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