If you’re on the search for super healthy smoothie recipes, you’ve got to try this one!
I love making fruit smoothies recipes for breakfast since they’re one of the easiest ways to get out of the house quickly. I usually make smoothies, so my teens can sip them in the car in a shake cup on their way to school or to enjoy them in the cafeteria before class begins.
This simple banana smoothie is allergen free since I stay away from cow’s milk and peanut butter. It also features a secret ingredient – light plum juice (OK, prune juice) and prunes. Prunes are great way to sweeten up the smoothie and sneak in some natural fiber.
Preparing the Healthy Banana Smoothie recipe
This simple banana smoothie does take a bit of preplanning. So you don’t have to thicken the smoothies with yogurt or (ick!) ice cream, I poured the light plum juice (I used Sunsweet PlumSmart Light) into a couple of ice cube trays. Then I popped out the frozen juice cubes and stored them in ziplock baggies for the smoothies.
Unlike frozen fruit, the juice cubes quickly break up in your healthy blender smoothies in no time. The extra benefit is that the frozen light plum juice thickens up your smoothies without adding too many extra calories, too.
I used unsweetened coconut milk because it’s thick and creamy and perfect if you’re dairy free. Feel free to use your favorite alternative milk. Almond milk is terrific in all super healthy smoothie recipes.
I also used sunflower butter since we’re a nut-free family, but you can use your favorite nut butter instead.
Eating healthy is easy with bananas and prunes!
Prunes are naturally a good source of fiber and since they have a low glycemic index, they keep you feeling fuller longer. You can use prunes in baking and stews or for sprinkling on oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, salads, and even on top of a Healthy Banana Smoothie!
Prunes promote healthy bones because of the nutrients they contain, such as vitamin K, potassium, copper and boron.
Bananas are also a terrific source of fiber and a good source of vitamin B6 manganese, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, potassium, biotin, and copper.
Potassium may help prevent hypertension and stroke and play a role in helping support cell energy by regulating fluid balance, nerve impulses and muscle contraction to increase energy.
A diet containing foods with fiber contributes to heart health. Fiber also helps maintain a consistent digestive tract, which helps lead to improved digestive health.
Healthy Banana Smoothie
- Make juice cubes at least 24 hours in advance by pouring juice into ice cube trays and freezing. Remove cubes from trays and store in a ziplock baggie in freezer.
- Place frozen Sunsweet PlumSmart Light juice cubes, coconut milk, banana, and sunflower butter in a blender. Blend on high until the ice cubes are pulverized and the smoothie is frothy.
- Pour smoothie into 2 glasses. Sprinkle diced prunes on top of smoothies and serve immediately.
- Serving size: Makes 2 smoothies – 1 cup each
Originally published on January 28, 2015. Updated with new pictures and information.