[Healthy Smoothies] 7 Easy Banana Smoothie Recipes

7 Easy Banana Smoothie Recipes

Bananas need no introduction, but are more than just common tropical fruit, especially when blended into these tasty banana smoothies.

Their rebelliously asymmetrical, curved shape is a provocation. So much so that the European Union even felt compelled to regulate that bananas across the continent were not to show signs of “abnormal curvature”. No joke.

Less developed countries are sometimes called "banana republics" to describe a certain dysfunction in the way business and bureaucracy are handled in these places. 

At the same time, historically, bananas’ bright yellow color has been associated with the end of World War II, the beginning of better economic times and the rise of global trade.

In other words, there is more to bananas than meets the eye: provocatively shaped, flamboyantly colored and a symbol of global trade between Southern and Northern lands.

Fun facts aside, bananas are amongst the most popular fruit worldwide for good reason as they offer a range of nutrition and health benefits, five of which we will quickly highlight before helping you reap these very benefits with the 7 easy banana smoothie recipes we specifically designed for you.

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Banana Benefit #1: Bananas Are Highly Nutritious, Convenient and Quick Power Snacks

Fat-free and low in calorie (105 per medium-sized banana), bananas consist almost entirely of water, dietary fiber and carbs.

Their healthy mix of vitamins (C, B6) and minerals (potassium, copper, magnesium, manganese) in addition to their sheer convenience and sweet taste, makes bananas a food of choice for children, athletes and casual snackers alike.

Banana Benefit #2: Bananas May Support Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance 

For people looking to lose or maintain weight, bananas are good news as they are not only low calorie and loaded with dietary fiber (which is associated with lower body weight), but contain filling pectin and resistant starches known for increasing satiety and improving gut health.

Banana Benefit #3: Bananas Support the Body’s Supply With Oxygen and Nutrients

Bananas are heart-healthy brain foods as their potassium content is known for helping to regulate blood pressure.

A healthy blood pressure allows your system to steadily supply all organs with the oxygen and nutrients they need to function at their best. Bananas' potassium supports that.

Banana Benefit #4: Bananas Are the Perfect Energy and Workout Food

Whether before, during or after their workout, athletes rely on bananas because they pack a range of exercise-relevant minerals and vitamins:

  • Carbs (about 16g per medium-sized banana) are quick, readily digestible energy, boosting your endurance on the pitch, in the gym or in the pool.

  • Potassium is believed to reduce muscle cramps during and post workout.

  • Iron content helps the red blood cells supply your muscles and tissues with vital oxygen. Lack of iron deprives muscles of oxygen, which is counterproductive to high performance workouts.

  • Vitamin B6 helps your body extract and metabolize energy from nutrients, ensuring a steady flow of muscle power while exercising.

  • Tyrosine, an amino acid, helps you stay focused, mentally alert and upbeat which especially in competitive sports can be a match-winning asset.

Banana Benefit #5: Great Taste, Creamy Texture

Aside from these great benefits of bananas for your broader health and well-being, there is another very simple reason why you should toss them in your smoothie: they taste great!

Added to your pre or post workout smoothie or simply to your quick-and-easy green breakfast smoothie in the morning, bananas add a bunch of punch and an elegant creaminess to your smoothies’ texture.

With this short banana primer complete, let's review 7 easy banana smoothie recipes you will love.

7 Easy Banana Smoothie Recipes

Easy Banana Smoothie Recipe #1: Green Endurance Power Smoothie (1 serving)

Ingredients:

• 1 cup kale/arugula blend

• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

• 1 tablespoon rolled oats

• 1 tablespoon chia seeds

• 1/2 banana

• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

• 3 cubes ice

Instructions: 

Pour almond milk into the blender. Add in the chia seeds and rolled oats and let them sit for a few minutes while preparing the other ingredients. Now, toss in the banana together with the kale/arugula blend. For a slightly thicker consistency add a couple of ice cubes. Blend well until smooth and creamy. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Serve immediately.

7 Easy Banana Smoothie Recipes

Easy Banana Smoothie Recipe #2: Optimal Muscle Recovery Smoothie (1 serving)

Ingredients:

• 1 cup kale

• 2 tablespoons rolled oats

• 1/2 cup blueberries

• 2 tablespoons Greek Yogurt

• 1/2 banana

• 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk (or another unsweetened nut milk)

Instructions: 

Pour cashew nut milk and Greek yogurt into the blender. Add in the rolled oats and let sit for a few minutes while chopping the kale leaves and preparing the other ingredients. Now, toss in all remaining ingredients (kale, blueberries and banana). For a thicker consistency add ice cubes. Blend well until smooth, then serve immediately.

7 Easy Banana Smoothie Recipes

Easy Banana Smoothie Recipe #3: Dark Chocolate Dreams (1 serving)

Ingredients:

• 1 cup of arugula

• 1 cup almond milk

• 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt

• 1/2 banana

• ½-inch chunk of fresh ginger root

• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

• 3 pieces of dark chocolate 

Instructions: 

Pour almond milk and Green yogurt into the blender. Rinse and chop the ginger root into small pieces. Add in all other ingredients (arugula, ginger, dark chocolate and banana). For a thicker consistency add ice cubes. Blend well until smooth, sprinkle cinnamon on top, then serve immediately.

7 Easy Banana Smoothie Recipes

Easy Banana Smoothie Recipe #4: Orange-Almond Smoothie (1 serving)

Ingredients:

• 1 cup spinach

• 1 orange (juiced)

• 1/2 banana

• 1 cup almond milk

• 1/2 tablespoon ground chia seeds 

• 3 cubes ice

Instructions: 

Pour almond milk into the blender. Add in the chia seeds and let them sit for a few minutes while juicing the orange and preparing the other ingredients. Now, toss in all remaining ingredients (orange juice, spinach and banana). For a thicker consistency add ice cubes. Blend well until smooth, serve immediately.

7 Easy Banana Smoothie Recipes

Easy Banana Smoothie Recipe #5: Oriental Delight (1 serving)

Ingredients:

• 1 cup spinach

• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

• 1 ripe banana 

• 1 tablespoon flax seeds

• 3 pitted dates (or alternatively 1 teaspoon raw honey)

• 3 ice cubes

Instructions: 

Pour almond milk into the blender. Add in the flax seeds and let them sit for a few minutes while preparing the other ingredients. Now, toss in all remaining ingredients (banana, spinach and dates). For a thicker consistency add ice cubes. Blend well until smooth, then serve immediately.

7 Easy Banana Smoothie Recipes

Easy Banana Smoothie Recipe #6: Blueberry Banana Bliss (1 serving)

Ingredients:

• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

• 1 tablespoon chia seeds

• 1 ½ medium bananas, sliced and frozen

• 3/4 cup frozen blueberries

• 3 cubes ice

Instructions: 

Pour almond milk into the blender. Add in the chia seeds and let them sit for a few minutes while preparing the other ingredients. Now, toss in the banana together with the blueberries. For a slightly thicker consistency add a couple of ice cubes. Blend well until smooth. Serve immediately.

7 Easy Banana Smoothie Recipes

Easy Banana Smoothie Recipe #7: On-the-Go Morning Smoothie (1 serving)

Ingredients:

• 1 cup of spinach 

• ¼ cup oat milk (or milk of your choice)

• 1 apple

• 1 banana

• ½ teaspoon wheatgrass powder 

Instructions: 

Throw all ingredients into a high-performance blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Drink immediately. Enjoy.