6.12.2021

Creamy Banana Smoothie

This creamy banana smoothie will put you in control of your soon-to-be awesome day thanks to the plant-based protein boost to keep your energy levels stable.

plant based shake

When I want a creamy smoothie, I turn to cashews or bananas. Well, I went a little crazy with this smoothie recipe and added BOTH. Get ready for a super creamy, super protein-charged smoothie that can jumpstart your day.

Health benefits of bananas

This easily accessible fruit is incredibly versatile and delicious. Use it to naturally sweeten baked goods, make that smoothie creamier or naturally more sweet-tasting, or as a simple healthy snack dipped in almond butter.

Bananas are great sources of fiber, antioxidants, potassium, vitamin B6, and manganese. Bananas, while sweet, are actually a lower glycemic (low sugar) fruit. Unripe bananas have a GI (glycemic index) score of 30, while ripe bananas have a GI score of around 60. So if you want your banana smoothie to be naturally lower in sugar, use a less ripe banana!

freezing bananas for smoothies

Tips for storing bananas

Living in Florida means my bananas ripen in 2 days tops. I love having them on hand for a quick snack or easy smoothie ingredient, yet they turn brown too quickly! So I’ve learned a great trick- freeze them.

I leave bananas on my counter until they are the perfect ripeness for me (which I’m finding is different for everyone). Then I line a baking sheet with parchment, peel the bananas, and line them up on the baking sheet. Freeze for 1-3 hours, then toss those lovely frozen bananas in a freezer safe bag (I like silicone Stasher or Rezip bags).

Now I’ve got the perfect banana smoothie ingredient ready to go. If you don’t have gallon sized freezer bags, then cut your bananas in half before freezing to maximize space. Prepping smoothies ahead also saves produce!

vegan banana smoothie

How to make a banana smoothie recipe

When making a green smoothie I recommend blending the leafy greens + liquid first. Yet with this green-free smoothie, feel free to blend all your ingredients at once!

If this smoothie is too thick for your blender blades to handle, try adding a bit more liquid, stirring up the ingredients, then blending again. This should help.

If cashew milk isn’t your thing, then use the plant based milk of your choice! Oat milk will produce an equally creamy smoothie, while almond milk will make this smoothie a bit thinner.

creamy summer milkshake

Low sugar options

While the sugar in this smoothie comes from whole food, it might be a little high for some. If you need a lower sugar option, then here are some great swaps:

  • Replace the vanilla cashew yogurt for 1/2 cup cauliflower
  • Add in 1/2 cup cashews (if you have a high powered blender) to replace the yogurt
  • Replace 1 banana with 1/2 cup cauliflower

Make sure the collagen or protein powder you use doesn’t have any added sugar. Read the label on the yogurt you use as well! There are many great plant based yogurt brands on the market now, yet lots are loaded with added sugar.

FAQs

Is a banana smoothie good for you?

Yes, just make sure that smoothie is full of only whole food ingredients. No fillers, chemicals, added sugar, or fake ingredients!

Is it good to drink banana shake everyday?

I recommend changing up your daily shake or smoothie, so you can benefit from a variety of fruits and veggies. Bananas are a great regular addition though!

Is banana shake good for stomach?

Bananas are a great source of fiber, and often help settle stomach issues naturally.

Are strawberry banana smoothies bad for you?

No! Well… it depends what you put in them. Strawberry banana is a popular smoothie flavor at restaurants, yet those smoothies are usually pre-made mixes full of processed sugar and chemicals. Stick to strawberry banana smoothies with real, whole food ingredients and soak in all the benefits.

Now, let’s get blending this banana smoothie!

 

Banana Smoothie

Blend your way into a great day with this sweet n' creamy banana smoothie. It's got protein that will keep you full, and simple ingredients for natural energy.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas - frozen
  • 1/2 cup Cashew Yogurt - Forager Vanilla is nice
  • 1 cup cashew milk
  • 2 tablespoons collagen powder - or 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth
  • Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!

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Notes

  • To make this smoothie vegan, swap 1 scoop of collagen powder with 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost
  • To reduce the natural fruit sugars, use 1/4 avocado and 1 banana

Nutrition

Serving: 16oz | Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 1041mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 272IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 1mg
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For the love of bananas

I know that bananas are a polarizing fruit. People either love ’em or hate ’em. If you enjoy bananas in your smoothies, then check out some other delicious smoothie recipes below:

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  1. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    Added Protein Smoothie Boost to this for breakfast this morning and it was delicious! I also used Trader Joe’s cashew yogurt since I had that on hand.

  2. Nanice says:

    For cauliflower, are you supposed to steam it first? I’m guessing yes, since raw would be too hard? I’ve seen it being used in smoothies but no one ever posts what to do with it first. Thanks!

  3. Erin says:

    5 stars
    Note: use ripe bananas when making this! My first attempt was a bit too sour, but after trying again with some spotted bananas, turned out MUCH better.

  4. Kim says:

    5 stars
    Yum! This smoothie is a winner!

  5. Dawn says:

    5 stars
    This was delicious! I used the recipe in the comments below and soaked the cashews. That protein boost made it a meal! Yum!

  6. Debbie A Meshishnek says:

    I have a subscription for the protein smoothie boost witch I love and today there was a surprise gift, a avocado salt and pepper shaker. So cute! Love it!
    Thank you

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So glad you love that fun surprise Debbie! Aren’t they sooo cute?!

  7. Trudy G. says:

    5 stars
    What I love most about this smoothie is the protein in it! I will be using this for a pre AND post run smoothie for sure! Good one Jen.

  8. Cheryl says:

    Would love to try this recipe, but in the Rochester, NY area, you can no longer get cashew milk/yogurt. Apparently there is a shortage of cashews and producers are only supplying cashews and not cashew products. Have you heard this? I’ve tried (and failed!) to make cashew milk. Won’t attempt cashew yogurt. Any suggestions?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      I haven’t heard of a cashew shortage— that’s crazy! I’m so sorry! Cashew milk is really easy to make with an Almond Cow. I’ve been obsessed with it. You could also make it this way:

      2 small bananas, frozen
      3-4 tbs cashews (soaked in water for 1 hour)
      1 cup water (or almond milk)
      2 tablespoons collagen powder or 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost
      1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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