand), frozen berries and/or dried cornflowers
1.) In a high-speed blender, blend bananas, zucchini, coconut butter, collagen/protein powder, coconut yogurt, almond mylk and adaptogens (if using) until smooth. Divide between 3 bowls.
2.) To make the greyish layer, blend contents of 1 bowl, blue algae powder and blackberries until well combined. Pour into bowl and set aside.
3.) To make yellow layer, blend contents of 1 bowl, freeze dried mango and turmeric until well combined. Pour into bowl and set aside.
4.) To make pink layer, blend contents of 1 bowl and pitaya powder or beet until well combined. Pour into bowl and set aside.
5.) Using a spoon layer some coconut yogurt on the bottom of your glasses then do the same with the yellow, pink and greyish layers. If you want a tie dye affect, use a chopstick to swirl the smoothie against the glass. Top with garnishes and enjoy!