This refreshing Blueberry Banana Smoothie is super healthy and tastes so good! Made with wholesome superfood ingredients like blueberries and spinach, this vegan smoothie comes together in just minutes! It's the perfect way to start your day and satisfy your taste buds too!
I'm obsessed with this healthy, blueberry & banana smoothie recipe. It's so simple to make and reminds me of the blueberry soft serve my cousins and I used to love on hot summer days in Vancouver. This version has no dairy and no yogurt yet it's still super creamy, fruity, thick, and delicious.
Great for meal prep too! I always make a few smoothie packs for the freezer when I'm making a fresh smoothie for breakfast or a post workout high protein shake. Just add frozen bananas and berries, plus any additional add ins to some freezer bags then pop them into the freezer until ready to use. So simple and convenient!
Reasons to Love This Banana Smoothie
- Fast and affordable: Smoothies take only minutes to make from scratch, are just as flavorful and healthy as your favorite Jamba Juice smoothie, but are much cheaper!
- Versatile: Make a light and refreshing fruit smoothie or a thick, protein-rich meal replacement smoothie - there's definitely a smoothie for everyone. They're so versatile, colorful, and the flavor combinations are endless!
- Healthy and nourishing: This fruit and vegetable smoothie is 100% natural and wholesome. With a boost of plant protein and healthy fats, you'll be energized and feeling full for hours.
- Special diet and allergy friendly: Depending on the ingredients you choose, smoothies are gluten free, high in protein, refined sugar free, dairy free, diabetic friendly, keto and paleo adaptable, low carb, nut free, egg free, and soy free.
You'll need only a handful of ingredients to make a healthy vegan smoothie (no ice and no yogurt needed!). Here's what I used to make this tasty, banana blueberry smoothie:
- Frozen bananas: Frozen bananas create the thick, creamy texture (like a milkshake or soft serve ice cream). They add bulk and natural sweetness without any added sugar.
- Frozen blueberries: A natural superfood, blueberries add a ton of nutrients, antioxidants, and a luscious color. I typically add a handful of frozen cranberries too for extra tartness.
- Spinach: I love fresh spinach in my smoothies! Another wholesome, superfood boost, spinach adds tons of nutrients; and the earthy flavor magically disappears in this combo.
- Dairy free milk: I like almond milk for flavor (low calories + protein).
- Peanut butter: A scoop of homemade peanut butter adds extra protein and richness which keeps you feeling full longer.
- Hemp hearts: Nutty hemp hearts add a whole foods boost of fiber, omegas, and plant protein for a healthier smoothie.
- Fresh ginger and lemon shots: These flavor enhancers add warmth and a tangy burst of citrus. They're optional, but I always add them.
Ingredient Substitutions & Variations
Play with flavor, color, and add-ins to customize this vegan smoothie recipe and make it your own. Here's a few ideas to get you started:
- Switch up the fruit: Sub any frozen berries or fruit you enjoy or have on hand. Frozen fruit works best as it makes the smoothie thick and creamy.
- Can I make this smoothie with no banana?: Yes! Swap out the frozen banana for another frozen fruit/vegetable like cauliflower, mango, pineapple or avocado to name a few. Keep in mind that bananas add natural sweetness so depending which ingredients you sub in, you may need to add an extra touch of sweetness.
- Dairy-free smoothie: To keep this smoothie dairy free, use your favorite plain or vanilla plant milk or sub for water, coconut water or even juice.
- Nut butter: If you are allergic to peanuts, use another nut butter, seed butter or skip all together.
- Protein Boost: Swap out hemp hearts for chia seeds or ground flax seeds or add a scoop of your favorite protein powder.
- Touch of sweetness: If you or the kids prefer a slightly sweeter smoothie, add a date (or two) or a drizzle of maple syrup for added natural sweetness.
How to Make a Healthy Vegan Smoothie
Vegan blueberry banana smoothies are extra creamy, vibrant, and seriously delicious. Let's make my favorite blueberry smoothie combo together:
- Blend: Add all the ingredients to the cup of a high power blender like a Vitamix. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
- Thick or thin?: Add more liquid and use the tamper as needed to get the ingredients moving. I like my smoothies pretty thick, but for a thinner consistency, add more liquid (a bit at a time). Tip: Give the Vitamix a chance to do its job before adding more liquid.
- Taste and adjust as needed: To bump up the sweetness, add a date or two or some maple syrup.
- Time to serve: Serve in a mason jar or tall glass with some fresh berries on top. Or turn it into a tasty smoothie bowl topped with banana slices, berries, and homemade vegan granola.
Don't have a high power blender?: No worries, a personal blender will work as well but you may need to add some extra liquid to get things moving!
Vegan breakfast smoothies are pretty straightforward to make, but here's a couple tips just in case:
- How to freeze bananas: Anytime you have bananas that are starting to turn (and you've had your fill of vegan banana bread - if that's even possible), peel the bananas and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze until frozen solid then transfer to a freezer safe bag. I usually break my bananas into halves or thirds before freezing for easier blending.
- Leftover fruit: Have you ever bought fresh blueberries and when you get them home they're soft? Ugh! If you're like me and don't enjoy soft blueberries, throw them into a freezer bag and save them for your next smoothie.
- Meal Prep Smoothies: Back in the day, my daughters worked at Jugo Juice so we learned about meal prepping long before it was cool. Here's how to prep smoothies: Place everything (except almond milk) into baggies and freeze. When ready to make your smoothie, put the frozen ingredients into a blender along with the almond milk. Blend until smooth.
- Can I use ice in this smoothie?: Yes, in a pinch add ice to make your smoothie thick. However, using frozen bananas eliminates the need for added ice (which can water down the smoothie flavor).
- Million Dollar Tip: Rinse the blender (or at least fill it with water) right after using for the easiest, fuss free cleanup.
- How to store a smoothie: Freeze any leftover smoothie in popsicle molds or ice cube trays. Enjoy on a summer day or for a healthy summer dessert.
- Five Star Blender Recommendation: I highly recommend without any reservation my Vitamix blender. I use mine every single day. Here's why I love it: it's super powerful, easy to clean, and it does its job! Vitamix has incredible customer service and a replacement service policy that is second to none. I have nothing bad to say about my Vitamix - it's the hardest working appliance in my kitchen. I bought mine at Costco ~8 years ago, and recently bought one for my son from Amazon.
More Vegan Breakfast Ideas
- The BEST, fluffy, eggy Vegan Scramble
- Fluffy Vegan Pancakes with Maple 'Bacon'
- Savory Chickpea Pancakes
- The VERY BEST, easiest Vegan Granola
If you tried my vegan Blueberry Banana Smoothie, let me know how you liked it! Please leave a rating and review below! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for more delicious vegan recipes.
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Vegan Blueberry & Banana Smoothie (no yogurt)
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- 1 large banana, frozen
- 1 - 1 ½ cups blueberries, frozen
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
- ½ cup water for thinning (or use more milk)
Optional Add Ins (highly recommended!)
- 1" piece ginger, fresh
- ½ lemon, juice
- 1 cup spinach leaves
- Place the frozen fruit, dairy free milk, peanut butter, hemp hearts, and any optional add ins (I add them ALL) into the cup of a high-speed blender.
- Blend together until smooth. Use the tamper and add more milk or water as required to get the smoothie moving.
- Serve immediately topped with extra berries and vegan granola clusters.
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