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4 Kinds of Banana Smoothies To Make at Home!

By Talia DevoraPublished 3 years ago Updated 7 months ago 4 min read
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Hello my friends! I hope you are all having a good start to the summer!! I want to share my favourite smoothie combos with one of my favourite fruits of all time: bright and sunny bananas!!

Smoothies are a really good go-to meal replacement if you are unable to make breakfast and need something quick. They are even good as a healthy snack if you are craving a can of apple juice! Bananas are a natural energy and mood booster and have many amazing health benefits: improved heart health, reduction of depression, ulcer protection, bowel control, etc. I typically use plant-based milk such as almond or cashew milk in pretty much all of my smoothies, because of the reduced calorie and carbohydrate content that regular milk does not have. If I do not want plain bananas in my smoothies, I would incorporate strawberries, blueberries, chocolate protein powder, nut butter and frozen grape, so I get all of my proteins and fibres all in one cup! Below are some awesome banana smoothie recipes for when you want to curve that sweet craving.

1. Banana-Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup of frozen bananas

1 scoop of Strawberry SlimFast Protein Powder

1/2 cup of strawberries

1 cup of almond or cashew milk (regular milk for more calories)

Directions

1. Gather all ingredients into a blender or smoothie maker.

2. Continue blending all the ingredients until ready to drink.

3. Once blended, serve into a glass and enjoy!

2. Dairy-Free Banana-Peanut Butter Smoothie with Chocolate

Ingredients

1 cup of frozen bananas

1 scoop of chocolate protein powder or 1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

3 tbsps of Stevia (optional)

1-2 tbsps of natural peanut butter

1 cup of plant based milk

Directions

1. Combine the plant-based milk and frozen bananas into a smoothie maker. Let the bananas blend for about 4-5 seconds before combining anything else.

2. Once the bananas are blended enough, combine the peanut butter and chocolate powder into the blender. Let it blend for another 4-6 seconds before drinking.

3. After all the ingredients are blended, you can include an optional serving of Stevia for extra sweetness.

4. Serve into a glass or cup of choice and enjoy!

3. Banana-Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup of frozen blueberries

1 frozen banana

1-2 tbsps of cottage cheese, ricotta cheese or cream cheese

3 tbsps of sugar substitute (optional)

1 cup of plant-based milk, lactose free milk or skimmed milk

Directions

1. Combine the frozen banana, frozen blueberries and milk into the smoothie maker. Blend well.

2. Incorporate the cheese and optional sugar substitute into the smoothie maker. Continue blending.

3. Serve into a glass or cup and enjoy!

4. Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie

Ingredients

1-2 frozen bananas

1 cup of almond, cashew, soy or regular milk

1-2 tbsps of almond butter

3 tbsps of Stevia (optional)

Directions

1. Combine the frozen bananas, almond butter and milk into the blender. Blend for about 3-5 minutes.

2. After 3-5 minutes, if desired, feel free to include Stevia or any sugar substitute you want to add a little bit of sweetness. Continue blending for another 2 minutes before drinking.

3. Serve into a glass and enjoy!!

Tips

1. In a large ziploc bag, store the fruit and pre-cut bananas in the freezer a day or couple hours before making the beverage. If you don't have time to purchase frozen fruit at the grocery store or still have fruit that needs to be eaten, this will save you time and money!

2. To reduce your calorie, carb or fat intake, the best type of milks to use are almond and cashew milk. If you are trying to lose weight, are lactose-intolerant, vegan or practicing the keto/paleo diet, cashew and almond milk are one of your to-go ingredients to keep in the house.

3. Try sticking to natural nut butters as much as possible. Kraft Peanut Butter has less calories, but contains more preservatives and saturated fats than naturally-made nut butters. Good natural nut butter brands to try are Nuts to You, 365 Organic Peanut Butter, Kraft Natural Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter & Co. and Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter. These contain more calories, but have less to zero saturated fats and refined ingredients.

4. To add more sweetness, avoid granulated sugar as much as possible. Replace it with sweeteners such as stevia, xylitol, erythirol, swerve or even pre-sweetened protein powder such as SlimFast. Maple syrup is also a great option for natural sweetness.

5. If you plan to have a smoothie for breakfast, try including grains/protein such as oats, chia seeds, flaxmeal, protein powder, cottage cheese or plain greek yogurt. If you are in a hurry to go to work and don't have time to whip-up a nice hearty breakfast, smoothies are your best bets. It will save you time and you get all the nutrition you need for the morning!

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About the Creator

Talia Devora

Poetess, visual artist and lifestyle/quiz writer! My pastimes include reading, sleeping, gaming, music, fitness, etc! Be yourselves, be kind and value life! Let's connect and be friends!

My IG accounts: @tdwrites24 & @tdcreates97

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  • Rick Henry5 months ago

    I found this article to be a fun , refreshing, and highly informative read. I enjoyed the detail you put into describing each recipe and it's nutritional value. I can also tell you took the time to proofread your work. This is all done professionally and with zest. Great job!

  • Irene Economou5 months ago

    These are great suggestions!! I always have ripe bananas and love smoothies. I am making the almond butter one today. Thank you for the recipes!

  • Ooooo these are so mouth watering. I'm not a fan of strawberries so I'll pass on number 1. Huge fan of chocolate and peanut butter so I'll try number 2. Not a fan of blues but a huge fan of cream cheese. So I'll try number 3 but I'll omit the blueberries, lol! I've not tried almond butter before and I'm excited to try number 4. Thank you for these recipes!

  • Dawn Salois5 months ago

    Great smoothie ideas! They sound delicious.

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