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Breakfast Power Smoothie

breakfast power smoothie recipe

Have you seen Hallie Klecker’s new book The Pure Kitchen?

This cookbook is a lovely collection of healthy gluten free, dairy free recipes. I absolutely love the “Energizing Breakfasts” section which contains quick and easy smoothie recipes full of superfoods; the book also contains wonderful recipes such as Spring Pesto Drizzle, which is packed with healthy greens.

I had the pleasure of meeting Hallie at a conference last year, and can assure you she is every bit as lovely in person as she is on her blog, Daily Bites.

The smoothie below is a slight adaptation of the recipe in Hallie’s book for a Pure Power Smoothie. Hallie and I both like to make smoothies with protein powder in order to start the day off with a nice energy boost. This quick and healthy smoothie is great for breakfast and also makes a delicious afternoon snack.

Breakfast Power Smoothie


  1. Combine strawberries, coconut water, almond butter and stevia in a vitamix and blend on high
  2. Blend in protein powder and ground chia seeds, then blend in ice cubes until smooth
  3. Serve

Note: if your smoothie is too thick, blend in a little more coconut water

Here are some of my other favorite quick and healthy smoothie/shake recipes:
-Nut Butter Protein Shake
-Ginger Cilantro Green Shake
-Protein Powder Piña Colada

What’s your favorite vitamix recipe?

posted on February 16, 2012, 47 comments

  1. donna nielsen

    sounds yummy but i have a question about the liquid stevia everyone seems to be using…does it have that under taste that stevia seems to have- i can’t stand it! it tastes as bad as nutrasweet to me and i have stayed away from it because i just cannot get it down..someone told me they have found a way to remove that taste but i wondered about this product….any feedback?
    also…i want to mention that strawberries are one of the most heavily sprayed and genetically modified crops in the US…so personally i only buy organic ones when i do…i know alot of people do not know this


    • KT

      Donna- I’m with you! I didn’t like any of the flavored Stevias I’ve tried–yes they have that stevia taste and then some other icky taste. Some of these contain artificial flavoring!! (seems a bit contrary to use a healthy sweetener with chemical flavorings!) I presently use Sweet Leaf clear Stevia, but only in small amounts, and often in conjunction with Coconut Secret Raw Organic Coconut crystals in any of my recipes. I rarely will also use Really Raw brand honey (solid at room temperature.) If I want the vanilla component that the vanilla stevia would provide I just drop in some pure vanilla extract.

      • Jackie

        Hi KT and Donna,
        I don’t like the after taste stevia has either. I don’t use it..prefer honey or coconut sugar. I just bought a stevia plant and tried eating a leaf. I was sweet with no after taste!!! When more leaves grow I am going to put some in my smoothies.
        Hopefully you can get a hold of a stevia plant. I have been searching for a while and finally got one.

        • Jackie

          It was sweet with no after taste!

        • Rachel

          sweetleaf brand stevia packets are the only stevia i have found that has no aftertaste. i’ve used it to sweeten beverages & in marinades. liquid stevia without an aftertaste has been harder to find. i have used this sweetleaf vanilla before in a “chocolate mousse” i made with greek yogurt & cocoa powder. it was nasty until i lessened the drops i was using & added blueberries. now it’s awesome! i’d love to try an actual leaf, Jackie! maybe i should try it in my garden this year :) also, second Donna on the organic berries. the environmental working group has a list online of the most & least pesticide-doused crops for anyone interested.

    • I recommend the Body Ecology brand of stevia to my clients. It does not have an aftertaste like most liquid stevia brands.

    • Cindy Cundiff

      Hi Donna,
      I go to nutsonline.com or nuts.com and they have the pure stuff w/o added starches. Anyway, you only need 1/8th of a tsp to flavor a quart of lemonade, that’s how strong this stuff is and you don’t have that bitter after taste that other stevia brands do. And they have super fast delivery less than 2 days you get your stuff.

      • Katie

        I like that you mentioned using a very small amount. I’ve found that if you overdo it that is when it tastes terrible. It’s just kind of hard to figure out how to you a sufficiently small amount. I love Stevia for a pitcher of iced tea, but I never try to sweeten just a single cup.

    • Roxanne

      I find that the NOW brand of powdered stevia doesn’t have any of that licorice-like aftertaste. It’s pretty clean tasting, but very sweet so a little goes a long–like 1/4 tsp (or about 1/3 of a packet) to sweeten a 16 oz mug of tea…

    • Hello,
      I wasn’t aware that strawberries were “heavily sprayed and genetically modified” I don’t like the taste of stevia. I am trying to stop using substitute sugars. I am so glad that I read your views. By the way, where can I buy Organic Strawberry

  2. nikki k

    Hey Donna,
    I have very specific likes in stevia also. I have only found one that I like and it doesn’t come in flavors but who cares. It’s from Selina Naturally and it’s the liquid Astraya. I’m telling you, once you’ve had this you will never look back.

  3. Jay

    Since owning an expensive $500-$600 vitamix is out of the question for many, including the words, “or blender” would’ve been helpful.

  4. Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry @ glutenfreepantry.blogspot.com

    This looks like a perfect smoothie to start the day! I’m always looking for smoothie recipes as I love how easy they are to make-and same goes for the cleanup! :)

  5. Sarah @ The Healthy Diva @ the-healthy-diva.com

    Yumm, this looks great. I love putting nut butter in my smoothies. Makes it so creamy! I’ve been looking into buying an egg white protein powder recently. I like that the frank zane one is all natural. What is the taste like compared to other protein powders you’ve tried?

    • Roxanne

      I like NOW’s egg white protein. It doesn’t have anything added to it. It’s just powdered egg whites, and it’s cheaper than the Frank Zane brand (which contains stevia powder added flavorings).

    • Mardell

      I like to use Arbonne’s protein powders. They are made from peas, rice, and cranberry protein. They are also gluten and dairy free so they work well when following this type of eating plan!

  6. Sarah

    Do other people like almond butter in smoothies? I’ve seen a lot of recipes that include it, but I’m not sure why. More protein? To me it takes over the taste and adds a strange texture too. Sounds good without it though!

    • Roxanne

      I like it. :) But generally not in fruit smoothies. I make yummy squash smoothies w/ almond butter, banana, egg white protein, almond milk, and warm spices. Tastes like pie. :) I don’t notice any odd texture in my smoothies w/ almond butter.

  7. Kelli

    My husband and I are trying to not use protien powder, and just use eggs, nuts or chia seeds to make a protein Smoothie. I’d love a recipe like that if you feel like a new challenge!

  8. Mmmmm…this smoothie looks so good! I like to put almond butter in my smoothies too because they add protein and healthy fats, which make the smoothie more filling.

    Hallie’s book is on my wishlist. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. I’ve seen so many fabulous recipes around from Hallie’s lovely book! The ones I’ve tried from it are terrific, too! :) I also like protein powder in my smoothies (I use rice protein) for the extra morning boost. As for stevia, I’ve never noticed an aftertaste with NuNaturals. . . love the stuff. The smoothie is such a pretty color, too! :)

  10. donna nielsen

    well i am glad to know it before i did buy it…i will try the selina naturally one if i can find it or body ecology…i was just stumped as to why so many people seem to be using this if it had that nasty taste! i don’t know about a plant but i will see if i can find one of those too
    thanks for the feedback, ladies ;-)

  11. Cindy Cundiff

    One thing about protein powders and shakes/smoothies is that you have to put it in at the very end of the blending process. High speed blenders can breakdown the protein molecules defeating the purpose of protein powders in the first place.

  12. Julia {The Roasted Root} @ roastedrootfood.com

    From one VitaMix lover to another, thanks for a great smoothie recipe! As Jay pointed out, yes, the VitaMix is expensive, but even for a person on a budget, it is such a pleasure to have in the kitchen – I think it is well worth it! Honestly, I use it most of the time to puree ingredients for soup. But my ULTIMATE favorite use for the VitaMix is making ice cream. Okay, enough about that. Great looking smoothie, keep up the great work!

    • Rachel

      can a vitamix totally replace a blender & food processor? i hate my blender/food processor b/c it is insanely loud. blender is not as bad as the food processor. only use the food processor for hummus. i use my blender a lot for baby food. i know the vitamix can make flours, nut butters, ice cream, & even tahini but i didn’t know if it was too powerful to make baby food & grind seeds without making them into a butter! just curious :)

  13. Anastasia@healthymamainfo.com @ healthymamainfo.com

    Sounds great! Trying!

  14. Ellen (Gluten Free Diva) @ glutenfreediva.com

    Hi Elana!!!! I’m a huge fan of Hallie’s book. Everything I’ve made from it has been a winner. I also love having a smoothie for breakfast. It’s a great way to start the day, after I’ve exercised. I agree that the bitter, strong aftertaste of stevia tends to dissipate when combined with coconut sugar, especially in baking. Thanks for sharing – I’ll definitely give this a whirl, as I’m always looking to add to my smoothie repertoire, plus my Health Coaching clients are always interested in new smoothie recipes.

  15. Mollie Frances @ thealmondflower.com

    I love the vanilla strawberry combo and the addition of almond butter! I can’t wait to try this and I bet it would be delicious as a frozen ice cream dessert.

    I have a Berries and Cream Vegan Smoothie up right now, berries, raw honey, and coconut milk and I linked back to your lovely post!


    Thanks to everyone else for all of the Stevia suggestions- I’m looking forward to trying them.


  16. The Sweetest Vegan @ youtube.com/thesweetestvegan

    I love coconut water, I would love to try this with coconut milk.

  17. This looks super yummy. My current favorite smoothie recipe for my Vita-Mix is:

    cup of raw yogurt (I do some dairy)
    handful of spinach
    handful of blueberries
    scoop of protein powder (I use whey protein)
    teaspoon of cinnamon
    a few drops of stevia (I like NuNaturals)
    handful of ice

    This is incredibly yummy and a great way to get in some fresh greens.

  18. Another fan of Hallie’s book here! I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately and I’m looking for some new protein powders, thanks for the rec :)

  19. This smoothie sounds delish! I love your recipes, I have posted a few on my blog. Thanks for introducing me to almond flour.

  20. Beth @ Tasty Yummies @ tasty-yummies.com

    This smoothie looks amazing. I am a BIG fan of smoothies for breakfast after I get home for yoga. Normally my smoothies involve a banana and almond butter, but I really love this combo of strawberries and almond butter, I cannot wait to try it out. Thanks.

  21. I’m always looking for a new smoothie to try. This looks delightful!

  22. I cannot wait for berry season, and it’s just around the corner! The pink color of this smoothie and the vibrant red of the strawberries made me really want to try this. It looks like spring. Very inviting. :)

  23. Tom Whitson

    In response to “Making Changes,” I wanted to thank you for using this technology to network so effectively and really in helping so many.

    I retired early to take care of my very ill wife. An emerging outlet and interest of mine has been to both learn how to prepare meals and to prepare very healthy meals to the extent possible. Your “Pantry” is invaluable and your delivery and personal sharing has made it fun and complete – way more than a great meal plan with dessert.

    Thanks for all you do and for sharing your genius. Tom

  24. Lovely pink color in this smoothie! I can’t wait to make this for breakfast in the morning!

    Can anyone help me with grinding the chia seeds? I used a coffee grinder, but it gums up the blades… what all do you use for this? Or do I need to break down and buy an additional coffee grinder just for this task…???

  25. Michelle Quispe

    I went to my local Sprouts market to get the vanilla creme stevia which is quite pricey. I made this smoothie with both the stevia and Xylitol and found it to taste much better w/ Xylitol and a little bit of vanilla extract. The stevia aftertaste is very present in this particular brand (SweetLeaf). Also, fresh strawberries when they are in season will make this much tastier than frozen

  26. Julia {The Roasted Root} @ roastedrootfood.com

    Hey there! This smoothie looks refreshing and tasty. I like that you add coconut water – I put coconut milk (the full fat kind) in my smoothies…this adds a ton of calories, which I’m sure is undesireable to most, but I do love how creamy and thick it makes the smoothie. Anyway, love your blog and keep up the great work! Oh and your sons are adorable; it’s awesome that they help you out in the kitchen.

  27. Nitasia Timms

    Hi Elana,
    I would love to see more SCD recipes please. And sweets and baked goods made with honey. Thanks for considering this. Love all your recipes. p.s. I just pinned your Irish Soda bread, lovely.

  28. Nikki Burke

    I seriously could not bare to think of life without my Vitamix! It was worth every penny;)
    One of many favorites:
    the Emerald Isle-
    1c almond milk
    2 T coconut milk
    3 C spinach
    1 celery stalk
    1/2 C frozen pineapple(Trader joes)
    1/2 frozen banana
    1 inch. UBS ginger

  29. Doris Seidmam

    Could you plesse provide the nutritional content per serving of all your recipes so I can calculate my Weight Watcher Points? Millions of Weight Watchers would be thrilled and you could increase your customers ten-fold.

  30. Hannah

    Hi, I was just wondering, what are chia seeds, and why do you use them in this smoothie?
    Thanks! Hannah

  31. Great smoothie recipe. Love that natural boost of energy early morning from smoothies. Thanks for sharing with us.

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