These are the things my childhood dreams are made of. I present…a Healthy Unicorn Smoothie Recipe. Yea, I went there. This was inspired by the recent release of the now famous Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino. Nothing against the Starbucks version, but you guys know I like to make healthy versions of things. I haven’t actually tasted the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino, but I’m 99% sure this won’t taste anything like it. I’ve heard it has mango syrup and some sort of sour syrup that makes the drink change flavors. The ingredients in mine are pretty light in flavor. I’d say it tastes like a banana-yogurt smoothie. Possibly the only thing that drink and my version have in common is the use of colors.
I’m not sure what’s in the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino, but this version is made with:
- All natural food coloring (the ingredients are pretty cool – they’re plant-based!)
- No refined sugar
- About one fruit serving
Not too shabby, eh? Did I mention there are options below to make this vegan? Healthy Unicorn Smoothies for everyone!
So, about those natural food coloring ingredients?
The blue swirl is made with a mixture of:
- Greek yogurt (sub coconut or soy milk yogurt for a vegan version)
- Blue matcha powder
- Honey (but you can use agave or maple syrup to make a vegan version)
After moving about half of the yogurt to my blender, I mixed the blue swirl ingredients right in the yogurt cup. Because dish-washing is not fun.
By the way, the blue matcha is natural too. It’s made of ground clitoria flower. Neat, right?
I used a spoon to dab the blue yogurt mixture along the sides in a swirl pattern. You can put this in the freezer to set the swirl while you finish the rest of the smoothie.
Now, about that gorgeous hot pink smoothie color. It’s made with dragon fruit! You may have seen the pitaya bowls circling the web lately. I’ve been experimenting with pitaya bowl recipes (I’ll have one to share with you soon). So, I already had some on hand.
Dragon fruit comes in two colors: white and hot pink. The color is naturally vibrant, hot pink!
In the smoothie:
- Pitaya pulp with seeds packet (I found Pitaya Plus Organic Dragon Fruit Superfruit Smoothie Packs at Whole Foods)
- Greek yogurt
- Almond milk
As for the top, I added a swirl of Whole Foods light whipped cream. Two tablespoons of this adds only 15 calories. But it really makes the smoothie look pretty and fun.
I also sprinkled on top:
- blue matcha powder
- pink matcha powder (also from matcha.blue)
- organic sprinkles (I used Let’s Do Organic sprinkles that I found at Whole Foods)
Yes, even the toppings are (pretty) naturally colored.
- ½ of one single serving plain Greek yogurt (I used Fage – sub coconut or soy yogurt for vegan option)
- 1 teaspoon honey (or sub agave or maple syrup for vegan option)
- ½ teaspoon blue matcha powder
- 1 banana
- 1 pitaya pulp with seeds packet
- ½ of one single serving plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup ice (about 4 large cubes)
- 2-4 tablespoons milk of choice (I used almond milk)
- sweetener of choice, optional
- swirl of whipped cream
- pink and blue matcha powders
- In your blender container, place ½ of the Greek yogurt. Set aside – we’ll finish the smoothie later.
- To the Greek yogurt container, add honey and blue matcha powder. Whisk together. Use a spoon to swirl this mixture on the sides of a glass. Place in the freezer while you finish the smoothie.
- To your blender container, add banana, pitaya, ice, 2 tablespoons of milk, and sweetener, if using. Blend until smooth, about 2-3 minutes, depending on your blender speed. Add additional milk, if needed.
- Pour hot pink smoothie into your prepared cup.
- Top with whipped cream, a dusting of matcha powders, sprinkles, and plenty of magic. Enjoy!
Use as much or as little sweetener as you’d like. Remember, the whipped cream is pretty sweet, so if you stir it all together, that will take the sweet factor up a bit.
As an alternative to the blue matcha, try using a blended blueberry yogurt. If you do this, you likely won’t need to add honey.