Clean Eating Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

This clean eating breakfast smoothie recipe is an energy-filled start to your day!

Since giving up dairy, I have to say my life has changed considerably. My food cravings have vanished, my skin is clearing up and I no longer have “fog brain”.

Clean Eating "Good Morning Sunshine" Smoothie

But the problem with giving up dairy is that coffee and all its counterparts (can we say latte???) just are not the same.

I’ve tried almond milk and coconut milk. Neither one tastes like dairy does. And since caffeine has never been a very good friend to me either, I figured it was just high time to pitch them both to the curb.

I know. I know. Life without coffee? Have I lost my marbles?

But the truth is, there are smoothies like this one that give my morning a fantastic kickstart without the caffeine, and I can feel confident that my body is getting a nice dose of nutrition first thing in the morning.

I make this right after getting out of bed, and by the time I get halfway done with it, I’m zipping around my apartment like the Energizer Bunny. Not bad for a caffeine-free start to the day!

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Clean Eating "Good Morning Sunshine" Smoothie

Clean Eating Good Morning Sunshine Smoothie Recipes

A delicious way to start your morning!
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Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Smoothies
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 221kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 1 cup traditional rolled oats
  • 1 cup frozen mango pieces (no sugar added)
  • ½ small orange (peeled, segmented and seeds removed)
  • 1 cup water
  • tsp. cayenne pepper
  • tsp. black pepper (helps your body absorb the turmeric)
  • ½ tsp. ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp. fresh, grated ginger
  • sweetneer of choice (to taste – optional)


  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Note: Feel free to adjust the spices to your liking.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1075IU | Vitamin C: 42.8mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2.4mg

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  1. You’re a better woman than I am lol! I’ve been unable to kick my coffee habit, or my dairy habit for that matter. However I do sometimes go for a few days in a row without dairy. And like you I agree that almond milk or coconut milk in coffee just doesn’t cut it. One of my favorite ways to have my coffee when I do this is a variation of Bulletproof coffee I saw on a blog. I use my Vitamix and blend coffee with grass fed ghee, coconut oil, and some pumpkin pie spice on low, then I add one raw egg and blend on high for about 30 seconds. This is quite close to a foamy latte and it’s very delicious! Just wanted to mention it in case you’re ever craving a cuppa without dairy 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Diane – I’ve heard of adding coconut oil and blending it with coffee, but I’ve never heard about the egg. I’m leery of raw eggs, but I do want to try the coconut oil. Just haven’t worked up the nerve yet…

  2. This smoothy sounds yummy. However, can you taste the oats? Since I was forced as a young child to eat oatmeal; as an adult, I do not like the taste. Can I substitute the oats for something else. Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Phyllis – The oats are just there to fill you up. But if you want to leave them out, just add more of the other ingredients. I personally can’t really taste them, but then I’m not sensitive to the flavor either. You could always try a small amount and see.

  3. This sounds great! I’m doing a Whole 30 right now, so the oats would be out….Do you think it would still be good without them? Or are there any substitutions that might work? Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stacey – Sure, you could try it without the oats. Just add a few more of the other ingredients if you want more smoothie. 🙂

  4. I understand about being leery of raw eggs. I get mine from a nearby farm that has outstanding practices, so I trust them. I also figure I ate raw eggs throughout my entire childhood because my mom baked a lot and we always got to lick the beaters and the bowls, and I survived that 🙂 Some people do use just the coconut oil but I love it with the egg because it adds a great deal of “froth”, which reminds me so much of my favorite coffee shop lattes 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Diane – Ya, I know some people eat them. It’s just not for me personally. I also learned in nutrition class that raw eggs deplete the body of B vitamins. I thought that was odd, but that’s what they told us.

  5. Darlene @ fieldstone hill design says:

    On my SCD diet, I am not supposed to have cream. But, oh, girl…… I cheat on this….

    You are giving me hope. A smoothie tomorrow?? Maybe??

    Maybe I will save coffee for the very, very rare mornings I wake up in Europe…..

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Darlene – There are tons of smoothies you can make without cream! I use coconut milk in a lot of mine, but you can make them without that as well. Give it a try! And ohhhhh…. coffee and waking up in Europe…. I miss Europe. Such a fabulous place!

  6. I am surprised by the spices, but I know they are all good detox helpers. Does the smoothie come out spicy, or does it just taste like the fruit?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Fal – It is spicy. If you’re worried about it, just use the turmeric.

  7. do you find that the orange & mango is a lot of sugar? yes natural sugar but sugar none-the-less.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gina – I did okay with it. But if it’s too much for you, then I have lots of other smoothie recipes here with varying amounts. You can also always cut down on the fruit if you with. Smoothies are pretty flexible in that department.

  8. I would love to give up coffee again. I have twice before, but only for short periods of time ….. it’s hard to give up for good! Did you give up cold turkey or try reducing the amount you had every day? I have tried using dairy alternatives too, and I agree, almond or coconut milk just don’t work. Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bek – I went cold turkey, but that doesn’t work for everyone. Some withdrawals are tough!

  9. Dang, I can eat oats either. Maybe quinoa instead? I have some quinoa flakes that might work. This sounds yummy.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kanika – You could try it, but I’m not sure what it would do to the flavor or texture.

  10. Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m trying so hard to kick my coffee habit to the curb! Since I have adult onset juvenile arthritis, I’ve been trying to incorporate turmeric and ginger into my diet somehow. I love how they’re combined in here and I love the spicyness! This keeps me full all morning until lunch time. And yes, the black pepper helps the body absorb the turmeric, weird right? Thank you!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amneris – My pleasure!

  11. I love the idea of the smoothie but not crazy about cayenne pepper.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Paula – You can just leave it out.

  12. Linda hayes says:

    Hi. This smoothie is delicious but the calories are off. Just 1/2 c of oats is 150 calories and 1/2 cup frozen mango is 45 not to mention the orange . 1/2 of this recipe is probably more like 230. Just wondered if it was a typo. Thanks for all the delicious recipes!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Linda – Please see the note under my nutrition data. It’s a ballpark. It’s not exact. There would be no way for me to give exact nutrition data. Sorry about that.

  13. Linda Hayes says:

    Oh, I see it. That makes perfect sense! Thank you 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Linda – My pleasure! 🙂