Pear Smoothie

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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35 Comments

    1. Karen Ouellette

      Its delicious! I used two ripe bartlett pears, tipped in some cinnamon, one banana and some lactose free half and half that I had in the frig for a different recipe that I forgot about. I don’t care for ice so I blended it as is and it was very tasty…

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  1. barbara

    If you live north of Georgia at this time of year, being outside all day won’t help the vit D enough….so take your supplements! ;) with a “fatty meal” for best absorption!

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  2. Hayley @ Oat Couture

    Yep, seasonal affective disorder. I get it when I spend winters in the uk. Permanently bloody miserable and grey it is! :/ The clocks went back last week here and I love it, only because I am naturally waking up earlier therefore I feel much more productive… downside is I fall asleep at 10:30! That and the fact that it’s dark by 6 :/

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  3. Amanda

    I was also shocked to learn that the time changes this weekend. I HATE that it will start getting dark at 4pm. After a month of that, I start considering going to a tanning salon to get some “sunlight”. I never do, but I get very close to caving.

    In the last year, I’ve started finding random grey hairs (I’m 27). My hair stylist said that it’s totally normal and I’m choosing to believe her. haha

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  4. STUFT Mama

    I get the opposite actually. I get all happy this time of year. Weird. That smoothie though- that’s gotta help, right? :)
    PS- Your pictures are marvelous!!! :)

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  5. Alexia @ NamasteYoga

    great autumn themed smoothie! i love the pear and banana combo! i just returned to europe from travelling in Asia and just cant get into winter mode. my body is still used to humidity and high temperatures. my skin surely doesnt thank me for this sudden change of temperature!

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  6. kari @ running ricig

    Even though it sucks that it gets dark so soon, this morning was GLORIOUS! I had a fantastic night’s sleep and then just lounged in bed and it’s still only 8:45. Love it.

    I’ve yet to find a grey hair, but i’m pretty sure, I’d just yank it out.

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I sit there with tweezers in front of the mirror when I find them but then they just grow back in short spikes. Not sure which is worse!

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  7. Christin

    I hear you on the winter blues. I get a really intense urge to just hibernate inside the house this time of year. I hate going outside when it is cold and dark. Like Amanda said I start to wish I could go lay in a tanning bed and soak up some warmth and light.
    Smoothie looks really yummy!

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  8. meg

    I JUST got a ton of pears and I’ve been wanting to make a smoothie with some of them. Thanks for this recipe, yay!

    I totally take vitamin D over the winter… no shame in that! Helps a lot.

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Oh Kat, you of all people should know how biased the internet can be ;) I can guarantee you my house is nothing like a bistro hotel! haha ;)

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  9. Monica

    I had to improvise slightly since I didn’t have almond milk or protein powder, but this is delicious! I’ve already made it twice! Thanks as always for your sharing your tasty talents!

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  10. Elisabeth

    Sounds like this winter’s going to be rough on you. But things like pear smoothies should help get you through. :) Seriously though, this drink sounds really good. You know I never thought of using a frozen banana. That’s a really great idea for chilling the drink down.

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  11. Meghan

    This is a deliciously filling smoothie! I added blueberries and a touch of OJ to sweeten it up and add even more health. :)

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  15. Ashley

    WOW! I just finished making this smoothie and i couldn’t even get it into the cup before I was already drinking it! This recipe is so simple and tastes amazing! Not too sweet but it does curb those cravings.
    Thanks for sharing!!

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  16. Shana

    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!

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

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

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  17. Jen

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

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  18. veenaazmanov

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

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