If you love lemon meringue pie, you’ll be in 7th Heaven after tasting this sweet and tart lemon smoothie. It’s worth every second of lemon zesting. Luscious, creamy, and just the right amount of citrus tang. Delish!
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It’s time to squeeze the day with a liter of this luscious lemon smoothie! It’s a beautiful blend of sweet, ripe bananas and sharp, citrus notes that will remind you of hot, summer days and sunshine. Simply zest, juice your lemons, and blend for the best tasting smoothie you’ve had in ages.
You can easily change gears and transform it into a green smoothie by adding a handful or two of baby spinach or kale leaves (don’t worry—you won’t even taste them). Or, if you’re a citrus rebel, substitute the lemon for lime (yum!). Take our word for it, this lemon smoothie is the zest!
There are so many reasons to love this lemon smoothie! As creatures of habit, we tend to make the same recipes over and over again. If you’re in a smoothie-making-rut, this recipe is really worth a try.
Light, lemon-y, and refreshing. If you love sweet and sour lemonade, but hate drinking empty calories, this smoothie is for you!
Unique and fiber-filled. All of the fabulous flavor of tart lemonade with the added bonus of soluble fiber.
The only essential element for this recipe is a high-speed blender. A super smooth consistency is key and will result in the most luxurious texture once whipped up. Fill the blender with liquids first, then fresh (or softer) fruit and, lastly, the frozen fruit. Finally, blend, blend, blend!
The summer season is an even better time to savor this smoothie. If you’re lucky enough to have a lemon tree in your garden, make sure to take advantage of using freshly-picked fruit. Otherwise, visit your favorite local farmer’s markets for the next best option.
Lemonade Smoothie Variations
Variety is the spice of life, don’t you think? The best thing about smoothies is that you can so easily create a brand new flavor from just one or two tiny tweaks. Here are a few fun ways to swap out ingredients or change things up a bit:
Lemon Meringue Smoothie Bowl – Reduce the plant milk by ½ cup to create a thicker consistency. Pour the blended smoothie into a bowl and top with a large scoop of lemon dairy-free yogurt, white chia seeds or hemp seeds, coconut whipped cream, crushed graham cracker cookies, and a drizzle of lemon sugar icing (Mix together ½ cup of powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon vanilla, 1 tablespoon of dairy-free milk, and ¼ teaspoon lemon extract). Candied lemon peel slices would add a very pretty garnish, too!
It’s Not a Crime to Use Lime – Swap out the lemon juice and zest for lime instead! This makes for a slightly different citrus flavor—like a frozen lime margarita. You will need 4 medium sized limes to get the same amount of zest and juice, or more if the limes are on the dry side.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth – You can easily adjust the level of sweetness by adding an extra tablespoon of agave or maple syrup to the smoothie, or a few soft, soaked, pitted dates. Too sweet? Leave out the sweetener or only use unsweetened dairy-free milk.
What are the Benefits of Lemon Juice in Smoothies?
Lemon juice is a great source of vitamin C. It’s also fantastic for aiding in iron absorption and boosting our immune systems. Including lemon juice in this smoothie not only adds a tasty tang, but balances out the sweetness of the bananas.
It’s tempting to just throw the entire lemon into the smoothie (or to juice up the whole lemon before adding into the smoothie itself). But, the white pith of the lemon is very bitter and won’t give you the same sweet and tangy flavor. It’s definitely worth the little bit of extra time and effort to collect the juice and zest separately.
Can I use bottled lemon juice in this recipe?
You can certainly use bottled lemon juice (preferably organic if you can), but it won’t taste quite the same. Lemon juice from a bottle tends to be a bit more bitter and not quite as sweet as freshly squeezed. It’s totally up to you.
How do I store my leftover lemon smoothie?
Smoothies are always best fresh, and they do lose their luster if you don’t enjoy them immediately. But if you need to save this smoothie for later, it’s easy-peasy! You have three options:
Pour the remaining smoothie into an insulated bottle and store in the fridge until ready to enjoy.
Fill up an ice cube tray (or two) with any leftovers and freeze. When you’d like to have the rest of the lemon smoothie, simply blend up the cubes with a tiny bit of water or plant-based milk.
Refrigerate the rest of the smoothie in a mason jar or covered glass container. To serve, blend the liquified smoothie with a handful of frozen banana and another tablespoon or two of fresh lemon juice. Viola!
More Luscious Lemon Recipes
Whether you’re loaded with lemons from a mature fruit tree, or just looking to add more citrus to your life, World of Vegan’s lemon recipes are ripe for exploring.
If you’re an avid lemon-lover, try this Easy Vegan Lemon Custard recipe. It tastes like a mini lemon meringue pie in a mug!
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