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!
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Culinary Tips for the Best Banana Berry Smoothie
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.
While we like the added nutrition boost that leafy greens add, they do change the color of the smoothie, so use caution if serving to picky eaters!
- Banana: substitute frozen banana or other creamy fruits such as mango or avocado.
- Frozen Berries: use any plain or mixed berry blend of your choice! Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cherries (okay, not technically a berry, but close enough!) are all great options.
- Almond Milk: substitute coconut water, 100% juice, or another milk alternative.
- Spinach: substitute 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.
Banana Berry 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.
Need some smoothie recipe inspiration?
Use our dairy free smoothie base recipe as a guide, or try out our other tasty variations!
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.
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 plant-forward diet. This recipe features bananas, berries, almond milk, and leafy greens.
Bananas contain fiber and potassium. The natural sugar in bananas (and all fruit) does not count against your daily sugar budget. Aim to include fruit in all of your meals so that you fill up on beneficial vitamins, minerals, fiber, water, and phytochemicals!
Berries are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Together, these nutrients promote heart health and may reduce inflammation. (1)
Different almond milk brands provide different benefits. For optimal nutrition, choose ones with just almonds, water, and salt. Check out our plant based milk vs. cow’s milk article for a deep dive into the pros and cons of milk alternatives. When choosing a milk alternative, try to limit added sugars, gums, and stabilizers.
Need some recommendations? Here are a few of our favorite brands:
Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Nut Milks
Leafy green veggies are rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that promote health and help fight diseases. Blending spinach into a dairy-free smoothie is an easy way to help promote your health.
For more information about best choices, check out our ingredient guide!
Smoothie Serving Suggestions
This dairy free banana berry smoothie is a great accompaniment to a healthy breakfast. Pair with our overnight oats, energy bites, whole wheat muffins, 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 breakfast recipes?
Try out these favorite base recipes, and as always, adjust to YOUR taste!
Greek Yogurt Smoothie Base Recipe
Baked Oatmeal Cups Base Recipe
Whole Grain Pancakes Base Recipe
Dairy-Free Banana Berry Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 large ripe banana (~1 cup)
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 cup lightly packed spinach (optional)
- 6-8 ice cubes (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and puree. Enjoy!