Pear Ginger Smoothie

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Pear Ginger Smoothie is a creamy, high protein pear smoothie recipe with juicy Bosc pear, Greek yogurt and the flavor of fresh ginger!

pear smoothie with slice of pear on the top of the glass and green striped straw

**This post was originally published in September 2015.  The photos, recipe and text have been updated.

I don’t make smoothies often enough and really need to change that.  I simply forget about them sometimes because they’re just not part of my daily routine. 

When I’m struggling to come up with a last minute breakfast or snack for my boys, smoothies always come to my mind and I’ll whip one up with whatever I have on hand.

front shot of pear smoothie with green striped straw and ginger

The idea for this pear smoothie came to me when I had nothing but ripe pears and some plain Greek yogurt in the fridge.  I’d never experienced pears in smoothies before, so I thought it was time to change that.

Pear and ginger is a combination that I love, so I added freshly grated ginger to the mix. 

Most people haven’t experienced pear in a smoothie, so it’s fun to watch them try and guess what they’re tasting!  The ginger adds an unexpected, delicious flavor that my family had a hard time pinpointing.

close up of pear smoothie with pear and ginger in the background

Why you’ll love this pear smoothie recipe:

  • It’s nice and creamy with a mild sweetness and plenty of fresh flavor.
  • There are only 4 ingredients involved.
  • It’s high in protein.
  • There’s no sugar added.
  • It comes together in mere minutes with minimal prep.
  • This smoothie is easily customizable with your favorite yogurt and milk.

What’s the best variety of pear to use in smoothies?

You can use your favorite variety of pear in this smoothie, but I recommend Bosc pears as they’re even juicier and sweeter than Bartlett pears.

Pear smoothie ingredients

This healthy smoothie recipe only includes 4 ingredients, so it comes together in minutes!

  • Ripe Bosc pear
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Plain unsweetened Greek yogurt (may be subbed with dairy free yogurt)
  • Fresh grated ginger
  • Ice 

See Recipe Notes regarding how to grate fresh ginger without peeling it!

overhead shot of pear smoothie recipe with straw and slice of pear

How to make this Pear smoothie

This is one of the easiest smoothie recipes you’ll ever make!

pear smoothie collage before and after blending

  • Chop the pears.  Cut the pears into chunks.  Do not peel the pears as that’s where the majority of the nutrition is!
  • Prepare the smoothie.  Place the pears, almond milk, Greek yogurt, grated ginger and ice in your blender in the order listed and blend until smooth.  Enjoy!

Do I have to use fresh ginger?

Fresh ginger will definitely give this pear smoothie more flavor, but if you don’t have any on hand you can try adding 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger and add more from there.

Recipe notes and substitutions

  • 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger root provides a flavor that you can taste but it’s not overpowering. If you’re unsure about it, try using 1-2 teaspoons first and add more if desired.
  • I store my fresh ginger in a zip top bag in freezer. When I’m ready to use it, I grate the desired amount with my Microplane grater peel and all!
  • This smoothie is plenty sweet with no added sweetener. If you’d like a sweeter smoothie, use vanilla Greek yogurt or add the desired amount of honey or maple syrup.
  • Make this pear smoothie dairy free by using dairy free yogurt. I love Sigi’s plant-based coconut Greek yogurt in vanilla cinnamon flavor.

pear smoothie angled over shot

Additional pear recipes you’ll love:

Apple pear crisp

Butternut squash pear soup

Pear pie

Pear salad

Pear upside down cake by Bon Appetit

 

Pear Ginger Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Pear Ginger Smoothie is a creamy, high protein pear smoothie recipe with juicy Bosc pear, Greek yogurt and kick from fresh ginger.Ā  There's no added sugar making it a healthy smoothie alternative.

pear smoothie with slice of pear on the top of the glass and green striped straw

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. (2 medium) ripe bosc pears, peel on, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 7 ounce container plain unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger*
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

  • *1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger root provides a flavor that you can taste but it's not overpowering. If you're unsure about it, try using 1-2 teaspoons first and add more if desired.
  • I store my fresh ginger in a zip top bag in freezer. When I'm ready to use it, I grate the desired amount with my Microplane grater peel and all!
  • You can use your favorite variety of pear in this smoothie, but I recommend Bosc pears as they're even juicier and sweeter than Bartlett pears.
  • This smoothie is plenty sweet with no added sweetener. If you'd like a sweeter smoothie, use vanilla Greek yogurt or add the desired amount of honey or maple syrup.
  • Make this pear smoothie dairy free by using dairy free yogurt. I love Sigi's plant-based coconut Greek yogurt in vanilla cinnamon flavor.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 11g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.


 

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