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Success: Paleo Green Monster

For quite some time in the  blog world, I have read about “Green Monsters.” For those of you unfamiliar with the Green Monster, it is not a superhero, but a smoothie made with spinach.  I tried making one of these spinach smoothies 2 years ago and definitely did not make it correctly because I tasted the spinach–not pleasant. As much as I try, I do not have Popeye’s proclivity to spinach.



As a person that is all about healthy eating, I am always a fan of adding vegetables to my daily eats any way I can.  I always thought that the Green Monster would be a great way to accomplish this goal.



When I saw Michelle from Our Dream, Made out of Real Things successfully make one that did NOT taste like spinach–I was motivated to give it a go and tweak it to be Paleo-friendly.

Here are the key players:


Bananas (I actually used frozen banana slices, but they are NOT photogenic), coconut milk, and almond milk.


Ground Cinnamon and Spinach.


I discovered that the secret is in the cinnamon–and lots of it! It completely masks the taste of the spinach. I would also like to add that I am a card-carrying member of the super taster club, so when I said that I could not taste the spinach I REALLY mean it!


I combined the following ingredients in these amounts:

1 1/2 frozen, chopped banana

1 cup (loosely packed) spinach

1/2 -1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup almond milk

1/3 cup coconut milk

1) Blend in a blender or food processor. Add more liquid if needed.

I like to serve mine with coconut butter drizzled on top. It bulks up the smoothie with a dose of healthy fat, which gives it extra staying power. Plus, a little coconut butter in each bite makes it taste extra delicious!

Today my schedule was a little wonky so I did not go running until noon.  After long-ish runs I am not very hungry, but I know that I need to refuel so this smoothie totally hit the spot! I am sure this will be extra delicious when the weather warms up!


Have you ever tried adding spinach to a smoothie? Would you try it?


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

29 responses »

  1. yum looks good!! i usually throw spinach in with a banana strawberry smoothie..i never taste it which is great hah. i think spinach is pretty easy in smoothies..ive never had a problem tasting it. yours looks yummy!

    • I need to add strawberries next time! That sounds delish!

    • THIS IS SOOO GOOD! I’m one of taste. and to be honest i thought i was wasting food by adding spinach because i wouldn’t like it. I started by adding a little. only tasted the banana and peanut butter. So i added A LOT and still JUST BANANA AND PEANUT BUTTER!! I add a splash of vanilla and some almond milk… DELICIOUS! thanks sooo much, you have no idea what a life saver you are! ( All the ingredients I have added to the smoothie are COMPLETELY organic)

  2. Yumm! I’ve never heard of Almond Milk before- gosh, sometimes I hate living in Australia. There’s a reason we are the fattest nation in the world.

  3. Spinach in smoothies is so good! My favorite combination is spinach, frozen cherries, banana, and almond or coconut milk depending on what I have on hand. I like the touch of cinnamon, too, but I always forget it! And can I make a confession? I really dislike the term “green monster” used for green smoothies…am I the only person that feels that way? Oh, and how dangerous is that jar of coconut butter? I definitely took a couple dips into mine today – ah-mazing! 🙂

    • Sam, I totally agree, I think the name Green Monster is so strange! It sounds so ominous!

      I need to pick up some frozen cherries–yummo! Also, that coconut butter is HEAVEN! (and 100% dangerous!)!

  4. Still too scared… haha.

  5. I love the addition of the coconut-ness haha… that sounds odd but you know what I mean 🙂

  6. LOVE the green monster- I can’t wait for some warmer weather so I can eat/drink one without shivering *all*day*long*! 🙂
    Coconut addition= so smart!

  7. I love everything about this EXCEPT for the Cardinals mug. 😉

  8. I make these all the time. another tip In order to not taste the spinach add strawberries (or any other fruit besides bananas). Or at least peanut butter/almond butter with the bananas. Also chia seeds are good for added nutrition and plumping the smoothie up!

    • I need to add almond butter next time–I have never added nut butter to a smoothie! It would be yummy with the banana! Also, I totally have chia seeds and should have thrown some in! Next time I will!

  9. I use to buy the organic green monster but it gets expensive and then making it was not good but this recipe is totally different I may have to give it a shot, looks great!!

  10. Yay! I’m so glad you were able to make a successful green monster 🙂 Coconut milk is SUCH a great idea; that will SO be happening in a future smoothie. Paul still can’t get past the look of them (he tells me they look like baby vomit, I tell him he looks like baby vomit…gotta protect my smoothies ego!), but I think someday he will see the deliciousness in them!

  11. YUM!! Yes … I LOVE spinach smoothies … but they never fill me up 😦

  12. Hi love – right so Im too greedy for smoothies – Ive never even really given them a chance – always figuring Id just be TOO hungry afterwards – but maybe this can be the year I change all of that….?? I also read my little shout out on your blogroll – I love it so much – thank you sweet friend! Cant wait til Palm Springs (fingers crossed!!!) xox

    • You totally should give it a try, as I thought the same thing. I thought there was no way that they would fill me up, but I was pleasantly surprised! Plus, you are just about to move the Cali–green smoothies are practically mandatory! 🙂

      Also, I am TOTALLY excited at the potential meet-up! YAY! 🙂 🙂

  13. How did I miss this post? Back before I started making smoothies chock full of vegetables, my go to smoothie was frozen banana chunks, 2 big handfuls of spinach and almond milk – so dang delicious! And now you’ve got me craving one….

    Also, I’ve never had a problem with the spinach flavor, but I make sure I freeze my bananas when they’re super ripe, so they’re sweeter than usual and mask the spinach flavor.


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