Rainbow Smoothie

Beautiful 7 layer rainbow smoothie recipe! Full of tons of fruit and topped with a fruit skewer, it’s the ultimate rainbow smoothie!
Beautiful 7 layer rainbow smoothie recipe! Full of tons of fruit and topped with a fruit skewer, it’s the ultimate rainbow smoothie! I was going to share this rainbow smoothie closer to St. Patrick’s Day, but I couldn’t wait any longer! It’s so fun and makes me smile.

There is just something about rainbow food that makes me feel joyful – anyone else feel that?! It’s probably because rainbows bring about thoughts of sunshine, spring, and baby animals.. hahaha :)

Beautiful 7 layer rainbow smoothie recipe! Full of tons of fruit and topped with a fruit skewer, it’s the ultimate rainbow smoothie! I wouldn’t call this your average breakfast smoothie, I mean it does have 7 layers, but it’s the type of smoothie that would be perfect for special occasions like birthdays or st. patrick’s day!

How fun would it be to stick a gold chocolate coin in the bottom of the glass before adding the smoothie. That way when someone is finished drinking it, they find gold at the end of the rainbow!!

Beautiful 7 layer rainbow smoothie recipe! Full of tons of fruit and topped with a fruit skewer, it’s the ultimate rainbow smoothie! To make this rainbow smoothie you will need quite a bit of fruit.

Some of the items you’ll easily be able to find in the frozen fruit section, like strawberries, blueberries, and mango, but here’s my secret to frosty & thick smoothies.. if a smoothie recipe calls for peaches instead of buying a bag of frozen peaches which can be kind of pricy, buy a can of peaches, drain the juice, place the peaches in a ziploc bag and toss in the freezer. Instant frozen fruit!

I do this with bananas too. I’ll slice up a whole bunch of bananas, place the pieces in a bag and put them in the freezer so I have frozen bananas I can use whenever I want to make a smoothie. I do this with pineapple too. Buy it in a can, drain it, put it in a bag and freeze it.

Beautiful 7 layer rainbow smoothie recipe! Full of tons of fruit and topped with a fruit skewer, it’s the ultimate rainbow smoothie!Since you will be layering each smoothie of top of each other, you want to make sure that each smoothie isn’t too liquidy. If they are too liquidy the smoothies will blend together instead of appearing as separate layers.

But you’re saying “BETH! My smoothie is too liquify, what should I do?” Pour the layer that is too liquidy into a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for a while and it will thicken up.

I want to address the blue layer. I tried to make a blue smoothie using just blueberries, yogurt, and a banana. As much as I wanted it to be blue, it was purple. So to get the blue layer to actually be blue, I simply repeated the yellow layer (since it’s the lightest color) and added blue food coloring. A rainbow just isn’t a rainbow without blue!

If you are opposed to using a small amount of blue food coloring to achieve the blue layer, it’s totally fine to skip that layer! If you want to go the all natural route, here is a tutorial for how to make natural blue food coloring, or you can buy natural blue food coloring here or here as well.

Once you have prepared all of the smoothies, carefully layer each smoothie, in color order in a glass. I like to use a spoon to gradually add each smoothie color, making sure that I don’t pour too much in too fast, otherwise the colors may mix too much.

Beautiful 7 layer rainbow smoothie recipe! Full of tons of fruit and topped with a fruit skewer, it’s the ultimate rainbow smoothie! For a fun presentation, top the smoothie with a toothpick full of leftover fruit.

If you’re wanting to swirl the smoothie together like I did in the above picture, use a straw or stir stick to pull the bottom layers of the smoothie to the top of the glass.

There we have it – the ultimate rainbow smoothie!

Beautiful 7 layer rainbow smoothie recipe! Full of tons of fruit and topped with a fruit skewer, it’s the ultimate rainbow smoothie!

Rainbow Smoothie

Yield: 3-4 cups of each color of smoothie

Ingredients:

Red Layer

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • water or liquid for blending

Orange Layer

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 small orange
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • water or liquid for blending

Yellow Layer

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • water or liquid for blending

Green Layer

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1 handful (or more) spinach
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • water or liquid for blending

Blue Layer

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • small amount of blue food coloring
  • water or liquid for blending

Purple Layer

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • water or liquid for blending

Magenta Layer

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1/2 cup sliced beets
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries or raspberries

Directions:

For each smoothie

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more liquid to help it blend if it's too thick.
  2. Transfer the smoothie to a bowl or container, rinse the blender and prep the next smoothie.

To assemble the rainbow smoothie

  1. Carefully layer each color smoothie in glasses in rainbow order. If desired, blend the smoothie using a straw or stir stick. Top each smoothie with a toothpick filled with leftover fruit.
  • I was able to make 8-10 rainbow smoothies using 15.5 oz glasses.
  • The recipe can be scaled back to yield a smaller portion. Simply cut each smoothie recipe in half.
  • If you'd like to avoid canned fruit, use fresh fruit. I would suggest cutting it up and freezing it so the smoothie will still be frosty and thick.
  • If you are opposed to using a small amount of blue food coloring to achieve the blue layer, it's totally fine to skip that layer! If you want to go the all natural route, here is a tutorial for how to make natural blue food coloring, or you can buy natural blue food coloring here or here as well.

Beautiful 7 layer rainbow smoothie recipe! Full of tons of fruit and topped with a fruit skewer, it’s the ultimate rainbow smoothie!Beautiful 7 layer rainbow smoothie recipe! Full of tons of fruit and topped with a fruit skewer, it’s the ultimate rainbow smoothie!
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44 Responses to “Rainbow Smoothie”

  1. Jamielyn@iheartnaptime — February 29, 2016 at 8:16 am

    One of the prettiest smoothies I’ve ever seen! I bet it tastes amazing too. Pinning for later!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 1, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Jamielyn, thanks for pinning!!

  2. Stephanie — February 29, 2016 at 10:06 am

    This is the prettiest smoothie ever! I never really make smoothies (why??) but I pinned this and am going to make it for my family, the kids will flip[!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 1, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      They will go crazy!!

  3. Melanie @ Gather for Bread — February 29, 2016 at 11:00 am

    This is probably the most beautiful smoothie I’ve ever seen!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 1, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      <3 <3 <3

  4. Medha @ Whisk & Shout — February 29, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Rainbow food is so fun! These smoothies are stunning and that prep shot of all the veggies and fruits looks beautiful, too :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 1, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you Medha!

  5. Rachel @ Bakerita — February 29, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Gaahhh this is THE CUTEST smoothie I have ever seen! I wouldn’t even want to drink it, cause I would mess up all those pretty layers! This would be so beyond perfect for St. Patty’s Day…or any day that needs to feel more festive :) love it!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 1, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      I know! I kind of wanted to freeze the smoothie so I can look at it all the time!

  6. This is such a fun idea!  All the different layers are delicious together, and so pretty too!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 1, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Awww, thanks Erin!

  7. Megan Keno — February 29, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    How fun!! And the flavors in this are amazing! I can only image how great this would be, its the perfect smoothie for all those indecisive people who can’t decide what flavor they want! Haha 

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 1, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      That is so true!! I didn’t even think about that!

  8. Megan - The Emotional Baker — February 29, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I always keep my freezer stocked with fruit and I may just have everything to make these. They are so so gorgeous, Beth, and easily one of the best smoothies I’ve ever seen :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 1, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      You have to make one today!!

  9. Mary // chattavore — February 29, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Beth, this is so pretty! I’ll bet it tastes as good as it looks, too. I am going to share on my FB and Twitter feeds. Thanks for the gorgeous recipe!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 1, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks for sharing Mary!

  10. Heather | Heather Likes Food — February 29, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Look how pretty that smoothie looks! Love it!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 1, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks Heather!

  11. Cathy Trochelman — March 1, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Oh my GOODNESS – this smoothie is gorgeous!!! Definitely worth a little extra effort :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 1, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      I agree 100% :)

  12. Seriously this is just gorgeous! My daughter and I were admiring all of the colors and we are definitely going to give this a try!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 1, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      It’s so fun!!

  13. Paula — March 1, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I love smoothies and this one is so pretty as well as yummy! Green grapes are also a good addition. I buy fresh pineapples and I save the core and use that in my smoothies. Again, thank you!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 1, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Great idea to use the core of a pineapple!

  14. jess — March 3, 2016 at 8:01 am

    What The Heck. Yes. Now. :O

  15. jess — March 3, 2016 at 8:02 am

    That comment wasn’t worded as good as it could have been. What I really meant was: Wow. :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 4, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Hahaaa, thanks!!

  16. Nicole — March 6, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Taste the rainbow!  Sorry skittles but this is the rainbow I want to taste! Yum!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 6, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      I love it!!

  17. Winnie — March 11, 2016 at 5:27 am

    I love your rainbow recipes!! Totally mouth watering. Planning to make the rainbow smoothie this weekend – my 3 year old girl saw the pretty colourful picture on my screen and really really want it! Thanks for sharing!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 12, 2016 at 7:54 am

      I hope you guys have fun making it together!

  18. Mary G — March 12, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Looks great. I will try. Just one question though. Could you use fresh pineapple chunks that has lemon juice to avoid turning brown and you pop into the freezer?

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 12, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Yep, you could freeze fresh pineapple!

  19. Joss and Gret — March 14, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Why does it make 28 cups???????? Looks lovely but I can not drink so much. 

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 14, 2016 at 7:59 am

      You can definitely cut each recipe in half!

  20. Loïs — March 25, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    this is such a lovely recipe, i precisely just got a blender because i wanted to try out making smoothies! I have just 2 questions if you don’t mind: is it necessary to freeze the fruit? wouldn’t it layer properly if I used fresh fruit, for example? And also: any replacement suggestions for someone who absolutely cannot stand spinach and pineapple? Would mint leaves work for green and maybe simply apples for yellow? If you don’t know I’ll just try it out anyway but if you know what’d work that’d be great! Thank you so much either way :D 

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 27, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Lois! I like to freeze the fruit because it helps to make the smoothie thicker and less runny.

  21. Donni Jester — March 27, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I made this and it was really very easy – the base for all layers is the yogurt and banana, so I just mixed the amount for all of the layers at one time and put it in a bowl. Then spoon some if it into the blender, add the specific fruit for that layer and blend. It helps to start with the lighter colors because once I poured out that layer into a bowl, I really didn’t need to wash it out much before starting the next. Just put each layer into a small bowl, stick them in the freezer until they are all done, then take them out and start layering! I skipped the blue this time just to get the hang of it, but it would be super easy to make a double batch of the pineapple layer, then just divide it and mix the drop or so of the coloring in the remainder – easy-peasy! Another benefit – great way to get the littles to have spinach without fuss!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 27, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Great tips Donni! Thanks for letting us know how it went!

  22. Eden Passante — April 5, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    So cute! Love this idea! What a great way to get kids to eat their fruits and veggies too!

  23. April — April 21, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Hi, I was wondering if there was a sub for the banana? I don’t like them. Thanks.

  24. K — April 25, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Generally, avocado adds creaminess in smoothies in place of bananas. But I don’t think you’ll be able to achieve the colours. You could try something like pears? =) I’m not sure if you’ll get the same thickness but freezing in between layers would probably help.

    Chia, greek yogurt, oats will all thicken a smoothie too.. but I think the banana really provides the base for this recipe so it may take some experimenting. So I would try pear.. or maybe apple with some extra honey because I find apples don’t really add much sweetness like a banana does, though it depends on the rest of your fruit. :) Ok that was a long answer lol but it really made me think!

    I can’t wait to try this. :D

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