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Rainbow Smoothie

Rainbow Smoothie with a beautiful 7 layer rainbow! 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 :)

rainbow smoothie layered in glass cup

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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!

How to make a 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.

rainbow smoothie layered in glass cup with strawberry, orange, banana, spinach, blueberry and blackberry on top

Layering your 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.

rainbow smoothie layered in glass cup with fruit on top

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!

rainbow smoothie layered in glass cup with fruit on top
7 layer rainbow smoothie in glass cup topped with fresh fruit

Rainbow Smoothie

Rainbow Smoothie

Yield: 3-4 cups of each color of smoothie


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


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.

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

  2. 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[!!

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

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

  5. 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!

    • 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!

  7. 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 

  8. 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 :)

  9. 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!

  10. Look how pretty that smoothie looks! Love it!

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

  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!

  13. 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!

  14. What The Heck. Yes. Now. :O

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

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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?

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

  20. 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 

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

  21. 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!

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

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

  24. 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

  25. Hi Beth,
    this has to be the greatest looking smoothie of all time. I’ve tried it, but think I messed up a bit in mixing some of the layers, because it didn’t look as great as it does here. I also wanted to let you know that I translated and used this recipe on my danish site at http://www.nope.dk/smoothies-morgenmad.html + a picture (how could I not?) I really hope you’re OK with it (I’ve credited you with a link back). Thanks

  26. In Thailand, I learned a great trick! Butterfly pea flowers make a wonderful blue tea. You should soak a few butterfly pea flowers in water and mix with bananas/yogurt for your blue layer! Beware adding citrus to butterfly pea tea will make it violet instead of blue.

  27. I might have missed it but how many calories per smoothie?

    Looks delicious! Thanks!

  28. Do you have to use bananas in every mixture?

  29. This smoothie looks amazing, Beth! Loved the recipe and can’t wait to try it!

  30. Make a cake with the smoothie I bet it will look amazing like the smoothie.

  31. You should make a cake that look’s like the smooths I bet it will look amazing like the smoothie

  32. This may be too pretty to eat. I’ll definitely be making these for my granddaughters. They’ll be a big hit! 

  33. I love this rainbow smoothie. It is beautiful. I’m anxious to try it. Thank you for sharing at Dare to Care.

  34. How fun! We will be making them again this week. Yes, they will be good for two days in the fridge

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  37. Congratulations on the rainbow smoothie. That thing is quite the achievement!

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  40. This looks nothing like the smoothie I made last week. Would try this one now. Thanks Beth.

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  43. Wow thanks for this wonderful meal, am so humbled , I will try it out by all means , thanks so so much .

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