An intensely flavorful banana smoothie that will make you think you are indulging in a rich dessert!
I am not and have never been a breakfast person. I want coffee, not food. It is generally several hours after coffee that I decide it is time to eat and even then I only want something small like a protein bar.
Smoothies are perfect for me. They are a great way to get a dose of nutrition without eating too much at once. They are quick, easy, and can be made in an infinite number of ways!
This banana smoothie recipe does take a little time since you are roasting the bananas, but the taste is so worth it! This is the smoothie you make when you have time to treat yourself!
How To Make A Banana Smoothie
If you search for banana smoothie recipes, you will find a million different recipes. Banana smoothies are popular because we love bananas, we always have bananas to use up, they pair nicely with other fruits, they taste good, and are easy to make. A banana smoothie is a great way to start the day, end the day and is wonderful in between!
The banana smoothie I am sharing with you today is a little different. For one thing, I used roasted bananas for this recipe. When it comes to roasting produce, we tend to think that we can only stick to placing vegetables in the oven. However, bananas taste amazing when they are roasted; the heat brings intensifies the natural sweetness that bananas have.
STEP ONE – Place unpeeled bananas on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Allow the bananas to roast in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Let cool completely.
STEP TWO – Peel the bananas and combine bananas (reserve half a banana to place sliced on the top if desired) through ice in a blender, processing until smooth.
STEP THREE – Pour into 2 glasses. Slice remaining banana. Garnish each glass with banana slices. Serve immediately.
What To Mix With A Banana Smoothie
The mix-ins are up to you! Some of my favorite options are:
- Vanilla Yogurt
- Banana Yogurt
- Honey or Agave nectar
- Peanut or other Nut Butters
- Caramel Sauce or flavoring like coffee creamer
- Frozen Yogurt
- Fresh fruits
- Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Cow’s Milk (including chocolate) or Orange Juice
- Protein Powder or Collagen Powder
Are Banana Smoothies Good For You?
Like anything, food is only as good as the ingredients you put into them! Bananas are packed with potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C. The plant-based milk I used has protein and if you use cow’s milk or yogurt you also get calcium and Vitamin D.
The trouble comes into play when you add things like Nutella, caramel sauce, or chocolate chips and whipped cream. Those things are indulgent and if you are serving this smoothie as a treat then that is fine. But remember everything in moderation. Just because you call it a smoothie doesn’t always mean it is healthy,
- 3 bananas
- 1 cup cow's milk or a non-dairy beverage of your choice
- 1 cup plain vanilla yogurt or frozen yogurt
- 3 cups ice
- honey, optional
- Roast bananas in a 350 degree oven for 20 min (with peels on). Let cool completely.
- Peel the bananas and combine bananas (reserve half for slicing) through ice in a blender, processing until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses. Slice remaining banana. Garnish each glass with banana slices. Serve immediately.
I used oat milk for this recipe
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 636Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 35mgSodium 275mgCarbohydrates 93gFiber 6gSugar 64gProtein 52g