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Easy 5-Minute Banana Smoothie

My go-to banana smoothie! You need less than five minutes to make this easy banana smoothie. Use our simple recipe on it’s own or use it as a base for other smoothies. Jump to the Banana Smoothie Recipe or watch our quick recipe video to see how we make it.

Watch How We Make Banana Smoothies

Why You Should Make This Banana Smoothie

I’ve made a version of this easy banana smoothie recipe more times than I can count. It’s perfect on it’s own and is the best base recipe for adding more ingredients. Here are a few more reasons we love it:

  • You need less than 5 minutes to make it.
  • You can use fresh or frozen bananas.
  • It’s easy to adapt to what you have in the kitchen.
  • This smoothie is perfect for breakfast or a snack.
  • Kids love it!
  • You can even make the smoothie ahead of time, freeze it, and save for later.

How To Make The Best Banana Smoothie

My basic smoothie recipe calls for four simple ingredients:

Banana — I use one banana to make one large or two smaller (kid-size) smoothies. For the best tasting smoothie, use a ripe banana. For the creamiest banana smoothie, use frozen banana slices (I’ve shared how I freeze bananas for smoothies below).

Half an orange — When I have oranges in the house, I love adding them to my morning smoothie. It adds extra vitamin C and tropical flavor. If you don’t have oranges on hand, don’t worry, you can substitute other fruits like mango, pineapple, and berries.

Plain or Greek yogurt — To be honest, I don’t always add yogurt to my smoothies, but when I do have it in the fridge, adding a spoonful ensures a protein-packed and creamy smoothie. For a smoothie without yogurt, add a little extra fruit or include veggies (like spinach or kale) instead.

Water or milk — To help the ingredients blend, I like adding a splash of liquid to the blender. For a smoothie without milk, use water. It still tastes amazing. For more creaminess use milk (dairy or non-dairy both work).

To make the smoothie, I add everything into a blender, and then blend until smooth. For an icy cold smoothie, throw in a handful of ice or use frozen fruits.

How To Freeze Fruit For Smoothies

To make smoothies even easier, freeze fresh fruit into portions. You can even prepare smoothie packs and freeze them for a grab and blend smoothie option.

To freeze fruit for smoothies, rinse and chop fresh fruit into small pieces. Pat them dry then arrange, in one layer, on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Slide the baking sheet into the freezer and freeze until hard (two to three hours).

When the fruit is hard, divide it between freezer-safe bags and keep in the freezer for your next smoothie.

Banana Smoothie Variations

As I mentioned above, this smoothie recipe is delicious as written, but it can also be used as a base for other smoothie recipes. We shared a few suggestions in the video, but I’ll add even more below:

  • Add more fruit (fresh or frozen). I love mango, pineapple, and berries.
  • Add greens like spinach, kale, or Swiss chard. I add one to two cups.
  • Add healthy fat with some avocado.
  • Add more protein and fiber with hemp seeds, chia seeds, or your favorite protein powder.
  • Add nuttiness and extra sticking power with a tablespoon of peanut butter, almond butter, or other nut butter.
  • Add some chocolate with a tablespoon of cocoa powder or my favorite, cacao nibs.
  • Add fresh ginger or turmeric or add dried spices like ground cinnamon or ground turmeric.

More Smoothie Recipes

  • Make this protein-packed green smoothie recipe with fresh spinach, banana, orange, and Greek yogurt in under 5 minutes.
  • Our easy blueberry smoothie recipe that keeps you happy for hours. One small smoothie offers almost 5 grams of fiber as well as 5 grams of protein.
  • With 6 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber, this utterly delicious strawberry banana smoothie will keep you full and energized for your day.

Recipe updated, originally posted January 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

  • PREP 5mins
  • TOTAL 5mins

Our banana smoothie is extra creamy and fruity. Depending on how ripe or sweet your banana and orange are, you may need to add a little extra honey, so add based on your taste. There are many additions you can make here, try adding 1/2 a cup to a cup of fresh greens, such as spinach for a green smoothie. Also, you could add 1/2 a cup of strawberries, mango, frozen berries, pineapple, or other favorite fruit.

Makes 2 kid-size smoothies or 1 large

You Will Need

1 banana

1/2 orange, peeled and quartered

1/3 cup Greek yogurt

1/4 cup water or milk (dairy or non-dairy)

1 to 2 teaspoons honey, optional

Directions

    Roughly chop banana and orange quarters then add to a blender. Top with yogurt and the water (or milk). Turn blender on and blend until creamy and smooth. Taste then adjust with honey if needed.

Adam and Joanne’s Tips

  • How to Freeze or Make Ahead: This recipe makes one smoothie or two kid-size smoothies. Enjoy now, or save for later. To save the smoothie for later, pour each serving into a food-safe resealable plastic bag or container and freeze. Then, about an hour before needing the smoothie, take out from freezer.
  • Non-Dairy alternatives: If you are looking for a banana smoothie without yogurt, then simply leave the yogurt out of the recipe above and replace with more banana, a tablespoon or so of nut butter, mango, or a tablespoon of hemp seeds (great protein source). You may need to add additional water or non-dairy milk to thin the smoothie out a little.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1 kid-size smoothie / Calories 122 / Protein 5 g / Carbohydrate 23 g / Dietary Fiber 3 g / Total Sugars 16 g / Total Fat 2 g / Saturated Fat 1 g / Cholesterol 5 mg AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

  • The honey can be replaced by agave nectar if you like. For a liquid sweetener that adds an interesting flavor, try cinnamon simple syrup. Cinnamon and bananas are a perfect pairing!
  • If you like strawberries, try this Strawberry Banana Smoothie.
  • You can replace the yogurt with a scoop of ice cream to create more of a banana milkshake. While vanilla is often preferred, chocolate’s a great option, too. It’s best to add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of milk as well.
  • No yogurt? Blend your smoothie with 6 ice cubes (or 1/2 cup crushed ice) and add about 3/4 cup of milk. Coconut milk and any of the popular dairy alternatives work well too.
  • If you want to spike this drink, add 1 ounce of banana liqueur. You can also use a flavored vodka like whipped cream, vanilla, or banana (it’s hard to find but out there).
  • The basic banana smoothie is the perfect foundation to build a custom banana split smoothie by liquifying your favorite banana split toppings. For instance, add 1/2 cup of diced pineapple and 1/4 cup of fresh strawberries. Squeeze in fun toppings like chocolate, butterscotch, or caramel syrup, or add a tablespoon of peanut butter or coconut flakes. To complete the experience, top it with whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, and a maraschino cherry.

Let me introduce you to the creamiest and most delicious banana smoothie. This healthy banana smoothie is simple and packed with protein, fiber, and potassium! Blend it up this week for a healthy banana smoothie breakfast!

Banana Smoothie- Go BANANAS

Smoothies are a one-stop shop for something tasty that is also packed with nutrition! Healthy smoothies have been getting more and more complex as we try to pack them full of as many fruits and veggies as possible. Have you guys tried Daily Harvest Smoothies? They do an amazing job at packing insane servings of vegetables and fruits into their smoothies AND they are naturally sweetened. When we don’t have time to mix up a homemade smoothie, we throw a daily harvest in the blender and BOOM.

We have started to create more complex smoothies on FFF, too! Our classic green smoothie recipe has spinach, avocado, cauliflower, bananas, and dates. It’s just delish. Today we are taking a break from fancy smoothies and keeping it simple with a banana smoothie!

The key to a perfect banana smoothie is the frozen bananas! Forget the ice and slice up a bundle of bananas, freeze them, and use those frozen bananas as the base for your smoothie. We do a step by step tutorial on how to freeze and store bananas in this How to Freeze Bananas Post. I highly recommend prepping a bunch of bananas for smoothie prep throughout the week.

Banana Smoothie Q & A

Is a banana smoothie good for you? What smoothie you prepare for yourself depends completely on what your body needs! This banana smoothie is a great healthy breakfast or snack throughout the week. Bananas are packed with potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C. This smoothie also has extra fiber and protein from the flax and greek yogurt. If your doctor recommends a low sugar diet for you, keep in mind that bananas have a lot of natural sugar and adjust your meal prep for the week accordingly.

How long can you keep a banana smoothie in the fridge? We recommend eating this banana smoothie immediately after preparing. If you are prepping this banana smoothie and storing it in the refrigerator, we recommend storing your banana smoothie in the refrigerator for no longer than two days.

Do you put ice in smoothies? We don’t usually recommend using ice in smoothies because it tends to water down the flavor of the smoothie. We recommend using frozen fruit over ice. However, if you are using fresh fruit, feel free to add in a handful of ice to chill the smoothie.

What can replace a banana in a smoothie? Well, in this banana smoothie we recommend bananas. However, feel free to use a cup of your favorite fruit if you are out of bananas.

How to Make a Banana Smoothie

This banana smoothie is as easy as 1-2-3. Feel free to add any extra flare or ingredients if you’d like. We kept it nice and simple. If you feel like you want to add a serving of vegetables, try frozen cauliflower! If you would like a bit more texture try adding a couple of tablespoons of oatmeal. The options are endless.

Step 1: Banana Smoothie Ingredients – Only 5 Ingredients

Measure out all of the ingredients for this banana smoothie before throwing all of the ingredients into the blender.

  1. Bananas
  2. Greek Yogurt
  3. Almond Milk
  4. Flax Meal
  5. Vanilla Extract

Step 2: Blend Banana Smoothie in a Blender

We love our Vitamix, but any blender will work to blend this healthy banana smoothie to creamy perfection! Now, remember that this banana smoothie can be as thin or as thick as you want it. If you like your smoothies a bit thinner, try adding extra almond milk. If you like thick and creamy omit some of the almond milk.

Step 3: Add Toppings to your Banana Smoothie

Go big home when it comes to smoothie toppings! Our favorites smoothie toppings are nut butter, granola, hemp seeds, and slices of fresh fruit! Check out some of our favorite homemade smoothie toppings for this banana smoothie below!

  • Peanut Butter Cup Granola
  • Blueberry Orange Granola
  • Vanilla Bean Almond Butter
  • Healthy Granola Recipe
  • How to make peanut butter

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

  • Classic Strawberry Smoothie
  • The Best Breakfast Smoothie
  • Peanut Butter Banana Cold Brew Protein Smoothie
  • Minty Avocado Banana Smoothie
  • Tropical Pina Colada Smoothie
  • Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie
  • Berry Green Layered Smoothie
  • Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie
  • Tropical Green Smoothie
  • The Best Green Smoothie Recipes

Recipe

Banana Smoothie

Let me introduce you to the creamiest and most delicious banana smoothie. This healthy banana smoothie is simple and packed with protein, fiber, and potassium! Blend it up this week for a healthy banana smoothie breakfast!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes

Author: Linley Richter Yield: 2 1x Category: Smoothie Method: No Bake Cuisine: American

  • 2 cups frozen sliced bananas
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth. Option to add more almond milk as needed.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2
  • Calories: 200
  • Sugar: 21
  • Sodium: 143
  • Fat: 3
  • Carbohydrates: 34
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 11

The BEST peanut butter banana smoothie for weight loss!

In my opinion, few things go better together than peanut butter and bananas. So as you can imagine, today’s smoothie recipe is definitely one of my personal favorites. The toughest part about shakes like this and dieting though, is always the peanut butter. Does anybody have 200 calories (on average) to spare for just 2 tablespoons of something when they’re dieting? I wish I did, but I definitely don’t.

Thankfully there is a magical product called PB2, which, when prepared, tastes just like peanut butter, but has only a fraction of the calories. If you’ve read some of my other posts then you know how much I like this product. And trust me on this one, don’t buy JIF’s powdered peanut butter, it’s terrible.

This peanut butter banana smoothie recipe is…

Creamy

Thick

Oh-so peanut buttery

Slightly sweet

& surprisingly refreshing

5.0 from 1 reviews Low Calorie Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Prep time 5 mins Cook time 5 mins Total time 10 mins An easy and low calorie peanut butter and banana smoothie Author: Joe Duff Recipe type: Dessert Cuisine: American Serves: 2 Cups Ingredients

  • ¼ Cup (60mL) Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 Banana (100g)
  • ⅔ Cup (66g) Powdered Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp (12g) Sugar Substitute
  • 1½ Cups of ice (200g)
  • Pinch of Salt

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth

Nutrition Information Serving size: 1 Cup Calories: 196 Fat: 4.5 Carbohydrates: 31 Fiber: 7 Protein: 15 3.5.3208

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This Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie is full of protein and fruit goodness. It is perfect for a quick and easy breakfast or lunch, and it will keep you full longer.

Last year I really enjoyed creating and sharing more healthy recipes and ideas. Over the past year and a half we have made a conscience effort to incorporate healthier options to our meals throughout the day, so it was natural to begin sharing the food we were eating with you.

The hardest part is resisting all the baked goods that I am still making. Baking is one of my favorite things to do, so I’m not planning on giving that up any time soon.

It’s been hard, but totally worth it. By making these healthy eating habits, we have seen a difference in our attitude, strength, and overall well-being. It has become a lifestyle for us.

One thing that we do 4-5 days a week is some type of work out. Honestly, working out is something that I have to talk myself into every single day.

I have never been one of those people that gets an exercise high. My excitement comes when I do that last move, and know I am done for the day. That gets me pretty excited!

Over the past few years my husband and I have worked out in different gyms and in our own garage gym. The biggest obstacle that I face is always myself. Each time I look at the workout on the board, I start to second guess myself and what I’m capable of.

The first time I saw box jumps on a list at one of the gyms, I told myself that there was no way. Sure enough, I tried and just about fell on my face. So, step ups were what I resorted to doing.

Fast forward a few months and there were those dang box jumps on the list again. (They have been there a few other times, but I had been doing step-ups) I stared that box down and decided that I was going to do it.

All it takes is getting past the mental block that I kept putting there. I stepped up to the box and did it on the first try. I think I ended up doing a total of 35 jumps that day! Woo hoo! That 20 inch box has nothing on me!

Now to face that mental block about healthy eating. I have the biggest sweet tooth around. Give me a choice between Peanut Butter Cup Cookies and a protein shake and my first instinct is to grab the cookies and run.

But I have learned that fueling your body with healthy nutritious food makes a huge difference in how you feel longterm. Sure a cookie makes me feel good in the moment, but that moment on the lips, ends on the hips.

It’s all about making those little changes, right? Eventually enough little changes add up to a big difference.

Now let me clarify one thing. Enjoying one cookie every once in a while is not a bad thing. In fact, I think giving yourself permission to have something every once in a while is actually a good thing. It’s just not a good thing when it becomes every single day.

This Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie and this Triple Berry Orange Smoothie are two of my favorite breakfast or lunch options. Now I do not drink it every day because I am watching how much fruit I eat too. There is actually quite a bit of sugar in fruit so it’s a good idea to limit it.

Adding Greek yogurt and a good quality protein powder makes this healthy shake a delicious meal replacement.

The benefits to drinking smoothies with protein is that it keeps you full longer and gives you energy.

How to make a Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie:

Pull out your blender and dust it off.

Chop the frozen banana into smaller pieces, so it is easier to blend together with everything else. Add the banana slices and frozen cherries to the bottom of the blender.

Pour the fat free milk, Greek yogurt, and protein powder on top of the fruit.

Pulse for a few minutes until the protein shake is thick and creamy. Pour it into one or two glasses and enjoy right away.

How to change up the flavor of your Protein Smoothie:

Change out the frozen fruit. You could use raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, mangos, pineapple, peaches, or blackberries instead of cherries. There is really no wrong fruit to add with the banana.

Use almond or coconut milk in place of the fat free milk for a delicious dairy free option.

Try a different flavor of protein powder. Chocolate is a delicious addition to your healthy smoothies.

Other ingredients to add to a Healthy Smoothie:

  • Leafy greens like spinach and kale
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseed
  • Avocado
  • Matcha green tea powder
  • Peanut Butter or Nut butters

More easy healthy recipes:

Chocolate protein powder, oats, and cocoa powder gives these Skinny Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Pancakes their delicious flavor. Easy to make for breakfast!

This Broccoli and Cheese Egg Casserole is loaded with veggies. It’s an easy and delicious option for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Keep a batch of these little Peanut Butter Cranberry Granola Bites on your counter for when you need a “sweet” treat. Whole grain oats and protein is a good snack to reach for.

These no bake Healthy Snack Bars taste amazing and are so easy to make with a food processor.

A pan of these Roasted Veggies is a delicious addition to any dinner. Use your favorite seasonings to change them up every time.

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Prep Time 2 minutes Total Time 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen dark, sweet cherries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fat free milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Instructions

  1. Place everything in a blender and pulse until thick and creamy.
  2. Pour into 2 glasses and enjoy immediately.

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Nutrition Information:

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Serving Size:

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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 230 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 97mg Carbohydrates: 34g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 25g Protein: 24g

*The post and recipe for this Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie was originally published January 16, 2014. The post and pictures have been updated, and it was republished on January 3, 2019.

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These 7 Quick & Easy Vegan Banana Smoothies are incredibly freezer friendly, so easy to make and taste absolutely delicious! PERFECT for busy mornings. All vegan, and made with all natural, clean eating ingredients!

WATCH THE VIDEO TO SEE HOW IT’S MADE:

Happy Monday Friends!! I have a super post for you here today – my 7 top fave smoothies. These will take you through the entire week, wake you up, keep you energised and keep you full. Also, they are so freezer friendly that you can make an entire week’s batch in less than 15 minutes. Yes, they are that easy. If you watch the video above, you’ll see just how easy and nutrition loaded they are. Drink up!

Now, a few words about these banana smoothies before we get into the actual recipes. Smoothies are life. Whoever invented them I want to thank you. They are nutrient dense, tasty, portable and easy to make meals that can be had at pretty much any time of the day. I would however, recommend having these in the morning. You’ll set your intentions for the day perfectly that way. Plus, this is the ultimate wake up meal to get you going for the day ahead.

Reason for having bananas:

  1. To make it easier to make these banana smoothies. That’s one less base ingredient you have to think about, and buying a bunch means you can make these smoothies on hand whenever you feel like.
  2. Creaminess factor. Hello smooth, creamy and delightful smoothies. Bananas help to thicken up anything they are put into, and definitely boost the creaminess in these smoothies.
  3. Easy freezable. I wanted you to be able to throw all these ingredients into a zipped bag in the freezer and only having to add liquid thereafter, and bananas are the perfect base to allow that. I opted for unsweetened almond milk and/or OJ, but coconut water, tea and any other nut milk work just as great. This makes them perfect for meal prep!
  4. Nutrition. Bananas have lots of potassium, Vitamin C (yes!), fibre and Vitamin B6. It’s also loaded with pectin. Know that these banana smoothies will actually help keep you full and are pretty healthy for you. See banana milk video for even more banana info.

My Fav. Smoothie Equipment – Blenders & Jars

Pictured: Blendtec 725 Designer Series + Twister Jar

Hands down, my Blendtec blender is my absolute #1 choice for making smoothies. FRIENDS. This will change your life. I’ve had lots of blenders before, and never have I seen a machine completely break down and blend every ingredient so perfectly than my Blendtec. I’ve had it all of a few weeks now and I’ve been given so many “progress awards” by this smart machine that I’m convinced it pays for itself if you purchase it. Plus, you can totally use it to make lots of other items (hello Cauliflower Soup + Banana Milk!). If you are someone who is always making smoothies, sauces, soups, nut butters etc., I would definitely buy this baby.

The blender is also like an acrylic material, so even clumsy me won’t be breaking it. The Twister Jar is just as useful for smaller, more dense items like pestos, nut butters and pastes. I made every one of these banana smoothies in the blender except the Strawberry Mango, which I made in the Twister Jar. Best part? It comes with an EIGHT (8!!) year guarantee. You can also check out the blender alone for an option with the Twister Jar.

Pictured: Oster My Blend Blender

If you’re still like eh, I just want to make smoothies randomly, my first blender, The Oster My Blend Blender is honestly a great option. I still have it, and it’s a gift that the Mr. gave me I think for a birthday a while back. It is literally for making smoothies and is a single-serve blender. You make it, and then switch the tops and BAM – sports bottle on the go. Pretty ingenious when you think about it. It is not so great on the ice factor, which makes it ideal for these kind of banana smoothies. It won’t be as creamy as a smoothie from the Blendtec, but it’ll definitely do the job.

Pictured: Ball Pint Mason Jars

JARS.

Lastly, I am completely obsessed with Ball Jars. Oh boy. I think I have every variety, every weight, and every make including the freezer friendly ones (PLEASE do not put the glass jars in the freezer they will crack and explode. Yup.). They are the perfect size for these single serve smoothies, and work amazingly for other items too. As I’m opening my fridge, I see Ball Jars holding:

Active yeast, Homemade vegan Worcestershire sauce (I should probably share that recipe), pumpkin butter, coconut butter and super thick coconut whipped cream. Yes, my name is Jessica and I’m a crazy jar lady, but point being you’ll be using these jars way beyond your smoothies. One thing: once you finish using a jar, I would wash it immediately and dry off the top to prevent any premature rusting.

Smoothie Tips (+ Spicing it Up)

So here are my top fav. smoothie tips to make these the best smoothies you’ll have:

  1. Start with FRESH ingredients! I can’t stress this enough. There is nothing wrong with buying ingredients and then freezing, but please ensure to start with fresh ingredients. These will yield not only better tasting smoothies, but smoothies packed with the maximum nutrition. If possible, head to your local Farmer’s market for nutrient dense ingredients grown in the best soil.
  2. Go easy on the ice. Ice = watery smoothies, so I would definitely just skip this ingredient.
  3. SPICE IT UP.

    What I mean is, add some pizazz to your smoothies. While you can make the smoothies as is, I love to add in some nutrient dense ingredients that help to take it up a notch. My favs:

    – Flax seeds, chia seeds & hemp seeds – lots of protein, fibre, and they help to thicken up your smoothies.
    – Nut butters – adds protein, a new flavour and a great thickener that’s probably already in your pantry.
    – Maca powder, goji berries, acai powder – superfoods that boost the nutrition in your smoothies and help to power you awake. Specifically, I’ve found adding maca powder to anything boosts my mood immediately and helps me to feel awake.
    – Maple syrup and other natural sweeteners – if you want a sweeter smoothie, go ahead and add these in at your discretion.
    – Teas, coconut waters, banana milk, almond milk, coconut milk, orange juice – your base choice is up to you. These already in the recipes are my fav kinds, but switch it up based on your preferences.

  4. Use ripe ingredients. This is just as important as #1. Please, use bananas that already have spots on them, use mangoes that are ready, use berries that are ripe and all other ingredients. These will not only produce more naturally sweet recipes, but will be safer to consume.
  5. Make enough for a week, or even a month in one sitting. YES, it is very possible. If you want lots of variety, just buy 4x the ingredients per smoothie, and add them to zipped tupperware bags. Everything freezes smoothly and all you need to do is choose your liquid of choice. Stack them beautifully and watch breakfast be a completely breeze for an entire month.
  6. LAST one, but pretty important, but the frozen ingredients in last. If they are first, the liquid can’t
    help break down the rest of the ingredients, so layer your ingredients from liquid to fresh to frozen.

Onwards to the smoothie recipes!

Just in case you’re wondering, my fav is the green smoothie. Tried, true, loved.

Tropical Green Smoothie

7 Quick & Easy Banana Smoothies Recipes
Serving Size:
Total Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients:
3 slices/1 cup diced pineapple
2 cups fresh spinach, washed and stems removed
1 banana, frozen
1/2 cup fresh orange juice

Directions:
Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Serves: 1 smoothie Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • ½ cup orange juice

Instructions

  1. Blend all the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

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Blueberry Pineapple Spinach Smoothie

Blueberry Spinach Pineapple Smoothie
Description:
P.S. This isn’t pretty but tastes AMAZING.

Serves: 1 smoothie Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • ½ cup almond milk

Instructions

  1. Blend all the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

Mixed Berry Smoothie

7 Quick & Easy Banana Smoothies Recipes Serves: 1 smoothie Ingredients

  • ½ cup raspberries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup almond milk

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients until thick and creamy. Enjoy!

Strawberry Mango Smoothie

Strawberry Mango Smoothie Serves: 1 smoothie Ingredients

1 cup strawberries

½ frozen banana

½ cup almond milk

1 cup mango

½ frozen banana

½ cup milk

Instructions

  1. Blend the strawberries, 1 half banana, and almond milk until thick and smooth. Pour into a ball jar.
  2. Blend the rest of the ingredients together until creamy and pour over strawberry mixture. Enjoy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
Inactive Time:
Total Time:
Total Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients:
1 frozen banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon runny natural peanut butter – I LOVE Justinu0027s
1 tablespoon cocoa/cacao powder
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Directions:
Blend all the ingredients until thick and smooth. If you have some time, let it set about 5 minutes – the peanut butter thickens it right up.

Turmeric Mango Smoothie

Turmeric Mango Smoothie
Inactive Time:
Total Time:
Total Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients:
1 cup mango
1 frozen banana
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

Directions:
Blend all the ingredients until thick and creamy and smooth. Enjoy!

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Everything I used for this post:

Can’t/won’t have bananas?

I feel you, I had a slight sad period in my life where I was intolerant to bananas for about two years (WHY.). Or maybe you would like a different base than bananas. It may take a bit of work around, but you can easily substitute ⅓ of an avocado for the creaminess, ½ cup of coconut yogurt (to keep it vegan) or even thick coconut cream.

P.S. These colourful straws are gorgeous, but they really are just for pretty pictures and parties. I would highly recommend buying a glass straw. It’s 100% more eco-friendly, looks gorgeous and lasts forever. The Hummingbird Glass Straws are my favourite.

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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I’m going through one of those times lately when I’m totally conflicted about living in the Midwest.

Don’t get me wrong — I love it here. I love living in a place that has four very intense seasons. I love being close to family. I love the thousand little reasons why Kansas City feels like home. I love that most of those thousand reasons have to do with the amazing people I know and love here. I love that I can’t imagine my life without them.

But good grief, I don’t know if I can do more of these long winters! I can get all nostalgic and appreciate winters and hot chocolate and fuzzy slippers and cozy fireplaces to a point. But usually that point arrives squarely on December 26. Then I’m ready for the snow to clear out and the sunshine to hurry and warm everything up already!! No such luck in Kansas City, where it snowed the last week of April this year after a few 80-degree day teasers.

C’est la vie in the wild Midwest. 🙂

The kicker is that I notice this most not in the midst of winter (although I do my fair share of whining and thermostat-cranking when shivering my tail off). Nope. I notice how ridiculously, bubbly, undeniably happy I am once warm weather finally arrives to stay. I’m serious you guys, I have been downright giddy this week! It’s like life is just 100x better when I can wear sundresses and take my dog for walks without shivering and sit out on the back patio and soak up the sunshine. I love, love, love it.

But that said, this is still home for me. And I have zero intentions of moving, and couldn’t imagine life away from my friends. But I do sometimes dream about living in a place where winters didn’t last quite as long. Must mean I just need to soak up these warmer months all the more.

When I’m feeling the need for some sunshine though, one of the guilty pleasures I often cave into is buying strawberries year-round (even when they’re out of season — yes) to make this nostalgic, favorite smoothie that reminds me of warm summer nights. Yes, I’m talking about this classic — a strawberry banana smoothie.

I’m pretty sure that this was the first smoothie I ever made back when I first heard the word “smoothie”.

Oh yeah, do you remember the days before “smoothies” were a thing?!? I remember when the first smoothie store opened in my hometown of Wichita, Kansas and smoothies were suddenly all the rage. My friends and I would drive across town on summer break and blow our allowances spending a whopping $5 on these drinks made by the most powerful blenders we had ever seen. There were no green smoothies back in the day. Everything was red or pink or orange or white, and without a doubt, the most popular drink that everyone would order was also the most popular item on the menu — the Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

This also happened to be the first smoothie I ever made homemade way back in high school. And it has been a loyal companion over the years as I have thrown every food trend imaginable into that blender with it. Wheat germ? Check. Spinach? Check. Fancy protein powders? Check. Coconut everything? A very recent check, check, check.

Miraculously, the mighty strawberry banana smoothie has always managed to taste good with all of the random additives. But on the days when I’m craving healthy comfort food — especially comfort food that sings of summer and warmth — I go back to the original. And it never fails me.

I do try and buy organic ingredients for this nowadays. But otherwise, my base recipe is the same:

Fill a blender with frozen strawberries, fresh bananas, milk (any kind), a splash of vanilla, ice, and some honey to sweeten if needed.

If I have Greek yogurt on hand, I will often toss some of that in. And occasionally I will sub in orange juice (or some other fruit juice) for the milk. And of course, over the years I have also tossed in everything from wheat germ, to flax, to chia, to greens, to protein powders, to coconut milk and more. But if you’re going for the classic version, this is my base. (And it happens to naturally be gluten-free and vegan.)

Blend it up until combined. (Note: I think my 16-year-old self would be amazed that I now own one of those magic blenders I used to admire at the smoothie stores!!)

Then serve and enjoy.

I can’t even imagine how many smoothies I have made since my first taste of a smoothie back in the day. But while fads and flavors may change over the years, I have to say that this strawberry banana smoothie still tastes just as good as the first time I tried it. And as long as I’m living in the Midwest, I’m pretty sure it will forever be my favorite “summer-y” comfort food to get through those winters and soak up the sunny summers. And that’s ok with me. 🙂

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The classic strawberry banana smoothie recipe is hard to beat. It’s sweet, it’s fresh, it’s good for you, and it’s always tasty.

Scale 1x2x3x

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 fresh banana, peeled
  • 1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon honey, if needed, to sweeten
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, and pulse until combined. Serve immediately.
  2. (If the smoothie is too thick, add more milk. If it is too thin, add more fruit and/or ice.)

posted on May 7, 2014 in Breakfast / Brunch, Smoothies, Vegetarian

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This Strawberry Banana Smoothie is a delicious way to get more fruit into your day. I love having it for breakfast, or as a mid-afternoon snack, because it tastes like such a treat! Even my kids love this one. It’s a great “beginner smoothie” if you’re trying to make one for the first time.

How to Make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie

To make this Strawberry Banana Smoothie, you’ll need a blender and about 5 minutes of time. All you have to do is blend the ingredients together until smooth, then make any adjustments that you see fit once you taste it.

Because fruits can vary in sweetness, you might need to add a little sweetener one day, but not the next. When you make a smoothie at home, you’re in charge of the flavor, so keep in mind that you can always tweak each batch to suit your tastes.

Do You Have to Use Frozen Fruit in Smoothies?

This recipe calls for frozen fruit because I find that to be the most convenient and the most affordable. I love how frozen fruit gives this Strawberry Banana Smoothie a thick and slushy texture, almost like a milkshake.

However, you can use fresh strawberries and bananas, if you prefer! You’ll need to use much less liquid when using fresh fruit, so start with 1/2 cup of liquid and add more as needed. If you want a frozen, slushy-texture for your smoothie to mimic using frozen fruit, try adding a cup or more of ice until it’s as thick as you’d like it to be.

When freezing bananas, make sure you peel them prior to freezing so that you can easily add them to a smoothie later. It’s nearly impossible to get the peel off after freezing. (Trust me.) If you don’t have a high-speed blender, but the bananas into coins before adding them to the blender for easier blending. I usually freeze my bananas whole and then break them in half before adding them, as my Vitamix can break them down easily.

Are Smoothies Good for Weight Loss?

In my opinion, yes, smoothies are great for weight loss! When you make a smoothie at home, you control what goes into it. That means you don’t have to worry about things like frozen yogurt or sugary “bases” being used in your smoothie, like some chain smoothie stores do.

I like to use smoothies like this one as a meal replacement, so it’s a great alternative to a heavier breakfast. Smoothies are a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and they can help keep you hydrated.

If you’re concerned about the sugar in fruit, sure you read why I don’t limit my fruit intake. One study mentioned in that article shares that eating fruit actually promotes weight loss, compared to another group that limited their fruit intake.

How to Make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie (1-Minute Video):

Pin 5 from 7 votes This STRAWBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE is the best recipe! It gives you a slushy, milkshake-like texture using frozen strawberries and bananas. It’s a great beginner smoothie and kids love it!
Course Breakfast Cuisine American Keyword banana, smoothie, strawberry Prep Time 5 minutes Total Time 5 minutes Servings 1 Calories 308kcal Author Megan Gilmore

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana , cut into pieces
  • 1 cup milk (I use almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (or use more milk )
  • 1 Medjool date , pitted (or 1 tablespoon honey), if needed for sweetness
  • Add the strawberries, banana, milk, orange juice, and date for sweetness, if desired, and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust anything as needed, then serve right away.
  • Leftover smoothie can be poured into mini ice pop molds for a frozen treat later.

Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 1057mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 156.9mg | Calcium: 352mg | Iron: 1.4mg

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Nutrition (for the whole batch): Calories: 308; Fat: 4g; Carbohydrates: 69g; Fiber: 8g; Protein: 4g

Recipe Notes:

You can use any other type of fruit to replace the strawberries or bananas, just keep in mind that you’ll need to use similar amounts to get a similar milkshake-texture. Mixed berries can be used, but keep in mind that raspberries have seeds that will wind up in the final texture, and my kids don’t like that.

I like using orange juice in this smoothie to give it a little boost of sweetness and a slightly tart flavor, but if you leave it out the smoothie will be less-sweet and much more mild in flavor.

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