Dairy Free Banana Berry Smoothie

This is a variation of our dairy free smoothies base recipe. This dairy free banana berry smoothie is great for starting your morning, fueling a workout, or satisfying a craving for something cold, creamy, and sweet!

Are Smoothies Healthy?

While eating whole fruit is normally best, a smoothie can be a great way to get lots of fruits and/or vegetables in one easy serving. This smoothie recipe is also free of dairy, so it can be a nutritious option for individuals trying to adopt a more plant-forward diet. This recipe can be made with any variety milk alternatives; let’s take a minute to talk about which one is best!

Which Dairy-Free Milk Alternative Should I Buy?

It seems like there’s a new milk alternative coming out every other week. There are now options available made from pea protein, bananas, oats, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, macadamia nuts, pecans, cashews, coconuts, and of course the originals: rice, soy, and almond. When choosing a milk alternative, try to limit added sugars, gums, and stabilizers. Some varieties, like cashew or oat milk are creamier and therefore create a thicker smoothie. For more information on best choices, read this article about plant based milk vs cow’s milk, and then check out our ingredient guide.

Need some recommendations? Here are a few of our favorite brands:

Elmhurst Nut Milks

Malk Nut Milks

Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Nut Milks

Which Blender is Best for Smoothies?

Any blender will work! While a Vitamix probably makes the creamiest smoothies, any full-size blender, single-serve blender, immersion blender, or even food processor will do the job.

Culinary Tips for Making the BEST Smoothies

If you want to make this banana berry smoothie for breakfast and are usually in a time crunch, place all of the non-frozen ingredients in your blender’s jar and place it in the fridge the night before. Add the frozen ingredients in the morning and blend!

If your smoothie is too thick after blending, add more liquid. If it is too thin, add more fruit or ice.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Banana: use frozen banana if desired.
  • Frozen Berries: use any plain or mixed berry blend of your choice! Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and cherries (okay, not technically a berry, but close enough!) are all great options.
  • Spinach: use kale if desired. If you are unsure about the flavor of greens in your smoothies, start with spinach. Spinach has a milder flavor than heartier greens like kale. Do not use arugula or mustard greens.
  • Almond milk: use coconut water, 100% juice, or another milk alternative. 

Smoothie Variations

Add any other plant-based ingredients of your choice, such as spices, natural flavor extracts, nut butters, flax seeds, chia seeds, oats, or coconut.

This is a vegan berry smoothie recipe, but you can add non-plant-based ingredients such as Greek yogurt or kefir for extra protein, calcium, and probiotics.

Smoothie Serving Suggestions

This dairy free banana berry smoothie can be a meal on its own or can be an accompaniment to a healthy breakfast. Pair with our overnight oats, energy bites, or granola for a satisfying meal.

Will Smoothies Keep in the Fridge?

Keep leftovers in the fridge and enjoy the next day. They can hold for longer than a day in the fridge but often start to separate. Shake before drinking for a delicious vegan smoothie.

Want more healthy smoothie recipes?

Check out these easy, healthy smoothie ideas!

Kefir Smoothie Base Recipe

Strawberry Kefir Smoothie with Oats

Banana Berry Kefir Smoothie

Greek Yogurt Smoothie Base Recipe

Banana Berry Dairy Free Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

This dairy free banana berry smoothie is made with almond milk, banana, frozen berries, and spinach. This is a great recipe to start your morning, fuel a workout, or satisfy a craving for something cold, creamy, and sweet!

Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Yield: 2 cups (might be slightly more or less)
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen berry mix
  • 1 cup lightly packed spinach
  • 1 large ripe banana (~1 cup)
  • 6-8 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If your smoothie is too thick after blending, add more liquid. If it is too thin, add more fruit or ice.

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