Think of a smoothie. Think of bananas. Check out the ingredients of any smoothie recipe, and 9 times out of 10 you’ll find banana on that list. For better of worse, bananas and smoothies are like peanut butter and jelly – they go very well together.
Maybe you’ve run out of bananas or want to try something new. Perhaps you’re allergic to bananas. Maybe you want to cut down on the sugar and calorie content of your smoothies to make lower calorie smoothies. Or you just don’t like the taste, texture or sight of bananas. Maybe you just don’t like yellow? For all of you seeking smoothies without bananas know this. Bananas are convenient, but they’re by no means some sort of magical or essential ingredient to making to making a smoothie awesome.
Bananas are a popular ingredient in green smoothies and fruit smoothies for good reason – or reasons to be precise.
- have a subtle flavor
- add natural sweetness
- are healthy
- add smooth texture
- give a smoothie body (makes it more substantial – less lightweight)
- act as a binder – holding the whole smoothie together.
So yes, bananas and smoothies make great bedfellows, but that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t make a great smoothie without one. So, we’re giving you the low-down on how to make a smoothie awesome – without bananas.