Sweet and tart, healthy and vegan, my Pomegranate Smoothie recipe is one that you need to add to your repertoire. This fast and easy beverage is super fresh and perfect for a snack on the go!
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About Pomegranate Smoothie
Chock full of antioxidants, this dairy free fresh pomegranate smoothie is one of my current favorite beverages. Made with freshly extracted pomegranate juice and chocolatey almond milk, this yummy drink is a real treat.
Most of the fruit smoothies I make are dairy free, and this delightful pomegranate version is no exception. I usually make my Milkshakes and smoothies with plant-based alternatives like almond or coconut milk.
Milk, along with other dairy products is incompatible with many fruits and vegetables according to the ancient Indian system of medicine – Ayurveda. The combo can cause indigestion, bloating and sluggishness of the digestive system, which is the exact opposite of what we want from a healthy mid-day snack like this yummy smoothie!
Since you know my affinity for making things from scratch, you won’t be a bit surprised that I have extracted my own Pomegranate Juice directly from pomegranate arils. If you have ready pomegranate juice, then you can add 1 cup of it, though you should know that the nutrients in fresh juice degrade over time. My motto is “fresh is always best.”
This smoothie recipe serves 1 tall glass or 2 small glasses. You can easily double or triple the recipe to serve the whole family!
How To Make My Pomegranate Smoothie
1. Add the pomegranate arils in the feeder tube of a juice extractor or electric juicer.
2. Extract the juice.
3. Now place 1 cup of the juice in a blender jar. Here I have used the same blender jar as the juice extractor is a part of the blender that I have. If using ready-made pomegranate juice, then add 1 cup of it in a blender jar.
4. Add 1 cup non-dairy milk – plain, cocoa or vanilla flavored varieties will all work. I used chocolate almond milk, but oat or coconut milk will also work just fine!
If using plain non-dairy milk, then you can add 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder and/or a splash of vanilla extract in the smoothie if you like.
5. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons raw sugar, maple syrup, honey or regular sugar to taste. Sweetener is optional.
6. Blend the pomegranate juice with almond milk.
7. Pour in a glass and serve your vegan pomegranate smoothie straightaway. Enjoy!
Uh-oh! Sounds like the pomegranate arils got the best of you. To ensure a creamy smoothie, I recommend using a slow juicer or an electric juicer or high-powered blender. If you have used a blender, then do not forget to strain the juice. If you don’t have a electric juicer or blender, perhaps opt for using ready-made pomegranate juice.
Pomegranates can feel a little intimidating if you haven’t worked with them before. I find that the easiest way to remove fresh arils from the fruit is to cut it in half, then face the cut side down over a bowl. Using the back of a wooden spoon, whack the fruit until the seeds pop out. Easy!
If you’d like a thicker smoothie, I recommend freezing some of the almond milk into ice cubes before blending! Or you can add 1 banana to get a creamy and thick smoothie.
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Pomegranate Smoothie Recipe
- 2 cups pomegranate arils (got from 2 large pomegranates) or 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 cup Almond Milk – plain, vanilla or cocoa flavoured
- 1 to 2 tablespoons raw sugar or as required – optional, you can also use or maple syrup or honey or regular sugar
- Add the pomegranate arils in the feeder tube of a juice extractor or electric juicer.
- Extract the juice and then take the juice in a blender jar.
- Add almond milk. You can use plain almond milk or cocoa flavored or vanilla. If using plain almond milk, then you can add 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder in the smoothie. Even coconut milk can be used instead of almond milk.
- Add 1 to 2 tablespoons unrefined cane sugar or maple syrup or honey or regular sugar. Sweetener is optional.
- Then blend pomegranate juice with almond milk.
- Pour in a glass and serve pomegranate smoothie straightaway.
- Either extract the pomegranate juice yourself or opt to use canned or packaged juice.
- You can easily skip on adding any sweetener in the recipe.
- Choose to use any plant based milk that is available to you. Oats milk, cashew milk, lite coconut milk and almond milk all are suitable to be used in the recipe.
- If you have used a blender to make the juice, then remember to strain it to avoid any gritty texture in the smoothie.
- You can easily scale up this pomegranate smoothie recipe.
Nutrition Info (Approximate values)
This Pomegranate Smoothie post from the archives first published in March 2018 has been republished and updated on 30 April 2022.