Banana Smoothie

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This thick and creamy banana smoothie recipe is made with 6 ingredients in 5 minutes. Flavored with vanilla and cinnamon, it’s a delicious healthy breakfast or afternoon snack! Add greens and protein powder for an extra nutritional boost!

a Banana Smoothie in a glass topped with cinnamon and chopped bananas


We always have frozen bananas on hand to use to make smoothies. But one day I thought, why do bananas have to share the stage with other fruits all the time? So I created this Banana Smoothie recipe where bananas are the star of the show.

This banana smoothie is thick, creamy and flavorful with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. It’s like eating a healthy banana pudding in liquid form!

Plus, it’s easy to make with 6 ingredients in less than 5 minutes. You can add greens and protein powder to add even more flavor and nutrition!

a Banana Smoothie in a glass topped with cinnamon and chopped bananas

Banana Smoothie: Ingredients and Substitutions

overhead view of the ingredients in this Banana Smoothie recipe
  • Milk. Any type of milk works well in this recipe. Some suggestions include: whole milk, 2% milk, almond milk, coconut milk and oat milk.
  • Greek yogurt. I like to use a full-fat, creamy vanilla Greek yogurt like Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt or Siggi’s Vanilla Bean yogurt. You can choose your favorite, or use a dairy-free variety to make this banana smoothie dairy-free. If you choose an unsweetened yogurt, you may need to add more honey.
  • Frozen banana. Make sure to freeze the bananas for a thick smoothie!
  • Vanilla extract & Cinnamon. These ingredients make this banana smoothie extra special and delicious, I don’t recommend substitutions.
  • Honey. Maple syrup is a great substitution for honey.
  • Greens: I almost always add a cup of frozen spinach to my smoothies because it adds nutrition without changing the flavor. Just note it will turn the smoothie green.
a Banana Smoothie in a glass topped with cinnamon and chopped bananas

How to Make a Banana Smoothie

This banana smoothie recipe is easy to make in less than 5 minutes in the blender. Don’t forget to watch the video!

Use a Vitamix

No one wants to have to chew their smoothie! Using a high-powered blender is absolutely crucial if you plan on drinking smoothies as a regular part of your healthy lifestyle. I use my Vitamix multiple times every day, and couldn’t live without it in my kitchen. Check out my Vitamix Buying Guide to determine which model is right for you.

Place the ingredients in the order listed in the container of a Vitamix blender (or another high-powered blender).

overhead view showing How to Make A Banana Smoothie - ingredients in the blender before blending

Blend, starting on low speed and increasing to high, for 30-60 seconds or until mixture is smooth.

Banana Smoothie Add-ins

photo showingHow to Make A Banana Smoothie -after blending

Serve

Serve immediately in either two or four glasses. You can add a drizzle of peanut butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon or even a dollop of homemade whipped cream!

Store/Freeze

This healthy banana smoothie can be refrigerated for up to two days or frozen for around 2 months, although I suggest drinking it immediately.

To freeze, pour the smoothie mixture into a silicone tray (like an ice cube tray or these souper cube trays) and store for up to 2 months

Banana smoothie being poured from the blending container into a glass

Banana Smoothie Recipe FAQS

How can I thicken my smoothie?

If the frozen banana doesn’t make this smoothie thick enough for you one of my favorite tricks is freezing milk or almond milk in ice cube trays. Then use them to make your smoothie. It will thicken the smoothie without watering it down with ice. Check out my guide for How to Make a Smoothie for additional support.

Can you taste spinach in smoothies

If you only use 1 cup of spinach you will not be able to taste it in this banana smoothie.

How can I add protein to my smoothie?

The Greek yogurt adds protein to this recipe. Here are more suggestions:
– Protein Powder. Orgain is my favorite. I am never without both the vanilla and chocolate varieties in my pantry!
– Chia Seeds. A nutritional powerhouse, these tiny seeds pack a big protein punch!
– Nut Butters. Peanut butter, almond butter, etc. the sky’s the limit!
– Nut Butter Powders. I love it because it tastes amazing, adds protein, is low in calories and easy to clean out of the blender!

a Banana Smoothie in a glass topped with cinnamon and chopped bananas

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Banana Smoothie Recipe

Laura
This thick and creamy banana smoothie is made with 6 ingredients in 5 minutes. Flavored with vanilla and cinnamon, it’s a delicious healthy breakfast or afternoon snack! Add greens and protein powder for extra nutrition.
5 from 3 votes
Course Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 124
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time5 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Place the ingredients in the order listed in the container of a Vitamix blender (or another high-powered blender).
  • Blend, starting on low speed and increasing to high, for 30-60 seconds or until mixture is smooth.
  • Serve immediately.

Video

Notes

Ingredients & Substitutions
  • Milk. Any type of milk works well in this recipe. Some suggestions include: whole milk, 2% milk, almond milk, coconut milk and oat milk.
  • Greek yogurt. I like to use a full-fat, creamy vanilla Greek yogurt like Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt or Siggi’s Vanilla Bean yogurt. You can choose your favorite, or use a dairy-free variety to make this banana smoothie dairy-free. If you choose an unsweetened yogurt, you may need to add more honey.
  • Frozen banana. Make sure to freeze the bananas for a thick smoothie!
  • Vanilla extract & Cinnamon. These ingredients make this banana smoothie extra special and delicious, I don’t recommend substitutions.
  • Honey. Maple syrup is a great substitution for honey.
  • Greens: I almost always add a cup of frozen spinach to my smoothies because it adds nutrition without changing the flavor. Just note it will turn the smoothie green.
Store/Freeze
This banana smoothie can be refrigerated for up to two days or frozen for around 2 months, although I suggest drinking it immediately.
To freeze, pour the smoothie mixture into a silicone tray (like an ice cube tray or these souper cube trays) and store for up to 2 months

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25recipe | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 322mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 743IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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