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 its own or use it as a base for other smoothies. Jump to the Banana Smoothie Recipe

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 its own and is the best base recipe for adding more ingredients like fruit, nut butter, and veggies.

Banana Smoothies

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 it for later.

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 — 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.

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 add 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.

Fruit ready to be added to smoothies

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 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 it in the freezer for your next smoothie.

Banana Smoothie Variations

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. Here’s our simple strawberry banana smoothie!

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.

Banana smoothies with mango and strawberries

More Smoothie Recipes

Make this protein-packed green smoothie recipe with fresh spinach, banana, orange, and Greek yogurt in under 5 minutes.

Our easy blueberry smoothie recipe keeps you happy for hours. One small smoothie offers almost 5 grams of fiber as well as 5 grams of protein.

With 6 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber, this utterly delicious strawberry banana smoothie will keep you full and energized for your day. 

Or try this chocolate chia pudding, a simple breakfast made with chia seeds

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. For a green smoothie, add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of fresh greens like spinach or kale. You can also add more fruit. Add 1/2 cup of strawberries, mango, frozen berries, pineapple, or other favorite fruit.

Makes 2 kid-size smoothies or 1 large

Watch Us Make the Recipe

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 the banana and orange quarters, and then add to a blender. Top with yogurt and water (or milk). Turn blender on and blend until creamy and smooth. Taste, and 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 it out from the 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 it 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 database 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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68 comments… Leave a Comment
  • smoothie girl June 24, 2020, 12:27 pm

    It tastes so good!

  • Masungulo Khosa June 20, 2020, 10:29 am

    This smoothie was absolutely amazing. There’s dozens of recipes online for banana smoothies but for me this has by far been the best so far. The sweetness of the orange and the honey combined with the pinch of banana, mhhh!

  • Tari A. June 6, 2020, 8:18 am

    Will it work if I use lemon instead of orange

    • Joanne September 11, 2021, 5:18 pm

      Some lemon (maybe 1/4 of a large lemon) would be fine, but I’m worried half of a lemon will be too sour.

  • Pearle May 22, 2020, 12:15 pm

    Super tasty! I added three pieces of ice to make it colder but it was great!!!

  • Katie May 20, 2020, 4:43 pm

    I am made a strawberry and banana smoothie. It was very good. I am now going to take a nap.

  • Lulu May 7, 2020, 12:30 pm

    Thank you so much! I hope its good bc im making it for my mom on mothers day!

  • Ibrahim March 18, 2020, 9:27 am

    Will it work if I add an extra half an apple?

    • Joanne March 18, 2020, 12:31 pm

      Yes, absolutely.

  • Sterling Harris March 12, 2020, 8:58 pm

    This smoothie is so good! I love how easy it is to make and how it tastes.Try it as soon as you possibly can!

  • J.M.I.Dulhari January 26, 2020, 12:15 am

    ❤️❤️ thanks to all of you . I made a banana juice so that.’s great ?normally my own food are dull and my fam laugh at to me ?but today all appreciate my juice thanks ???

  • Gary November 22, 2019, 12:11 am

    Would it still taste good if I added spinach?

    • Joanne November 27, 2019, 1:12 pm

      Yes, definitely!

  • William Perez June 12, 2019, 5:03 pm

    Loved it thanks for the recipe

  • Korrina newton April 18, 2019, 4:16 am

    Im trying a variarion as i dont like bits of fruit in food or drink so im trying a banana and tropicana smoothie

  • Susanne April 16, 2019, 11:55 pm

    Smoothies sound wonderful….will try…

  • Kaitlyn Friesen April 16, 2019, 6:30 pm

    i looove this banana smoothie. a nice change from peanut butter banana smoothie!? thanks guys.

  • Karen B. April 13, 2019, 3:40 am

    Looking forward to following your blog! Thanks!


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