Green Smoothie – Chocolate Raspberry

When I got back from two-and-a-half weeks of gallivanting around Texas and Georgia, I came home having eaten 100% *SANE the entire time.  High off my *SANE road-trip success, I wanted to make sure I continued down the right path once I got home, so the first thing I did the morning after I landed back in Seattle was race down to the kitchen and whip up a SANE green smoothie.  Trouble was, I didn’t have any of the ingredients for my previous green smoothie recipes, so I had to make a new one up.  I didn’t mind because I haven’t made you a new smoothie flavor for the longest time, so I figured you were up for one too.

This is it. Green Smoothie - Chocolate Raspberry | Carrie Brown

It tastes like a Chocolate Raspberry Shake.  Yes, yes it does.  Plus, unlike the majority of my green smoothies – IT’S NOT GREEN – despite being packed to the gills with fabulous, fresh spinach.  You might find this one a good way to get your children or spouse on-board with the whole smoothie thing since it looks nothing like anything vaguely healthy.

That same day I also concocted SANE Baked Creamed Spinach.  This meant that in the course of two days I downed 42 oz – that’s almost 4 lbs – of fresh spinach.  That’s a lot of spinach.  I am sure my liver is wondering what the heck happened.  In a good way.

If you haven’t given a SANE green smoothie a spin yet, I implore you to start.  There are few other ways to get this much greenery inside you without even knowing it.

GO, green smoothies!


Green Smoothie – Chocolate Raspberry
Author: Carrie Brown |
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Serves: 1
  • 5 oz / 140g fresh spinach
  • 2 oz. / 55g vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/2 oz. / 15g cocoa power, unsweetened
  • 2 TBSP xylitol (I use Xyla)
  • 6 oz. / 170g frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup / 8 fl oz. boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp guar gum
  1. Place the spinach, whey powder, cocoa powder, xylitol, and raspberries in the blender in the order listed.
  2. Pour the boiling water over the raspberries in the blender.
  3. Blend on high speed until completely smooth.
  4. Tap the guar gum through the hole in the blender lid while the blender is still running and blend for 10 seconds.









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  • Andrea - Excellent! I do this exact smoothie but with strawberries. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - Hi Carrie,

    I’m such a fan of yours! I have been driving my family and friends nuts for years about eating food not “food” so imagine how happy I was to discover the SSoS! I love how real you are; it makes it easier for us regular people! Anyway, do you have any ideas of big smoothie cups to take on the go? I love the big veggie filled shakes but can’t fit them in any of my cups! My husband teases me for having 3 glasses of green goodness.
    Thanks for all that you do. LizReplyCancel

  • Tabitha - Oh can’t wait to try this. Had hubby try your strawberry smoothie with frozen bananas on saturday. Happy to report he loved it. So everyone but my youngest are on the smoothie train. Thank you so much Carrie, not only for serving up amazing dishes that I enjoy but my picky eaters as well. With a family of 7 (6 since we can’t count Miss Selah yet) that is a huge feat and makes my job a little easier. ;0)ReplyCancel

  • Serena Hunt, RDN CDN - Oh…this was divineeee!!! Next time I’ll add ice to make it cold, but the rich chocolatey-ness was just what I needed!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Dove - Is there a reason for the boiling water? What if I want it cold? Can I use ice and cold water? Will it turn out well?ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hey Emily :-) It will still be cold, even with the boiling water…but yes, if you want more of a soft-serve you could use ice and cold water. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - This is really great! I was out of frozen raspberries, so I had to use strawberries. Yummy! Next time, I will throw a green tea bag in my boiling water for a couple minutes before I add it to the smoothie! Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - I’ve been eating SANE for about a year and just tried my first smoothie. Just as you and Jonathon say on your podcasts I rejected the idea of drinking my vegetables. I am a convert with this one! It tastes great. I don’t have a vita mix and could not detect the spinach when I used my blender. I tried it next with kale and found it a little chuncky. I am such a beliver in the smooties, i purchasaed a Vitamix this weekend! Can’t wait to try some of the others. Thanks Carrie!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - GO, Liz!!! Welcome aboard the Smoothie Train to great health and lots of green veggies :-) CONGRATS on the Vitamix, you will love it!ReplyCancel

  • Fi - Hi Carrie. I have been trying some of your smoothies, but have a couple questions. 1) I find the taste of the whey powder with the spinach always makes me feel ill, even if I add the orange/cocoa/berries etc as suggested. Am I doing something wrong? And 2) JB says we need 30g plus protein at EVERY MEAL, but if I have a smoothie for breakfast, by my reckoning I come up a bit short. Is this an issue or if I get 20-25 g is that ok? (protein is my big struggle, being a veggie, I seem to get bored of the same few protein sources -eggs, Quorn, Greek yog…). Thanks for your help! XReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Fi – what whey powder are you using? You can always add a touch more whey if you want to your smoothies if you’re keen to make sure you maximize protein synthesis. Remember though that spinach has some protein and likely the other things in the smoothie.ReplyCancel

  • Keith - I bet a handful of fresh mint would be great in this smoothie.ReplyCancel

  • Dieanna - Mmmmm….looks and sounds good, gotta give this one a try! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jude - Seriously, Carrie, ONE serve? This is enormous, and I couldn’t even finish half of it! Maybe it’s because I’m an Aussie and we measure things differently, but I did use imperial measurements just to make sure.
    Wow. Full.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Jude – it’s true – I do have a rather large appetite :-) I usually take this to work and drink over the course of the morning, or have half for breakfast and half with lunch.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - Wow! This is awesome….I just made it and am enjoying it for a mid afternoon meal. Awesome! Thanks, Carrie!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - Forgot to mention that I added a TB of cacao nibs and a TB of chia seeds for some extra crunch. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Jyl - What’s the difference between using xanthan gum and guar gum? Guar gum is not readily available where I live whereas xanthan gum is.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Jyl, They are typically not interchangeable as while they both thicken, xanthan gum does not act as an emulsifier whereas guar gum does. I strongly recommend getting some online. You use very little at a time so you won’t have to order it very often. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline - How is this Dairy free with Whey Protein in it?ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Jacqueline, Whey protein isolates are generally not considered dairy and can be eaten by most people who have lactose intolerance simply because there isn’t enough lactose to trigger symptoms.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline - Thanks for getting back to me. I find that whey does not work for me. Is there other proteins that I could use (hemp, pea, etc)?ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Jacqueline – I recommend using egg white powder instead of whey. You will likely need to add some sweetener too, and maybe some vanilla essence for flavor.ReplyCancel

  • Rose - Thanks to the miracle that is guar gum, I’ve taken to making my shakes a day or two in advance for the week. Tonight was my first round with this recipe, previously I’ve focused on the Orange Creamsicle and Chocolate Peppermint smoothies. WOW this recipe is my fav all though as Carrie notes, less green. I do add some Garden of Life Raw Meal Organic (1/2 scoop) and matcha tea powder (2 TB) into the mix to hopefully up the SANEity. But yeah, this recipe is as awesome as every other recipe C has posted here! My quality of life continues to improve with SSoS and Carrie’s recipes. I’ve never cooked with almond or coconut flour and had no SANE/low carb green smoothie recipes. My kitchen counter tops have transformed… and by that I mean they are now totally crowded looking like a Carrie Shrine — the Vitamix, her soup recipe book (have the ice cream recipe book, ice cream maker purchase forthcoming) and my food scale. Having all this laid out seems to make it easier for me to get going in the multiple smoothie/soup sessions. It bothers my OCD :-D but I organize everything on the counter tops as best I can and I’m more productive and healthier as a result!!!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Rose – I LOVE this! You have found a way that works for YOU and you are incorporating it into your life. Your ROCK!!! PS. I never imagined I’d ever have a shrine, even less one with a food scale in it!!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • Rose - What I love about this recipe is the leeway it gives me with spinach. I had far too much spinach on the verge of breaking bad when I realized said spinach could be redeemed with this recipe and perhaps a tad more xylitol and raspberries to compensate.

    A few minutes later all that potentially wasted veg now exists in a chocolaty-raspberry goodness. Not only nutritionally awesome but ensures I don’t throw out veg before it is too late.

    It is the little things in life… :-DReplyCancel

  • Joanne - Is there any problem leaving out the sweetener if My taste buds are happy that way? How about ground flax seed to thicken instead of the guar gum?ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Joanne – no problem leaving out the sweetener if you don’t need it. Flax seed will not replace guar gum well. Guar gum does not just thicken – it also emulsifies, which flax doesn’t do. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Gigi - Wow!! My first green smoothie ever and it was great! I had been dreading trying them because the thought of drinking 5 cups of spinach didn’t sound very good. But the choc and raspberry mask it well. Delicious! Can’t believe it’s healthy.ReplyCancel

  • Florentino - Getting guar gum here is a nightmare…is there any easy thing that would do well instead?ReplyCancel

    • carrie - HI Florentino – I am sad you are having trouble getting guar gum. Sadly I have not found anything that does what guar gum does, or does it so well. Can you order online maybe – Amazon has it at a very reasonable price.ReplyCancel

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  • Laurie - Hi Carrie,

    I know this sounds dumb, but why BOILING water in so many of the smoothies? This, in combination with my VitaMix-maximum-horsepower blender, make the smoothies come out warm…room temp at best…so the smoothie that looks like a delicious chocolate milkshake isn’t cold when you sip it….BLEH!

    I could just suck it up and drink my greens, but the fussy child in me wants a better solution…Pour over ice? Whip in crushed ice as a last step?


    • carrie - Laurie feel free to use cold water and add ice (before the guar gum) if that works better for you getting them inside you!ReplyCancel

  • Pam - Carrie – this may sound dumb – but how much is 5 oz of spinach – I no longer own my old food scale (WW days) so can you tell me in terms of cups? I want to try this but wasn’t sure how much spinach 5 oz is… THANKS for all the fun you provide on the SSOS podcasts!ReplyCancel

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  • Ken - Can you use frozen spinach instead of fresh? Easier to keep ingredients on hand…ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Yes, Ken! Frozen is fine. Blending it s lot more difficult so you’ll definitely want to use that hot water. Freezing the spinach does make keeping it on had a lot easier.ReplyCancel

  • Sophie - Looking at buying a vitamix blender. Which version do you and Jonathan have?ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Sophie – Reconditioned 5200 from Comes with same warranty and you wouldn’t know it was reconditioned. Like new out of the box. Happy super-blending!ReplyCancel

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  • Dawn - Hello! I tried this recipe for the first time this morning. The only thing I didn’t have on hand was the protein powder. I even added a couple of drops of vanilla extract to try to keep the flavors the same. However, it didn’t taste good at all! I could taste the raspberries just fine, and the cocoa a tiny bit, but the spinach flavor was very overpowering. Is the protein powder that flavorful that it would mask the spinach taste, or did I do something else wrong?ReplyCancel

  • Beth Finlinson - Thanks Carrie! I have had great success with your recipes, anytime I want to try something new I come to your cookbooks because I know it will turn out great. I am trying to add collagen to my diet and wondered if I can just add some collagen powder to this recipe or if I would need to use less guar gum to offset the thickening/emulsifying properties of the collagen powder.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Beth! Thanks for the recipe love! If you are drinking it straight away then you can just add it with the guar, but if you are making it advance take the guar out. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

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