Triple Berry Banana Smoothie
Triple Berry Banana Smoothie, a creamy vegan smoothie recipe made with mixed berries and bananas. No yogurt, no dairy — only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes for this simple snack or grab-and-go breakfast!
Are you a smoothie lover? We were late to the smoothie craze because we always assumed that you needed dairy milk or yogurt to make a creamy smoothie. Thankfully over time, we realized that it is possible to make a vegan smoothie that is rich and creamy without the dairy.
👉 Here are three reasons why you should make this vegan-friendly smoothie with berries and bananas:
- It's as easy as it gets! All it takes is 5 ingredients (including ice), 4 steps, and 5 minutes until you have a tasty and nutritious easy snack. Simply mix the ingredients together in a blender until you reach your desired consistency, then pour into a glass or bowl and add your favorite toppings.
- It's nutritionally well-rounded. With the protein powder and plant-based milk, this smoothie is filling and nutritious with carbs, protein, and healthy fat!
- It's flexible. 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.
Ready to learn how to make this Triple Berry Banana Smoothie? Let's do it!
This berry and banana smoothie is super simple, with ingredients that you might already have on hand or can pick up with a quick trip to the grocery store. Here's what you'll need:
- Banana: you'll need 1/2 of a banana to make the smoothie extra creamy and smooth (freeze the other half for the next time you make a smoothie).
- Berries: use fresh or frozen berries, depending on what time of year that it is! We love using a combination of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, but you can use any other berries that you like.
- Protein powder: add a scoop of plant-based protein powder to the smoothie to make it more balanced and filling.
- Plant-based milk: any plant-based milk will work. We suggest using milks that have protein and added vitamins, such as pea milk.
- Ice: just a few ice cubes is all you need to bring liquid to the smoothie. You can adjust the amount of ice to your desired consistency.
- Recommended tools: traditional blender, food processor, or handheld blender
🥣 How to make (step-by-step photos)
1️⃣ Step One: Add mixed berries and banana to the blender
The first step is to add the berries and banana to a blender or food processor.
We like to freeze our berries and bananas 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.
2️⃣ Step Two: Add your protein powder and plant-based milk
The next step is to add protein powder (if using) and plant-based milk, filling the blender about half full with liquid compared to the fruit for the best consistency (see the next step if your smoothie is too thick or thin).
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.
3️⃣ Step Three: Blend to the right consistency
We like our smoothies on the thicker side and usually use a spoon to eat them rather than a straw. However, sometimes the smoothie ends up too thin—but we'll tell you how to fix that!
First, we blend the smoothie without ice to see how thick the mixture is. If it's too thin, we add 1-2 ice cubes (or more frozen fruit!) until it's thick enough.
If the smoothie is too thick, we add a bit more plant-based milk until it's perfectly creamy. No need for yogurt!
4️⃣ Step Four: Pour into a glass or bowl and top with your favorite toppings
The final step is to pour the smoothie into a bowl or glass and sprinkle it with our favorite toppings. We like a few berries, chia seeds, and granola, but get creative and try coconut flakes, flax or hemp seeds, or a sprinkle of bee pollen. Then enjoy!
🍓 Are berry and banana smoothies healthy?
Mixed berry and banana smoothies are good for you. They are high in antioxidants and fiber, and smoothies are an excellent way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake in an easy, on-the-go snack or mini-meal.
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 milk 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.
❓ Recipe questions + quick tips
Any plant-based milk will do (almond milk, hemp milk, cashew milk, etc.), but we prefer to use pea protein milk or oat milk because they have the thickest, creamiest texture. We specifically like Ripple Pea Milk and Oatly Oat Milk brands.
We use a traditional blender, but this smoothie recipe can also easily be made with a food processor or handheld blender.
Smoothies can be made without ice by using frozen fruit. For this recipe, we suggest using a frozen banana and frozen berries. However, if your fruit is room temperature, using ice will work as well.
👉 How to serve
This frozen banana and berry smoothie is super simple to make. Here are a few tips and tricks for how to serve it and streamline preparation:
- As a simple make-ahead breakfast. You can whip up a smoothie at night and freeze for easy grab-and-go mornings!
- Enjoy for an afternoon pick-me-up. Between the nutrients and antioxidants in the fruit, and protein in the milk, sipping on a smoothie is a perfect way to re-energize when you hit the 2:00 slump.
- 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.
- 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.
1️⃣ How to store
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. It will keep in the freezer for up to 4-5 days.
♻️ Sustainable kitchen tips
Here at Fork in the Road, sustainability is our first priority! Make the smoothie even more eco-friendly with these tips:
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, but buying Fair Trade and organic bananas means you're mindful that the fruit you buy causes the least environmental and social impact.
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. Check out Sustainable Food Guide's produce season chart to see when berries are in-season near you, then stock up and freeze them to use in smoothies all year round.
Compost banana peels and other scraps. Any scraps you accumulate from the fruit in this recipe can be tossed in your compost bin (better off there than in a landfill!).
🥤 More seasonal smoothie recipes
Love this simple frozen fruit smoothie recipe? Check out our other seasonal smoothies:
- Blood Orange Frozen Berry Smoothie
- Yellow Superfood Smoothie
- Purple Superfood Smoothie
- Creamy Avo Spinach Raspberry Smoothie
Triple Berry Banana Smoothie Recipe
- ½ whole banana
- 1 cup fresh or frozen berries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries
- ⅓ cup plant-based milk
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Optional: 1 scoop protein powder
- Add fruit, protein powder, and milk to a blender: Place the ingredients in a blender or food processor, along with ice cubes.
- Blend to your desired thickness: Blend until smooth, adding more plant-based milk until the consistency is just right.
- Serve the smoothie: Pour the smoothie into a glass or bowl, add your favorite toppings, 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 + 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.
UPDATE: This recipe was originally published in 2018 and updated for clarity in November 2021.