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!
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!
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.
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.
Yes, just make sure that smoothie is full of only whole food ingredients. No fillers, chemicals, added sugar, or fake ingredients!
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!
Bananas are a great source of fiber, and often help settle stomach issues naturally.
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!
- 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
- Blend all ingredients until smooth
- Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
- 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
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: