Here is the key information you need to know about our Nutribullet recipes:
Nutribullet Recipe Basics
(1) Nutribullet Recipes are generally based on the large cup size, which is 24 ounces. That usually results in about 12-16 ounces of smoothie. However, it is easy to convert a Nutribullet recipe to another size simply by reducing or increasing the amount of each ingredient. Nutribullet recipes are not rocket science and, other than always using the max fill line for liquid, exact measurements are very rarely needed.
If you don’t have a Nutribullet and are using our recipes in your blender or Ninja, see our Recipe Conversion Page for tips.
(2) Recipes are provided to us from a variety of sources. You can even submit a recipe! Since we can’t personally test each and every single one of them, we rely on your ratings. If you try a recipe, please come back and rate it, and leave comments telling us why you did or did not like it and what you might have changed.
(3) Substitutions are always fun with recipes. If you like the looks of a recipe but happen to hate one ingredient, change it! The beauty of the Nutribullet is the many interesting combination of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains,and liquids that can be combined. Experiment, and if you think your new combination is a success, come submit it here to share! See more below for common substitutions.
(4) Food preparation: Generally, you can leave items in large chunks for the Nutribullet. Cut up fruits and vegetables to a size that makes them easy to fit in the cup. You need not chop them. I often hand tear/shred leafy items like spinach or kale, but it is not necessary. Add leafy items first, followed by fruits and vegetables, then grains and nuts. If you use something semi-liquid or very soft, like yogurt, add that last, but fill with liquid to the fill line first. I find that yogurt often blocks the liquid from filling right otherwise The idea is to have the liquid and semi-liquid items at the top of the cup, which ends up on the bottom when blending. this helps things blend more quickly and smoothly. Usually a Nutribullet recipe will call for raw items. However in a few rare cases, such as with when using sweet potatoes, the item must be cooked. The recipe will note that if it is the case.
Nuts and seeds can be put in whole. Note, however, that some seeds should not be consumed as they release a toxic substance (cyanide) into the body. These are:
- Apple Seeds
- Apricot Pits
- Cherry Pits
- Peach Pits
- Plum Pits
When using any of these fruits, be sure to remove and discard the pits or seeds before blending.
(5) Using liquids: Nutribullet tends to tell you to use water in their instructions. That is fine, but often the use of other liquids adds flavor and additional nutrients. Some things you might want to try include: milk, coconut water, coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, or fruit juice. You can also add yogurt, but you will still need a pure liquid as well.
Watch the max fill line! When you add liquid, the fill line on your cup should be taken seriously. Under filling the cup may result in incomplete blending. Over filling may result in leaking.
(6) Want a frozen smoothie or were your ingredients at room temperature? Try adding an ice cube or two before blending. For a frozen slushy type of smoothie use frozen fruit or add additional ice.
Common Nutribullet Recipe Substitutions
The following are common substitutions, but in reality you can freely substitute any fruit or vegetable for another and any liquid for another. If you don’t like something, leave it out and add something that you do like. The sky’s the limit!
(1) Leafy Vegetables: Substitute any of these for another: spinach, kale, chard, butter lettuce or other dark green leafy vegetables.
(2) Citrus Fruits: Substitute any citrus for another, although you may want to try to stay in the same range of sweetness or tartness. common citrus items are oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, lemons, and limes.
(3) Other Fruits: Try switching in and out bananas, grapes, apple, pineapple, watermelon, or cantelope. Get creative with your Nutribullet recipes and try more exotic fruits such as guava, dragon fruit, mango, papya, star fruit etc.
(4) Vegetables: Try switching up carrots, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, tomatoes, celery, cucumber etc.
(5) Nuts, Seeds, and Grains: Almonds are a favorite that are used in many Nutribullet recipes, but you can substitute them for any other nut. Other common nuts are walnuts, cashews, and hazelnuts. Be sure to use raw, unsalted nuts. Common seeds are sunflower seeds, flax seeds and chia seeds.Try oatmeal instead of nuts for lots of fiber/
(6) Liquids: change out the water for another liquid such as milk (skim milk is the healthiest), soy milk, rice milk, coconut milk, almond milk, coconut water, or fruit juice.
Nutribullet refers to additional nutritional items as “boosts.” They include nuts and seeds in this definiton, but for most, this often means something like chia or flax seeks for omega 3 fatty acids, or powdered items such as goji or cacao. Some people add protein powder or other powdered nutrients to their Nutribullet recipes.
Nutribullet makes a Nutribullet Superfood Superboost Powder containing powdered chia, goji, cacao, and maca.
Make Your Nutribullet Recipes Your Own
Most important, do not feel constrained by the recipes on this site or the instructions in your Nutribullet book that state to use a certain percent of leafy greens, fruits, and boosts. Those are great guidelines, but ultimately the idea is to eat a variety of healthy foods throughout the week. If you want all fruit smoothie, have one! Or make an all veggie blast. Leave out nuts and seeds if you desire, or add more! Ultimately this is a very flexible system, and how you approach a recipe is up to you. Have fun with it!