With their abundance of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, it’s no wonder why bananas are one of our favorite fruits to incorporate into our smoothie recipes. Not only are they rich in vitamins and minerals, but they also make for some super creamy smoothies. We do realize, however, not everyone likes bananas as much as we do, and others may be allergic.
While some may think disliking bananas is, well…bananas, we totally get it. So, we’ve compiled a roundup of some of our favorite banana-free smoothies.
Luckily, there are tons of substitutes for bananas in smoothies, and we have incorporated many of them here. Mangoes for example, make for a thick and creamy smoothie. They’re also are rich in vitamins A, C, fiber, folate and potassium. Apples are another great substitute. Not only do they provide smoothies with the sweetness of bananas, but the fiber content adds a wonderful thickness and helps to satiate cravings.
Avocados and chia seeds, two superfoods, give smoothies a milkshake-like consistency and provide a healthy dose of Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.
Check out our list for even more delectably delicious, banana-free options. From the spicy to the sweet, these smoothies have got it all — except bananas.
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Smoothie Recipes without Bananas
There are times when stress is unavoidable, and when those times happen, it’s more important than ever to give your body the nutrients it needs to fight off inflammation and germs, as well as stay energized. This light, nutritionally complete smoothie is full of vitamins like A, C, K, potassium and iron, as well as healthy fats and protein, which all work together to keep you lively and focused. A cup of coconut water rounds everything out with natural electrolytes, helping you stay hydrated and glowing.
Apricot Rose Hips
Rose hips, as well as apples, are full of vitamin C — one of the main vitamins for general well being. Apricots and carrots have a healthy serving of beta-carotene, which protects your skin against the physical manifestations of stress like blemishes. Add in some natural pea protein for extra energy, and this sweet treat doubles as a mind and body replenisher capable of getting you through even the busiest of days!
Orange Nectarine Dream
A fresh, low calorie alternative to orange juice, this smoothie is bursting with both vitamin C and beta carotene (thanks to a nectarine and orange), and healthy fat, protein and fiber from chia seeds. Lucuma, a Peruvian superfruit, often acts as a low-glycemic sweetener, and provides a serving of zinc and iron as well. Add in some vitamin K and more iron from swiss chard, and you have a totally refreshing snack that will keep you satisfied for hours!
Carrot Maple Rhubarb
Carrots have some of the highest amounts of beta carotene per serving; with one medium-sized carrot providing almost an entire day’s worth of the carotenoid. Walnuts are full of healthy fats and protein, as well as vitamin E, which, like beta-carotene, is a fantastic vitamin for skin. Thanks to an apple, rhubarb and maple syrup, this skin-loving smoothie also contains energy-producing iron and fiber, making it the perfect pre-workout or morning snack.
Baby bok choy contains vitamins A, C and K, all essential for a healthy complexion, as well as healthy bones. Apples are not only full of fiber, they contain the antioxidant quercetin, which has been shown in scientific studies to help lower inflammation and improve neurological health. Chamomile is also great for lowering inflammation, as are the Omega-3 fatty acids in cashews.
Creamy Apricot Carrot
This vibrant orange-hued smoothie is packed full of dietary fiber. Apricots are a major source, and also deliver significant amounts of potassium. Potassium is an essential mineral that aids in muscle function, keeping a proper fluid balance, and normalizing blood pressure. Cashews are among the most nutritious nuts, providing many minerals and most B vitamins. Tart goji berries from Asia are tiny but dense with antioxidants and flavor!
Almond Avocado Matcha
You hear a lot about the “good fat” in avocados, but what does that mean, exactly? The main fat in avocados is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid also present in olive oil. Oleic acid is good for healthy skin and hair, helps reduce inflammation, and may have cancer-fighting properties. Paired with matcha, a powdered green tea with more antioxidants than any other superfood, this smooth and nutty green smoothie will help you be healthy inside and out!
This purple powerhouse is chock-full of antioxidant goodness. We’ve packed a wide variety of produce into this cocktail. Blueberries and acai berries contain anthocyanins and quercetin, which help reduce inflammation and may help sharpen mental faculties. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which may help reduce the risk of cancer. Pineapples and oranges add a tart hit of fiber and vitamin C!
Pear Berry Pick Me Up
Native to South America, acai berry contains a high amount of potent antioxidants. Almonds also contain antioxidants, as well as healthy fats, fiber, and protein, making them the perfect food for turning a smoothie into a meal replacement. Add in some vitamin C from a lime, vitamin K and iron from swiss chard, and more fiber from a pear, and you’ve got an energizing, low sugar breakfast.
Carrot Apple Recharge
Thanks to beta-carotene from carrots, Omega-3s from cashews, and anti-inflammatory power from raw ginger root, this smoothie is amazing for your skin. It’s also naturally sweet, thanks to dates, which are full of fiber, calcium and iron. Baby spinach also contains iron, and an apple adds more fiber. This smoothie will help energize your morning, and keep you satisfied all day.
Green Kiwi Citrus Pop
With almost five times the amount of vitamin C as an orange, kiwi berries are fuzz-free, bite-sized versions of regular kiwi fruit! After you give these little guys a quick rinse, you can throw them into your blender - no peeling required. Native to India and Pakistan, moringa is bursting with nutrients, including iron, calcium, potassium, zinc and magnesium. Start your day off with this vitamin packed smoothie, feel ready to take on the world!
Pineapple Energy Shake
In addition to being rich in vitamin C, pineapple is also bursting with manganese, a trace mineral that is essential for healthy bones, collagen production, and antioxidant defense. Pineapple also contains the digestive enzyme bromelain, which has been shown to help aid digestion, absorption of antibiotics, and decreasing inflammation. Add in a little bit of lean pea protein and healthy fats (thanks to cashews), and this light breakfast will keep you glowing and going all day long!
Lime in the Coconut
Need a tropical vacation right this very minute? This low calorie smoothie will transport you with natural coconut water and a whole fresh lime (whole, raw limes contain a nice serving of vitamin C and fiber). A pear provides additional fiber, grapes add a mellow sweetness and cancer-fighting polyphenols, and hemp seeds are full of protein, more fiber, and healthy Omega-3s (which are great for reducing inflammation).
Right On Parsnip
A root vegetable that’s a member of the carrot family, parsnips contain an impressively high amount of vitamin C, as well as fiber and folate. Their flavor is light - almost like a carrot - with a slightly nutty aftertaste. Combine them with even more fiber and vitamin C from an apple and lemon, the anti-inflammatory power of raw ginger, and natural sweetness from maple syrup (which also contains iron and magnesium), and you have a light, sweet, and energizing start to your day.
Cinnamon Spiced Apple
Thanks to zucchini, which is a perfect ingredient for upping the volume and fiber of a smoothie without upping the sugar, and cinnamon, which has been shown to help balance glucose, this sweet breakfast will keep your blood sugar steady all day long. The addition of hemp seeds (and the fiber, protein and Omega-3s that come with them), as well as a fiber-rich apple, will help you stay satisfied until lunch.
Good Green Grape
Wheatgrass contains chlorophyll, a green pigment in plants that has been shown to support the liver and possibly even provide a boost of energy. Pumpkin seeds are powerhouses of plant-based protein, fiber, healthy fats, magnesium and zinc. Combine these two superfoods with disease-fighting polyphenols from grapes, potassium from banana, and vitamins K, A and C from spinach, and you have a light, immune boosting treat.
Sweet Potato Pie
Looking for something creamy, slightly sweet and reminds you of Thanksgiving? Well, look no further than the Sweet Potato Pie smoothie. Creamy sweet potato, refreshing orange and rich allspice, this smoothie will leave you feeling as bright as it looks. Pro Tip: Just like with beets, if your blender has trouble with sweet potatoes, lightly steam them to soften them up before blending.
Pretty in Pink
Welcome to the breakfast club! You’ll be seeing la vie en rose after just one sip of this delicious drink! Soaking superfood goji berries in warm water before blending not only allows more of the flavors to come out, it will make blending them so easy. Additionally, if your blender has trouble blending up beets, you can lightly steam them prior to blending. Sprinkle some goji berries on top to finish the look. NOTE: If your beet is large, you can start by blending half.
Homemade Tomato Juice
DIY bloody Mary mix. This classic savory smoothie has the perfect balance between salty celery, tangy lime and hydrating cucumber. Tomatoes are packed with vitamins A, C, and E, and with the antioxidant lycopene. Antioxidants fight free radicals in the body and specifically, lycopene can help reduce the risk of cancers such as prostate, stomach and breast and may help your skin's ability to protect itself against UV rays.
Ground Cherry Chutney
The one good thing about summer coming to a close? It’s ground cherry season! Ground cherries (aka husk cherries) are amazing little things. They look like small tomatillos on the outside, and like yellow cherry tomatoes under their husks. But, they taste like a combination of a mangos and pineapples. Incredible! The husk cherry is a member of the nightshade family (just like eggplants and tomatoes) and holds a lot of the same healthful properties as tomatoes.
Spicy Black Plum
The Spicy Black Plum smoothie is just what you need on a crisp fall afternoon. Adding fresh ginger with a handful of arugula, an especially peppery green, will give this drink quite a kick. Arugula is rich in chlorophyll, which helps to cleanse blood, detoxify cells, and boost oxygen. No back-to-school sniffles here.
Earl Grey Green Tea
This smoothie is refined with hints of black tea and blueberries. Earl Grey aids in digestion and contains antioxidants. For a stronger tea flavor bring ¼ cup water to boil and place the Earl Grey in hot water for 1-3 minutes. After tea has steeped, pour the tea leaves and hot water into blender and add the remaining ¾ cup of cold water. If you do not have time to let the tea steep, simply add the leaves and cold water in the blender first while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Candied Carrot Tops
You can totally beat cold season this year with fruit and veggie smoothies, especially ones with camu camu! Just a half teaspoon of this Brazilian superfruit powder has more than 550% of your daily recommended value of Vitamin C. Rich in various amino acids, camu camu works wonders on the digestive system, cognitive functions, heart and kidney health, and muscle repair.
Cookies and Cream
You will not believe that the Cookies and Cream smoothie is actually good for you. You may even find yourself coming back for seconds. Lucuma powder, which comes from the Peruvian Lucuma plant, is a low glycemic sweetener and has a unique caramel, maple flavor. It adds the perfect natural sweetness to really make this smoothie come to life.
Creamy and Craveable Cacao Zucchini
You work hard in the gym or in class, so once in a while, it’s time to treat yo’self. To avoid turning that treat into a train wreck that derails your best laid diet plans, focus on adding in health-enhancing superfoods like cacao and sunflower seed butter. This creamy, cacao-filled smoothie reminds me of chocolate zucchini bread.
Pumpkin Seed Cantaloupe
This smoothie is the perfect immune-boosting drink. Did you know that pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of zinc? This helps the body fight off bacteria and viruses. Cantaloupe provides tons of vitamin A, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. Vitamin A and vitamin C are both antioxidants that help fight off free radicals. Drink this smoothie right through flu season.
Spiced Apple Cider
Fall is in the air, and what better way to kick it off than with a seasonal smoothie? As the temperature drops, adding in warm foods and beverages can help your digestion adjust accordingly; cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are three superfoods that do the trick. Apple cider vinegar is a great boost to both digestion + metabolism. Enjoy this slightly sweet treat as an afternoon snack in lieu of relying on carbs or caffeine to power you through.
Apple Radish Mint
Enjoy the vitality Mesclun brings to this smoothie. Mesclun is an assortment of young salad greens that are sown, grown and cut all together. It’s like a tender little family of nutrients, adding a super boost to your smoothie. We're lucky enough to have Phillips Farms, a family farm in Milford, New Jersey, provide the sweet Jonagold apple for this awesome blend. These apples are a cross between the Jonathan and Golden Delicious. It's like Bennifer but with a happy ending.
Mini Bell Pepper with Dill
These mini bell peppers are literally the cutest things ever. They’re from New York’s own Norwich Meadows Farm and they have totally amped up our creativity in the kitchen. Our tastebuds are super happy with the results. Full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, our bodies couldn’t be happier either. They might be small but just 3 of these little ones contain almost 300% of your daily value of Vitamin C. Flu season? What flu season.
Sweet Bok Choy
We love bok choy because it is sweet with hints of spice. It’s part of the cabbage family and is sometimes referred to as pak choi, white-celery mustard or Chinese white cabbage. Whatever you decide to call it, bok choy does the body good. It has tons of antioxidants, fiber and vitamins, which help reduce LDL cholesterol and protect against breast, colon, and prostate cancers.
Did you know that while there is a lot of speculation over why our flag is red, white and blue, the Continental Congress never actually left any official record as to their reasoning behind Old Glory’s color scheme?! Some historians say that it stands for hardiness and valor while others say its a nod to the British. Regardless of meaning, this smoothie nails the red stripes in this nation’s flag to a T. Just make sure it doesn’t end up on your white shirt, it will leave its mark!
Thyme Traveler's Wife
Don’t worry, you won’t suddenly find yourself in a different era if you drink this smoothie. The thyme adds a great refreshing kick at the start and the lemon contributes a wonderful tartness at the finish. Thyme is one of those herbs found in many puns but very few smoothies. A surprising fact given that thyme is high in antioxidants and has anti-aging properties.
Apples and Pears
These ingredients are all you need for an orchard-in-a-glass smoothie. Between the vitamins A and C, your immune system will be rock solid. Plus the fiber content in the fruits and veggies will keep you feeling full, satisfied, and ready for a day of apple picking. A smoothie so sweet, it'll make you realize that apples and pears truly are the perfect pair.
There is nothing like watermelon in the summer. Watermelon juice is nearly as refreshing as coconut water and much easier to obtain. This smoothie is our take on the classically refreshing drink. The cucumber and mint only heighten the refreshment. We can’t think of better way to cool down than this.
Figs are sweet and delicate. Their tender outer skin can be eaten along with their soft insides. Pairing figs with the light flavors of romaine and blueberries ensures that you’ll be able to taste all the subtleties. Not only do they tasty, figs contain Pectin, which is a fiber that may help reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol. We can dig that!
Go Go Goji Berries
Rise, shine and get going with this citrus and antioxidant filled treat! The carrots, oranges, sunflower seeds, and goji berries aren't just loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber to keep you ready to take on the day, but they are also packed with antioxidants. And thanks to those super foods, the only thing stronger than the orange color of this smoothie will be your immunity. Drink this to start your day off right, bright eyed and bushy tailed.
A Sage Pear
With the special ingredient, moringa, this green smoothie's name speaks volumes. Moringa is a plant native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. Due to its anti-aging and stress management benefits, it’s no wonder that it’s often used to make medicine. It also may be a natural immune booster, and helps the body get rid of toxins.
Maple Ginger Glazed Carrots
We've turned one of the holiday's best and most delicious side dishes into something even more delicious: a smoothie, of course! Carrots don't just make this treat look festive, they also fill it with vitamins A, C, K, E, beta-carotene, and folate, to name a few.
Orange Beet Mixer
Beets are baaack! Looking for a little detox smoothie? Well, look no further than the orange beet mixer. Beets contain phytochemicals that make them great liver cleansers. Blueberries and ginger help reduce inflammation while the orange's high level of Vitamin C help cleanse the digestive tract.
Melt into a world of caramel delight while enjoying lucuma, a South American superfruit rich in antioxidants, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Lucuma is an amazing source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. This superfood acts as an anti-inflammatory and has anti-aging qualities. It has even been known to repair and revitalize human skin. Go back to this childhood classic and your skin just might follow suit.
Cardamom is a seed found in Southeast Asia and is commonly found in Indian cuisine. Its has a slightly lemony smell and taste which makes this smoothie light and sweet. The spice is related to the ginger family and is thought to also help with digestion, combat nausea, and bloating. The white mulberries contain resveratrol, which is a powerful and rare antioxidant that may prevent aging, enhance cardiovascular health and promote circulation.
Blueberry Plum Basil
Blueberries and plums make a lethal combination for free radicals floating around the body. They are both considered a powerful antioxidants and help prevent illness and chronic disease. On top of that, did we mention they taste great? Adding a bit of fresh, local basil really seals the deal and rounds this smoothie off as a lovely dream in a mason jar.
Orange you glad this smoothie is coming your way? This bright orange smoothie will wake you and make you feel amazing! Turmeric is one of those awesome superfoods that doesn’t get a lot of attention. It contains curcumin, which is thought to be the primary pharmaceutical agent in the spice. It promotes anti-inflammation and may give relief to rheumatoid arthritis. The lemon and turmeric definitely add a nice zing while the sunflower seeds adds a touch of creaminess.
To make this smoothie add the water and the hibiscus flowers in the blender first. Letting the hibiscus sit in the water before blending will help it release all its flavors. Hibiscus tea is a great summertime drink because of it’s natural sweet and tart flavor combination. It complements the sweet pears and creamy almonds and makes a bright pink smoothie. It is a wonderfully refreshing snack, perfect for an early August afternoon.
Honey Rose Petal
If this smoothie went by any other name, would it taste as sweet? We think yes. The light flavors of the honeydew and strawberry pair nicely with the dried rose buds. Adding rose buds to this smoothie not only adds a floral taste, but it smells great too. Take a long inhale before you have a sip, it’s truly intoxicating.
Here is the smoothie version of tomato juice (hold the sodium). Heirloom tomatoes are in season in the Northeast and we are capitalizing on this. They are exploding with flavor (and nutrients). We added an extra kick to this smoothie by including ½ a jalapeño pepper. Be sure to remove the seeds before tossing this in your blender. The seeds will make it very, very spicy.
Apple Pineapple Express
Native to Mexico and Guatemala, and chia seeds are believed to have been used by the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas to increase stamina and ward off hunger. Rich in fiber, protein, healthy fatty acids and antioxidants, chia seeds also contain a healthy serving of calcium and iron. When you combine these powerhouse seeds with vitamins K and C from kale, more healthy fiber from an apple, and even more vitamin C and antioxidants from pineapple and mint, you get a low calorie, high fiber breakfast that will keep you going all day long!
Red Pepper Apple
If the zesty gingery taste of the Red Pepper Apple Smoothie doesn’t wake you up, the color certainly will. This bright orange smoothie is loaded with Vitamin C. In fact, peppers are one of the highest Vitamin C foods there is. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that aids in the development of scar tissue, blood vessels and cartilage. C the change.
What is more calming than the smell of lavender? Maybe the taste of lavender? This smoothie will set you up for success by creating a great respite from the stressful NYC day. All the ingredients in the Lavender Honey Smoothie are light and airy; from the refreshing honeydew to the sweet coconut water. Before putting the lavender in your blender, breathe in the wonderful fragrance. Sunny meadow, is that you?
Beat the heat with this amazingly refreshing smoothie. Cucumbers and cantaloupe both contain 96 and 90 percent water, respectively. You’ll have zero trouble staying hydrated after this smoothie. If you like your smoothies more citrusy, squeeze the second half of the lime into the smoothie.
This root-to-stem smoothie doesn’t let any part of the carrot go to waste. That means more nutrients for you. When thinking of leafy greens, you might never guess that carrot greens fall into this category, but they do! These bitter greens have a light grassy taste with a hint of sweetness. Here’s a pro tip: When buying carrots with the greens still attached, make sure you cut them off to make the carrots last longer.
Like Bees to Honey(dew)
Light, delicate and sweet. This little cup of wonder will give your tastebuds a wake-up call. Collard greens have a very mild taste that complements the subtle flavors of the honeydew and mint. With just one teaspoon of bee pollen you are helping your summer get off to an allergy-free start. That’s something we’ll raise our glass to!
Goji Green Tea
You don’t have to wait until tea time to sip on this goji green tea smoothie. Matcha powder is made from finely ground, high quality, tea leaves grown exclusively in Japan. Matcha is at the heart of the Japanese Tea Ceremony as well as a predominant ingredient in many other dishes (hello, green tea ice cream). Green tea is a powerful antioxidant and matcha powder is about 10x as powerful since the entire tea leaf is ingested and not just the brewed water. It adds a mild green tea flavor that is complemented by the soft, sweet tones of the goji berries and apple.
Brighten up your morning with this orangey blend. It is a slightly sweet and creamy drink that’s refreshing and filling. Sweet potatoes contain both iron and magnesium. Iron not only helps with your energy levels, it also aids in the production of red and white blood cells. And magnesium is an important anti-stress mineral. You’ll be zenfully ready to start your day.
This smoothie turns out more like a juice than a thick smoothie. It is perfectly refreshing for a warm summer day. Lychee fruit hails from China and grows naturally in the rainforests in Guangdong. The fruit tastes like a sweet, skinless grape. But remember, after peeling, lychees have a pit in the middle that must be removed before blending.
Cacao Maqui Grape
Maqui berry is a fruit originating from Chile. It’s claim to fame is that it's one of the most antioxidant rich foods on the plant. NBD, right? Not only does it kick free-radical butt, it also contains Vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium and anti-inflammatory compounds. It’s no wonder it has catapulted itself to superfood status. Take this smoothie to the next level and try freezing your grapes for an extra frosty affect.
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