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Yummy Banana-Free Green Smoothie Recipes

3.20.2013


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.

 

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Peach Coconut Dream

Peach Coconut Dream

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks

Description

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.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 2 cups grapes*
  • 2 peaches*

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach and coconut water
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth

Notes

*Freeze at least one of these fruits to make the smoothie cold.

 

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Brain Fuel Green Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks

Description

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.


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Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach and coconut water
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth

Notes

*Freeze at least one of these fruits to make the smoothie cold.

 

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Cantaloupe-Grape Sweetness

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks

Description

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.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cantaloupe* (ripe and rind removed)
  • 1 cup grapes*
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (unrefined)

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach, almond milk, and water
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth

Notes

*Freeze at least one of these fruits to make the smoothie cold.

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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  1. Maggie says:

    I have been making smoothies with bananas and have come across, for the second time, bananas are to be avoided. I am looking forward to trying these new recipes, and have appreciated reading the comments posted. Thank you.

  2. Ann says:

    Used the cantelope. Liked it and the texture.

  3. Rita T says:

    I can’t have coconut, what do you substitute for it?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Rita,

      If you cannot have coconut oil a great substitute would be MCT oil.

      Hope that helps!

  4. JasonH says:

    I literally add anything and everything, I don’t aim for taste.

    Blueberries 25g
    Blackberries 25g
    Raspberries 25g
    Strawberries 25g
    Avocado chunks 70g
    Spinach 25g
    Kale 25g
    Cucumber 2 inches

    A bit thick but I just down it every morning after my oats/flax seed breakfast

  5. Kathy says:

    How much applesauce would you use in place of a banana? Should you freeze the applesauce in portions?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Kathy,

      I usually swap in 1/4 – 1/2 cup of applesauce. And nope, no need to freeze. Add the apple sauce either chilled or room temperature to your green smoothie!

  6. Arlene says:

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

  7. Arlene says:

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

  8. 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.

    cheers

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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 🙂

  9. Afua says:

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

  10. shell says:

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

  11. shell says:

    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.

    Thanks

  12. Lisa says:

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

  13. Lisa says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Lisa,

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

      Cheers 🙂

  14. Dee says:

    Hello Err’body :),

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

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Dee,

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

  15. Dee says:

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

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