15 Paleo Shakes, Frappés & Smoothies

My new Paleo Breakfast Cookbook is out with 85+ nutritious recipes to start the day!

Best_paleo_shakes_frappes_smoothies_pin

Not many people would turn down a pretty looking smoothie, a refreshing frappé or a velvety shake. We shouldn’t rely on these drinks to replace our meals on a regular basis but they are easy and quick to make making them a great on-the-go breaky or a quick lunch.

While vegetable-based juices and green smoothies are high in vitamins and antioxidants, many other fruit smoothies and shakes can be high in sugar, even in its natural form. Go easy on those puppies if you’re cutting down sweet foods. In our household, we often have some protein-based smoothies (we use whey or hemp seed protein powder) with frozen fruit and coconut milk. We down these after some physical training, unless dinner is just around the corner.  If you do plan to have a smoothie as a meal replacement, it’s a good idea to add a side of protein such as a little chicken, cooked prawns, salmon or a hard-boiled egg.

I’ve compiled a list of the best paleo shakes, smoothies and frappes I’ve tried or would like to try in my kitchen. These are grain and gluten-free, dairy-free, with no refined sugar.

Before we start, here is a little guide to different types of blended drinks:

Shakes, also known as milkshakes and thick shakes, are cold, usually sweet drinks made with milk, ice-cream, ice and flavourings or sweeteners like chocolate sauce or fruit syrups.  Protein shakes are well known in the fitness community.

Smoothie is a blended drink made with fruits or berries and various additions of crushed ice, yoghurt, frozen fruit, ice-cream, milk, juices, honey and sometimes nut butter.

Frappé is a dessert, often a drink, made with shaved ice and fruit juices and purees.  Coffee Frappé is a popular summer drink.

1. Simple Coffee Frappé -serves 1-2

paleo_smoothies_shakes_coffee

60 ml of strong brewed coffee (2 shots Espresso), chilled
1 tsp vanilla essence/extract
1 cup coconut cream
1 tsp coconut syrup or maple syrup
1 cup ice cubes or crushed ice
Coconut & dark chocolate shavings to garnish

Method: Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Process all ingredients until smooth and well incorporated. Add a little extra water if too thick.

2. Emerald Kale & Mango Smoothie – serves 1-2

paleo_shakes_recipes

1 mango, peeled, diced, stone removed (keep refrigerated prior to using)
2 cups fresh kale –  2 large leaves, stem removed, leaves torn and washed
1/2 lime, juice only
1 kiwifruit, peeled and diced
1 cup cold coconut milk

Method: Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Process all ingredients until smooth and well incorporated. Add a little extra water if too thick.

3. Salted Caramel Thickshake – serves 1

salted_caramel_paleo_shake

1/2 cup cold almond or coconut milk
1 1/2 tsp cashew butter/spread or 1/4 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked
1/2 banana
2 dried pitted Medjool dates
1 tsp pure maple syrup (leave this out if you don’t like it too sweet)
A pinch of sea salt
A couple of ice cubes

Method: Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Process all ingredients until smooth and well incorporated.

4. Strawberry Coconut Almond Smoothie
strawberry_coconut_paleo_smoothie
Recipe can be found here.

 5. Almost Pina Colada – serves 2

1 cup pineapple juice, fresh or with no added sugar
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 lime, juice only
1 banana
A few cubes of ice

Method: Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Process all ingredients until smooth and well incorporated.

6. Mixed Berry & Chocolate Paleo Smoothie

mixed_berry_chocolate_smoothie
Recipe can be found here.

7. Raspberry Mojito Frappé

1 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
6-7 mint leaves
1 tsp coconut or maple syrup
1/2 cup orange juice
*if using fresh raspberries (although why not just eat them whole?), add some crushed ice

Method: Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Process all ingredients until smooth and well incorporated.

8. Blueberry Acai Smoothie -serves 2
paleo_shakes_recipes_3
This recipe is by Kathy from Healthy Happy Life but I’ve amended the ingredients list slightly as it had soy milk.

1 cup coconut milk
1 1/2 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup acai juice
3/4 cup ice

9. Black Forrest Shake – serves 2

1 cup pitted, canned or fresh cherries
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup coconut or almond milk
1/2 banana
Sprinkle with grated dark chocolate and coconut shavings

Method: Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Process all ingredients until smooth and well incorporated.

10. Watermelon & lime frappé – serves 2

watermelon lime frappe smoothie paleo

3 cups chopped watermelon
1 lime, juice only
1 tsp honey or maple syrup
1 cup crushed ice or ice cubes

Method: Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Process all ingredients until smooth and well incorporated.

11. Hangover Smoothie
hangover_smoothie
Who wouldn’t want to try this one? You can replace hemp milk with almond or coconut milk. Recipe is from Vegan Yack Attack.

12. Apple Banana Cinnamon Smoothie  serves 2

paleo_smothies_shakes_apple_banana

1 cup chopped, peeled apples (Granny Smith is best)
1 banana
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp vanilla essence/extract
1/4 cup unsalted almonds (or cashew nuts)
1 cup coconut or almond milk
1/2 cup water

Method: Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth and well incorporated, serve sprinkled with extra cinnamon.

13. Key Lime Pie Green Smoothie
paleo_shakes_recipes_4
This looks and sounds divine so I’m definitely going to try it! See reipce at Healthful Pursuit.

14. Toblerone Thickshake – serves 2

4 dried dates
1/2 banana
1/3 cup hazelnuts
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup strong coffee
1 cup coconut or almond milk
A few ice cubes

Method: Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Process all ingredients until smooth and well incorporated.

15. Blueberry Beetroot Smoothie – serves 2

paleo_blueberry_smoothie

1 cup coconut milk
2/3 cup frozen blueberries
1 medium beetroot, peeled and grated (including the juice)
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 cup ice cubes or crushed ice

Method: Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Process all ingredients until smooth and well incorporated.


Do you have a favourite shake, smoothie or frappé recipe? Tell us in the comments below.

BY IRENA MACRI

About me: I share nutritious recipes focusing on vegetables, paleo and gluten-free diets. I create cookbooks and meal plans to help you get healthier and lose weight. I’m currently finishing an advanced diploma in Nutrition & Weight Management. More about me here.

PS. Some posts contain affiliate links. I may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you!) for purchases made through these links. This income helps to cover the operational costs of the blog. Thank you xo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comments

20 Comments
    1. These all look delicious especially the piña colada one!
      One of my favorites is my fruit blend smoothie that I make for school! It’s pretty big, I just put it in a bottle and sip until lunch time!
      Ingredients (I never measure lol):
      One mango
      Some coconut milk (probably about a 1/4 of a cup)
      Frozen mango and pineapple chunks (dole)
      Frozen mixed berries
      Honey
      2 medium chunks of watermelon
      A splash of v8 blueberry pomegranate (I know it’s cheating but it’s barely anything lol)

  1. Oh wow these look great! Will have to try some of them out.

    My favourite these days is a carrot cake smoothie:

    1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk.
    1 medium carrot, peeled and diced.
    1/2 frozen banana.
    1 tbsp almond butter.
    1 tsp cinnamon.
    Pinch of nutmeg.
    1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract.
    1/4 tsp coconut butter or you could use coconut oil.
    Toasted coconut flakes (for garnish).

    Blend everything in a blender and top with the coconut flakes.

  2. Imcari thanks! I forgot to add you can also add some raw honey or stevia for extra sweetness… but I find the carrot and banana help with that. 🙂

    1. Hilary, I mean canned coconut milk or cream. I try not to buy coconut milk beverages as they often add other things to that, including sugar, but I guess it depends on the brand. If you can find a very natural coconut milk beverage with little additives, you should be able to use that. I hope that helps.

  3. I’ve been making smoothies often for the last few months. My staples are coconut water; homemade yogurt, mixes of fresh and frozen fruit; kale, chard or spinach, and honey. Yum!!!

    Think I’ll try the almond milk instead of coconut water next…

    1. I drink a lot of coconut water and not once have I thought of putting it in a smoothie. Brilliant! I’ve just been adding water to thin them out. Thanks for the tip, Donna.

  4. I didn’t make this up myself but its great…
    The water and flesh of a young coconut, teaspoon or more of cinnamon or cocao powder, teaspoon of chia seeds and a raw egg. Blend until smooth And thick. I find no sweetener is required if it’s a good coconut, but u could easily add to it, banana would work well ( if a little indulgent!) . I had my reservations about the raw egg but you wouldn’t even know its there! Truly good

  5. Hi do you have a recipe for a chocolate hazelnut smoothie? If so, could you please do one? With bananas in it as well? That’d be great 🙂

      1. Imacri is this your website! It is wonderful!! Thank you for the Apple Cinnamon ‘Pie’ Smoothie recipe, I will try that soon!!
        Do you know a recipe for chocolate hazelnut shake? (to create a nutella flavour since I miss it 🙁

  6. Love the emerald kale and mango smoothie. Juice sour punch to it. Yum!!

    The salted caramel thickshake was not sweet much at all and didn’t have much flavor. Added some egg white protein powder, a tiny bit of extra maple, and more banana.

    The simple coffee frappe was good but again had to add some extra maple to give it some flavor.

  7. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up and
    let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly.

    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show
    the same outcome.

See all comments »

You Might Also Like

Copy link
Powered by Social Snap