Grape smoothie is a delightful way to kickstart your morning or revitalize your energy during a busy day. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and a burst of natural sweetness, grape smoothies not only taste amazing but also offer numerous health benefits.
Whether you’re sipping this smoothie for breakfast, a snack, or post-workout fuel, it’s sure to leave you feeling refreshed and energized.
Why do we love this Grape Smoothie?
- packed with antioxidants
- energy boost
- great pick-me-up snack
- quick to whip up with almost no prepping
- immunity boost
- use fresh or frozen ingredients
- nut-free, dairy-free
Energize Your Day With This Easy Refreshing Grape Smoothie
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Seedless purple or red grapes would be your first choice. Make sure you buy them nice and ripe, so they will have enough sweetness.
Grapes are antioxidant powerhouse, they can support your heart health and boost your immunity. The high fiber content in grapes can aid in digestion and promote a healthy gut. You can read more about benefits of eating grapes here.
In this recipe I am using very sweet purple grapes, but if you don’t have them on hand, you can use green grapes. Depending how sweet they are you may need to add some sweetener, for example agave syrup.
PLANT BASED MILK
I like to use almond milk, but you can go for any plant based milk you like in this smoothie. Soy milk is good choice as well.
If you would like a little acidic flavor to balance sweetness of grapes, use this delicious Vegan Buttermilk as a base of your smoothie. It will also make it thicker.
What is a smoothie without banana? Bananas provide nice thick base, adding natural sweetness and creaminess.
If you don’t have or don’t want to use bananas in grape smoothie, you can go for mango, strawberries, or substitute it with 1 cup dairy free Greek yoghurt.
I choose few mint leaves, as a refreshing addition that boosts the flavor and make it more interesting.
Other flavor additions to choose from:
- 1 table spoon of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or coconut extract
- 1 tablespoon rolled or quick oats for additional thickness
I didn’t use any sweetener as my grapes were sweet enough, and I also added overripe banana (that is more sweet). If your banana is not very ripe, or you want your smoothie to be more of a dessert than a breakfast, add 1 tablespoon of maple or agave syrup, or few pre-soaked medjool dates.
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How to make Grape Smoothie
PREPARE THE INGREDIENTS
If you plan to make this smoothie in the morning, place washed grapes in the freezer overnight.
Although you can use fresh grapes in this recipe, with frozen ones it’s so much better.
Leave few frozen grapes as a garnish. They serve perfectly as the ‘ice cubes‘.
Measure milk, peel and cut the banana into smaller pieces. Add everything to the blender container or food processor.
Blend everything until you get smooth texture. You will see small bits of grape peel in your smoothie. That’s ok as long as they are not too big, so they would spoil the texture.
SERVE & ENJOY
Serve the Grapes Smoothie immediately after blending in a mason jar or a nice glass. Garnish with few mint leaves and couple of frozen grapes.
Questions and Answers
Can I store Grape Smoothie?
Grape Smoothie is no different from other fruit smoothies, and it’s best when drank immediately after blending.
If you cannot drink it right away, store it in covered container in the fridge. Mix well or blend again before drinking.
You can also freeze the leftovers in the ice cubes tray and use them next time you make a smoothie.
What else can I add to grape smoothie?
Here’s the list of great additions:
- teaspoon of chia seeds to make it more nutritious
- table spoon of lemon juice to balance the sweet taste
- strawberries and other berries
- few soaked dates to make it even sweeter
- 2-4 table spoons of dairy free Greek yoghurt to make it thicker
Can I use grapes with seeds?
Seedless grapes are easily available in most supermarkets, but what if you have amazing sweet grapes from the farmers market, but they have some seeds?
Go ahead and use them!
That’s actually what I did the first time I prepared this smoothie. You may need to blend a little longer than normally.
In order to reduce bitter taste from seeds in this smoothie you can add some sweetener (agave, maple syrup).
If the seeds are very big or taste really bitter cut the grapes in half and remove them before freezing. Come on, it’s only 1 cup of grapes 🙂
Can I make a smoothie bowl?
Great idea! Substitute half of the milk with plant based Greek yoghurt and add a tablespoon or two of rolled oats before blending. You will get nice and thick grape smoothie bowl base you can decorate with shredded coconut, berries and other tropical additions.
Grape SmoothieCourse: Breakfast, SnacksCuisine: VeganDifficulty: Easy
Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and a burst of natural sweetness, grape smoothie not only tastes amazing but also offer numerous health benefits.
1 cup frozen (or fresh) red or purple grapes (seedless)
1 cup plant milk (soy, almond, oat)
1 large banana (or 2 very small)
5-8 fresh mint leaves
1 tsp sweetener (maple syrup) – optional
- Start by washing the grapes thoroughly and removing the stems. Freeze them overnight.
- Add the grapes, peeled banana, milk and mint leaves to a blender.
- Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy, and you don’t see the big chunks of grape peel.
- Check the taste and thickness and if you’re happy pour the smoothie into glasses and garnish with mint and frozen grapes.
- Serve immediately!
If you serve it later you may need to stir or mix the ingredients shortly again.
- PRO TIP – freeze the grapes overnight, or at least 2 hours before making the smoothie. It will improve the texture considerably.
- For thicker (more like ice cream) texture use frozen banana instead of fresh one.