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How do you make a banana smoothie

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Start your day with a delicious banana smoothie you make at home

There's nothing like a delicious banana smoothie for breakfast or an after school snack.  But those smoothie shops charge as much as $6 for a simple fruit smoothie, and that can add up fast.  Want to know how to make a banana smoothie at home that will taste just as good, but cost a lot less?

Here are the recipes you need!

Basic banana smoothie

Ingredients for each smoothie:

1 ripe banana, sliced
1 cup of crushed ice (you can do this step first in your blender)
1 cup of cold milk, soy milk or almond milk
1 tbsp of brown sugar (white sugar won't give you the same flavor)

Put all ingredients into your blender, and fire away.  Blend for about a minute, stopping to push down any ice or chunks of banana if you need to. Make sure it's very smooth before serving.

Best strawberry banana smoothie

The people over at have taken the banana smoothie to a new level with this delicious strawberry banana smoothie recipe.   

4 large strawberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 c. milk
1 ripe banana
5 ice cubes
1 1/2 tsp. sugar (optional)

  • Combine strawberries, milk, banana and ice.
  • Blend until perfectly smooth.
  • Add sugar.
  • Blend for 1 minute.
  • Makes approximately 32 oz.

Banana Chocolate Smoothie -- Sweet Heaven!

And then there's the chocolate banana smoothie.  This one, from the Spicing Your Life blog tastes just like those delicious frozen, chocolate dipped bananas you get at theme parks and carnivals.


3 tbsp Chocolate Syrup
1 large ripe banana
1 cup milk (I like using Silk Original Coconut Milk in mine)
2 tsp sugar
Ice cubes
Finely chopped almonds for garnish, optional

Put all the ingredients except almonds into the blender, and pulse until smooth.  Pour into a tall glass, and garnish with almond flakes.

Other ideas for how to make a banana smoothie

The smoothie shops combine a variety of fruit and all kinds of ingredients into their smoothies, and you can do the same.  Consider adding:

Ripe mango
Vanilla yogurt
Tiny chocolate chips
Wheat germ or ground flax seed (to boost nutrition)
Protein powder
Apple, pomegranate or orange juice instead of the milk
Cocoa powder
Butter pecan ice cream (trust me, it's incredible!)

If you're watching calories, try using skim milk or low fat soy milk in your smoothies

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