10 Ways to Make Banana Free Smoothies

Looking for smoothies that have the sweetness and creaminess of bananas, but are banana-free?  Look no further! I’ve shared delicious ideas and recipes right here for all banana-free smoothies!

Do you love an “any time of day” smoothie? Are you looking for smoothies that have the sweetness and creaminess of bananas but are banana-free? Look no further! I’ve shared delicious ideas and recipes right here!

No doubt you are on my site because you’ve decided to give healthy living a go. 

I am glad you are here! 

You’ll see I have tons of posts on the site that will get you where you want in your healthy living journey. You can learn all you need to know about intermittent fastingOpens in a new tab., clean-eating, and how to lose weightOpens in a new tab. if that’s your goal.

You find tons of recipes for everything from salad with homemade dressingOpens in a new tab. to baked goods made without refined sugarOpens in a new tab.. It’s all here, folks!

Those of you who have been following me a while know that I’m big on drinking apple cider vinegarOpens in a new tab.. And you know I love my smoothies, too. Based on the views I get on my Chocolate, Banana, Peanut Butter Protein ShakeOpens in a new tab., you guys love smoothies and shakes also!

I do get asked a lot, though, about smoothies made with bananas. The question is typically about making banana free smoothies without losing the thick and creamy texture that makes a smoothie so yummy and fulfilling. 

In fact, I get inquiries about banana free smoothies so often that I decided to dedicate a post to the topic.

I do love bananas myself and include them in muffins, ice creamOpens in a new tab., and even pancakesOpens in a new tab.. But I get it that not everyone likes the taste of bananas, and some of you are even allergic.

So, let’s move on to banana free smoothies for those who aren’t such a big fan of the fruit.

An overhead image of a halved, peeled avocado, avocado slices and avocado chunks on a kitchen countertop, ready to be added to the smoothie freezer packs.

WHAT CAN I EAT INSTEAD OF BANANA?

A lot of us eat bananas because we know they are good for us and that they are packed full of potassium. What does potassium do for the body? Well, it’s one of the most important nutrients and works toward lowering your blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart diseaseOpens in a new tab..

Fruits that have a healthy amount of potassium are:

  • Avocado
  • Watermelon
  • Pomegranate
  • Dried apricot

Prefer to have veggies? Look at this list:

  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Butternut Squash
  • Beets

You can also fill up on black beans or edamame.  

WHAT FRUIT IS EQUAL TO BANANA?

If you are looking for a fruit to add to your smoothies that is equal (or close to it) for goodness, go for the avocado. One half of an avocado gives you 345 mg of potassiumOpens in a new tab.. A medium-sized banana has 422 mg of potassiumOpens in a new tab., so the avocado is a comparable choice. Don’t worry about the fat content, because avocado contains healthy fats and tons of vitamins.

Not only are avocados nutritional powerhousesOpens in a new tab., but avocados will give your smoothie the creamy thickness that bananas do, too.

Smoothie freezer packs lined up on the kitchen counter with the ingredients for the smoothies including peeled mandarin oranges and bananas for the Orange Drimsicle Smoothie, banana, coffee grounds and almond butter for the Coffee Bean Smoothie, strawberries, oats and peanut butter for the PB&J Smoothie, avocado, kale and banana for the Avocado Kale Smoothie, greek yogurt and strawberries for the Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie, banana, peanut butter and chocolate whey protein powder for the Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie and pitted cherries, greek yogurt and whole almonds for the Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie.

HOW TO MAKE A SMOOTHIE THICKER WITHOUT BANANAS

There are many ways to thicken up your smoothies without bananas. Along with the avocado I mentioned are these yummy replacements:

  • Silken tofu doesn’t change the flavor too much but does make a smoothie nice and creamy
  • If you are making a meal replacement smoothie, add quinoa to the blender with your other ingredients
  • Try adding your favorite nut butter for a thicker smoothie and a deliciously nutty taste
  • Protein powders can add a healthy punch and add a bit of consistency to a smoothie
  • Coconut meat can be bought frozen and thickens your smoothie with a coconut-y taste
  • Freeze almond milk into ice cubes and add them to the blender
  • Pitted dates add sweetness and thickness to smoothies

I’ll give you 10 ways to make banana free smoothies below. Just remember, when making smoothies, almost anything goes, as long as you like the final taste!

DO YOU NEED BANANAS FOR SMOOTHIES?

You definitely do not need bananas for smoothies. If you don’t like the taste or have an allergy to them, use one of the many alternatives listed below. Bananas do fare well in just about every combination, and they have a good nutrient content. 

Overhead image of a glass bowl full of raspberries, ready to be frozen for use in smoothies.

TOP 10 HEALTHY BANANA SUBSTITUTES FOR SMOOTHIES

My friends, the possibilities for making smoothies are endless! Healthy smoothies are beneficial in that they provide tons of nutritional value in a grab n’ go format that you can take anywhere!

After I mix my smoothies up in the blender, I like to pour the finished product into a mason jar, pop in a reusable straw, and enjoy!

A glass bottle overflowing with the PB&J Smoothie with strawberries, flaxseed meal, peanut butter, oats and almond milk.

1. FROZEN BERRIES

Using frozen fruit allows you to get health benefits from fruits like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Blueberries, for example, are anti-inflammatory, have proven anti-cancer propertiesOpens in a new tab., and may improve vision.

Mango Green Smoothie that is topped with extra flaxseed meal and is next to frozen mango chunks and fresh baby spinach.

2. MANGO

Mango can give a smoothie the thick consistency that many smoothie lovers crave. They’re also way up there when it comes to nutrients. The health benefits of mangoes include reversing metabolic disease risks, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseaseOpens in a new tab..  Try this Mango Green Smoothie!

A side image of a glass filled with Avocado Kale Smoothie with kale, banana, avocado, almond milk and lemon juice.

3. AVOCADO

The great thing about avocado is that adding one to your smoothie gives you a power-packed punch, but does not make a major change the flavor. You can combine avocado with just about anything. You can freeze ripe avocado in chunks, to be added to your smoothie when the mood hits.  Try this Avocado Kale Smoothie.

close up side view of a Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Smoothie, one of the Easy Make Ahead Smoothies for Fall, in a mason jar.

4. SWEET POTATOES

Yes, it’s true – cooked sweet potatoes add a richness to smoothies along with a great fiber boost. Sweet potatoes also have anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effectsOpens in a new tab., among other good things.  Try this Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Smoothie!

Caramel Apple smoothie w=that is topped with chia seeds, rolled oats, and fresh apple slices.

5. OATS

Oatmeal will make your favorite smoothie or shake creamy and filling. Oats provide fiber and have antioxidant properties They’ve been proven to have anti-cancerous effectsOpens in a new tab., too. It’s best to grind the oats to a powder before adding to the smoothie. This smoothie will fill you up, keeping you from unhealthy snacking later!  Try this Caramel Apple Smoothie.

6. SOAKED CASHEWS

Soak raw cashews in hot water for 10 minutes and then add them to the blender mixture of your favorite smoothie. Soaking them overnight is the way most cashew aficionados do it. The addition of cashews gives you a healthy boost of proteinOpens in a new tab..

View from the top of a mixing bowl filled with frozen pineapple cubes.

7. PINEAPPLE

Looking for the perfect way to make a tropical tasting smoothie? Pineapple is the answer! It’s high in the all-important manganese and vitamin COpens in a new tab.. Manganese is excellent for bone health and adequate levels lower your chance of acquiring diabetes.

Overhead image of a bowl of chia seeds for using in banana free smoothies.

8. CHIA SEEDS

Chia seeds are highly beneficial, and I’ve explained all that in my post hereOpens in a new tab.. Making a banana free smoothie using chia seeds makes complete sense. A delicious drink with anti-inflammatory propertiesOpens in a new tab., beneficial fatty acids, and oodles of fiber – it’s the real deal.

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9. YOGURT

Plain full-fat Greek yogurtOpens in a new tab. is so good for you! It’s not highly processed and fits right into a clean-eatingOpens in a new tab. lifestyle. There are no added artificial flavors or fillers, which makes yogurt an excellent swap for bananas.  Try this Cherry Vanilla Smoothie!

10. COCONUT CREAM

Coconut flesh is grated and boiled or simmered to make coconut milk and cream. It’s high calorie but also has many nutrients, such as copper, magnesium, and iron. Its manganese content is way over the top, making it excellent for bone health and the immune systemOpens in a new tab..

Close up image of 5 high protein smoothies in mason jars with striped straws, 2 of which do not contain bananas for the banana free smoothies.

BEST BANANA-FREE SMOOTHIES AND SHAKES   

Since I’m a big lover of smoothies, I’ve got several on the blog. Here are my all-time favorite banana free smoothies and shakes:

  • 7 Easy Make Ahead Smoothies For FallOpens in a new tab.: One recipe contains bananas, but the others do not. Try Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potato, Apple Crisp, Cran Apple Pecan, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Cinnamon Butternut Date, and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie!
  • High Protein Fruit SmoothiesOpens in a new tab.: I’ve got 5 great high protein fruit smoothie recipes that are not only delicious, but helpful for weight loss, too. Two of the recipes have banana, but these do not: PB&J Smoothie, Fit + Slim Smoothie, and the Vanilla Cupcake Smoothie.
  • Smoothie Freezer Packs:Opens in a new tab. You’ll find 14 awesome recipes, including Cherry Vanilla, Strawberry Cheesecake, Avocado Kale, and even Orange Dreamsicle! They are all creamy and decadently tasty.
  • Peach Protein Shake:Opens in a new tab. Can’t you just taste the peachy sweetness?
  • Strawberry Protein Shake:Opens in a new tab. Like the peach protein shake, protein powder adds extra punch.
  • Almond Butter Chocolate Coffee Bean Protein Shake:Opens in a new tab. This makes a super tasty breakfast or snack.
  • Blueberry Protein Shake:Opens in a new tab. The amazing blueberry, my friends! Have this one a couple of times a week!

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

2 thoughts on “10 Ways to Make Banana Free Smoothies

  1. Perfect, I’ve been looking for answers to exactly this subject – thicker, creamier smoothies (with or without banana). 👍😁

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