The Best Smoothie & Shake Recipes

Try a refreshing frozen drink that's packed with pick-me-up flavors and nutrients.

  • Mixed-Berry Shake
    Photo: Quentin Bacon

    Mixed-Berry Shake

    Cool, creamy shakes and smoothies make the perfect summertime dessert. Blend ice cream, frozen berries, and whole milk for a rich treat that's sure to beat the heat.

  • Cran-Berry Green-Tea Smoothie
    Iain Bagwell; Dan Becker

    Cran-Berry Green-Tea Smoothie

    The best smoothies combine great nutrition with even better flavor. Cranberries and green tea pack this drink full of healthy antioxidants, while berries and banana add essential vitamins and nutrients.
  • Energy Smoothie
    Photo: Cedric Angeles

    Energy Smoothie

    Kick-start your day by pureeing silken tofu with orange juice, strawberries, banana, and a little honey for a super-healthy smoothie.
  • Cookies-and-Cream Milk Shakes
    Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Stephana Bottom

    Cookies-and-Cream Milk Shakes

    Blend Oreos, ice cream, and milk for an indulgent summer milk shake.
  • Mocha Frappé
    Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Mocha Frappé

    Indulge in this frozen drink a few hours before bedtime—it gets its flavor from strong brewed coffee. Make a big batch of this homemade coffee treat and we guarantee that this will replace your drive-through drip addiction.
  • Fruit and Yogurt Shake

    Fruit and Yogurt Shake

    Perfect for a midmorning snack, this shake packs the bright flavors of pomegranate cherry juice and crushed pineapple with filling plain yogurt. It can be stored in an airtight container for 2­­-3 days, so keep extra on hand to satisfy those sugar cravings.
  • Banana Cream Pie Smoothie
    Randy Mayor

    Banana Cream Pie Smoothie

    Frozen bananas, graham cracker crumbs, and vanilla extract are a few of the ingredients that make this smoothie a rich dessert in a glass. Because it calls for low-fat yogurt and fat-free milk, one serving of this drink gives you about the same amount of calcium as a glass of milk.
  • Blackberry-Mango Breakfast Shake
    Jan Smith

    Blackberry-Mango Breakfast Shake

    Sneak silken tofu into a sweet-tart breakfast smoothie to keep energy high from morning through the 3pm afternoon slow-down. This is a great way to get extra protein and fiber past pickier palates.
  • Vanilla Honey-Nut Smoothie
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Vanilla Honey-Nut Smoothie

    Start with creamy frozen yogurt and add peanut butter, milk, and honey for a nutty sweet treat. Silken tofu and ground flaxseed help this smoothie stick with you throughout an afternoon of running errands.
  • Fresh Strawberry Milk Shakes
    Photo: Andrew McCaul; Styling: Lynn Miller

    Fresh Strawberry Milk Shakes

    These creamy strawberry milkshakes keep it simple with just 4 ingredients: fresh strawberries, vanilla extract, ice cream, and milk.
  • Banana-Mango Smoothie
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Margaret Dickey

    Banana-Mango Smoothie

    Make this smoothie in minutes by freezing cubed mango the night before and blending with banana, milk, honey, and vanilla extract when you're ready to serve.
  • Banana-Berry Smoothie

    Banana-Berry Smoothie

    While the dishwasher runs after dinner, whip up a batch of this blended treat. Honey sweetens the banana-strawberry-yogurt mixture. Serve thick for a fun beat-the-heat dessert.
  • Yogurt-Fruit Smoothie

    Yogurt-Fruit Smoothie

    Blend frozen fruit juice with fresh strawberries and a banana for a smoothie spiked with bright fruit flavor. This tasty drink is rich and creamy thanks to a hearty helping of vanilla low-fat yogurt.
  • Elvis Milk Shakes
    Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Stephana Bottom

    Elvis Milk Shakes

    Drink a tribute to the King of Rock-and-Roll with this shake that combines two of his favorite flavors: bananas and peanut butter.
  • Batido de Mango (Mango Smoothie)
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Margaret Dickey

    Mango Smoothie

    Spice up a Mexican-inspired evening with a smoothie infused with the warm molasses flavor of brown sugar. Serve the slushy cocktail over ice.
  • Banana-Berry Smoothie
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Banana-Berry Smoothie

    Frozen mixed berries and dry milk help keep cost and preparation to a minimum for this anytime smoothie. Blend with banana, yogurt, sugar, and orange juice for a citrus accent. Substitute other frozen fruits, like peaches, for fun variety.
  • Smoothie Pops
    Photo: Mark Ferri; Styling: Andrea Steinberg

    Smoothie Pops

    Kids are sure to love these smoothies-on-a-stick! Just blend, pour in paper cups with a popsicle stick, and freeze for creamy, icy goodness.
  • Peanut Butter, Banana, and Flax Smoothies
    Photo: John Autry: Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Peanut Butter, Banana, and Flax Smoothies

    Get the day started right with a peanut butter, banana and flax smoothie. Not only will it taste like a treat but you'll get a good dose of potassium, protein and fiber to boot. If the smoothies seem too thick, just add another tablespoon or two of milk.

  • Sunshine Smoothie
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Margaret Dickey

    Sunshine Smoothie

    This slightly sweet, thick drink is a great snack or part of a breakfast: Just one serving offers about one-third of the day's vitamin C and vitamin A and about 10 percent potassium in a low-calorie package.

  • Hot-Pink Smoothies
    Oxmoor House

    Hot-Pink Smoothies

    Smoothies are the perfect bases for allowing kids to add their own personality and get creative. The yogurt gives it a dose of calcium. Be sure to use frozen fruit−it eliminates the need for ice.

  • Layered Fruit Smoothie
    Dan Goldberg

    Layered Fruit Smoothie

    If island-inspired cocktails warm your soul, this layered fruit smoothie might just tip your taste buds over the edge.  Pour a strawberry-banana smoothie mixture over a layer of mango smoothie for a two-tone drink that's as pretty as it is tasty. 

  • Chocolate Malt Shake
    Oxmoor House

    Chocolate Malt Shake

    This light shake is satisfyingly thick. Decrease the amount of malted milk powder if you'd like less malt flavor.

  • Espresso Soy Milk Shake
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Margaret Dickey

    Espresso Soy Milk Shake

    This satisfying shake is a speedy dessert. It's also a way to enjoy the health benefits of caffeine, which may help lower your risk of diabetes and Parkinson's disease.
  • Pumpkin Pie Shake

    Pumpkin Pie Shake

    This shake is a great festive dessert idea, but since it uses canned pumpkin, you can make it year-round.
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