The Best Paleo Smoothies


When I changed my diet a few years back and started to follow a paleo lifestyle, one of the things I really missed were smoothies. I loved banana smoothies, berry smoothies, and even the occasional vanilla or chocolate milkshake!

So I started to experiment with dairy-free, paleo-friendly smoothies and I think my creations are better than any non-paleo smoothie I’ve ever had. I put all kinds of things in my smoothies so they really are like meals. They taste delicious and I feel amazing! I love to start the day with a good smoothie – here’s some of my favourite recipes.

For all of the below recipes, just add the ingredients listed (or a variation) and blend. Simple!

Red Velvet Smoothie with Beetroot

I recently discovered how well grated raw beetroot goes in smoothies. Add a bit of avo and raw cacao powder and it’s a match made in heaven! I often experiment with different ingredients. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it’s not quite what I had hoped for. But this one paid off. It was delicious, and just to be sure, I sent the recipe to a friend who tried it out herself and confirmed it’s amazing-ness. So here’s the recipe. I make it nice and thick and eat with a spoon. If you want it more as a drink, just add a bit more coconut water.


  • 1/2 large raw beetroot, grated
  • 1/3 avocado
  • 2 large or three small strawberries
  • handful of blueberries
  • tbsp goji berries
  • tbsp organic raw cacao powder
  • tbsp linseed meal
  • tsp white chia seeds
  • tsp organic coconut oil (room temperature is best)
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder (not essential)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • coconut water to top

Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Thickshake

This is a special treat (image at the top of this post). It has the works! It’s really good after a workout and when you’ve got a chocolate craving. I like to serve it with coconut flakes, crushed hazelnuts and raw cacao nibs on top to make it even more fancy! I don’t add any coconut milk or almond milk as it’s creamy enough already, but for a milkshake version you could add half a cup of either. This will make your taste buds dance!

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp organic raw cacao powder
  • handful of hazelnuts
  • 1 tbsp brazil, almond and cashew butter
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon linseed meal (flaxseed)
  • 1 tsp white chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder

Green and Clean Smoothie

This is green and clean goodness.

  • 1 banana
  • handful of spinach leaves
  • handful of kale leaves (I like to cut out the stalk and just use the leafy parts)
  • coconut water
  • tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder

Super Smiley Smoothie

This is so super creamy and needs a bit of extra coconut water. It’s so good that I always feel like I’m smiling on the inside when I have it! So I call it “Super Smiley Smoothie”.

To my usual green smoothie base of kale (or spinach), banana, coconut water and chia seeds I add:

  • tsp of tahini
  • 1/2 tsp baobab fruit powder
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder
  • 1 kiwi (skin removed and cut into small pieces)
  • 1/3 avocado

Green Passion Smoothie

This one I made for my best friend who just loves passion fruit! The ingredients are very simple so you don’t need to have any fancy paleo pantry staples like maca powder or linseed.

  • 1 small or 1/2 large green apple, grated
  • 1 kiwi fruit, skin removed and quartered
  • pulp from one passion fruit
  • 1/3 avocado
  • handful chopped kale (or spinach)
  • Tsp chia seeds (only if you have them)
  • Coconut water to top

Choc Coconut Breakfast Mousse

It may look decadent, but it’s actually low in carbs, sugar-free, dairy-free and full of antioxidants and nutrients. Better than coco pops any day!

This one has:

  • Half a banana
  • 1/3 avocado
  • Tbsp linseed meal
  • Tbsp Brazil nut butter
  • Tbsp coconut flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon raw organic cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder
  • Pinch 100% pure vanilla powder
  • 1/3-1/2 cup coconut water

Smoothies To Go

If you are on the run or would prefer someone to make it for you, here’s a few places that make great paleo-friendly smoothies!

  • Chocolate Black Forest smoothie (coconut milk, cacao, berries) from Whole Meal Cafe, Flinders St Darlinghurst.
  • ‘Give Me Love’ raw chocolate superfood smoothie from Earth to Table, Bondi Junction.
  • Super Rainbow Smoothie from About Life Natural Marketplace Bondi, Rozelle and Cammeray. If you haven’t tried one you haven’t lived!!! Packed with goodness including cacao, coconut oil, chia seeds, aloe vera, maqui, acai wild gubinge, raw camu camu and more. Perfect Paleo pick-me-up.
  • Banana Walnut Smoothie from THR1VE, Sydney CBD and Canberra CBD. Most of the smoothies from THR1VE are paleo-friendly, and you can make your own variation too. Definitely worth checking out!
Alison Sims

Passionate about real food and healthy living, Alison Sims is the founder and author of Paleo Foodies. She is on a mission to discover the best paleo dining in Australia and all around the world. What started as a part time blog in 2013 has lead to a full time career for Alison, who previously spent a decade in Advertising and Marketing. She is now a regular contributor to health and lifestyle publications, a public speaker in food and health, and co-publisher of Paleo Foodies Magazine.

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  • Reply October 10, 2013


    I’m not a smoothie-as-breakfast kind of girl but do love a good thick smoothie sometimes after working out. Thanks for those recipes!

  • Reply October 10, 2013


    How many tsp of tahini in the green and clean?

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