Sweet & Spicy Pear Smoothie


Since making a divine ginger-pear butter, I’ve been looking for more ways to cook with this flavor combination. It tastes like fall, which shouldn’t be an attractive quality since I’m hanging on to the last few days of summer—but I love this recipe!

This smoothie has lots of sweetness from the pear and banana. The spinach adds nutrition, but you truly can’t taste it. Use 1/2 tsp ginger if you want an interesting flavor in the background, or use the full 1 tsp for a spicy punch to wake you up. This makes a satisfying breakfast with a slice of toasted whole-grain bread.


  • 1 ripe pear, cored
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup skim or soy milk
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup packed baby spinach


  1. Roughly chop the pear and banana. Add to food processor with milk and ginger and blend until smooth.
  2. Add baby spinach and blend until mixture reaches desired consistency.

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