How To Make Banana Smoothies With Milk


I will show you how to make the best banana smoothie with milk. So let’s get into it, shall we?

Banana smoothies with milk are easy to make and great for breakfast or as a meal replacement on the go. Smoothies are a great drink to make in bulk, so you can enjoy them for days without having to worry about running out of ingredients.

Milk Banana Smoothie

Low fat, no-sugar-added milk banana smoothie.

Milk Banana Smoothie

Recipe Summary

Total:5 minsPrep:5 minsServings:1Yield:1 servings


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  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ½ bananas
  • 5 (1 gram) packets low calorie granulated sugar substitute (such as Sweet ‘n Low®)


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Blend milk, bananas, and sugar substitute in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Perfect Banana Smoothie

Here’s the perfect banana smoothie recipe: frothy, creamy, and just the right sweet flavor! It’s made with unfrozen bananas so it’s made in minutes.

Banana Smoothie

Tired of the same old ways to eat a banana? (Out of the peel is so outdated.) Enter: this banana smoothie! To us, this is the most perfect banana smoothie. It’s got just the right creamy texture and beautifully banana-forward flavor. Because here’s the thing: smoothies aren’t as easy to throw together it seems. Throwing random quantities of banana and milk into a blender is not the way to do it. (Trust us: we tried.) Instead, we tinkered with this recipe to make it just right. And consider the code cracked.

Why make this banana smoothie recipe?

Out of all banana smoothie recipes, why choose this one? Let us tell you why this one deserves to be part of your smoothie repertoire.

  • It’s made with unfrozen bananas. It’s our pet peeve to open a smoothie recipe and find it calls for frozen bananas. That requires thinking ahead, and you want your smoothie now! This recipe removes the need for freezing those bananas. (Yay.)
  • Frothy and creamy texture. You’ve got to have just the right combo of ingredients to get a creamy texture that’s not runny or gooey. This one nails it.
  • Sweet and banana-forward, with no added sugar! If not formulated correctly, a banana smoothie needs added sugar to bring out the banana flavor. But this one has just the right amount of fruit to be sweet enough on its own.
Banana smoothie

Ingredients for this banana smoothie

Now that you’re convinced it’s worth a whiz in the blender, here are the ingredients you’ll need for this banana smoothie! It’s just 4 ingredients:

  • Ripe bananas at room temperature: No need to freeze a banana here! You can whip up this banana smoothie on the spot.
  • Ice: A hefty quantity of ice counteracts the need for frozen bananas.
  • Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt gives this recipe a protein boost and helpful probiotics. It also makes for a perfect creamy texture.
  • Milk: Just the right amount of liquid makes this smoothie blend up perfectly. You can also use non-dairy milk (see below).
Banana smoothie

Make it plant based / vegan!

You can make this banana smoothie plant-based or vegan by doing two swaps:

  • Use vegan yogurt or another ½ banana. Use your favorite brand of plant-based yogurt or try another half banana to get just the right texture.
  • Substitute non-dairy milk for the milk (1 for 1). We like using oat milk or almond milk. Another good option here would be coconut milk, since the flavor pairs well with banana.

Easy 5-Minute Banana Smoothie

My go-to banana smoothie! You need less than five minutes to make this easy banana smoothie. Use our simple recipe on its own or use it as a base for other smoothies.

Banana Smoothies

Why You Should Make This Banana Smoothie

I’ve made a version of this easy banana smoothie recipe more times than I can count. It’s perfect on its own and is the best base recipe for adding more ingredients like fruit, nut butter, and veggies.More from Inspired TasteTop Headlines From 

Banana Smoothies

Here are a few more reasons we love it:

  • You need less than 5 minutes to make it.
  • You can use fresh or frozen bananas.
  • It’s easy to adapt to what you have in the kitchen.
  • This smoothie is perfect for breakfast or a snack.
  • Kids love it!
  • You can even make the smoothie ahead of time, freeze it, and save it for later.

How to Make the Best Banana Smoothie

My basic smoothie recipe calls for four simple ingredients:

Banana — I use one banana to make one large or two smaller (kid-size) smoothies. For the best tasting smoothie, use a ripe banana. For the creamiest banana smoothie, use frozen banana slices. I’ve shared how I freeze bananas for smoothies below.

Half an orange — When I have oranges in the house, I love adding them to my morning smoothie. It adds extra vitamin C and tropical flavor. If you don’t have oranges on hand, don’t worry, you can substitute other fruits like mango, pineapple, and berries.

Plain or Greek yogurt — I don’t always add yogurt to my smoothies, but when I do have it in the fridge, adding a spoonful ensures a protein-packed and creamy smoothie. For a smoothie without yogurt, add a little extra fruit or include veggies like spinach or kale.

Water or milk — To help the ingredients blend, I like adding a splash of liquid to the blender. For a smoothie without milk, use water. It still tastes amazing. For more creaminess add milk (dairy or non-dairy both work).

To make the smoothie, I add everything into a blender and then blend until smooth. For an icy cold smoothie, throw in a handful of ice or use frozen fruits.

Fruit ready to be added to smoothies

How To Freeze Fruit For Smoothies

To make smoothies even easier, freeze fresh fruit into portions. You can even prepare smoothie packs and freeze them for a grab-and-blend smoothie option.

To freeze fruit for smoothies, rinse and chop fresh fruit into small pieces. Pat them dry then arrange, in one layer, on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Slide the baking sheet into the freezer and freeze until hard (two to three hours).

When the fruit is hard, divide it between freezer-safe bags and keep it in the freezer for your next smoothie.

Banana Smoothie Variations

This smoothie recipe is delicious as written, but it can also be used as a base for other smoothie recipes. We shared a few suggestions in the video, but I’ll add even more below:

Add greens like spinach, kale, or Swiss chard. I add one to two cups.

Add healthy fat with some avocado.

Add more protein and fiber with hemp seeds, chia seeds, or your favorite protein powder.

Add nuttiness and extra sticking power with a tablespoon of peanut butter, almond butter, or other nut butter.

Add some chocolate with a tablespoon of cocoa powder or my favorite, cacao nibs.

Add fresh ginger or turmeric or add dried spices like ground cinnamon or ground turmeric.

Banana smoothies with mango and strawberries

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