Try this classic Banana Smoothie with milk using just a few simple, nutritious ingredients as an easy breakfast or snack. This one is so, so creamy!
Banana Smoothie with Milk
I’ve made loads of smoothies (including this toddler smoothie with veggies) over the years, and the thing I keep coming back to is that often, the simpler they are, the better. When you start adding the entire fridge and freezer, the consistency can be hard to get super smooth, and the flavor can be all over the place.
And when it comes to kids, having easy options that taste the same each time you make them can be really helpful—because kids LOVE to know what to expect from their food.
This Banana Smoothie, which is made with milk for ease, is one of our go-to smoothies for kids. It’s easy, filling, and super delicious. There are optional add-ins you can layer in for additional nutrition if you want, though the base recipe is both easy and nutritious.
Ingredients You Need
Here’s a look at what you need to make this easy banana smoothie.
- Milk: You can use dairy or nondairy milk in this recipe, so go with the one that you prefer for your family.
- Frozen banana: Plan to freeze a ripe banana at least the day before you want to make this smoothie.
- Fresh ripe banana: We also use fresh (not frozen) banana in this recipe for extra creaminess and banana flavor. The combination of some frozen and some fresh ensures the best consistency and flavor. (And it doesn’t make the smoothie mixture too thick to blend.)
Optional Smoothie Add-Ins
To add more flavor or nutrients, you can add any of the optional ingredients below to your smoothie.
The method for making this easy smoothie is super simple. Here’s a look at what to expect from the process.
- Add the ingredients to a blender.
- Serve immediately.
How to Store
Store this smoothie in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. It will have more of a drinkable yogurt consistency when stored.
You can also meal-prep this smoothie by making it ahead and freezing it in an ice cube tray. Then you can blend it with additional milk whenever you want to make a serving.
It also works to freeze this in reusable pouches for the kids. Thaw overnight in the fridge.
Best Tips for Success
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Add the ingredients to a blender.
Blend, starting on low and working up to high to make a very smooth mixture. (Use the stick that came with the blender, if needed, to help the mixture get going.)
Use dairy or nondairy milk as you like.
Add a handful of spinach to make this a green smoothie.
Add 1-2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter for additional flavor.
Serve in a straw cup, open cup, or reusable pouch.
Calories: 279kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 48mg, Potassium: 663mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 361IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 178mg, Iron: 2mg