The perfect autumn sweet potato smoothie with ginger, cinnamon and plenty of warming spices. And best of all, it's a smoothie recipe without banana! With a big boost from fresh ginger, some avocado, and sweetened with dates, it's a fantastic smoothie for cooler weather.

This is a room temperature smoothie, good for cold days. For some more cozy drinks, try my vegan golden milk, magical morning cinnamon mocha, or calming lavender chamomile tea.

Brown smoothie in a tall glass with ice and bee pollen.
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Ingredients

Sweet potato smoothie ingredients with labels.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Ginger: there's a lot of fresh ginger here! If you have a weaker blender, finely grate the ginger before adding. Feel free to reduce if you think it'll be too spicy for you.
  • Sweet potato: you can sub canned or roasted pumpkin in place of sweet potato if you prefer.
  • Avocado: if banana is fine for you, it can be substituted for the avocado. This will make for a slightly sweeter smoothie. Yogurt is a good sub here too.
  • Milk: any non-dairy milk will work. I really like creamy milks like cashew or oat here.

Step by Step

Smoothie steps 1 and 2, before and after blending.

Step 1: add all of the ingredients to a blender.

Step 2: mix on high speed until smooth and serve.

Top Tips

  • Make it without a vitamix: this recipe is written for a really strong blender. If you don't have one, no worries! Just grate the ginger before adding it and use a really soft date.
  • Add ice: if you want a cold smoothie, toss in a handful of ice before blending.
  • Add more spices: if you want a gingerbread kind of smoothie, add a sprinkle of nutmeg and cloves to the blend. Cardamom and allspice are nice too.

FAQ

How can I make smoothies sweet without sugar?

There are a couple good tricks to sweeten smoothies without adding sugar: try adding a splash of vanilla or sprinkle of cinnamon, and use naturally sweet ingredients like bananas and sweet potato! Vanilla and cinnamon taste sweet to us, so they'll make the smoothie sweeter without any sugar.

How do you thicken a smoothie without banana or avocado?

If you don't want to add banana or avocado to your smoothie, try ingredients like baked sweet potato or pumpkin, yogurt, or simply add a handful of ice.

What makes a smoothie creamy?

To make your smoothie extra creamy, make sure you blend it really well. Try adding frozen ingredients and don't add too much milk.

Recipe

Brown smoothie in a tall glass with ice and bee pollen.
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4.63 from 8 votes

Ginger Sweet Potato Smoothie

The perfect autumn sweet potato smoothie with ginger, cinnamon and plenty of warming spices. Best of all, it's a smoothie recipe without banana! Recipe adapted from The Juice Truck.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Servings: 1

Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 2 Thumb-Sized Pieces of Ginger peeled
  • ½ cup Baked sweet potato
  • ¼ ripe avocado
  • 1-2 soft dates pitted
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk or more as needed
  • A sprinkle of nutmeg for garnish optional

Instructions

  • Add everything to a blender. If your mixer isn't very high-powered, grate the ginger before adding.
    2 Thumb-Sized Pieces of Ginger, ½ cup Baked sweet potato, ¼ ripe avocado, 1-2 soft dates, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract, 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • Puree until smooth. Top with nutmeg to serve. I tossed in some extra ice to make it nice and cold, but that's not necessary.
    A sprinkle of nutmeg for garnish

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 1165mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 27016IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg

12 Comments

  1. I am so in love with the look of this smoothie! I'm no hater of banana-based smoothies, but I always like to switch things up and I loove the creaminess that avocado gives everything. Definitely saving this recipe to make this season xx

  2. This looks amazing! When you first posted it on Instagram I got super excited because I thought they were serving this at the juice truck haha. I can settle for the recipe though 😉 Hope to see you soon! xx

  3. So sorry to hear that, Laura. Food intolerances stink. If you love ginger, then I know you'll love this smoothie. It's a ginger lovers paradise. And the butternut squash will be so nice and creamy, I can't wait <3 P.S. girrrrrl - that porridge!! It sounds incredible. Adding that to my "must make" list now <3

  4. I love bananas but unfortunately I'm intolerant so can only handle I tiny bit when it's very well cooked. It's the bane of my existence, truly. So, this smoothie is perfect for me! I'm a total ginger addict too, I've been loving fresh ginger grated into my porridge with a little maca and cinnamon recently. I'm going to have some leftover butternut squash next week so I'll definitely be trying this!

  5. This looks amazing and I'm thrilled there are no bananas. Your recipes (and shared recipes) are always so good. We make at least one of them every week. Seriously, I'm thinking of having a binder with just your recipes b/c I don't want them mingling with my other ones, they're that good. 🙂

    1. Ha ha, Ariana!!! You're seriously the sweetest! A million thank yous <3 I'm so thrilled to hear you love the recipes, and I really hope you love this one too. I found banana-less smoothies hard to get into at first, but this avo-yam combo is key. xox

  6. I’m sooo glad banana-less smoothies are having their moment right now because there are so many other amazing flavors to explore via blended sips. And I find that bananas really make the whole smoothie super banana-y, so I’m down for this yammified version!

  7. This smoothie sounds delicious and so Fall-appropriate. I also really love your photos - they just all look so serene yet inviting!

    1. Thank you so much, Christine <3 And yes, this smoothie is so fall. I feel like fall smoothies are a revelation to me. I can't believe I was missing out for so long <3

    1. Totally, like the ultimate cold fighting smoothie 😉 I've made this three times this week already, it's so warming and yum <3

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