Easy 5-Minute Banana Smoothie

My go-to banana smoothie! You need less than five minutes to make this easy banana smoothie. Use our simple recipe on it’s own or use it as a base for other smoothies. Jump to the Banana Smoothie Recipe or watch our quick recipe video to see how we make it.

Watch How We Make Banana Smoothies

Why You Should Make This Banana Smoothie

I’ve made a version of this easy banana smoothie recipe more times than I can count. It’s perfect on it’s own and is the best base recipe for adding more ingredients. Here are a few more reasons we love it:

  • You need less than 5 minutes to make it.
  • 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 for later.
My go-to banana smoothie! You need less than five minutes to make this easy banana smoothie. Use our simple recipe on it's own or use it as a base for other smoothies.

How To Make The Best Banana Smoothie

My basic smoothie recipe calls for four simple ingredients:

Banana — I use one banana to make one large or two smaller (kid-size) smoothies. For the best tasting smoothie, use a ripe banana. For the creamiest banana smoothie, use frozen banana slices (I’ve shared how I freeze bananas for smoothies below).

Half an orange — When I have oranges in the house, I love adding them to my morning smoothie. It 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 or Greek yogurt — To be honest, I don’t always add yogurt to my smoothies, but when I do have it in the fridge, adding a spoonful ensures a protein-packed and creamy smoothie. For a smoothie without yogurt, add a little extra fruit or include veggies (like spinach or kale) instead.

Water or milk — To help the ingredients blend, I like adding a splash of liquid to the blender. For a smoothie without milk, use water. It still tastes amazing. For more creaminess use milk (dairy or non-dairy both work).

To make the smoothie, I add everything into a blender, and then blend until smooth. For an icy cold smoothie, throw in a handful of ice or use frozen fruits.

How to Make Fruit Smoothies

How To Freeze Fruit For Smoothies

To make smoothies even easier, freeze fresh fruit into portions. You can even prepare smoothie packs and freeze them for a grab and blend smoothie option.

To freeze fruit for smoothies, rinse and chop fresh fruit into small pieces. Pat them dry then arrange, in one layer, on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Slide the baking sheet into the freezer and freeze until hard (two to three hours).

When the fruit is hard, divide it between freezer-safe bags and keep in the freezer for your next smoothie.

Banana Smoothie Variations

As I mentioned above, this smoothie recipe is delicious as written, but it can also be used as a base for other smoothie recipes. We shared a few suggestions in the video, but I’ll add even more below:

  • Add more fruit (fresh or frozen). I love mango, pineapple, and berries.
  • Add greens like spinach, kale, or Swiss chard. I add one to two cups.
  • Add healthy fat with some avocado.
  • Add more protein and fiber with hemp seeds, chia seeds, or your favorite protein powder.
  • Add nuttiness and extra sticking power with a tablespoon of peanut butter, almond butter, or other nut butter.
  • Add some chocolate with a tablespoon of cocoa powder or my favorite, cacao nibs.
  • Add fresh ginger or turmeric or add dried spices like ground cinnamon or ground turmeric.
How To Make The Best Banana Smoothie

More Smoothie Recipes

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

  • 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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40 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Yvonne Watkins December 10, 2017, 12:02 pm

    This smoothie is super easy an very satisfying. Will make again.

  • Amber Linzenmeyer November 25, 2017, 10:10 pm

    I’m going to make it, cause I like bananas

  • Sandy Gonzales September 25, 2017, 4:54 pm

    I just made the banana smoothie. Had all ingredients and it was delicious. I will make this again and again.

  • Donna December 22, 2016, 2:26 pm

    This smothie recipe is delish and is a 5 star drink. Thanks

  • Kay August 18, 2016, 3:09 pm

    Looks the and yummy,want to try with cereal

  • 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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