By Cassie Johnston
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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 a smoothie, but I HEARD you, friends. And today, we’ve got a whole new set of eight smoothies 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.
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.
Beyond using a good blender, I’ve discovered a few tricks for making smoothies sweet and creamy without the use of diary or bananas, and I’ve put them into these recipes down below. I hope you love them! Let’s dig in.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Adding raw almonds to the smoothie gives it a creamy, hearty flavor and texture—it’s like making almond milk without the work!
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!
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.
Keywords: smoothie, fruit, dairy-free, banana-free
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Thanks! These look great! I was wondering if you’ve ever used sorrel in a smoothie?
I love the title of this post. And you had me at Strawberry Shortcake. I hope those particular dates are easy to find.
Super easy to find! They’re sold in the produce section of every grocery store around here (even Aldi).
I just shared this post with all my MFP friends.
Thank you! (From a banana hater;)
Very healthy Smoothies! Thanks for the recipes.
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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