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For an simple smoothie recipe that’s sweet, nutritious and filling, try this banana berry smoothie. It will easily become your go-to smoothie recipe for breakfast, as a snack or after a workout. Made with banana, berries, almond milk, peanut butter and hemp seeds, it’s the perfect combination!
ingredients & substitutions
- Bananas: Bananas are loaded with fiber, potassium and vitamins and will give you the energy to face the day. Use frozen bananas for a really creamy texture.
- Berries: Try a mix of strawberries and blueberries in this smoothie. Berries are high in vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants and you can use fresh or frozen.
- Peanut Butter: Peanut butter adds a great flavor, helps to thicken the strawberries and is also a great way to add some extra protein. Smooth peanut butter is preferred, but crunchy works well, and you can swap with almond butter or sunflower butter.
- Almond milk: Use unsweetened almond milk. It’s low in calories and high in calcium. Feel free to substitute with another plant-based milk or regular milk.
- Hemp seeds: Hemp seeds are a great addition to your smoothies. They are rich in essential fatty acids, as well as vitamin E, protein and lots of other good stuff. You can leave these out or try chia seeds instead.
how to make banana berry smoothie
- Place all in ingredients in a blender in the order of appearance, with the liquid first
- Blend until it’s smooth with no chunks of fruit leftover.
tips for making the best smoothies:
- Add the milk first to the blender. This helps to make sure that the frozen fruit doesn’t get caught in the blender’s blades.
- Use frozen bananas. Not only is a great way to give this berry smoothie a rich ice cream like texture, but it also limits the need to add ice.
- Use a high speed blender. There’s nothing worse than drinking a smoothie and getting a banana chunk in your mouth! If you don’t have a high speed blender, make sure to stop and stir it every once in a while with a long spoon and blending for an extra minute.
- Don’t use ice. Since we’re using frozen bananas, there’s no need for ice. This way the smoothie is cold from the frozen banana without tasting watered down from the ice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fresh berries are easier to blend since the banana is frozen, but you can use frozen since they are often more convenient. You can also use other berries in this smoothie like raspberries or blackberries.
Smoothies are always best enjoyed as soon as they are made. As soon as the fruits are blended, they slowly start to loose their nutrients through oxidization. The smoothie will still be good to enjoy for up to 24 hours if stored covered in the fridge.
Yes, any plant-based or dairy milk will work well. Dairy milk will make these smoothies more creamy, or use oat or coconut milk for a different flavor.
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Place all the ingredients in a blender in the order of appearance.
Blend the ingredients in a high-speed blender for 2-3 minutes until you get a smooth and creamy texture.
Taste the smoothie, adding more almond milk if it is too thick or adding a sweetener of choice if it’s not sweet enough for you.
Pour into a cup or mason jar. Enjoy cold immediately, or store in fridge for up to 24 hours.
Storage: This smoothie is best enjoyed straight away, but will keep covered in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
Calories: 386kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 401mg, Potassium: 693mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 202IU, Vitamin C: 60mg, Calcium: 350mg, Iron: 3mg
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.