April 23, 2013

Vegan Happy Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie is made especially to brighten up your day! I have done lots of research on the best food to help combat stress, anxiety and depression. These ingredients will not only prevent negative feelings but will also make the smoothie taste amazing and make you feel happy and smiley! Great for Monday mornings, that time of the month or those going through a rough patch. We have all had those days or even months where nothing is going our way and sadness can creep up on us. A great first step to happiness is eating more of the foods that make you happy and positive. You will absolutely love the taste of this. It is clean, delicious and tastes a lot like a vegan berry yoghurt! Yum!

This smoothie includes a banana which contains
 Vitamin B6 to assist the protein tryptophan to be converted to serotonin (the happy hormone). This helps improve your mood and reduce the risk of depression, stress and problems during PMS time. The uncooked oats are high fiber wholegrains which help reduce stress and anxiety and improve your mood by increasing serotonin levels and maintaining blood sugar levels. Walnuts are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which help reduce the risk of depression and lower blood pressure. Berries such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are all rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C and can help improve your mood and combat stress and depression by preventing an increase in cortisol (the stress hormone). And lastly, Soymilk  contains tryptophan which is metabolized into serotonin to help improve your mood and decrease the risk of depression. Alternatively use oat milk or cashew milk which both assist with a happy mood.  So, have a try of this and tell me what you think. I hope you love it as much as we do! :)

makes 500ml - 2 servings

   1 ripe banana
   ¼ cup rolled oats
   150g (1 cup) frozen raspberries
   ¼ cup raw walnuts 
   1 ¼ cups Soy Milky Lite
   sweetener (optional)

  1. In a high speed blender, add all ingredients.
  2. Process until creamy and smooth without lumps.
  3. Taste it and add sweeteners if desired. If too thick, add a little bit more soymilk until the desired consistency is achieved.
  4. Smile and enjoy!

  • Use frozen raspberries as they make it nice and icey when blended. If you don't have frozen raspberries just use fresh ones and add some ice too. 
  • If you don't have raspberries, just use mixed frozen berries of any kind!
  • Use a sweetener if desired. You could use maple syrup, agave syrup, brown sugar or brown rice syrup. Your choice! 
  • The riper the banana, the yummier it will be. If you ever have bananas that are becoming too ripe just peal them, cover them and freeze them. You could chop them beforehand or just keep them whole. Then when you want to make a smoothie you will always have frozen ripened bananas to use. Amazing!
  • If you don't want to use soymilk you could always use oat milk instead. But I think that the soymilk tastes yummier! 
  • If you do not like walnuts, try almonds. They too have amazing properties that help make you happier! 

The nutrition information above is an approximate guideline. One glass of our 'Happy Smoothie' is very high in Vitamin C, high in manganese, high in dietary fiber and has 18% of your daily recommended intake of calcium. So smile and enjoy! :)


  1. Hi Maddi! I made this this morning for my boyfriend and I. It was so yummy and I swear that it made me feel happy through the day... psychological or not, I definitely felt postive! Thanks =)

    1. Thanks Sarah!! I am glad that you liked it :) I know what you mean!

  2. Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall calls these "thickies" ;). Love the recipe and might add it to my green smoothie mix and see if they can tango :)

  3. Yummm,...I love easy yet tasty smoothies like this one! easy does it here, I agree!

  4. I have made one of these every morning since you put this up. Thank you x 1000000000000!

  5. Agree with above. My wife and I have had one of these for the last three days and one for dessert last night. Thanks. You should put more up like this. I have a busy lifestyle and get up at 5:00am to get ready and travel to the city for work. It takes me a long time to drive there and having one of these to take and go really helps my day. I think it does make us feel happy.

    1. Hi David! I am so glad that our smoothies are helping you through the day :) Thanks for telling us!

  6. Made this today, it was so nice. The kids also enjoyed drinking it down.