Lemon Smoothie

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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Lemon juice in a small glass with straw and topped with lemon zest and a lemon slice.
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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!

Lemon smoothie on a coaster, topped with lemon zest.

Why You’ll Love This Lemon Banana Smoothie Recipe

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.
  • Dairy-Free, gluten-free, and full of healthy vitamins and minerals! If you use a soy or nut-free plant-based milk, the smoothie will be even more accessible.

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.
  • Turmeric Time – Boost the health benefits further by adding a dash of turmeric and black pepper! Turmeric is loaded with nutritional and disease-prevention benefits, which is why it’s so popular and included in Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen.

How To Make This Lemon Smoothie Recipe

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!

Step 1: Pour the plant-based milk into the blender. Zest the lemon and add to the blender, along with the freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Step 2: Add in the agave nectar, frozen banana, and mango chunks.

Step 3: Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

Lemon smoothie in blender.

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.

How Do I Store Any 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 bananas and another tablespoon or two of fresh lemon juice. Viola!
Lemon smoothie in a glass topped with a lemon slice and zest.

Smoothie Q&A

Can you use a whole lemon in a smoothie?

It’s tempting to just throw the entire lemon into the smoothie (or to juice up the whole lemon before adding it to 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.

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. Check out our Vegan Guide to Nutrition for even more benefits of vitamin C and other essential vitamins!

Lemon smoothie in a glass topped with a lemon slice and zest.

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Lemon Smoothie (Quick and Easy!)

4.82 from 11 votes
A sweet and tangy lemon smoothie made in just minutes! Luscious, creamy, and just the right amount of citrus tang. Delish!
Lemon juice in a small glass with straw and topped with lemon zest and a lemon slice.
Prep Time 7 minutes
Blending Time 1 minute
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 8 oz. glasses

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ tablespoon fresh lemon zest, zest from 3 medium lemons
  • ½ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 ¾ cup plant-based milk, sweetened, vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar, or sweetener of choice
  • 2 cups frozen bananas, approximately 2 medium bananas
  • ½ cup frozen mango

Optional

  • Fresh lemon wedges, or candied lemon peel; for garnish

Instructions

  • Zest the lemons, and add the zest to the blender.
  • Slice each of the lemons in half and use a citrus juicer to squeeze out the juice. Add ½ cup of lemon juice to the blender.
  • Add the plant-based milk, agave nectar, frozen bananas, and frozen mango to the blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the finished smoothie into (2) 16 oz. or (4) 8 oz. glasses. Garnish with fresh lemon slices or candied lemon peel, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 1mg
Course — Beverage, Breakfast or Snack
Cuisine — American
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12 comments
  1. 5 stars
    Instant favorite! It had the perfect lemon flavor – not too overpowering at all. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great! I will definitely be making this often this summer!

  2. 3 stars
    This is violently lemon. And quite liquidy. Hubby loves lemon but overall this is too much

    • Hi Hillary, thanks for your feedback! It shouldn’t be too liquidy, considering the 2.5 cups of frozen fruit. If you weren’t able to use frozen, adding ice can help to thicken it. Feel free to lower the amount of zest and lemon juice to suit your taste. Hope this helps!

  3. 5 stars
    Looks like it tastes like a lemon sorbet

  4. 5 stars
    This lemon smoothie is so good! Love how it’s so easy to make. It’s super refreshing for a mid-morning pick-me-up!

  5. 5 stars
    This has become one of my favorite smoothies, and I’m actually shocked, because I’m not usually a huge citrus person! So excited to make more when my Meyer lemon tree is bustling.

  6. 5 stars
    oh my goodness this lemon smoothie is insanely delicious!

  7. 5 stars
    Love the sweet and tart combo with this delicious lemon smoothie!

  8. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    Such a yummy and refreshing smoothie! So good!

  9. 5 stars
    Delicious! The perfect balance of sweet and sour!

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