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This easy pear smoothie is flavored with banana and cinnamon. It’s a healthy, high protein snack or breakfast you can make in minutes with just a handful of ingredients.

This easy pear smoothie is flavored with banana and cinnamon. It's a healthy, high protein snack or breakfast you can make in minutes with just a handful of ingredients.

Am I the only one that was surprised yesterday to realize that we turn the clocks back this weekend?

I can’t even begin to understand how the heck we’re already to the point of 5pm darkness around here.

I hate this time of year.

Really, I do. I get in a funk. I’m pretty sure there’s a name for that feeling.

Oh yeah, seasonal depression.

I seriously think I might have it.

As if that wasn’t a rude enough awakening guess what else I discovered?

3 grey hairs. In the same spot. On the right side of my head.

A simple pear smoothie with banana, vanilla, cinnamon and cardamom flavors.

I’ve always secretly laughed at those people with the awkwardly placed grey patches on their head wondering why the heck they don’t do something about it.

Hair dye is cheap enough, you know?

I fear I may be becoming one of them and will soon elicit weird stares of my own.

What does any of this have to do with this deliciously easy pear smoothie?

Nothing.

Except that I needed something to cheer me up after those two incidents and the grilled cheese + pickle sandwich (no, I’m not pregnant) I ate for lunch wasn’t as photogenic.

Make this easy pear smoothie in a blender, processing until thick and smooth.

How To Make This Simple Pear Smoothie

You know all those healthy smoothies out there with a laundry list of ingredients, half of which you’ve never even heard of? 

This isn’t one of them. The ingredients are as basic as it gets for this pear smoothie:

  • pears
  • frozen banana (or not frozen, just add more ice in that case)
  • cinnamon
  • cardamom (optional but I love the flavor!)
  • milk (I used almond milk but any kind will work)
  • vanilla protein powder/collagen peptides

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and thick!

Xanthan gum isn’t listed above but it’s an optional ingredient that helps thicken up the smoothie if you prefer.

The vanilla protein powder can be any kind you like. If you want to keep things dairy free, use a plant based one.

I have used and love SFH vanilla whey for years now. It’s 100% grass fed, tastes delicious and doesn’t result in a weird chalky texture when you bake with it or use it in oatmeal like many other protein powders do.

They also have a churro flavor and it’s outrageous. Just sayin’.

Collagen peptides are another option instead of protein powder. If you use an un-flavored version like those linked, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the pear smoothie for the vanilla flavor.

If you don’t want to use a protein powder at all, try an ultra-filtered milk like Fairlife. The protein content is higher since the milk is ultra-filtered.

It won’t be quite as much protein as protein powder but still pretty good for a small glass/snack in this pear smoothie.

Check out my tutorial for more tips and tricks on how to make a healthy smoothie – it teaches you all about each layer of the perfect healthy smoothie in 3 easy steps.

pear smoothie

WHAT KIND OF PEARS TO USE

Honestly, pick your favorite variety of pear. Whatever’s ripe will work. 

Personally, I’m always partial to D’Anjou pears (pictured here) versus Bosc. I find them to be juicier, sweeter and less often mealy.

I also like the red version of these too. 

This smoothie is creamy and dreamy. It reminds me of a creamsicle but with a subtle pear flavor instead of orange.

It’s borderline dessert tasting to be honest which is why I love it so much. Crazy how just a few simple ingredients can result in such a delicious healthy smoothie!

If pears aren’t your thing, try these other smoothie recipes:

Pineapple kiwi mint smoothie
Persimmon vanilla bean smoothie
Blood orange smoothie
Almond butter and jelly smoothie

pear smoothie

Pear Smoothie

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This easy pear smoothie is flavored with banana and cinnamon. It's a healthy, high protein drink you can make in minutes with just a handful of ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 small ripe pear
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of choice or collagen peptides
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum (*optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Notes

*Xanthan gum will help thicken up the smoothie if desired.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 6gSugar: 20gProtein: 33g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?

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veenaazmanov

Saturday 15th of August 2020

Love the fruit combination to this smoothie. The added flavors and spices are superb, great breakfast option!

Jill

Saturday 15th of August 2020

I somehow have never tried a pear smoothie. Now I will. Love the addition of cardamom too!

Julia

Saturday 15th of August 2020

This smoothie sounds delicious. I make similar, but haven't tried adding banana to mine. Will do next time.

Jen

Saturday 15th of August 2020

I agree about turning the clocks back. It's so depressing! At least this smoothie will help brighten my day. Looks amazing!

Shana

Saturday 4th of April 2020

I just, this very minute, made that recipe! It is so delicious! I took one sip of it and came to the computer to let everyone know how awesomely delicious this smoothie is! I never knew mixing pears and bananas together with the other ingredients would be so amazing! Everyone enjoy! Blessings to all. Thank you for posting this!

Running to the Kitchen

Sunday 5th of April 2020

So glad you like it! Crazy how delicious such simple ingredients can be, right?!

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