Kick off your morning with this easy Blueberry Banana Smoothie! Or do what I do and sip on it in the afternoon to ward off those pre-dinner munchies.
Whenever I need a quick and easy breakfast, this blueberry banana smoothie does the trick every time. It takes just a few minutes to blend and is packed with nutrients. It rivals my Pineapple Spinach Smoothie and Berry Almond Milk Smoothie Bowl for the top smoothie spot!
This simple breakfast smoothie is made without yogurt and thinned with almond milk. So, if you’re adding more whole food plant-based recipes to your diet, this one’s for you! That being said, it can be made with almost any kind of milk.
And if you’re looking for more plant-based recipes, check out my collection of Vegan Recipes.
What you need for this Blueberry Banana Smoothie recipe:
These are the main components of this recipe (affiliate links included):
- Blueberries: Either fresh or frozen blueberries can be used.
- Banana: The riper the banana, the sweeter the smoothie. I like to use a banana that’s overripe with spots, but not so ripe that it’s turning black all over.
- Spinach: Fresh spinach leaves add nutrients, and can be substituted with other greens, such as kale.
- Flaxseed meal: Flaxseed meal can be found in most grocery stores. It’s a fantastic source of omega-3s! It may be labeled as “ground flaxseeds”.
- Hemp hearts: Hemp hearts can be found in many grocery stores and health food stores. If you can’t find them, just leave them out.
- Almond milk: Unsweetened almond milk is widely available in grocery stores and health food stores.
Tips for making this banana blueberry smoothie:
Can you just throw everything in the blender and puree? Sure! But I have a couple of tips to make everything blend as smoothly as possible.
- When incorporating greens into a smoothie, I find that the leaves are pureed thoroughly when I blend them first with the liquid. Pour in the almond milk, add the spinach leaves and blend until smooth…before adding the other ingredients.
- Whether you use frozen or fresh fruit is up to you. However, I recommend that at least one of the fruits (blueberries or banana) is frozen in order to thicken the smoothie. If both are frozen, you may need to add additional liquid.
Frequently asked questions:
Should I add a sweetener?
If the banana is slightly overripe, you won’t need any additional sweetener. The banana is sweet enough on its own.
What can I use instead of almond milk?
Lots of options here! Almost any plant-based milk, such as soy milk, almond-coconut milk blends, cashew milk and oak milk, can be used. I highly recommend buying the unsweetened versions so that you don’t overdo it on the sugar grams or compromise the taste of the smoothie.
Of course, regular cow’s milk can also be used! Even water will work in this recipe.
Can I use frozen bananas?
As I mentioned above, using frozen fruit is totally fine.
A couple of things to keep in mind. First, be sure that your blender can handle frozen banana (I use this blender). I like to freeze my banana in slices or small chunks. But if you have a really heavy-duty blender, you can likely freeze the banana in larger pieces without compromising your blender.
If you use both frozen banana and frozen blueberries, you may need to add more almond milk to thin the smoothie.
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