Triple Berry Banana Smoothie
Triple Berry Banana Smoothie, a simple vegan smoothie recipe made with raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries and plant-based protein and protein powder. Only 5-ingredients and 5 minutes for this simple snack or grab-and-go breakfast!
Are you a smoothie lover? When the smoothie craze hit its peak a few years ago I didn’t jump on the bandwagon. Sure, a smoothie is a nice treat every once in awhile, but I long preferred to actually chew my fruit rather than drink it through a straw.
However, over the years I began eating a greener diet and one habit I picked up was freezing summer fruits like berries so we could enjoy them throughout the year. And because my freezer was nearly always stocked with fruit, it was only natural I tried a smoothie from time to time. And now I’m a smoothie convert, I can’t get enough.
I believe smoothies are best when they are simple: a few fruits, a bit of protein powder and plant-based milk to up the nutrition, and a few simple toppings. You don’t need 15-ingredient smoothies when you’re looking for a simple snack or a quick, but healthy, breakfast.
That’s where this Triple Berry Banana Smoothie comes in: only 5-ingredients (including ice!) and 5 minutes until you have a tasty and nutritious easy snack. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Ready to try this Triple Berry Banana Smoothie? Let’s do it!
How to make a Triple Berry Banana Smoothie
This berry and banana smoothie is super simple, includes only 5 ingredients (including ice), and comes together in only five minutes.
- First, choose how you’d like to make the smoothie. We use a traditional blender, but this smoothie recipe can also easily be made with a food processor or handheld blender.
- Next, add your berries and bananas to the blender. We like to freeze our fruit beforehand, which reduces how much ice you’ll need, but fresh fruit works just as well. We chose a berry blend of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, but experiment with what you have.
- Then add your protein powder and plant-based milk. We suggest unsweetened and unflavored powders and milks so they don’t overpower the real fruit taste, but experiment with your favorite brands and flavors to find what you like best.
- Then add 1-2 ice cubes to start and blend, blend, blend. Add a bit more liquid to thin out the texture, or another ice cube to make the smoothie thicker.
- Finally, pour into a glass or bowl and top with your favorite toppings. We like a few berries but get creative and try coconut flakes, flax or hemp seeds, or a sprinkle of bee pollen. Then enjoy!
Triple Berry Banana Smoothie Nutrition: Is it healthy?
Smoothies are an excellent way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake and make great breakfasts or snacks. However, it is easy to overindulge in smoothies, so it’s important to bulk up the nutrition in your sweet treat by adding healthy fats and complex carbohydrates to make them a more complete meal.
Here’s the nutrition breakdown of this simple berry and banana smoothie:
- Fresh berries like raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries add fiber and antioxidants that reduce cell damage, like anthocyanins and ellagitannins (source)
- Bananas are a good source of fiber, vitamins C and B6, and have feel-good antioxidants like dopamine and catchekins (source)
- Plant-based protein powders add necessary proteins and amino acids, which are used to build cells and muscles. Protein also helps slow digestion of the natural sugars found in fruit, which keeps your blood sugar levels from spiking after drinking a smoothie.
- Depending on which plant-based milks you choose, they provide protein and added vitamins and minerals that make a smoothie a well-rounded snack or mini-meal.
- To bulk up the nutrition in this berry banana smoothie even further, add a scoop of nut or seed butter, or flax seeds to incorporate healthy fats and make this smoothie a complete meal.
Triple Berry Banana Smoothie: Tips, tricks, and tools
This frozen banana and berry smoothie is super simple to make, but there are a few tips and tricks for streamlining preparation:
- Freeze fruit ahead of time: freeze the berries and bananas ahead of time to reduce the amount of ice you will need to make the smoothie cold
- Stock up on berries when they’re in-season: fresh berries are typically at their peak in the summer months, which is also when they are cheapest. Stock up on berries in the summer and freeze them to use in smoothies all year round.
- Choose fair trade and organic bananas: unless you live in the tropics, bananas are likely a food that has traveled many miles to reach your stores. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat them, this just means making sure you’re mindful that the bananas you buy are those that cause the least environmental and social impact.
- Choose your favorite protein powder: we like unsweetened and unflavored plant-based protein powder because it doesn’t overpower the delicious taste of real fruit, but experiment with your favorite brands and flavors — or completely omit it altogether!
- Make extra for later: know you’ll want another smoothie this week? Make double the amount of this Triple Berry Banana Smoothie recipe and freeze for a quick snack later
- Optional add-ons: want to make your smoothie even more nutritious? Add avocado or flax seeds for healthy fats, 1/4 cup oats to bulk up the nutrition and keep you full longer, and top with your favorite fruits, seeds, or even superfoods like bee pollen.
There’s no end to the possible variations for this Triple Berry Banana Smoothie! Test out your favorite berry, banana, and toppings variations to see what you like best.
We hope you love this Triple Berry Banana Smoothie recipe, it’s:
- a simple make-ahead breakfast you can whip up at night and freeze for easy grab-and-go mornings
- a great way to take advantage of fresh fruit in the summer, and frozen fruit in the winter
- a good source of plant-based protein from the protein powder and plant-based milk
- perfect as a drinkable smoothie in a glass or a thicker smoothie for a bowl. Just adjust how much liquid and ice to your desired consistency.
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- 1/2 banana
- 1 cup fresh or frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1/3 cup plant-based milk
- 2-3 ice cubes
- To a blender or food processor, add bananas, berries, protein powder, plant-based milk, and ice cubes.
- Blend until smooth, adding more plant-based milk until desired consistency.
- Pour into a glass or bowl, top with more berries and enjoy!
- Notes: use any fresh or frozen berries that are on sale or in-season; any plant-based milk will work, we like to include milks with protein and added vitamins like pea milk; protein powder is optional, but adds extra nutrition to make the smoothie a more nutritionally well-rounded snack or quick breakfast.
- Make it a bowl: to make this a thicker consistency smoothie that is perfect for a bowl, use less liquid and/or ice cubes.
- Tools Needed: traditional blender, food processor, or handheld blender
- Prep Ahead: freeze fresh berries when they are fresh and in-season; peel and slice bananas and freeze for smoothies
- Leftovers and Storage: store leftover smoothie in the freezer for up to 4-5 days
- Nutrition notes: nutrition information is for one 12-ounce smoothie with unsweetened and unflavored plant-based protein powder. This berry and banana smoothie is a good source of plant-based protein, fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A. Enjoy it as a light breakfast or snack.
Serving Size:1 smoothie (12-ounces)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 269Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 229mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 5gSugar: 21gProtein: 30g