Learn how to whip up this creamy Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie in just 5 minutes with our easy, step-by-step recipe. This health-boosting beverage is a blend of ripe bananas, antioxidant-rich blueberries, and your choice of protein powder. It's undeniably smooth and frothy, best served immediately after blending. All you need is a reliable blender, and you'll be enjoying a protein shake in no time!
Today, I'm excited to share a delightful treat that's perfect for a quick breakfast, a post-workout snack, or just a refreshing pick-me-up any time of the day. Say hello to the banana and blueberry smoothie—a drink that's as nutritious as it is delicious. Bursting with the sweet, natural flavors of ripe bananas and fresh blueberries, this smoothie is an absolute must-try!
In this blueberry banana smoothie recipe, we're combining the antioxidant-rich goodness of blueberries with the potassium-packed power of bananas. These two ingredients create a harmonious blend that's not only tasty but also incredibly nutritious. Whether you're a smoothie novice or a seasoned pro, you'll find this recipe easy to follow and the results absolutely satisfying.
So, are you ready to whip up your very own banana and blueberry smoothie?
Grab your blender, gather your ingredients, and let's get this day started, shall we?
- Add a vibrant touch of greens to your smoothie by incorporating a handful of chopped kale or spinach.
- Not a fan of bananas? No problem! You can substitute them with mango or orange. If you prefer a sweeter taste, consider adding a touch of stevia or Swerve.
- If protein powder isn't your cup of tea, turn this into a banana yogurt blueberry smoothie with a ½ cup of plain, vanilla, or blueberry yogurt. For another protein boost that doesn't involve protein powder, try adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter.
- For a refreshing twist, include one small seeded and diced cucumber in your smoothie mix.
Tips & Tricks
- If you want a cold blueberry shake with protein, make sure you chill all the ingredients upfront. Many fruits, like bananas and berries, do well frozen. This is great because it prevents you from having to water down your drinks with ice.
- If you are using ice, it is a good idea to break it into small cubes before adding the blender. (Unless you have a high-speed blender that can handle it.). Always add the ice to the blender last.
- Try cutting pieces of fruit and veggies to about the same size.
- Look for frozen fruit on sale! Sometimes you can find great deals. (Even organic sometimes!)
Which is Better - Juices or Smoothies?
This is really a matter of personal preference and your health goals.
Since smoothies blend the entire fruit and vegetables, they include fiber.
Fiber helps to maintain blood sugar levels and can improve digestive health. Since the fiber is broken apart in the blender, it is easier to digest than whole raw vegetables.
Smoothies are great because you can easily add in boosters like Maca, chia seeds, and flax seeds as well as protein powder like we do in this blueberry banana protein shake.
Juices don’t have fiber and can be great when trying to get quick nutrients into your body. It is very easy for the body to assimilate nutrients from juices quickly.
Personally, I enjoy both on a regular basis.
Blueberry Banana Smoothie Benefits
- Blueberries have the highest level of antioxidants of all berries, which can help to boost immunity and fend off disease.
- Blueberries can help to protect the heart. One Harvard study showed that women who had more than three servings of berries a week over an 18 year period had a 34% reduced chance of heart attack compared to those who ate less than one serving a week.
- Bananas are high in resistant fiber. Research indicates that this can help to promote weight loss.
- One study showed that bananas are a powerful fruit for lowering the risk of kidney cancer.
- Bananas are a great source of potassium which can help you to recover from a hard work out, reduce blood pressure, and restore electrolyte balance.
- Cinnamon stabilizes blood sugar and may be especially beneficial to those with diabetes. One 2013 study showed that it helped balance blood sugar and lower cholesterol. A 2011 study suggests that it may also be good for those with pre-diabetes.
More Smoothie Recipes to Try
- If you're a fan of tropical flavors, you'll love the Cherry Mango Smoothie—a delightful blend that feels like summer in a glass.
- For those who enjoy clean and refreshing combinations, the Cucumber Apple Smoothie offers a crisp, hydrating experience that's perfect for hot days.
- Berry lovers will rejoice at the Raspberry Blueberry Smoothie, a sweet-tart concoction that's packed with antioxidants.
- Finally, for an unexpected twist, try the Coffee Quinoa Smoothie, a protein-rich beverage that combines the energizing kick of coffee with the nutritional benefits of quinoa.
Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk or oat milk more to desired consistency
- 1 banana frozen
- 1 cup blueberries frozen
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Add almond milk , banana, blueberries, protein powder and cinnamon to a blender.
- If desired, add in maca powder and chia seeds.
- Process until smooth.
- If you prefer a thinner smoothie, add more almond milk or water to desired consistency and blend.
Variations for this Blueberry Banana Smoothie
- Add a healthy dose of greens by throwing in a handful of chopped parsley or spinach.
- Don’t like bananas? Use mango or orange instead and if it isn’t sweet enough add in in touch of stevia or Swerve.
- If protein powder isn’t your thing, try using a ½ cup plain, vanilla, or blueberry yogurt instead. Another great option to boost protein without using protein powder is 1 to 2 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter.
- Add a refreshing kick with one small seeded and diced cucumber.
- Add in ¼ cup cooked quinoa and 1 tablespoon chia seeds for an extra nutrient boost.