Awesome Aloe Vera Smoothie Recipe

Awesome Aloe Vera Smoothie Recipe

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Aloe vera is a bona fide superfood with a laundry list of health promoting benefits. It’s not the most pleasant tasting substance on its own, but blend it into a smoothie with the right ingredients and you’re left with a tasty, nutrient-dense, super drink.

Aloe vera has a long history of use dating all the way back to 1500 B.C. where the Egyptians recorded using it to treat burns, infections and parasites. Topical uses for aloe vera are more commonly known, but since we’re going to consume it in our smoothies let’s focus on the health benefits from internal use.

Aloe vera gel is made up of water, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, and 200 active plant compounds or phytonutrients. Quite impressive, as are the myriad health benefits attributed to aloe vera. Enjoy!

Health benefits of aloe vera gel:

  • Boosts immune function
  • Powerful anti-inflammatory
  • Great for skin health
  • Accelerates recovery after exercise
  • Potent antioxidant
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Alleviates joint and muscle pain
  • Boosts physical endurance
  • Stabilizes blood sugar in diabetics
  • Helps lower high cholesterol
  • Excellent for digestion, and been shown to alleviate and even cure acid reflux, ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s and Celiac disease
  • Eliminates constipation
  • Anti-cancerous

Do you find aloe to be bitter and not very pleasing to your palate? Here’s a few tips and tricks to evade that bitterness courtesy of Joan who was kind enough to leave this comment below: “I grow my own aloe vera, and have been putting it in smoothies for years. Here’s a few tricks I’ve learned for getting rid of the bitter taste. After I cut a stem/leaf off the plant, I stand it up in a glass and let the yellow sap drain…that’s the bitter part. Also, chill it before you put it in the smoothie. You can either just leave it in the fridge overnight and filet it before adding it to the smoothie, or you can filet it first and freeze the gel part (lay them out on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Sometimes I’ll harvest a whole bunch at once, drain them, filet out the gel centers and freeze them. Then, when I get ready to make a smoothie, I’ll just grab a few out of the freezer and pop them in the blender with the rest of the ingredients!”

The amount of gel you get from filleting fresh aloe leaves will vary. I typically shoot for about 1/2 cup. Feel free to use more or less depending on your preferences.

Awesome Aloe Vera Smoothie Recipe

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1 medium aloe vera leaf, filleted (approximately 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 handful of fresh basil
  • A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)

The Add-ons

  • 1 tablespoon coconut flakes or shreds
  • 1 tablespoon flax or chia seeds
  • 1 serving protein powder of your choice

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Place all of the ingredients into your blender and blend on high until nice and smooth.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 192
  • Fat: 11g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Vitamin A: 14% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 63% RDA
  • Calcium: 32% RDA
  • Iron: 4% RDA

Please leave a comment below if you try this smoothie recipe and find it as refreshing as I do.

For more information on aloe vera and all its goodness, click here.

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26 Responses to Awesome Aloe Vera Smoothie Recipe

  1. nancy ocampo #

    It would be helpful if you said how much aloe vera (1/2 cup? ) instead of 1-2 leaves-i bought a leaf several feet long, and at least 8 inches thick-I can’t imagine 2-3 of these in anything.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Nancy, thanks for the feedback. I just updated the recipe to include a note about how much aloe to use. I usually get about 1/2 cup from a medium aloe leaf, although “medium” is subjective :)

      Cheers!
      Ryan

      • andrea grsy #

        Can you also use aloe vera juice?

        • Ryan Carmody #

          Sure you can use aloe vera juice, Andrea. I would replace 1/2 cup of the coconut or almond milk with aloe juice.

  2. Ann #

    How often would you consume this smoothie to reap the health benefits? One/two a week? Daily?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Ann, I would recommend 2-3 times a week to really benefit from the aloe, but daily is also fine and would likely expedite the health benefits. Cheers!

  3. Tanya #

    I just tried out this recipe with my husband, and we LOVE it! I will be drinking this from now on! Do you have any other Smoothie Recipes for Aloe Vera? Would love to try them all! Thanks for sharing!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Tanya,

      Your comment brought a smile to my face. Great to hear you and your husband loved this smoothie. I have 3 other aloe recipes, and just made a note to add a couple more.

      http://www.healthysmoothiehq.com/tag/aloe-vera

      Cheers,
      Ryan

  4. sally #

    what exactly do you mean by ‘filleting’? completely taking off the skin? when I made it I cut off the rough sides but not the rest of the peel. we noticed a scratchiness in the back of our throats, but otherwise it was fine and tasted great.
    Where do you get your aloe leaves? Thank you, S

  5. susan #

    is it necessary to add honey, maple syrup and a sweetner? or is it either/or? and what flavor is basil, slightly minty?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Susan,

      Optionally add either honey, maple syrup, stevia, or another sweetener, just one.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

  6. Syn #

    Unfortunately I didn’t have mango, stevia or fresh basil so I substitute with strawberries and kale and half a banana…..it was Yummy thanks

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Syn,

      Those are perfectly acceptable substitutions :) Glad you liked it.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

  7. Fay #

    I tried the smoothie, having recently purchased my own aloe vera plant. I removed all of the green skin and used slightly less than what the recipe called for because I had never used it in a smoothie before and didn’t know what to expect. I have gotten in touch with my bland and bitter taste buds in the last year and have tried lots of smoothie recipes. I must say I was taken aback by the “gag-me bitterness” I know aloe vera is bitter, but I didn’t expect this. I had to go back to the recipe to be sure I didn’t misread juice and not actually aloe vera plant. I was a little disappointed at the result. I know the benefits and in order to not lose in the end I put most of it in ice cube trays to use as a daily additive to other smoothies, and used some as a base for a different smoothie. Thank you for the recipe, I will adjust it in future usage, maybe I can grow accustomed to the taste, after all it is a detox smoothie. :)

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Fay,

      Aloe can be quite bitter. I tried to hide that with the blueberries, mango, and basil. The bitterness in certain foods seems to hit everyone differently. Maybe your aloe plant is slightly more bitter than average. Are you sure you filleted all the skin and only used the gel? Either way, using a smaller amount in future smoothies to allow your taste buds to adjust is a great idea.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

  8. Lourdes #

    This recipe is so good. I added the coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of whey protein and it does not taste bitter at all. I did rinsed the aloe vera gel after peeling off the skin so the bitter taste from the skin wash away. Thanks for sharing this recipe

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Lourdes,

      Thanks for leaving a comment. Great to hear you enjoyed this recipe – coconut oil and whey protein are nice add-ons. To avoid the bitterness of aloe you really need to make sure you fillet it properly.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

  9. Leanne #

    My ? Is I’m not using a plant I’m using juice aloe drink, so how much of it would u put in a smoothie also I have coconut water would u use both or 1 or the other. What is better to use coconut water or oil? Thanks so much

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Leanne,

      I would try 1/2 aloe juice and 1/2 coconut water. Coconut oil and water are quite different. The oil is more healthful and contains all the healthy fats, but both are great.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

  10. Joan #

    I grow my own aloe vera, and have been putting it in smoothies for years. Here’s a few tricks I’ve learned for getting rid of the bitter taste. After I cut a stem/leaf off the plant, I stand it up in a glass and let the yellow sap drain…that’s the bitter part. Also, chill it before you put it in the smoothie. You can either just leave it in the fridge overnight and filet it before adding it to the smoothie, or you can filet it first and freeze the gel part (lay them out on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Sometimes I’ll harvest a whole bunch at once, drain them, filet out the gel centers and freeze them. Then, when I get ready to make a smoothie, I’ll just grab a few out of the freezer and pop them in the blender with the rest of the ingredients!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Joan,

      Thanks for leaving such an insightful and helpful comment! I just updated this recipe to include that information. I’m sure I’m not the only one who will benefit.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

  11. cathy #

    I bought an aloe leaf and on peeling it, it was red, unlike any others I have bought that were clear. Is this just a different variety, because the outside looks the same.

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