A thick banana smoothie is simple, energizing and creamy as a milkshake without yogurt, and blends in 3 minutes with just 2 ingredients. The perfect bedtime smoothie to help you sleep.
This banana smoothie is as healthy as it is delicious. The creamy banana both sweetens, thickens and adds potassium and tryptophan which helps you sleep. The milk adds protein and a milkshake quality to this filling breakfast smoothie. Whether you want to stay full to assist in your weight loss plans, or if you want to boost your energy with extra protein, this is the smoothie to reach for.
I don't often use banana in smoothies, but I have a few banana recipes, including my 2-ingredient banana milk, and my banana apple smoothie. Most of my smoothies are no banana smoothies such as peanut butter oatmeal smoothie, healthy chocolate smoothie and this healthy strawberry smoothie.
Why You'll Love This
A quick and easy smoothie. You can't beat a 2-ingredient smoothie. This one works well because bananas add the sweetness and frozen milk cubes as the creamy froth.
Perfect for all diets. Depending on the milk you choose, this smoothie is dairy free, vegan, gluten free, nut free and refined sugar free.
Banana. Don't freeze. And use a very ripe banana.
Milk. Use mostly frozen milk cubes made in an ice cube tray. You can use any milk, but the creamier the milk, the creamier your smoothie. Creamiest milk is canned coconut milk, full fat. The coconut flavor is negligible, but oat milk, almond milk and cashew milk also work.
See the recipe card at the bottom for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Step by Step Instructions
For more detail, visit the complete and printable recipe at the bottom of this post, but here are general steps.
Preparations: Add milk to ice cube trays and freeze at least 4 hours or overnight. If made ahead, store in freezer-safe bags for up to 3 months.
Step 1: Add frozen milk ice cubes and a small amount of non-frozen milk to help it blend.
Step 2: Peel 2 very ripe bananas. Slice and add to blender.
Step 3: Blend until creamy, about 1 minute.
Chocolate Banana Smoothie. To the milk, stir in a teaspoon of maple syrup, and a tablespoon of cocoa powder before freezing it in ice cube trays.
Banana Date Smoothie. Add 1 or 2 softened, pitted dates to add a caramel flavor.
Cinnamon Oat Banana Smoothie. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon, and ¼ cup of rolled oats for a lovely spicy fall flavor.
Add other fruits. Strawberries to make a banana strawberry smoothie; mango to make a mango banana smoothie. And kiwi, blueberries, and apple sometimes work also.
Drink the banana smoothie right away or store frozen in ice cube trays, and reblend after thawed. If you do refrigerate it, do so for no longer than 24 hours and it will need to be stirred.
Yes, bananas provide potassium needed for muscle support, a glucose support for energy, and complex carbohydrates to fuel energy. They make one feel full, supporting weight loss efforts and stemming unhealthy snacking.
The best banana smoothie is a simple one with only two ingredients, fresh banana and frozen milk. The banana provides the sweetness and fiber, and the milk provides the protein and helps make it milkshake texture.
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Banana Smoothie Without Yogurt
- 2 bananas, sliced, not frozen
- 1 cup frozen milk ice cubes
- ¼ cup milk, not frozen
- Add milk to ice cube trays and freeze at least 4 hours or overnight. If made ahead, store in freezer-safe bags for up to 3 months.
- Peel 2 very ripe bananas, Slice and add to blender.2 bananas, sliced, not frozen
- Add frozen milk ice cubes and the liquid milk.1 cup frozen milk ice cubes, ¼ cup milk, not frozen
- Add any optional ingredients.
- Blend until creamy, about 1 minute.