If you’re looking for a recipe for a fast and easy breakfast smoothie, one that tastes great, is loaded with vitamins and other nutrients, and is high in potassium and low in fat, then you’ll love these banana smoothie recipes I’ve included in my guide. Making a banana smoothie will take five to ten minutes, and they feature a sweet, rich flavor that the whole family will love.
The Five-Minute Smoothie
This smoothie is perfect on its own, or you can use this recipe as a base for future smoothies and add extra ingredients such as almonds, strawberries, blueberries, and granola. For this smoothie, you can use frozen or fresh bananas and the following ingredients:
- Half an orange
- Greek yogurt or plain regular yogurt
- Almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, or cow’s milk
Use one large ripe banana, for a smoothie with a creamier consistency. Whenever you have oranges in the house, make sure you add them to a smoothie. Not only will they add much-needed sweetness, but their high vitamin C content can help to boost the immune system. Using plain or Greek yogurt is a matter of personal preference, however, if you’re trying to increase your daily protein intake, then using Greek yogurt is a great option. If you want to get more creative with this recipe, you can add berries, pineapple, mango, or some of your other favorite fruits. Many people who are on a low-calorie diet will use water in place of milk, but if you want a creamier smoothie, then I recommend you add cow’s milk, almond milk, cashew milk, or soy milk.
If you’re usually in a rush in the morning, you can make this process even faster by prepping the fruit ahead of time and portioning them together in small Tupperware containers, based on how many smoothies you normally make at one time, then freeze the fruit. This way, you’ll always have everything ready to go.
Pour all of the ingredients into your blender, hit the appropriate button and watch as your blender works its magic and turns out a smoothie that’s rich, creamy, and loaded with flavor. For a thicker smoothie, you can use frozen fruit, or add more yogurt and fruit than milk or water. This will also make the consistency creamier.
- You can make a thick smoothie bowl using this recipe and frozen bananas and other fruit. Smoothie bowls feature a thicker consistency that’s similar to ice cream. To make, you’ll add more yogurt and less milk, for a thicker consistency.
- Another option is adding more fruit to this smoothie, in order to enjoy all the benefits of drinking smoothies, such as a high vitamin and nutrient content. Adding flax seeds, or powdered fiber can ensure you get half your daily recommended serving of fiber, which will help to promote bowel regularity and weight loss.
- For a nutrient-packed, low sugar smoothie, try adding some healthy green veggies, such as swiss chard, kale, and spinach. These veggies are also naturally high in calcium as well.
- If you lift weights, then you already know the importance of healthy fats. Avocado and almonds are both great healthy fat sources.
- For more protein, add protein powder, chia seeds, or hemp seeds, for the perfect after workout snack.
- Want a thicker, richer tasting smoothie? Add a nut butter such as cashew butter, almond butter, or peanut butter.
- Have a craving for chocolate but you’re on a low-calorie diet? Adding some cocoa powder or cacao nibs can help to curb your cravings.
- Adding spices such as cinnamon, or turmeric can give your smoothie a nice kick of flavor.
- If you’re on a low-calorie diet, be mindful of the high sugar content that bananas possess. To cut calories you can substitute the milk with water and use a smaller banana or just half a banana.
- If you want a more nutrient-dense banana smoothie, then add blueberries for some serious antioxidant power. Not only are blueberries loaded with antioxidants, but they can also help to curb any sugar cravings, while naturally boosting your energy.
If you have the best blender for green smoothies, an appliance that you know won’t overheat when you make your favorite smoothie, then try out this green banana smoothie, which is loaded in calcium, vitamins, antioxidants, and other important nutrients.
You’ll need the following ingredients:
- One cup of spinach
- Half a cup of kale
- One shot of wheatgrass
- One frozen banana
- Half a cup of oat milk
- Half a cup of coconut milk
- A quarter cup of pineapple
Add all the ingredients to your blender, blending until smooth. You can change up this recipe and use more spinach instead of kale if the kale is too bitter for you. When people first begin making green smoothies, spinach is always a better choice since it doesn’t have an overpowering bitter taste like kale does. Both the pineapple and the banana will help to offset the bitterness of the kale, spinach, and wheatgrass.
If you’re using frozen fruit or green veggies, then you’ll need a tough blender that’s designed to handle soft and tough fruits, veggies, nuts, and more. I recommend the Ninja Mega Kitchen, which is designed to shred, blend, and chop up pretty much anything. This top-rated blender can handle heavy-duty, daily use, so it’s perfect for both home and commercial kitchens.
These banana smoothies are very customizable, so you can use your favorite ingredients, and your choice of milk and yogurt, for a smoothie that meets your nutritional needs, whether you’re trying to build muscle, lose weight, or boost your immune system. As you can see, this type of smoothie is very versatile. The sweetness of the banana can easily balance out a bitter-tasting green smoothie, or a bland, low-fat smoothie. Don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen and make a smoothie that comes loaded with all your favorite fruits and veggies, and one that will help to meet your dietary needs.