This Panera Green Smoothie will help you get your veggies in every morning! It’s a quick and easy on-the-go breakfast that doesn’t sacrifice healthiness or flavor!
This vibrant green smoothie was developed by Panera Bread, a bakery that also specializes in snacks and lunches. Panera is probably best known for its sourdough, which still uses the same starter dough from 1987!
Their smoothie line includes a strawberry smoothie, strawberry banana smoothie, peach and blueberry smoothie, and their Green Passion Power smoothie.
Panera’s Green Passion Power Smoothie is a mix of spinach, kale, mango, and peach. The fresh mango and peach help mask the flavor of the spinach and kale.
This is a great breakfast to take to the office in the morning or pack for kids’ lunches. It’s hydrating, healthy, and super simple to make!
All About The Panera Green Smoothie Ingredients
Although Panera only uses spinach in their smoothie, I’ve included kale for some added flavor and nutrients.
Spinach is a popular addition to fruit smoothies because it blends seamlessly with other ingredients. It also has a light, delicate flavor that isn’t overpowering.
Kale is a member of the cabbage family and is a darker leafy green than spinach. Kale is chock full of nutrients like vitamins A and K.
When you pair kale with sweet fruits, they help cover up its bitterness. So you can get all the vitamins, without the “healthy” taste!
Mango is a sweet fruit that comes from the Mangifera indica tree. Varieties like the Alphonso mango from India are known for their smooth buttery texture.
Mangoes have a potent orange flesh which becomes extra creamy when blended, making them perfect for smoothies. Mangoes are often used in curries and other spicy foods to counteract the heat from chilis.
Their texture and sweetness make mangoes the perfect consistency for a wide array of desserts. You can enjoy mango in milkshakes, ice cream, sorbet, and of course mango smoothie!
Peaches originated in the Zhejiang province of China, but have become a staple of Southern US cuisine. This fruit is characterized by its fuzzy skin and sweet juicy flesh.
The best way to enjoy peaches is right from your hand, but they also are delicious in baked goods. Their sweetness makes them excellent for cobblers, pies, and even sweet relishes.
Peaches don’t have as strong of a flavor as mango, so they’re not typically used in smoothies. But they add a summery taste that compliments the other ingredients perfectly!
Fruit juice helps this Green Passion Panera smoothie blend easier, and adds even more flavor!
Passion fruit juice is used to add a tropical taste. White grape juice concentrate adds sweetness without imposing too much on the overall flavor of the smoothie.
If you want to control the sugar content, you can prepare your own fruit juice concentrate. Many store-bought juices have added sugar, while homemade juice will only contain natural fruit sugars.
Some alternatives to grape and passionfruit juice are orange juice, apple juice, or pineapple juice.
The Panera Green Smoothie Recipe
- Prep Time5 min
- Cook Time0 min
- Total Time5 min
- Add Liquid Ingredients to Blender
Pour the passionfruit and white grape juice into the blender. This will protect the blades from the frozen ingredients.
- Add the Rest of the Ingredients
Add the kale, spinach, peach, mango, and ice.
Place a lid on the blender and blend until the ingredients are smooth.
Pour into a tall glass and serve.
Swaps and Substitutions
Although this Green Passion smoothie includes both spinach and kale, you can opt for one or the other. Spinach is easier to disguise with other fruit flavors, whereas kale tends to be more noticeable.
If you can’t find passion fruit juice at your local grocery store, you can swap it out for pineapple juice. They both have a sweet tropical flavor that pairs nicely with the chopped mangoes.
If you want the smoothie to blend quicker, you can prepare a peach and mango puree in advance. Then on a busy morning, all you have to do is add a spoonful and blend.
Make It Ahead, But Store Separately
If you know you have a busy morning, you can make your smoothie in advance and freeze it. It’s best to freeze this smoothie in individual portions, then let it thaw on your drive or commute.
Frozen smoothies should be consumed within 3 months. Keep in mind that a frozen smoothie may be less creamy in consistency than a freshly blended smoothie.
If you want to make sure your smoothie is ice cold, try freezing your spinach and kale. Using all frozen ingredients will ensure your smoothie is extra creamy and has an even consistency.
I prefer to use frozen fruit in this smoothie because it makes it thicker. If you can’t find frozen peaches and mangoes, just slice up your own and freeze them in a freezer bag.
Some fruits like peaches turn brown over time, so don’t be alarmed if your frozen smoothie looks different!
It’s best to cut up your fruit in small pieces so they blend more easily. Bigger pieces of frozen mango can be impossible to blend and may even damage your blender’s motor.
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- 0.8g Fat
- 50.2g Carbs