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Easy 5-Minute Banana Smoothie Recipe

It only takes five minutes to make this easy banana smoothie recipe. Jump to the Banana Smoothie Recipe now or read on to see how we make it.

This is perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack or for serving kids. You can even make this ahead of time, freeze it and save for later. So easy!

How to Make a Banana Smoothie — You Only Need Five Ingredients

A whole banana is used for this – try to use one that’s sweet and ripe. An unripe banana will taste chalky. Then, we add half of an orange, a little yogurt, and water or milk (dairy or non-dairy). Simply add everything into a blender, blend until smooth and enjoy.

How to Make a Banana Smoothie

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Easily Customize with More Fruit and Vegetables

Our banana smoothie recipe is perfect as is, but you could always throw in more fruit or even vegetables. Try adding strawberries, raspberries, mango or pineapple.

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Or, add some greens. Add about a cup of fresh baby spinach or kale and make your own Green Smoothie Recipe. You hardly taste the greens, but you get the extra nutrients.

You could even go tropical and switch out water or milk for coconut milk or pineapple juice. The options are endless.

5-Minute Banana Smoothie Recipe

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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

Easy 5-Minute Banana Smoothie Recipe

  • PREP

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


    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

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30 comments… Leave a Comment
  • randi May 26, 2016, 4:24 pm

    Hmmm I wonder how it would taste if I skip the orange and added a spoonful of Nutella. Won’t be as healthy but…only one way to find out! Thanks for the recipe

    • Joanne May 26, 2016, 4:39 pm

      That would be delicious!

  • Melissa April 4, 2016, 6:17 pm

    This was delish!! Loved it!

  • Lorena Paredez March 26, 2016, 2:47 pm

    The smoothie was great and so not hard to make I’m a 10 year old the smoothie is easy and fun to make

  • DeIla May 12, 2014, 1:54 pm

    This is my 3rd attempt at making a smoothie and this is by far my favorite so far! It is seriously a dessert in a glass AND it’s good for you! #winner

  • Hannah May 11, 2014, 6:08 pm

    It’s currently 7:30am and I had an overripe banana and couldn’t think of what to make for breakfast.. This was perfect!

    • Joanne May 12, 2014, 5:38 pm


  • Luna March 30, 2014, 6:06 pm

    Really yummy! I ended up blending ice into it just because that’s what I like. It also was a smaller serving than I expected it to be, but other than that great! I also just used an entire cutie (tangerine) instead of an orange.

    • Joanne April 3, 2014, 10:52 am

      Glad you enjoyed it.

  • kemilly March 15, 2014, 1:40 pm

    This smothie was really delicious. Would surely make it again.

    • Joanne March 17, 2014, 3:01 pm

      Glad you liked it! It’s perfect as a base, too — try adding other fruits next time. Strawberries are nice.

  • convertedskeptic October 6, 2013, 7:16 pm

    I was really craving a banana milkshake, but am trying to eat healthier, so decided to make a smoothie instead. I’m so glad I did! This has all the sweetness/deliciousness of a banana milkshake, but without all the ice cream sugar. I’ll be making it again for sure!

  • vegans are us May 27, 2013, 10:44 am

    Hey, love the recipe, I added peaches to mine and it tasted amazing. I also don’t use honey and it still tasted pretty good!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 12, 2013, 8:30 pm

    Loooove this smoothie! Yum!


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