Banana Smoothie

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.

Makes

3 servings

Updated: Jul. 25, 2023
This banana smoothie has to be one of my favorite recipes because it can be made in a flash, yet it's full of flavor. I think the honey adds just the right amount of sweetness. Everyone will love it...not just banana lovers! —Ro Ann Cox, Lenoir, North Carolina

Ingredients

  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Stir if necessary. Pour into chilled glasses; serve immediately.
Banana Smoothie Tips

What else can you add to a banana smoothie?

If you ask me, one of the best flavor combinations out there is peanut butter and banana, so I like to add a spoonful of peanut butter to a banana smoothie. Or pull inspiration from our banana dessert recipes and sprinkle in chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, oats or coconut. If you're looking to add protein, try one of these easy ways to add protein to smoothies, such as a scoop of vanilla Greek yogurt, vanilla protein powder or chia seeds. Here are more sweet smoothie variations:

  • Chocolate banana smoothies: Increase milk to 3 cups and add 1/2 cup chocolate syrup.
  • Strawberry peach smoothies: Substitute 1 cup each frozen strawberries and sliced peaches for the bananas. Add 1/4 cup orange juice. Decrease honey to 2 tablespoons.
  • Lemon cheesecake smoothies: Blend 8 ounces softened cream cheese with the milk; add 3 cups lemon sherbet and blend until smooth.

Can you use frozen bananas instead of fresh?

Absolutely! If you prefer a thicker smoothie, this is the one of the easiest changes to make—and it's easy to freeze bananas.

Can you make this banana smoothie recipe vegan?

If you're looking to turn this into a vegan recipe, swap out the 2% milk for your favorite dairy-free milk alternative. We'd recommend almond milk or coconut milk. In place of the honey, use maple syrup or date syrup.

Looking for more ideas? Here are some of our favorite healthy smoothie recipes.

Lauren Pahmeier, Taste of Home Associate Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 238 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 78mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.