An intensely flavorful banana smoothie that will make you think you are indulging in a rich dessert!
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!
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!
What Is a Roasted Banana Smoothie?
It’s a flavorful and wonderful drink made using oven-roasted bananas, frozen yogurt, and milk. Every sip is incredible and delicious thanks to the ripened bananas. 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. You’ll think you’re being treated to a sweet dessert, but this drink option is actually pretty healthy and good for you, making it rewarding and diet-friendly!
- Vanilla yogurt
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
How To Make A Banana Smoothie
STEP ONE – Place unpeeled bananas on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Allow the bananas to roast in a 350-degree F 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 the remaining banana. Garnish each glass with banana slices. Serve immediately.
Optional Add-in Ideas
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
You can make this drink as healthy as you want by simply swapping out a few ingredients for their healthier counterparts. For example, vanilla yogurt can be swapped out for Greek yogurt for added protein.
You can even use non-dairy milks and dairy free yogurts or ice cream to help make this drink dairy-free.
The ice helps to make the drink cold but you can use frozen bananas instead. This will keep the drink from getting watered down as it sits.
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.
What’s the Difference Between a Milkshake and a Smoothie?
A milkshake is usually made up of milk and ice cream as the base while smoothies are more fruit and yogurt as the base. Both drinks can have add-ins like fruits, syrups, or juices to make them taste even better but in the end, smoothies are a healthier option because they contain far fewer sugars than milkshakes do.
Can Banana Smoothies Help You to Lose Weight?
When used as a meal replacement or as an addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle banana smoothies can b a great way to help lose weight. they are far better for you than some of the other food and drink options out there. You will need a healthy diet and exercise in addition to this drink to truly see any benefits as far as losing weight goes.
- 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
Amount Per Serving Calories 636Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 35mgSodium 275mgCarbohydrates 93gFiber 6gSugar 64gProtein 52g