Healthy Banana Smoothie Recipe

Healthy Banana Smoothie

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.

A tall glass of banana smoothie with a red straw

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.

How to make juice ice cubes: 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 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.

Protein powder: Finally, you can add dairy free protein powder (I love Orgain for my Berry Smoothie Recipe) for an extra nutritional boost.

Overhead shot of two glasses of banana smoothie with red straws

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.

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.

Two glasses of banana smoothie with red straws, one full, one empty.

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

If you’re looking for more healthy and easy to make smoothie recipes  for breakfast or as a snack, you have to check these out.

Start your day with an Oatmeal Smoothies Recipe.

Learn How to Make the Best Spinach Smoothie Recipes.

If you love coffee, you’ll flip over this Coffee Breakfast Smoothie. Tea drinkers will love this Easy Berry Quick Iced Tea Smoothie.

You can make this  Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe year round with canned pumpkin puree.

Healthy Banana Smoothie

Healthy Banana Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Pour smoothie into 2 glasses. Sprinkle diced prunes on top of smoothies and serve immediately.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 10 Minutes
Servings: Serves 2
  • Serving size: Makes 2 smoothies – 1 cup each

Originally published on January 28, 2015 and September 8, 2017. Updated with new information.

Healthy Banana Smoothie Recipe

3 thoughts on “Healthy Banana Smoothie Recipe

  1. Toni | BoulderLocavore

    Ok I did not know you are a nut-free household or that you are personally dairy-free. Kudos for juggling the ins and outs of eating with restrictions with such delicious and healthy results. I love the idea of having Plum Smart on hand to juice up my smoothies! Thank you for the introduction.

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  2. Cookin Canuck

    I love the natural sweetness of prunes and can imagine that they would work really well with the coconut milk. I have a feeling your kids will be giving up the junk food in no time, with smoothies like this in the house.

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