Delicious and refreshing Sweet Bell Pepper Smoothie is made with strawberry, banana, red bell pepper (unexpected but delicious) and is the perfect start to your day. Naturally vegan, dairy-free and kid-approved!

Pink smoothie served in two tall milk jars with white straws inside and strawberries blurred in the background.

Easy fruit and veggie smoothies are my favorite way to start the day out with a day full of the good stuff!

I am lucky enough to call sunny Southern California home. And while it is known for its truly beautiful beaches, sunsets and near constantly perfect weather, it is also full of creative edible creations that speak to the healthy foodie in me.

For example, there is a little hole-in-the-wall smoothie joint down the street from the school I taught at for the better part of a decade. I liked to pop in on my lunch breaks to get a chilled veggie-loaded vitamin c smoothie to fuel my afternoon. I was never disappointed by what awesome fruit + vegetable smoothie they thought up and then often recreated at home.

One of my all time favorite smoothies of theirs had an ingredient I had never thought to add to a smoothie before: bell peppers!

This Sweet Bell Pepper Smoothie is bright in flavor and just a morning wake up call for your whole body! The perfectly sweet from bananas and strawberries, but has the surprise ingredients of bell pepper (that is truly magical in a smoothie!). It is made with just 5 simple, feel-good ingredients and comes together in just 5 minutes! It makes 4 servings, so it is the perfect morning smoothie to make to share. Naturally vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free, it is easy to make nut-free by skipping the peanut butter.

Ingredients for Pink Smoothie on a cutting board

Adding bell pepper to your smoothie

Now, I don’t know why I never thought to add naturally sweet, vitamin C packed bell peppers to a smoothie before. Because, guys, it is pure magic! Especially if you are new to this whole veggie-loading thing.

Bell peppers (especially the sweet red ones) have such a mild flavor and beautiful color they totally enhance a smoothie situation. I’ve combined them with naturally sweet strawberries and banana in this Vitamin C Immune Boosting Smoothie for a totally heavenly morning blend. I personally like to add a glob of natural peanut butter into the mix and find that this smoothie basically tastes like a PB&J!

So guys, I’m just saying that you haven’t really lived until you’ve added a bell pepper to a smoothie.

Want to find out the BEST way to cut bell peppers? Head over to my How To Cut a Bell Pepper…to minimize waste! post!

Did you know that bell peppers have more vitamin C than an orange?!

True story. A small orange has 51.1 mg of vitamin C while a large sweet red bell pepper has 209.4 mg (source USDA). Talk about a powerhouse! And to think we have been nomming on oranges all these years to help our immune systems.

Pink smoothie in a blender after blending.

Suggested adaptations

  • Switch out the banana for mango! Can’t eat bananas or they are simply just not your thing? Mangoes are a great alternative that help give the smoothie a creamy texture and a swap that I often use. AND, they are high in vitamin C!
  • Up the protein. I like to add collagen powder to my pink smoothie recipe to enhance the protein and make it stick to my bones a bit longer. An excellent plant-based, smoothie-friendly alternative would be hemp hearts!
  • Use whatever milk you like. We primarily eat dairy-free, so I use plant-based milks or water in this smoothie. But whatever milk your family enjoys (or you have on hand) will work just fine.
  • Adjust the amount of liquid used to your personal preference. I like my smoothies thick, but still pourable. If you prefer them a bit closer to an ice cream consistency, use less liquid. If you like them thinner, add more!

Tips

  • If you are using all frozen fruit, your blender is in for a workout. This might not be an issue if you are using a high-speed blender like a Vitamix. Otherwise, try blending this smoothie in stages. First blend the liquid + bell pepper + 1 type of frozen fruit. Then add the other frozen fruit. This will help make for a creamier smoothie without a bunch of chunks….or a stalled blender that can’t move its blades.

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Vegan and dairy-free Vitamin C Immune Boosting Smoothie made from strawberries, red bell peppers and banana and served in tall jars with straws inside them.
Delicious Vitamin C Immune Boosting Smoothie made with strawberry, banana, red bell pepper and served in two tall jars with white straws inside and starwberries blurred in the background
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Sweet Bell Pepper Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Cuisine: American
Course: Breakfast
Delicious and refreshing Sweet Bell Pepper Smoothie is made with strawberry, banana, red bell pepper (unexpected but delicious) and is the perfect start to your day. Naturally vegan, dairy-free and kid-approved!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 ½ cups strawberries, fresh or frozen, or raspberries. Or a mix of the two.
  • 1 sweet red bell pepper, washed and deseeded
  • 1 very ripe banana, can sub with one heaping cup cut mango
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter, optional.
  • 1 cup plain almond milk
  • ice

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • If not using a high-speed blender, like a Vitamix, consider blending ingredients in stages to ensure an even blend.
  • Add ice or more milk and reblend to reach desired consistency.

Notes

  • Switch out the banana for mango! Can’t eat bananas or they are simply just not your thing? Mangoes are a great alternative that help give the smoothie a creamy texture and a swap that I often use. AND, they are high in vitamin C!
  • Up the protein. I like to add collagen powder to my vitamin c immune boosting smoothie to enhance the protein and make it stick to my bones a bit longer. An excellent plant-based, smoothie-friendly alternative would be hemp hearts!
  • Use whatever milk you like. We primarily eat dairy-free, so I use plant-based milks or water in this smoothie. But whatever milk your family enjoys (or you have on hand) will work just fine.
  • Adjust the amount of liquid use to your personal preference. I like my smoothies thick, but still pourable. If you prefer them a bit closer to an ice cream consistency, use less liquid. If you like them thinner, add more!
  • If you are using all frozen fruit, your blender is in for a workout. This might not be an issue if you are using a high-speed blender like a Vitamix. Otherwise, try blending this smoothie in stages. First blend the liquid + bell pepper + 1 type of frozen fruit. Then add the other frozen fruit. This will help make for a creamier smoothie without a bunch of chunks….or a stalled blender that can’t move its blades.
Serving: 0.5of the recipe, Calories: 218kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Sodium: 168mg, Potassium: 622mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 1914IU, Vitamin C: 145mg, Calcium: 230mg, Iron: 1mg