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Who could say no to a banana smoothie? This simple banana smoothie recipe is irresistibly yummy and so easy to make. It’s a go-to smoothie that’s creamy and nutritious for a breakfast or snack. 

smoothie in a tall clear glass with a blue and white swirled straw in the drink.


Simple Banana Smoothie

What I love most about this easy banana smoothie recipe is how easy it is to make! Throw everything in the blender in the morning and you have a great on-the-go breakfast that even the kids love.

Use this recipe to make a strawberry banana smoothie or a protein smoothie, or a peanut butter smoothie. The variations are seriously endless. This simple recipe is great to enjoy as is, or with easy add-ins I’ll share in the variations section of this post.

Ingredients needed

  • Banana: I’m using ripe bananas since it gives the smoothie a sweeter taste without adding too much sweetener later. If you want a thicker texture, use frozen bananas instead. 
  • Almond butter: This gives your smoothie a creamier texture and yummy flavor. 
  • Honey: or any sweetener of your choice. 
  • Dates: These are optional, but if you have them they add a natural sweetness so you don’t have to add too much honey or sweetener.
  • Milk: you can use any milk you want. To keep the almond flavor going on, I’ll be using unsweetened almond milk.

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How to make a banana smoothie

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender 
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Pour to serve and garnish as desired
smoothie in a tall clear glass with a blue and white swirled straw in the drink.

Variations 

  • Add peanut butter for an iconic combo for a creamy and nutty banana smoothie. 
  • Add different fruits like mango, pineapples or berries
  • If your banana wasn’t ripe enough or you want a bit more sweetness, add some chopped dates for the perfect sweetener alternative. Or just add some extra honey.
  • The milk you choose can completely change the flavor of your banana smoothie. I love using almond milk but feel free to use what you have, regular or nondairy. 
  • Need extra protein for the day? Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder.
  • Adding greek yogurt to your banana smoothie will provide more nutrition and a more filling drink. 
  • Adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract gives this smoothie a light and delicious taste. 

Expert tips

  • I have a powerful blender that makes everything super liquid, so if I want it thicker I use less milk. If you have an older blender you may need more milk regardless. You know your machine, so blend accordingly. 
  •  If you use dates or almonds it might be a good idea to roughly chop them first. 
  •  If you are using frozen bananas or other frozen fruit, omit the ice.
smoothie in a tall clear glass with a blue and white swirled straw in the drink.

FAQs

How do you freeze bananas for a smoothie?

Peel your bananas and place them in a sealed ziplock bag to freeze for up to 6 months. 

How to make a banana smoothie bowl?

You need a thicker texture to make a smoothie bowl. Use frozen bananas and less milk to create a thick smoothie bowl base.

Can I freeze banana smoothies? 

Yes. Smoothies are the perfect make ahead drink to prepare for the week. Make a large batch and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Allow to defrost or eat it frozen. 

smoothie in a tall clear glass with a blue and white swirled straw in the drink.

Honey Banana Smoothie

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Honey Banana Smoothie – this easy smoothie recipe is full of bananas, honey, and almonds and kids LOVE it! It’s just the right amount of sweet with some healthy and the perfect breakfast!
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 1 large smoothie
Serving Size 1 smoothie

Ingredients
 

  • 1 medium banana
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 pitted dates chopped (optional)
  • 4-5 whole almonds chopped, optional
  • 1 teaspoon honey or more to taste
  • ¾ cup milk (regular or nondairy)
  • ¾ cup ice
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Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. For a thicker smoothie, use less almondmilk.

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Recipe Notes

  • I have a powerful blender that makes everything super liquid, so if I want it thicker I use less milk. If you have an older blender you may need more milk regardless. You know your machine, so blend accordingly. 
  •  If you use dates or almonds it might be a good idea to roughly chop them first. 
  •  If you are using frozen bananas or other frozen fruit, omit the ice.
  • Add protein powder for a higher protein smoothie
  • You can swap peanut butter if you prefer.
  • Feel free to add other fruits or even some greek yogurt.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1smoothie | Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 1061mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 374IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 364mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Drinks
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on May 10, 2023



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  1. I took the survey and I hate to say it but I don’t buy Almond Breeze Almond milk because last I checked it contained carageenan. Carageenan promotes gut inflammation so I always buy other brands of almond milk.
    This smoothie sounds really tasty…I love bananas with almond/peanut butter and honey….yum!

  2. Stella always seems to love those $9 smoothies or juices! looking forward to having her tyr this one at home 🙂

  3. Don’t you love the $9 smoothies. There are MANY places here in San Diego that charge that and $11-12 for juices. I get it with the juices because you need soooo much produce to produce juice but smoothies, yeah, a headscratch. I am glad you found a smoothie combo that Jordan loves!

  4. This looks yum. I took your survey 🙂 I buy almond milk all the time and have recently switched to the cashew blend, which I think is even better.