Banana Smoothies Recipes, Nutrition and Healthy Benefits



The banana is probably one the most popular fruits around. And it has been around for a very long time! Southeast Asian farmers started domesticating bananas, the process dates back as far as 8000 B.C.. Bananas were then brought to Africa and the Middle East. This sweet, yellow fruit came to the Americas with Portuguese sailors in the 16th century. Most bananas today are grown in India, and in other parts of the world where it is sunny and warm.

Today’s banana that you find in the grocery store originates from two wild bananas, known as Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. These wild bananas contained seeds, but those you find now just have very small seeds that we all swallow without a second thought! Let’s take a moment to recognize the hard work and effort of the banana plant: it takes about 6-8 months for that banana to grow into the bunch that you’ll pick up at the store this week for that delicious smoothie.
Banana Smoothie

Banana Nutrients

The banana is a great choice if you are looking to add nutrients to your smoothie. Your banana is chock-filled with B6. The yellow fruit is also a good source for vitamin C, potassium and manganese.

Try to eat your banana before it has lots of black spots on the outside. We all know bananas ripen, starting as green and then turning yellow and then going black. Once they are covered with black spots, their sugar content raises to a very high level. Everyone has their opinion about what the “perfect” banana is – but if you are making a healthy smoothie – you may want to keep our tip in mind!

Adding Bananas to Your Smoothie

Just peel and add to your blender. The banana has a mild, sweet flavor that is very pleasing for many. It is often a favorite addition to smoothies. Give it a try if you are making smoothies for the kids or the family. This is a great, kid-friendly ingredient they will easily recognize. It is the perfect choice for that picky eater who doesn’t “like” other fruits and veggies, and adding a banana to a smoothie may encourage them to give smoothies a try.

Many like bananas in a smoothie because with a mild, sweet taste they compliment many other ingredients, from fruits to veggies. You can easily get a sweeter tasting smoothie or one with a lighter sweet taste that you’ll enjoy.

Banana Smoothie

Made with yogurt, this drink is both refreshing and nourishing. You’ll know the banana is ripe when you begin to see tiny brown spots on the banana peel.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 c. nonfat yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. sugar (or to taste)
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • lime wedge or banana slice, for garnish

Preparation

Combine the first 6 ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the smoothie into a large glass and garnish with a lime wedge or banana slice.

Banana Smoothie Recipe Ideas

Below you can find all our smoothies in the Banana Smoothie category. Or you can click this link for all the smoothies tagged with banana.

Honey Banana Smoothie with Nutmeg Spice

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Advertisement - Scroll down for Smoothie Recipe (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Banana goes very well with honey, as most fruits do, but banana and nutmeg also blend very well. Consider making a boring banana smoothie

Raspberry Banana Smoothie with Flaxseed

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Raspberry and banana make a great combination when creating a smoothie. I like to add a few extras so the smoothie has a more unique flavor. The secret to great smoothies is keeping it

Banana Pineapple Smoothie Recipe with Almond Milk

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Banana and Pineapple are a great combination of smoothie texture and powerful flavor. Try to use fresh pineapple, your tastebuds will thank you. This is a simple and great tasting smoothie, great for any time

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie

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This Chocolate smoothie was submitted by Krysten. She has provided a delicious smoothie with chocolate, peanut better and banana. A triple threat combination that is a winner every time. Ingredients: 1 cup chocolate coconut milk 1 banana 2

Avocado Banana Smoothie Recipe

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I have to admit when I first heard of a smoothie with avocado in it I really wasn’t sure. Avocados in my salad or on my sandwich are great, but in a drink?  Well,

Banana Chai Smoothie Recipe

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Let me start by saying that everyone in my family loved this smoothie, from ages 3 to 50 everyone really liked it.  If you want to make it a little healthier you can omit

Great Smoothie Recipes for After your Run or Workout

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You’ve finished a great run.  You’re tired and sweaty.  Chances are you’re not ready to dive into a heavy meal and all you really want is a cold beer and a hot shower.  But