Yummy Banana-Free Green Smoothie Recipes

Most people either hate bananas or love ’em. Jen and I are huge fans of bananas, so you’ll find them in many of our green smoothie recipes. Bananas add a creamy texture to green smoothies and they’re the perfect natural sweetener! But if you’re a banana hater, or allergic, or you’re just looking for a fresh smoothie taste, we want to share a few of our favorite banana-free green smoothie recipes with you.


Peach Coconut Dream

Enjoy this mildly sweet green smoothie— perfect for those watching their sugar intake. If you buy organic peaches, go ahead and keep the skin on for extra fiber.


2 cups spinach
2 cups coconut water
2 cups grapes
2 peaches

— Serves 2 —


Brain Fuel Green Smoothie

This banana-free recipe is packed with brain boosting healthy fats and plenty of fiber to keep all the food flowing through your body with ease.


2 cups spinach, fresh
2 cups coconut water
2 ripe pears
1 cup mango
1/2 avocado

— Serves 2 —


Cantaloupe-Grape Sweetnes

This naturally sweet smoothie is not only hydrating with the high-water fruits like grapes and cantaloupe, but it’s also heart healthy. Omega-3s found in flaxseed support brain development, and they help lower your risk of heart disease.


2 cups spinach, fresh
1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
½ cup of water
½ cantaloupe, ripe & rind removed
1 cup grapes
2 tablespoons coconut oil, unrefined

— Serves 2 —


A good substitute for bananas in smoothies

If you’re allergic to bananas (or just can’t stand the taste), some great banana substitutes are:

  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Pear
  • Chia seeds
  • Fresh dates
  • Nut Butters
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Avocado (won’t add the sweetness, but will definitely add the thick and creamy texture)

For more banana-free green smoothies recipes, => click here. Want to know more about superfoods like chia seeds and flaxseeds? Read about the 10 superfoods you should be eating.

P.S. Freeze your bananas before adding to smoothies– the banana taste will not be as strong.


Join the conversation!

What’s your relationship with bananas? Love ’em or hate ’em? Share what you use as a banana alternative in the comments below.

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64 Responses to “Yummy Banana-Free Green Smoothie Recipes”

  1. Arlene 4.2.2016 at 2:18 pm #

    Its me again. Forgot to mention that I
    m allergic to peaches a well.

  2. Arlene 4.2.2016 at 2:15 pm #

    Just found out have allergies and allergic to banana, avocado, pears, and apples. Any suggestions for replacement.

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.3.2016 at 8:28 pm #

      Hi Arlene,

      Thanks for reaching out! Looking for banana substitutes? Some great options that meet your allergy restrictions are mango, papaya, chia seeds, and nut butters.

      Pears? Swap in Nectarines + Plums

      Avocado? Swap in another healthy fat! Here are a few of our favorites…


      Apples? Swap in Red Grapes, Black Grapes, Cherries, Blackberries, or Blueberries

      Peaches? Swap in Nectarines, Mango, or Apricots

      Looking for more substitution ideas? Check out our Rawkstar Substitution Guide…


  3. GraffitiGrammarian 1.8.2016 at 1:54 pm #

    Just want to share my substitute for frozen bananas in smoothies: frozen green papaya.

    Use one cup of peeled and chopped frozen green papaya for one frozen banana.

    I’m sensitive to bananas and always react to them, so I’ve experimented with a lot of substitutes. I tried some combos — like mixing frozen cucumbers with frozen avocados — but the best, simplest substitute is green papaya.

    The green papaya fruit is usually very large. So you can buy one, peel it, seed it and cut it up, and measure out one cup increments into baggies and freeze them.

    One green papaya fruit will yield many cups. I’m not sure how many, but maybe a dozen — a lot, anyway.

    Green papaya is supposed to have enzymes that are very good for your digestion. I haven’t noticed any special effect, but that’s what they say.

    They’re also less sweet than bananas, which is good, from my point of view. I don’t like things to be too sweet.

    I’m sure green papaya is cheaper than bananas when you use them this way, too.


    • SGS Rawkstar 1.11.2016 at 6:16 pm #

      Hi GraffitiGrammarian,

      We love using papaya as a banana substitute! Thank you so much for reaching out and sharing your experience using green papaya. We love the idea of freezing it, to have on hand for your next green smoothie!

      Cheers 🙂

  4. Afua 12.17.2015 at 3:14 pm #

    Hello! Are sweet potatoes an appropriate substitute for bananas to get a creamy texture?

  5. shell 11.30.2015 at 6:07 pm #

    Can I sauté spinach in a skillet with a little bit of water first, then put in smoothies to avoid bacteria contamination?

    • SGS Rawkstar 12.1.2015 at 5:40 am #

      Hi Shell,

      Worried about bacteria in spinach. We love blendin’ our leafy greens raw they’re delicious + there is no loss of nutritional value. Giving your leafy greens a good wash prior to blendin’ is key! Check out our tips here…


  6. shell 11.30.2015 at 6:04 pm #

    I love your beginners green smoothie. It was so awesome and love you can give modifications. I read where a dietician stated she wouldn’t eat raw spinach due to the possibilities of it being contaminated with bacteria. Do you think I could sauté it first then put in a smoothie.


    • SGS Rawkstar 12.1.2015 at 5:40 am #

      Hi Shell,

      Worried about bacteria in spinach. We love blendin’ our leafy greens raw they’re delicious + there is no loss of nutritional value. Giving your leafy greens a good wash prior to blendin’ is key! Check out our tips here…


  7. Lisa 8.4.2015 at 4:44 am #

    I ended up using about 1 1/4 cup. Also added some raw organic walnuts. Delicious, thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.4.2015 at 6:55 am #

      Perfect, Lisa! So happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

  8. Lisa 8.3.2015 at 7:19 pm #

    hi, for , is that 1/2 a cantaloupe, or 1/2 cup cantaloupe? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.3.2015 at 7:42 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      Great question! We suggest using half a cantaloupe! Too much? Feel free to adjust the recipe to your liking!

      Cheers 🙂

  9. Dee 6.15.2015 at 10:29 am #

    Hello Err’body :),

    If I am using frozen peaches would I use 2cups in place of 2 peaches?

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.3.2015 at 7:39 pm #

      Hi Dee,

      Yum, we love reaching for frozen fruit! Using 2 cups of peaches in place of 2 fresh peaches sounds perfect!

  10. Dee 6.15.2015 at 10:28 am #

    I really like bananas, just make the smoothies tooooo thick. Thanks for tips of other alternatives, I will try them as well.. 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.3.2015 at 7:40 pm #

      Hi Dee,

      Yay! We’re so happy we could help!

  11. Jacquie 3.31.2015 at 5:18 am #

    Hi All, I like bananas as a snack by themselves, but at first try did not like the taste or texture in my green smoothie. I thought this was weird though. However I found that if I make my green smoothie with banana the night before and store in the fridge it tastes better the next morning. The banana taste is not as strong but it does sweeten and flavor the smoothie.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.31.2015 at 6:47 pm #

      Jacquie, what a “sweet” discovery! Cheers 🙂

  12. Lorraine 3.27.2015 at 10:05 am #

    I’ve never been a fan of bananas, until doing the FS21, I followed all the recipes. After finishing it, a few days later, I made some awesome banana ice cream …. well, I got an awesome tummy ache from it. I’ve since read about them acting like “gluten” in celiac sufferers (being gluten free for 5 years) So, no more, or very little banana in my future !

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.27.2015 at 1:41 pm #

      Hi Lorraine,

      If your tummy + bananas aren’t the best of friends, try swapping in another fruit that you love. Maybe an avocado? Peach? Pear? Or double up on another ingredient in the smoothie recipe that you can eat. If you aren’t allergic to berries, one of our favorite replacement ingredients is frozen mixed berries.

  13. Julia 3.26.2015 at 7:18 pm #

    Thank you for sharing these! With a diabetic husband I like to have options on what fruits I put into our morning green smoothies. I also add the superfood radicchio for its high levels of antioxidants, dietary fiber, and an array of vitamins and minerals. I really appreciate the banana-less options. Thanks again!

  14. Jessica 12.31.2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Thank you for posting banana-free smoothie recipies. I love smoothies, but terribly allergic to bananas, avacado and kiwi,

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.31.2014 at 6:45 pm #

      Enjoy! 🙂 Soaked chia seeds are my favorite banana substitution. 🙂

  15. Andrea 12.31.2014 at 11:25 am #

    Soooo happy to find this page. I have a latex allergy which means I cannot have any foods from rubber tree plants…this includes bananas, papayas, mangos, pineapples, avocados etc. Nice to see some alternatives to bananas which tend to show up a lot in smoothie recipes. Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.31.2014 at 6:44 pm #

      Glad this helps! Cheers!

  16. Allison 12.29.2014 at 1:23 pm #

    I don’t have a problem with bananas. I don’t like pineapples at all, what is a good substitute for pineapples in a recipe?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.29.2014 at 6:50 pm #

      Mangos, Dates, Pears, or Peaches work good too. 🙂

  17. Lyn 10.18.2014 at 2:58 pm #

    I’m fine with bananas but very allergic to coconut. Can I just leave it out or should I substitute?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.20.2014 at 11:56 am #

      Hey Lyn.

      If it calls for Coconut Milk: sub inAlmond Milk, Rice Milk, Oat Milk, or Hemp Milk.
      If it calls for Coconut Oil: sub in a nut butter.
      If it calls for Coconut Flakes: sub in your favorite nut or seeds. 🙂

  18. Sharon 6.4.2014 at 8:43 am #

    Do you have a book of recipes?

  19. Lisa 4.24.2014 at 12:40 pm #

    Thank you for this article! I am allergic to banana’s – only recently found out – and was at a loss for what to do with smoothies if I can’t use bananas to make them creamy. I really appreciate this information and am going to get busy making these great recipes for banana-free smoothies!
    ~ Lisa

  20. Rosa 2.27.2014 at 3:22 pm #

    I just love your website. It has change my way of eating. I enjoy all of your smoothies. I have lost count as to how many I have tried. Loved your 30 day challenge. I contemplating getting the detox recipes as soon as I can do it. You guys are a life savor. Thank you so much.

    • Jadah and Jen 2.28.2014 at 7:43 am #

      So glad you are enjoying the recipes! Thanks for being a part of this great community!

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