Easy 5-Minute Banana Smoothie
My favorite banana smoothie! You’ll need less than five minutes to make this easy banana smoothie. Use our easy recipe on its own or as a base for other smoothies. Skip to the banana smoothie recipe
Why you should make this banana smoothie
I’ve made versions of this easy banana smoothie recipe more times than I can count. It’s perfect on its own and is the best base recipe for adding other ingredients like fruit, nut butters, and veggies.
Here are a few more reasons why we love it:
- It takes you less than 5 minutes.
- 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 it for later.
How to make the best banana smoothie
My easy smoothie recipe calls for four simple ingredients:
plantain — I use a banana to make one or two smaller (kid-sized) smoothies. For the best-tasting smoothie, use a ripe banana. For the creamiest banana smoothie, use frozen banana slices. I shared how I freeze bananas for smoothies below.
half orange — If I have oranges at home, I like to add them to my morning smoothie. 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 yogurt or Greek yogurt — I don’t always add yogurt to my smoothies, but if I have some in the fridge, a tablespoon makes for a creamy, high-protein smoothie. For a smoothie without yogurt, add some more fruit or add veggies like spinach or kale.
water or milk — To make mixing the ingredients easier, I like to add a squirt of liquid to the blender. For a milk-free smoothie, use water. It still tastes amazing. For extra creaminess, add milk (dairy or non-dairy milk, either will work).
To make the smoothie, I put everything in a blender and then puree until smooth. For a frozen smoothie, add a handful of ice or use frozen fruit.
We have more easy smoothie recipes! Try our 5 Minute Strawberry Smoothie or this Easy Blueberry Smoothie.
How to freeze fruit for smoothies
To make smoothies even easier, freeze fresh fruit in batches. You can even make smoothie packs and freeze them for an on-the-go smoothie option.
To freeze fruit for smoothies, rinse and cut fresh fruit into small pieces. Pat dry and place in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Slide the baking sheet into the freezer and freeze until hard (2 to 3 hours).
When the fruit is hard, separate it into freezer-safe bags and store in the freezer for your next smoothie.
Variations of banana milkshake.
This smoothie recipe is delicious as written, but can also be used as a base for other smoothie recipes. We shared some tips in the video, but I’ll add more below:
Add more fruit (fresh or frozen). I love mango, pineapple and berries. Here’s our easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie!
Add green vegetables like spinach, kale, or Swiss chard. I add a cup or two.
Add healthy fat with some avocado.
Add more protein and fiber with hemp seeds, chia seeds, or your favorite protein powder.
Add a nutty flavor and extra stickiness with a dollop of peanut butter, almond butter, or other nut butter.
Add chocolate with a tablespoon of cocoa powder or my favorite cocoa nibs.
Add fresh ginger or turmeric, or add dry spices like ground cinnamon or ground turmeric.
More smoothie recipes
Prepare this high-protein green smoothie recipe with fresh spinach, banana, orange and Greek yogurt in under 5 minutes.
Our easy blueberry smoothie recipe will keep you happy for hours. A small shake provides nearly 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.
With 6 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber, this delicious strawberry banana smoothie will keep you full and energized throughout the day.
Or try this Chocolate Chia Pudding, an easy breakfast made with chia seeds
Updated recipe originally posted January 2013. Since it was posted in 2013 we have changed the recipe to make it clearer and added a short recipe video. – Adam and Joanne
Easy 5 Minute Banana Smoothie
Our banana smoothie is extra creamy and fruity. Depending on how ripe or sweet the banana and orange are, you may need to add a little more honey, so add to taste. There are many additions you can make. For a green smoothie, add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of fresh green vegetables like spinach or kale. You can also add more fruit. Add 1/2 cup strawberries, mango, frozen berries, pineapple, or other favorite fruit.
Makes 2 kid shakes or 1 large
Watch us at the recipe
1/2 orange, peeled and cut into wedges
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup water or milk (dairy or non-dairy)
1 to 2 teaspoons honey, optional
Roughly chop the banana and orange pieces and place in the blender. Top up with yoghurt and water (or milk). Turn on the blender and puree until creamy and smooth. Taste, then add honey to taste if needed.
Advice from Adam and Joanne
- How to freeze or carry on: This recipe makes a kid-friendly smoothie or two. Enjoy it now or save it for later. To save the smoothie for later, pour each serving into a resealable food-safe plastic bag or container and freeze. Then, take the smoothie out of the freezer about an hour before you need it.
- Dairy-Free Alternatives: If you’re looking for a banana smoothie without yogurt, simply omit the yogurt from the recipe above and substitute more banana, a tablespoon of nut butter, mango, or a tablespoon of hemp seed (an excellent source of protein). You may need to add water or non-dairy milk to thin the smoothie a bit.
- Nutritional Information: The nutritional information below is an estimate. We use the USDA database to calculate approximate values.
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Nutritional value per serving: Part 1 shake for children / calories 122 / protein 5g / carbohydrates 23 grams / fiber 3g / total sugar 16 grams / total fat 2 g / Saturated Fatty Acids 1g / cholesterol 5mg
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