This round-up is for all the smoothie lovers who can’t stand, can’t have or just don’t want bananas in their smoothies. I’ve got over 60 no banana smoothies! Plus, I’ve got a lot of swap options as well so you can blend that avocado banana smoothie and know how to swap out that yellow fruit for something more palatable or with an ingredient you have on hand. Let’s talk banana-free smoothies!
I know that bananas aren’t for everyone. You can easily enjoy your favorite smoothie without them, yet it would be nice to also have options that start out without them, right? Well, here you go!
I’m sharing all my recipes that don’t have bananas, as well as how to easily swap them out for sweeteners, thickeners and other ingredients that will give you a similar texture without that sickly sweet taste. Thick smoothies like my Mango Smoothie and my Strawberry smoothie are just as rich and creamy without bananas.
This list is exhaustive. I’m sure you’ll find the perfect smoothie for your tastebuds. To help, I’ve broken these recipes into a few categories: fruit smoothies (aka smoothies without leafy greens), green smoothies, savory smoothies and smoothie bowls. Let’s dive right in.
Creamy Mango Smoothie
4.8 from 6 votes
This is a super creamy + delicious mango smoothie with just the right sweetness. Be careful, it might easily become your new fav snack smoothie!
I can’t wait for you to try this crowd pleasing Cinnamon Date Smoothie. It’s perfectly sweet and creamy, and will delight at your next party or family movie night. The dates naturally sweeten this cinnamon smoothie, while the rolled oats thicken it to a milkshake consistency.
This plant-based Vanilla Protein Shake is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I love how creamy, sweet and nourishing it is— and it makes a great post workout recovery smoothie or meal replacement.
If you need a gorgeous beverage to go with your next beauty treatment night, then try this cherry collagen smoothie. Boosted with a beauty collagen powder, this smoothie will help smooth skin, strengthen nails, and help you glow.
Peach season is one of my favorites! Whether you've got more fresh peaches than you know what to do with, a bag of frozen slices in the freezer or just a hankering for something peachy, this fresh ginger peach smoothie is sure to hit the spot.
If you love adding leafy greens to your smoothies then this next section of banana-free options is for you. Here are over 40 options that include leafy greens in with the whole fruits and vegetables, and no b-a-n-a-n-a.
Fat Burning Smoothie for Weight Loss
4.8 from 148 votes
Make fat cry by adding this fat burning smoothie to your day. The natural ingredients are paired together to help boost your metabolism and burn fat in one delicious weight loss smoothie.
Vitamin C is one of the greatest antioxidants we have available, and it's wonderful for your skin. The addition of avocado brings with it other skin-specific nutrients such as vitamins E, A and zinc. This clear skin smoothie is a go-to for so many reasons!
This post-workout smoothie has a good amount of plant protein, healthy carbs, and liquid for rehydration. Include chia seeds for protein and healthy fats and coconut water (“nature’s Gatorade”), but you can get by with regular h2o. Go ahead and enjoy this smoothie. You’ve earned it!
This brain food smoothie has everything you need to get you going in the morning— protein, healthy fats, and replenishing electrolytes. Adding avocado to smoothies gives you a lovely dose of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are vital for brain development and nerve function. Not only that, but the avocado also assists the body in absorbing nutrients from the greens.
This celery smoothie recipe has a different flare to it. I'm kind of known for making hardcore smoothies, yet I promise this has a refreshing flavor! If you like black licorice (which I do), then this recipe is a big win for you.
All of the goodness of Autumn is contained in this yummy, warm apple pie smoothie. Packed with spinach, apples and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg allows you to enjoy a dessert in a mug using whole food, plant-based ingredients.
The plant milk makes this coconut milk smoothie extra creamy and rich, almost like a milkshake. Adding an orange boosts the Vitamin C level and adds an extra sweet-tart element that helps highlight the flavor of the fresh peaches. I can honestly say that this is one of my very favorites.
Kale can be intimidating at first, yet with a little pineapple, you are good to go. This Kale Mango smoothie is super nourishing and filling. It makes a great breakfast with the healthy fats found in coconut milk to curb your appetite.
This smoothie contains specially chosen ingredients to help the adrenal glands recover and support health and wellness. If you’re looking for an adrenal fatigue diet smoothie that taste amazing, this is it!
Combine two of the best summer fruits to create a flavorful Strawberry Watermelon smoothie bursting with nutrients. The fresh ginger adds a pleasant warmth to the smoothie and also helps the digestive system.
When mental fatigue fogs your brain, turn to blueberries and raspberries in this Brain Fog Cure smoothie recipe These brain berries keep debris from polluting the brain- effectively eliminating mental fog.
Start your day with this raspberry smoothie loaded with iron-rich spinach, antioxidant-rich berries, flaxseed (healthy fats and lignans), and coconut (healthy fats and fiber). Did I mention it makes a great dessert?
This tropical margarita smoothie packs a big Vitamin C punch and the coconut water base will keep us hydrated all day long. Oh, and coconut water is great for replenishing lost electrolytes and recovering from a hangover 😉
Catch a cold? Try this green smoothie to help nurse yourself back to health! Beets are loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C, which can help boost your immune system. Flaxseed oil contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids; having a proper balance of these fatty acids is important for brain function and heart health.
Like the warm California sunshine, this tropical kale smoothie will brighten your day. Loaded with vitamins A, C, K, and calcium, you’ll be filling your body with goodness that tastes great. Using chia seeds packs a mighty punch by adding omega 3’s, omega 6’s, healthy fats and protein.
This sweet potato smoothie can usher in Fall just like a pumpkin spiced latte… yet is WAY healthier + dairy-free. Serve with a dash of nutmeg on top (mine was more like a spoonful of nutmeg…and it was so gooooood). A creamy, no-banana smoothie that screams, "Happy Fall to you!"
The secret to a good pear smoothie is making sure your pear is ripe. Once it’s ripe, then it’ll lose its gritty texture and turn into a sweet, juicy gem. If your pear isn’t ripe yet, feel free to push this recipe to later and make up a creation with leftover produce.
I’ve really been on a savory smoothie kick and for good reason! While these don’t taste like your typical fruity smoothies, they are bursting with flavor. You can really play with spices in these creations and enjoy something on the rich ‘n creamy side that tastes more like dinner than dessert.
Savory Cauliflower Smoothie
4.7 from 3 votes
I can't wait for you to try this ultra-creamy, perfectly seasoned cauliflower smoothie. It is bursting with flavor and is a fun departure from my usual sweet creations. Enjoy!
Our tomato-based Veggie Cocktail smoothie recipe is similar to a Bloody Mary, but instead of vodka, we've added kale! Your body will thank you for sipping on this veggie-loaded beverage. Add a dash of hot sauce to kick up the heat.
If you're looking for a not-so-sweet smoothie then this savory smoothie is for you! It is naturally protein-packed and full of the flavors of my favorite fresh salsa. It's definitely a unique departure from the traditional fruit sweetened smoothies, yet I dare you to give it a blend!
A lot of smoothie bowls include the yellow fruit that shall not be named since it is an easy thickener, yet I’ve got three excellent banana-free smoothie bowl options that are just as thick ‘n creamy without them.
Tropical Smoothie Bowl
4.8 from 175 votes
Indulge a little with this plant-based tropical smoothie bowl. It's loaded with fresh fruits to nourish your body and hydrate your skin. With only three main ingredients, you can top however you want and enjoy!
This antioxidant-rich smoothie bowl is great for those trying to cut back on natural sugars for health or dietary needs. All fruits are lower on the GI index, yet packed with tons of delicious flavors. The squeeze of lemon really brightens the flavors and aids in digestion.
What’s a good substitute for bananas in smoothies? If you’ve got a smoothie recipe that sounds amazing but has a banana in it then let’s find some swaps so you can still enjoy it!
Nut butter: If you want to thicken a smoothie while adding in some healthy fat and protein then peanut butter, almond butter or sun butter is a great swap. Add 1-2 tablespoons per serving to your blender.
Natural sweetener: If omitting banana leads to a smoothie that’s not sweet enough then replace it with maple syrup or honey. You can also swap the liquid base with a fruit juice like orange juice. Know that this adds a whole lot of extra natural sugar, so try to balance it out with adding a protein or healthy fat as well.
Thickener: Avocado or frozen cauliflower is a great swap if you don’t want a sweet addition yet you need a thickener or something to add creaminess to your smoothie. Greek yogurt (or a dairy-free yogurt for a vegan version) is another great swap.
Liquid options: While bananas aren’t a liquid, if you take them out of a smoothie you can use a liquid base like oat milk, cashew milk or coconut milk to help thicken that smoothie as well.
What fruit is comparable to bananas? Fruit like mango or frozen berries can help keep the creamy texture while also adding sweetness as well.
What can I replace bananas with for low-carb smoothies? If you want to lower the natural sugar in your smoothies then try one of these smoothies for diabetics or use the not sweet options listed above.
No Banana Smoothies FAQs
What can you use instead of bananas in smoothies?
There are so many great swaps for bananas like mango, cauliflower or avocado. To replace the sweetness try maple syrup or honey. You can also use nut/seed butter to thicken.
Can you use yogurt instead of bananas in smoothies?
Yes! Yogurt is a great and easy banana replacement. Greek yogurt works well or choose a vegan yogurt if that’s more your style. Try to find one with lower or no sugar since your smoothie will have other fruits to sweeten it naturally.
Are bananas less healthy in a smoothie?
No! Bananas are a great addition to healthy smoothie recipes. They are whole fruit loaded with potassium, fiber and have natural sugar for a great energy boost. You can omit them if you don’t like bananas or want a lower carb smoothie.
Which one of these fabulous smoothies is going in your blender today? Drop a comment and let me know!