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. When we tried to make them without dairy we ended up with smoothies that tasted like frozen fruit ice.
Thankfully over time we realized that it is possible to make a vegan smoothie that is rich and creamy without the dairy. All you need is a banana and a plant-based milk instead of water or fruit juice.
That's where this Triple Berry Banana Smoothie comes in: only 5-ingredients (including ice!), 4 steps, and 5 minutes until you have a tasty and nutritious easy snack:
- Add mixed berries and a ripe banana to a blender.
- Add protein powder and plant-based milk.
- Add ice and blend until desired consistency.
- Pour into a glass or bowl and add your favorite toppings.
Ready to try this Triple Berry Banana Smoothie? Let's do it!
🍌5 steps to a creamy mixed berry banana smoothie
This berry and banana smoothie is super simple, includes only 5 ingredients (including ice), and comes together in only five minutes.
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.
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.
Which plant-based milk should you use for creamy vegan smoothies? 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.
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 first to see how to 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!
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 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 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.
👩🍳 Questions + quick tips
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. 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.
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 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.
Love this simple frozen fruit smoothie recipe? Check out our other seasonal smoothies, like this Blood Orange Frozen Berry Smoothie, Yellow Superfood Smoothie, Purple Superfood Smoothie, or this Creamy Avo Spinach Raspberry Smoothie.
Did you make this smoothie? Leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let us know how it turned out. Save this recipe for later by pinning to your favorite smoothie Pinterest board and make sure to tag me on Fork in the Road’s Instagram to show me your fruit smoothie creations!
- 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: 271Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 8gSugar: 16gProtein: 30g