6 Ways to Make Smoothies Without Bananas

6 Ways to Make Smoothies Without Bananas

Emily Han
Jun 19, 2018

Bananas are ubiquitous in smoothie recipes, but what if you're allergic or you simply don't like them? Fortunately bananas aren't the only path to a thick, creamy smoothie. Here are several other healthy ingredients that can do the trick.

I myself am allergic to bananas and for years I skipped most smoothie recipes. Then I started experimenting. I realized in many cases you can actually substitute one of these ingredients for the banana called for in a recipe. Or you can use them to invent your own smoothies.

1. Oatmeal

The key to using oatmeal in a smoothie is to finely grind it first. Start with about 1/4 cup regular rolled oats per smoothie. Grind the oats into a powder right in the bowl of your blender before adding the other ingredients.

2. Avocado

Avocado has a different flavor profile (and color!) than banana, but it can be used to make a very thick and creamy smoothie. Try 1/2 to 1 avocado per smoothie.

2. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds can act as a binding agent and thickener. Add 1 tablespoon to your blender or simply stir chia seeds into a smoothie and give it a minute to thicken.

4. Frozen Fruit

Frozen fruit can thicken a smoothie and provide natural sweetness, so it's a win-win. Plus, it's an easy ingredient to always have on hand in your freezer. Try mango, peach, or young coconut for extra creaminess.

5. Yogurt

Any kind of yogurt can make a smoothie creamy, but if you're after a thick smoothie, opt for strained or Greek-style yogurt, which also boosts the protein level.

6. Silken Tofu

Not only does silken tofu have a neutral flavor and smooth, creamy texture that works great in smoothies, but it's also a great vegan protein source.

Do you have any favorite ways to thicken smoothies without bananas?

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