8 Healthy Smoothies Without Banana shown from overhead on a marbled background

We’re big fans of making fruit smoothies here at Wholefully, but we get so many comments from banana-haters (or banana-lovers who are sadly allergic) looking for smoothie recipes without bananas—well, we’ve got you covered!

While we love the sweetness and creaminess a frozen banana adds to fruit smoothies, we heard you, and we’ve got a whole new set of fruit smoothie recipes for you—and this time, there isn’t a single banana in sight! Even better than that, all the smoothies are dairy-free and contain no added sugar—making them paleo and vegan-friendly.

Purple smoothie being poured from a blender carafe to a clear glass, surrounded by whole berries.

How do I make smoothies sweet and creamy without bananas?

We did a lot of testing to figure out how to make perfect no-banana smoothies, and here are the main tips we figured out:

  • A good blender is a must: it helps make sure everything is silky smooth.
  • Figure out a way to replace the creaminess of the banana: our favorite options are ripe avocado, canned pears, and Greek yogurt.
  • Adjust the sweetness to taste: banana adds a lot of sweetness to smoothies, so if you’re going without, you might need to add more of another sweet fruit (like pineapple, dates, or canned pears) or add a touch of your favorite sweetener like honey or maple syrup.
Overhead shot of smoothie ingredients in the carafe of a blender.

How can I make my smoothie healthier?

The healthy smoothie recipes below are basic, but you can boost the nutrition even further if you want! Chia seeds, flax seeds, or hemp hearts are great additions. Half an avocado can add healthy fats and even more creaminess. Baby kale or spinach adds vitamins and minerals. If you have a standard set of mix-ins you like, you can even freeze them into booster packs—great for really quick and easy smoothies!

What kind of blender do I need?

I do suggest investing in a high-powered blender to make these smoothies as creamy as possible. I personally use a VitaMix 5200, but I’ve also had a Ninja Professional in the past and loved it.

Ready to start making some banana-free smoothies? Check out all of our kitchen-tested no-banana smoothies below.

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41 Comments

  1. Hi, I live in Indiana too! Thank you for these recipes, I’m looking forward to trying them all for breakfasts this school year (I’m a teacher). I can’t eat banana because I have CKD, chronic kidney disease. The extra potassium from bananas is hard on kidneys. But I love smoothies – these all look delicious 🙂

    1. Hi Rendy! The dates are there to add sweetness, so you can replace them with your sweetener of choice. These recipes are really flexible! Use what you have and what you like. We often use canned pears in juice, unsweetened apple sauce, or real maple syrup!