Banana Bread Smoothie

Banana Bread Smoothie -- quick and easy, protein-packed, and tastes just like the bread that inspired it! | gimmesomeoven.comThis post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk.

Look out, world.

In my continued attempt to cut out more refined sugars in my life (with a few indulgent exceptions on occasion), I have been experimenting lately with turning some of my favorite desserts into healthier smoothies.  I know, I know, not totally the same.  But actually, many dessert flavor combinations seem to translate well into smoothies, so I’ve been on a roll giving them a try.  This week for breakfast at mi casa, I smoothie-fied banana bread, cherry pie, blueberry muffins, chocolate-covered strawberries and confetti cake batter.  And somewhat to my surprise, they all turned out to be delicious successes!  This is fantastic news for when those old sugar cravings strike.  And bonus?  Each one felt like eating an indulgent dessert for breakfast.  (Or lunch.  Or dinner.  Or hey, even dessert!)

Stay tuned, because I will definitely be sharing more of these recipes over the summer.  But for today, I thought I’d start by sharing my first success of the week — this Banana Bread Smoothie.

For anyone out there who loves a slice of soft, rich, spiced banana bread as much as I do — but maybe not all of those pesky calories and gluten included — this one’s for you.  It’s simple to make, ready to go in about 5 minutes, and celebrates all of the rich flavors of classic banana bread.  My kind of smoothie.  :)

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The ingredients to make it are quite simple.  I went with:

  • Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk (in “Original” flavor, which is what I always keep on hand)
  • Bananas (I recommend peeling, slicing, and then freezing them so that you can skip the ice cubes)
  • Greek yogurt (for extra protein, although nix this if you’d like to make the smoothie vegan)
  • Old-fashioned oats (use gluten-free oats if making this GF)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Banana bread spices (ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, salt)

Banana Bread Smoothie -- quick and easy, protein-packed, and tastes just like the bread that inspired it! | gimmesomeoven.com

Simply toss them all together in a blender…

Banana Bread Smoothie -- quick and easy, protein-packed, and tastes just like the bread that inspired it! | gimmesomeoven.com

…pulse until smooth…

Banana Bread Smoothie -- quick and easy, protein-packed, and tastes just like the bread that inspired it! | gimmesomeoven.com

…then serve it up!

The oats, spices, and vanilla definitely combine to make this taste much more like actual banana bread, versus your typical plain banana smoothie.  And the almond milk and Greek yogurt make it extra creamy, and full of extra protein to fuel your day (versus that annoying sugar/carb crash that often accompanies actual banana bread).  Oh, and don’t forget all of the potassium in those bananas!

Great ingredients, great flavor, great smoothie.  I think you’re going to love it!
Banana Bread Smoothie -- quick and easy, protein-packed, and tastes just like the bread that inspired it! | gimmesomeoven.com

Banana Bread Smoothie

This banana bread smoothie recipe is quick and easy to make, full of great protein, and tastes like the delicious bread that inspired it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas, peeled, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • (optional: 1 teaspoon maple syrup, if you'd like a sweeter smoothie)

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth.  Serve immediately.

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk.  I am partnering with them to bring you some tasty new recipes this year, and all opinions are my own as always.  Thanks for continuing to support the brands that help make this site possible!

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  1. Alexa [fooduzzi.com] — May 29, 2015 @ 6:06 am (#)

    A smoothie that tastes like one of my all-time favorite desserts? Sign me up! This sounds like such a great breakfast! 

    • Ali — May 29th, 2015 @ 7:05 am

      Thank you, Alexa! Hope you enjoy! : )

  2. Ellen — May 29, 2015 @ 6:24 am (#)

    To clarify, so you recommend using the sweetened or unsweetened Almond Breeze original flavor? This looks like a sweetened carton despite trying to make a low sugar recipe. Thanks!

    • Ali — May 29th, 2015 @ 7:13 am

      Hi Ellen, I recommend using whichever you prefer. I go back in forth between sweetened and unsweetened almond milk. There is only 7g of sugar in the sweetened almond milk, and I feel like that’s still pretty low, but if you’re still concerned, go with the unsweetened kind. Hope you enjoy!

  3. Laura ~ Raise Your Garden — May 29, 2015 @ 6:42 am (#)

    I’m cutting the refined sugars out of my diet as well and it has done absolute WONDERS for my skin. So thankful I decided to go that route. My eyes no longer look puffy in the morning and my skin is just softer and smoother, not to mention what it is doing internally! I LOVE this smoothie, totally unique and I adore the blue almond milk too, making this today. 

    • Ali — May 29th, 2015 @ 7:14 am

      That’s so cool Laura, thanks for sharing! And I hope you enjoy the smoothie! : )

  4. Jenna — May 29, 2015 @ 7:03 am (#)

    Love how you added oats in here too! Banana bread is one of my faves, now I can have a healthy version in a smoothie!

    • Ali — May 29th, 2015 @ 7:04 am

      Thanks, Jenna!

  5. Brittany — May 29, 2015 @ 7:20 am (#)

    I’m sorry I don’t think I read anything after cake batter smoothie. 0_0 POST NOW pretty pleeeeeeeazzzzzeeee :D

  6. Andrea — May 29, 2015 @ 8:12 am (#)

    This looks like my weekend smoothie recipe, yum! I LOVE banana bread.

    • Ali — June 1st, 2015 @ 10:07 am

      Hope you enjoy, Andrea!

  7. Jett Whitfield — May 29, 2015 @ 9:22 am (#)

    Deeeelicious!! I always have almond milk handy. Thinking how good this would be with the chocolate version! =)

    • Ali — June 1st, 2015 @ 10:07 am

      Thanks, Jett! (Love your name, btw)! And a chocolate version would be awesome. Yum!

  8. The Kentucky Gent — May 29, 2015 @ 10:53 am (#)

    Yum! This sounds delicious, and much better for me than the Banana Nut Muffin I had from Starbucks this morning. 

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.com

    • Ali — June 1st, 2015 @ 10:08 am

      Thanks, Josh!

  9. Shawn@ I Wash You Dry — May 29, 2015 @ 11:24 am (#)

    I love dessert for breakfast!! And this is healthy. :) I’ll have to experiment more with my smoothies, it seems like I always get stuck making the same kinds. This one looks delicious!

    • Ali — June 1st, 2015 @ 10:06 am

      ME TOO! Hope you enjoy this one, Shawn! : )

  10. sangeetha menon — May 29, 2015 @ 11:32 am (#)

    I dont have greek yogurt, Can i skip that and make it with just almond milk. Will it be still good ?

    • Ali — June 1st, 2015 @ 10:06 am

      Hi Sangeetha, you can skip the Greek yogurt and make it with almond milk, it’s just not going to be the same consistency (it will be thin, not thick). But taste-wise, that should be fine! : )

  11. Cat — May 29, 2015 @ 12:22 pm (#)

    Hi Ali!
    It makes me smile! because in my mind all the smoothie all super healthy :D, And This is seems so delicious, and is a smoothie and it taste like dessert… Heaven!!!
    Best Wishes,
    Cat

    • Ali — June 1st, 2015 @ 10:05 am

      Thank you, Cat! Hope you enjoy!

  12. Susan — May 29, 2015 @ 2:09 pm (#)

    Simple and tasty.  This smoothie sounds wonderful.  I would probably add some protein powder, also, because I do better with higher levels of protein.  I just happen to have all the ingredients on hand (except nutmeg), so this will probably be tomorrow’s breakfast.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what your other smoothie recipes are.  (Can’t have too many good smoothie recipes!)

    • Ali — June 1st, 2015 @ 10:04 am

      Thank you, Susan! Protein powder and/or peanut butter would be great additions to this, for sure. And I agree, you can never have too many good smoothie recipes! : )

  13. Ali — May 29, 2015 @ 2:38 pm (#)

    This looks delicious! I bet it would also be good with a bit of peanut butter :-) 

    • Ali — June 1st, 2015 @ 10:03 am

      Thanks, Ali, I bet it would too!

  14. Sandra @ Heavenly Deviled Eggs — May 29, 2015 @ 6:02 pm (#)

    This is a timely post.  I’m so glad I didn’t throw out those two VERY ripe bananas that were sitting on my kitchen counter.  I have coconut milk at home.  I shall try it with that.  It can be called a tropical banana bread smoothie.  :-)

    Turning desserts into smoothies is a great idea!  Looking forward to the confetti cake batter smoothie.

    • Ali — June 1st, 2015 @ 10:03 am

      Thanks, Sandra! I bet it would be AMAZING with coconut milk, I’m definitely trying that! And oh man, a confetti cake batter smoothie sounds so yummy right now!

  15. Stephanie | Worth Whisking — May 29, 2015 @ 6:38 pm (#)

    Ali, this looks delicious! My husband and I make a similar smoothie for breakfast a lot. I also freeze the bananas, and I love the thick texture that results. I usually only use cinnamon, so I definitely will try including nutmeg next time. Looking forward to the other smoothies you mentioned. They sound heavenly!

    • Ali — November 4th, 2015 @ 3:34 pm

      Awesome, hope you enjoy!

  16. Keating — May 30, 2015 @ 1:46 pm (#)

    This looks amazing!  I might need to buy a blender now so I can make my own. :)

    • Ali — June 1st, 2015 @ 9:55 am

      Thanks, Keating! If you’re into smoothies, I’d definitely say it’s a worthwhile purchase!

  17. Toni Marie — May 31, 2015 @ 12:45 am (#)

    I love banana bread, and this looks so delicious and easy to make! Definitely going to try this recipe out soon :)

    • Ali — June 1st, 2015 @ 9:47 am

      Thanks, Toni, hope you enjoy this!

  18. Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker — June 1, 2015 @ 12:37 pm (#)

    Yes! Can’t wait to put my new Blendtec to work on this deliciousness! Totally making it after din tonight :) Thanks, Ali! 

    • Ali — June 2nd, 2015 @ 8:18 am

      Awesome, I hope you love it! : )

  19. Mercy — June 1, 2015 @ 1:26 pm (#)

    Muchos exitos hay recetas maravillosas y faciles,gracias. Desde Colombia con gran cariño.Mercy

    • Ali — June 2nd, 2015 @ 8:18 am

      Gracias, Mercy! : )

  20. Robin J — June 1, 2015 @ 5:30 pm (#)

    This was very yummy! I would be up for more smoothie recipes….nom nom nom!

    • Ali — June 2nd, 2015 @ 8:01 am

      Thanks, Robin, glad you liked it!

  21. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — June 3, 2015 @ 6:13 am (#)

    Love oat smoothies!! And so much easier for little ones to eat oatmeal with a straw than a spoon. ;-) 

    • Ali — June 3rd, 2015 @ 11:05 am

      Yes! I hope your boys love it! : )

  22. Diana Healy — June 4, 2015 @ 7:36 am (#)

    My Husband is allergic to Oats, Cinnamon and Nutmeg. What can I use to substitute?

    • Ali — June 4th, 2015 @ 7:53 am

      I would try using cloves as the spice, and use an additional 1/2 cup of yogurt in place of the banana. You could always add some ground flax or some nuts in place of the oats. I hope that helps!

  23. Billy — June 15, 2015 @ 6:36 am (#)

    I just made this (without the nutmeg) and it’s totally amazing! Such a rich flavour wich defenitly reminds me of baked goodies

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 15th, 2015 @ 8:55 pm

      Thanks, Billy, we’re so glad you liked it! A pinch of nutmeg does wonders in things. : )

  24. Jona — August 23, 2015 @ 1:57 pm (#)

    I make yogurt, sometimes Greek, sometimes regular. I also drink a huge smoothie every single day [Ninja]
    I mix honey, or agave nectar, etc. and maybe some chia seed in the yogurt and freeze it in silicone ice cube trays,
    then add them [2 or 3] to my smoothie, however I make it. It allows me to keep my yogurt fresh and in abundance for 
    [our] daily smoothies, and also to make separate batches to have on hand fresh [unfrozen] to use for baking and cooking.
    Each of us make individual smoothies [Nutri Ninja Auto IQ blender system 1500watts] and the yogurt cubes make it
    easy for all to get from the ziplocks in the freezer to go along with……bananas,strawberries, blueberries,grapes,spinach,kale,almonds,chia seed,sesame seed,flax seed,celery,cucumber,almond milk,coconut milk,
    pineapple, [much of the ingredients kept frozen]……..and usually ALL OF THE ABOVE ! I look forward to making the
    Banana Bread smoothie in the morning !!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 27th, 2015 @ 12:31 pm

      Very cool, thanks for sharing Jona!

  25. Susan — September 7, 2015 @ 8:47 am (#)

    I’m not a fan of Greek yogurt. Can you use regular yogurt?

    Thanks, Susan

    • Ali — September 7th, 2015 @ 9:09 am

      Sure thing! It won’t be quite as thick, but absolutely, it will work!

  26. Janet — September 20, 2015 @ 9:51 am (#)

    Made this today. All I can say is wow so delicious!!!  Very filling too. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 22nd, 2015 @ 11:41 am

      Thank you Janet, we’re happy you liked it! :)

  27. Cleo — October 13, 2015 @ 1:50 pm (#)

        I just tried this for breakfast. It was excellent. The only thing that I would say is if you use a very good quality vanilla you may want to cut it down ti 1/2 tsp. I will be making this again.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 14th, 2015 @ 10:26 am

      Thanks Cleo, we’re happy you enjoyed it! Also, that’s a great point on the vanilla, thanks for sharing. :)

  28. matti — October 23, 2015 @ 6:17 pm (#)

    Tried this tonight, not a big fan of the bits dried oats, not very smooth-ie. Maybe could use leftover oatmeal to keep it from being chunky. Other than that I’d say great recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 24th, 2015 @ 8:22 am

      Hey Matti, we’re glad you enjoyed this! As for the oats, you can always grind them more, to make a powder, that way you’ll get a great oat flavor without the texture.

  29. Laura — November 2, 2015 @ 9:55 pm (#)

    How would this taste as a green smoothie?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 4th, 2015 @ 11:45 am

      We’re not really sure Laura, but we think it’s worth trying!

  30. Kimberly Fields — December 2, 2015 @ 3:16 pm (#)

    What a great way to start your day. Thanks.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 2nd, 2015 @ 8:54 pm

      You’re welcome Kimberly, we hope you enjoy it!

  31. Maria — January 9, 2016 @ 6:07 pm (#)

    I can’t get enough of this smoothie!! I have question though – can I make it the night before and pop it in the fridge so I can just have it ready to go in the morning? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 9th, 2016 @ 7:36 pm

      Thanks Maria, we’re so glad you like it! We haven’t tried making this smoothie the night before, and it might work great, but we’re worried the banana might be suuuuper strong in the morning.

  32. Gigi Ravina — January 26, 2016 @ 4:01 am (#)

    OMG!!  I just love it!!!! Something different from the good ol fashion berry smoothie!! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 26th, 2016 @ 8:18 am

      Yay, we’re so glad to hear that Gigi! :D

  33. Gigi Ravina — January 27, 2016 @ 2:08 pm (#)

    I love this!!!  A new turn from the good ol fashion berry smoothie!! Thank you so much!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 28th, 2016 @ 8:28 am

      Thanks Gigi, we’re glad you like it! :D

  34. Susan — February 16, 2016 @ 2:47 am (#)

    I didn’t see the calorie count? Did I miss it, how many calories, fiber, sugar etc?? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 16th, 2016 @ 8:52 am

      Hi Susan! That’s right, we currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  35. Julie — March 25, 2016 @ 8:12 am (#)

    I just made this wonderful smoothie for breakfast this morning. Yummy! I was craving banana bread but didn’t want the guilt of all the calories. What a great substitute!
    I did add a little extra ingredients though…2 Tbsp. of ground flax seed, 1 Tbsp. chia seeds, 5 ice cubes, 1 squirt of liquid stevia, I also skipped the almond milk (didn’t have any), and instead I added 7 or 8 almonds and 1/2 cup of water. This is definitely one of my favorites!
    Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 25th, 2016 @ 10:20 am

      Thanks for sharing Julie — we’re so happy to hear you enjoyed it! :D

  36. Susan — July 8, 2016 @ 11:00 am (#)

    I finally tried this today, and really like the flavor.  It was a little weird, though, because it came out warm, even though my almond milk and yogurt were chilled.  Maybe I needed to use bigger bananas?  In the aftermath I thought about perhaps adding ice, but I liked that the recipe made exactly two pint beer glasses of smoothie with nothing left over.  Next time I guess I’ll try adding some ice.

  37. Dorothy Yim — September 7, 2016 @ 12:42 pm (#)

    I can’t eat oats. Has anyone substituted buckwheat (either cream of b. cereal, whole b. ground, or b. flour?

  38. Tricia — September 12, 2016 @ 8:00 am (#)

    My family is on a 21 day fix and the food is bland bland bland…do you have the nutrition facts for this?   

    Thanks!
    Tricia 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 13th, 2016 @ 9:40 am

      Hi Tricia! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  39. Brett Norman — October 27, 2016 @ 2:14 pm (#)

    I found this recipe on pintrest and i substituted the almond milk for coconut milk. Really amazing recipe. Tastes just like banana bread in smoothie form. Oh and i also used a little less yogurt than half a cup. Great job! Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 28th, 2016 @ 12:10 pm

      We’re so happy you enjoyed it, Brett! :)