Panera Green Passion Smoothie (COPYCAT)

Here is a simple green smoothie recipe that requires only four ingredients! It’s a copycat version of the Panera Green Passion Smoothie and I have to say I (and my kids) were happy with the results.

I was bummed that I couldn’t find fresh passion fruit or 100% passion fruit juice in my grocery store, nevertheless, I found an equally delicious substitute. This smoothie is 100% one that we’ll be making again.

If you try this recipe, don’t forget to leave me a comment and recipe rating below for any suggestions or to give this smoothie some LOVE! 💖

What’s In The Panera Green Passion Smoothie?

According to Panera’s webpage, their Green Passion Smoothie is made from peach and mango purees, white grape, and passion fruit concentrate, and blended with spinach and ice.

This green smoothie is already low in calories at an impressive 230 calories per 16 fluid ounces. The full nutritional breakdown of the original Panera Green Passion Smoothie is as follows:

Calories230
Total Fat1.5 grams
Saturated Fat0 grams
Cholesterol0 grams
Sodium45 milligrams
Carbohydrate59 grams
Total Sugars50 grams
Fiber2 grams
Protein2 grams

I will admit that my goal here was not to make this smoothie healthier or lower in calories. I was simply craving something new and island-inspired. However, my end product did measure up far better in all the above nutrients. The largest differences can be seen with the sodium and carbohydrate amounts.

For those of you who can get your hands on some real, 100% passion fruit juice, I’m jealous. As I know this would be even more divine.

Ingredients Needed for Green Passion Smoothie (Copycat)

Spinach

If you know me, then you know I like to squeeze in some veggies whichever way I can. This mindset is no different when making my smoothies. In fact, my veggie of choice when it comes to smoothies is green and leafy, nutrient-dense, SPINACH.

Spinach is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It’s packed with vitamins A, C, K1, iron, folic acid, and calcium. It also has a slew of beneficial antioxidants including lutein, zeaxanthin, and quercetin.

Research shows that spinach is a source of inorganic nitrate, which may help lower your chances of developing heart disease.

Spinach may also:

  • help with wound recovery (1)
  • fight free radicals (2)
  • support eye, hair, skin, and nail health (2, 3)
  • decrease risk of prostate and breast cancer (4, 5)
  • improve inflammatory markers (2)

Mango

Fresh mango adds that tropical feel to the green passion smoothie. And the nutrient profile is quite impressive as well.

By using fresh or frozen mango (you can use either), you’ll add valuable nutrients that would otherwise be lost. Mango is always a great addition to any healthy meal or snack. It is a nutrient-dense fruit that provides an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, without any sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, or added sugars (6).

For a quick read-up on the health benefits of mangos from myself and other dietitians, check out EatThis article.

Peaches

Just like other fruits, peaches provide many health benefits. This includes adding vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber (7). These nutrients help support heart health, eye health, and fight against inflammation (8).

Peach season is at its peak during the summer months here in the U.S., so use fresh peaches in place of canned or frozen ones for this recipe if you’re able to get some! If not, no worries- research shows that canned peaches are just as nutrient-dense as fresh ones (7)!

My only suggestion if using canned peaches is to buy ones in their own juices, NOT heavy syrup.

White Grape and Passion Fruit Juice

while I’m bummed I don’t have actual passion fruit juice in this Panera green smoothie copycat recipe, the Welch’s Passion Fruit flavored fruit juice drink was the closest substitute I could find. This is a blend of grape juice, apple juice, and passion fruit juice- all from concentrate. All-in-all it is only 17% juice according to the package.

And to be honest, according to the Panera website, they use concentrated white grape juice and passionfruit juice as well. In fact, the peach and mango purees are ALSO from concentrate. This gives us a one-up for using fresh mango and peaches!

Despite the fruit juice coming from concentrate, the kids loved it and I felt pretty darn good about them getting some fruits and veggies in. Still a win in my book!

It’s also an “excellent source of vitamin C”.

I truly believe that all foods can fit into a balanced diet. No need to cut out anything you love. Substitutions sometimes need to be made and you shouldn’t be made to feel guilty for doing so.

Recipe FAQ

Can I Use Different Types of Fruit?

Yes. You absolutely can. In fact, that’s how great smoothie recipes are made- from experimenting! Try berries and other stone fruits. Whatever you like and are in the mood for really. Just make sure to add appropriate measurements so the smoothie doesn’t turn out too thin or too thick. Adjust as you go.

Can I Use Kale Instead of Spinach?

For sure! Even though I prefer spinach, you can definitely use kale, a wonderfully nutrient-dense, green leafy veggie. I’d use the same measurements for the kale as the recipe calls for with spinach.

Can I Use Water in Place of Juice?

You can ultimately use any liquid to blend your smoothies- including water. By substituting water, keep in mind that you will not be getting any added flavor that juice would have provided. But this may be a small price to pay for someone who is watching their weight and opting for a calorie-free, sugar-free liquid such as water.

By using water, you can also expect the flavors of your fruits and veggies to be more prominent because that is where all the flavor is coming from.

Young child drinking green passion smoothie
This Panera Green Smoothie COPYCAT is nutritious AND kid-approved.

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Green Passion Smoothie (COPYCAT)

Try this copycat version of Panera's Green Passion Smoothie to whisk yourself away to a tropical paradise! Fresh or frozen mango and peaches combine with fruit juices and vibrant spinach to create a naturally sweet masterpiece! Plus, this is an excellent way to get in a serving of vegetables!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 168 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup mango chunks fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup peach slices fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups Welch's Passion Fruit Juice blend
  • Ice cubes or water as needed to thin

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to blender, with the exception of ice cubes and extra water.
  • Blend for about 2-3 minutes or until all ingredients are blended well.
  • If your smoothie is too thick, add some water and blend for an additional 30 seconds. If you'd like it cold and frosty, add a few ice cubes and blend for an additional 30 seconds. Enjoy!

Notes

Additional Suggestions:
  • For this recipe, I chose to use both frozen mango and frozen peaches which gives it the perfect frosty and smooth consistency once blended.
  • Feel free to adjust the amounts of fruit slightly per your liking.
  • And add more or less juice or water to adjust the consistency, if needed.  
  • If you can find fresh passionfruit juice in your area, TRY SOME IN THIS RECIPE!
 
Nutrition Information Per Serving (Makes 2 Servings): 
168 Kcal, 0 gm fat, 0 gm sat. fat, 48 gm carbohydrate, 2.8 gm protein, 2 gm fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 17 mg sodium, 206 mg potassium
Keyword green, mango, peach, smoothie, spinach

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2 thoughts on “Panera Green Passion Smoothie (COPYCAT)”

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I just tried it with the exact ingredients and measurements you listed and it turned out fantastic. We don’t have a Panera where we live and were so excited to find your recipe. This is definitely going to be a repeat!

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