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

  1. 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 :)

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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. :)

  5. 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!

  6. 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. :)

  7. 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. :)

  8. Sharon 6.4.2014 at 8:43 am #

    Do you have a book of recipes?

  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. Micky 2.9.2014 at 9:07 pm #

    I love bananas in my smoothies. My issue is with nuts. I am highly allergic to all nuts including coconut. What in the world may I use as a substitute for them?

  12. maya 1.31.2014 at 10:08 am #

    hey i love your smoothies but sometimes i cant fine bananas and really wanna my smoothie to be thick and creamy, so what can i use to have it that way beside bananas and avocado? thanks

  13. Shannon 1.6.2014 at 4:37 pm #

    I love bananas but my tummy, not so much. I find the small sweet ones I grow in my yard don’t bother me the way store bought ones do. Also, they have to be really ripe. Thanks for the alternatives though. Gotta have variety!

  14. Nadja 11.27.2013 at 11:11 am #

    Genevieve – I’m not sure about fruit with similar nutritional content to blueberries, but if you want an even more concentrated form of the good stuff in blueberries (which gives them their colour), try black rice. I don’t even touch brown rice anymore – black is the new brown. 😉

  15. genevieve 5.21.2013 at 9:55 pm #

    love bananas and berries but unfortunately a part of my menopausal curse is a new food sensitivity to bananas and blueberries. love them but now worth 3-4 hours of pain. I’m curious about substitues that offer a similar nutritional profile to bananas and to blueberries (oddly i can eat other berries without incident – i may have OD’d on blueberries a few years ago) Thanks for the site – excited to do the smoothy challenge!!

  16. Carole 4.26.2013 at 5:21 am #

    I’m allergic to banana’s – it’s not a strong allergy so i’ll have them sometimes but it doens’t really agree with me at all. This post is great because now I have some alternates!! Thank you :)

  17. Robin 4.17.2013 at 3:26 am #

    Thank you for this info! While I don’t hate bananas, I do think they contribute to constipation :( so I’ve been eliminating them. This helps so much!!

  18. rose 4.15.2013 at 6:52 pm #

    I like bananas. I recently heard again how sweet and high in potassium red bananas are. I’ve not yet tried them but plan to soon.

  19. Ingrid 4.11.2013 at 12:27 am #

    How much chia do you need to substitute a banana?

    • Jadah and Jen 4.11.2013 at 9:06 am #

      Hi Ingrid. We usually recommend using about 2 Tbsp of chia seeds per smoothie when you use them. Hope this helps :-)

      • Ingrid 4.16.2013 at 6:51 pm #

        Thank you!

  20. korisa 4.6.2013 at 10:49 am #

    I’ve been doing 2 green smoothies a day with one regular meal for about 4 months, and have not lost any weight. I think for me, it may be too many carbs. I’m trying to cut out the 2 bananas a day and am substituting avocados, for the last could of days, and have been liking them so far. Will have to try the Chia seeds. I find with too much fruit, they are too sweet anyways, so this should work fine for me. Thanks for the site!

  21. made 4.3.2013 at 3:17 am #

    Thats true.. i always use Banana in smoothies. . Banana is good for your mood. My third day: tomato +banana + (vegetable looks like) a kale +wild honey (the colours like a traffic light).lol

  22. Kelli 3.28.2013 at 9:58 pm #

    hey I’m starting the smoothies on Monday really trying to get into a healthy lifestyles along with of course losing weight. I wanted to get a example of when I should be drinking the smoothie are they meal replacements? also I’m a little worried that I might drink to much is there a amount I should b drinking with each intake?


    • Jadah and Jen 4.11.2013 at 9:04 am #

      Hi Kelli! Sorry for the late response. We normally recommend people to drink the smoothies as a snack, with a meal, or as your breakfast. Some people do more, though, by drinking them as full meal replacements. We normally recommend 16 oz servings when you drink them. Hope this helps! Good luck!

  23. Kelli 3.28.2013 at 9:57 pm #

    hey I’m starting the smoothies on Monday really trying to get into a healthy lifestyles along with of course losing weight. I wanted to get a example of when I should be drinking the smoothie are they meal replacements?


  24. Saray 3.24.2013 at 9:51 am #

    Love LOVE bananas. They are my number one on the list of energizing foods and I love adding them to my protein smoothie after working out, it’s revitalizing and renewing to my body after working hard! Btw love your blog!
    http://Www.skillgirls.com is mine and I share info on healthier nutrition and fitness.

  25. Liz 3.23.2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Love bananas – in anything. LOL!

  26. Julie Jenkins 3.21.2013 at 6:38 pm #

    Thank you! I am allergic to bananas, avacados and zucchini so this is great!

  27. Shelby 3.21.2013 at 3:29 pm #

    I too hate bananas and am always looking for alternatives! I use almond butter to thicken mine up!

  28. Cha 3.21.2013 at 1:35 pm #

    If using frozen peaches how much should I use for the Peach Coconut Dream

    • susan 4.10.2013 at 7:39 am #

      I think a peach is roughly a cup. i could be wrong. so id try about a cup of frozen peaches. I love peaches so the more the better 😉 LOL.

  29. Jas 3.21.2013 at 12:50 pm #

    What a coincidence, my friend and I were just talking about eliminating bananas from smoothies. He wants to make smoothies without them and I don’t want to depend on them so much. Great tips and recipes.

  30. Lara 3.21.2013 at 9:03 am #

    LOVE bananas, but only frozen and blended into a drink, made into banana soft serve, banana bread, banana peanut butter, banana cookies, mashed into oatmeal, banana pie crust, even fried! I don’t really enjoy them straight out of the peel. Funny things, bananas.

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