6 Ways to Make Smoothies Without Bananas

updated Aug 16, 2022
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Bananas are ubiquitous in smoothie recipes, but what if you’re allergic or you simply don’t like them? Being allergic myself, I’ve skipped them for years. But when I started experimenting, I discovered a handful of easy banana substitutes that lend a similar thick and creamy consistency to your smoothies.

To make a smoothie without a banana, you can substitute oatmeal, avocado, chia seeds, frozen fruit, yoghurt or tofu. Here are six ingredients that can do the trick.

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.

3. 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.