If you love a healthy banana smoothie, you’ve got to try this one! It’s not your ordinary banana smoothie recipe since it uses light plum juice. (OK, prune juice!)
Prunes are great way to sweeten up the smoothie and sneak in some natural fiber.
I love making banana smoothies for breakfast since they’re one of the easiest ways to get out of the house quickly.
I make them so my teens can sip them in the car in a shaker bottle on their way to school.
This banana smoothie recipe is allergen free for most people since it doesn’t use cow’s milk or peanut butter.
How to make a banana smoothie
This healthy banana smoothie does take a bit of preplanning. The trick to this smoothie is thickening it with plum juice ice cubes.
This way you don’t have to thicken the smoothies with yogurt or (ick!) ice cream.
Then I popped out the frozen juice cubes and stored them in Ziploc 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.
Coconut milk: 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 healthy smoothie recipes.
Nut butter: I also used sunflower butter since we’re a nut-free family, but you can use your favorite nut butter instead.
Making healthy banana smoothies 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.
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.
Try more healthy smoothie recipes
Start your day with an Oatmeal Smoothies Recipe.
You can make this Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe year round with canned pumpkin puree.
Healthy Banana Smoothie Recipe
- 6 ice cubes made from light plum juice
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1 tablespoon sunflower butter
- 2 teaspoons diced prunes, dived
- 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 light plum 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 and September 8, 2017. Updated with new information.