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8 Fruit Smoothie Recipes Without Banana

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Banana haters, this one’s for you! Here are eight healthy recipes for fruit smoothies without bananas, all of them creamy, dairy-free, and added sugar-free.
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My 8 Simple Smoothies You Should Know How to Make post is the second most popular post ever on Wholefully—and for good reason! Those simple smoothies are a great primer to smoothie-making. They use simple ingredients that you recognize and the smoothies are all delicious!

But the absolutely number one negative comment I get on that post is from banana-haters (or banana-lovers who are sadly allergic)—why do they all have to use bananas? Well, I love the sweetness and creaminess a frozen banana adds to fruit smoothies, but I HEARD you, friends. And today, we’ve got a whole new set of eight fruit smoothie recipes for you—and this time, there isn’t a single banana in sight!

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

Even better than that, all the smoothies are dairy-free and contain no added sugar—making them paleo and vegan-friendly.

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.

Overhead shot of smoothie ingredients in the carafe of a blender.

Beyond using a good blender, I’ve discovered a few tricks for making smoothies sweet and creamy without the use of dairy or bananas, and I’ve put them into these recipes down below. I hope you love them! Let’s dig in.

Strawberry shortcake smoothie in a clear glass topped with sliced strawberries. A text overlay reads "No Sugar Added + Banana-Free Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie."

Strawberry Shortcake No Banana Smoothie

The almond butter in this smoothie gives it a great nutty, roasted flavor profile that reminds me of a fresh baked strawberry shortcake! Medjool dates are added for sweetness—make sure to find the big soft ones, and don’t forget to remove the pits before blending.

Peanut butter mocha smoothie in a clear glass topped with peanut butter. A text overlay reads "No Sugar Added + Banana-Free Peanut Butter Mocha Smoothie."

Peanut Butter Mocha No Banana Smoothie

Canned pears are a great way to add sweetness and creaminess to smoothies without adding a banana. Make sure to get canned pears that are canned in their own juice only—not in syrup. In this smoothie, we add instant coffee powder to get that mocha flavor. I really like the decaf Italian Roast Via from Starbucks.

Berry blast smoothie in a clear glass topped with whole berries. A text overlay reads "No Sugar Added + Banana-Free Berry Blast Smoothie."

Berry Blast No Banana Smoothie

Low in sugar and packed with antioxidants, berries are one of the healthiest fruits you can add to your diet. Unfortunately, they can be quite pricey and lacking in quality when out-of-season. The solution? Frozen berries! Picked at the peak of freshness and flash-frozen, they have all the nutrition you’d get from in-season berries, for a fraction of the price. Any combination of berries will work—blueberries, raspberries, strawberries are all good!

Mango Tango smoothie in a clear glass topped with mango and coconut. A text overlay reads "No Sugar Added + Banana-Free Mango Tango Smoothie."

Mango Tango No Banana Smoothie

Just because you are skipping bananas doesn’t mean you have to skip out on tropical flavor. Hit up the frozen fruit section of your supermarket to find frozen mango and pineapple chunks for this smoothie, both of which are naturally very sweet on their own—no need to add any sweetener!

Strawberry kiwi smoothie in a clear glass topped with sliced fruit. A text overlay reads "No Sugar Added + Banana-Free Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie."

Strawberry-Kiwi No Banana Smoothie

This classic flavor combo is sweetened using canned pears—again, make sure to get pears canned just in juice, and don’t drain the pears! We want to use that juice in the smoothie.

Greena colada smoothie in a clear glass topped with fruit. A text overlay reads "No Sugar Added + Banana-Free Greena Colada Smoothie."

Greeña Colada No Banana Smoothie

Enjoy the flavor of a tropical vacation with an added nutritional boost of fresh spinach! This bright green smoothie doesn’t taste like spinach—it just tastes like your favorite sweet and creamy cocktail. I won’t tell if you add some rum to it! Make sure to use full fat coconut milk from the can—it’ll give you the creamiest results with some fat to help keep you full.

Peaches and cream smoothie in a clear glass topped with sliced peaches. A text overlay reads "No Sugar Added + Banana-Free Peaches and Cream Smoothie."

Peaches and Cream No Banana Smoothie

Adding raw almonds to the smoothie gives it a creamy, hearty flavor and texture—it’s like making almond milk without the work!

Wild blueberry lemon smoothie in a clear glass topped with blueberries. A text overlay reads "No Sugar Added + Banana-Free Wild Blueberry Lemon Smoothie."

Wild Blueberry Lemon No Banana Smoothie

Out of all the berries, wild blueberries contain some of the highest levels of antioxidants. Most supermarkets carry wild blueberries in their frozen fruit section. Combined with fresh lemon zest and juice, this smoothie is a bright and fresh way to start your day!

 
8 Healthy No Banana Smoothies

8 Healthy No Banana Smoothies

Yield: 2 small servings or 1 large
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Banana haters, this one’s for you! Here are eight healthy recipes for a no banana smoothie, all of them creamy, dairy-free, and added sugar-free.

Ingredients

For Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie Without Banana:

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen whole strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter
  • 3 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened nut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional add-ins: chia seeds, hemp seeds, protein powder, ground flax, collagen, Greek yogurt, lots of other options

For Peanut Butter Mocha No Banana Smoothie:

  • 1 cup canned pears in juice (do not drain)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened peanut butter (use almond butter for a paleo alternative)
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened nut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Handful of ice
  • 2 pitted Medjool dates
  • Optional add-ins: chia seeds, hemp seeds, protein powder, ground flax, collagen, Greek yogurt, lots of other options

For Berry Blast Smoothie Without Banana:

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 3 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup packed fresh baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 cup 1/2 cup unsweetened nut milk
  • Optional add-ins: chia seeds, hemp seeds, protein powder, ground flax, collagen, Greek yogurt, lots of other options

For Mango Tango No Banana Smoothie:

  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional add-ins: chia seeds, hemp seeds, protein powder, ground flax, collagen, Greek yogurt, lots of other options

For Strawberry Kiwi No Banana Smoothie:

  • 2 ripe kiwi, peeled
  • 1 cup packed fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup canned pears in juice (do not drain)
  • 1 cup frozen whole strawberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened nut milk
  • Optional add-ins: chia seeds, hemp seeds, protein powder, ground flax, collagen, Greek yogurt, lots of other options

For Greena Colada Smoothie Without Banana:

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach
  • Optional add-ins: chia seeds, hemp seeds, protein powder, ground flax, collagen, Greek yogurt, lots of other options

For Peaches and Cream No Banana Smoothie:

  • 1 cup frozen peach slices
  • 2 tablespoons raw almonds
  • 2 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Wild Blueberry and Lemon No Banana Smoothie:

  • 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • Juice and zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup canned pears in juice (do not drain)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened nut milk

Instructions

For All Flavors:

  1. Combine all ingredients into the carafe of a high-power blender. Blend on high until very smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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35 Responses
  1. Essie

    OMG, I can’t wait to try these! I HATE bananas and people always think that’s weird, so I never thought I’d find a smoothie without them, let alone a whole batch of them! I am also on a very difficult diet to follow, for a stomach ailment and smoothies are perfect.
    WOW, THANKS

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi, Julia! If the issue is with them being canned, you can use very ripe fresh pears in their place. If the issue is with the pears, you can swap in any other fruit you enjoy that you feel would work well with the other flavors. These recipes are really flexible so feel free to adjust to suit your tastes! The only think you may need to add is more liquid to account for the loss of the juice the pears are canned in. Just add a little more water or fruit juice to thin it out, if needed. Let us know how it turns out for you!

  2. Maria

    New to the world of smoothies and these have been a great place to start, especially since I don’t like banana. I was skeptical about spinach, but turns out those are my favorite recipes! Thank you for these 🙂

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback, Maria. We’re so happy to hear you loved them!

  3. Regina

    Pls I want to know whether the nut milk is the normal milk extracted from tiger nut or it’s rather extracted from peanut(groundnut) .Thank you

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi, Regina! You can use whatever nut or plant-based milk you choose in these smoothies. We like unsweetened almond milk, but folks have used soy milk, oat milk, and even cashew milk all with great success! Whatever you like and have on hand should be fine. Hope this helps!

    2. Lauren

      I tried the mango tango as I didn’t have any medjool dates. I added oats to make it a breakfast smoothie and it’s delicious! Thank you! I’m going to try the rest when I get some dates. Even though I love banana in my smoothie, they can be awkward as they need to be frozen when very ripe so this is great for days when I’ve run out.

  4. Hi there
    Just got a new blender the ninja professional 1100 hope this will blend nicely
    Question. Can u use frozen spinach instead ? I don’t eat if often or I can buy fresh and freeze then throw in ?
    Tnx
    Looking forward to trying some of these 😉

  5. I one and a halved the mango tango recipe to use up the whole can of coconut milk and it actually turned out to be just the right about of smoothie for my 4-person family, with each serving being about 1 cup. It was super easy and delicious 🙂 Thank you for posting these healthy recipes!

  6. Semira Streets

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! So very much! I am so against smoothies because as we all know it MUST have bananas in it. I saved this blog, went to grocery store and made the Mango Tango. Ummmm 🤤 my hubby loved it, and my 4 year old said “that tastes like ice cream, can we have these for my birthday?!” Slam dunk. I will be making the Peanut Butter one in the morning! Thank you again

  7. Hubby has been lifting weights at the gym lately and was online last night looking for protein smoothies but none of them were wfpb. So I did a search and found your shake recipe. I did a test run last night and we both thought it was delicious! So I made 2 more batches this morning. The first one I added a scoop of vegan protein powder for my hubby before he headed to the gym, and my girls and I shared the d. I see myself making this every day now! I ll probably make another today and make popsicles ?.

  8. Kelly

    I’m glad to see some good options for smoothies without bananas. Almost every recipe I’ve looked at calls for a banana in it. Btw I’m new to the smoothie thing. I tried one of your simple smoothie recipes which I knew better than to do because for some reason I cannot eat bananas, they upset my stomach in the worst way, although it wasn’t that bad it did upset my stomach, so I found these and are going to try them out. Thanks again for the great tips.

  9. Marine

    These recipes look amazing! Can’t wait to test them all out 🙂 I’m not a fan of dates though…what can i use as a substitute? Or should i just leave them out?

    1. Cassie Johnston

      Just leave them out, and if the end result isn’t quite sweet enough for you, add some honey or maple syrup to taste. 🙂

  10. HANNAH

    It’s like you heard my heart when you made this post! LOL! I like bananas just not in smoothies, this is lovely. Thanks!!

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