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Banana Smoothie Recipes

Updated on May 20, 2009

Why go Bananas for Banana Smoothies?

Bananas are one of my favorite foods because they have so many health benefits. Not only do they give you an energy kick, but they also help settle upset stomachs. In fact, if you want to learn more about the wonderful health benefits of bananas, check out The Bountiful Benefits of Bananas.

I have a great Banana Hangover Shake Recipe that, like the name says, is great for hangovers. It's tasty anytime, though, so totally try it out.

Ready for some more great banana smoothie recipes? There are so many options for you to choose from! And don't feel like you have to strictly stick to the following recipes--make any changes you want to suit your tastes...but, please share your suggestions in the comment section at the bottom of this page. Sharing tasty ideas is always a great thing.

Quick Banana Smoothie Tips

Ice Cubes or Frozen Fruit?

A lot of smoothie recipes call for ice cubes. Personally, I'm not a fan of adding ice cubes to my smoothies. They are hard on your blender, and they change the smoothie's texture. Instead, I opt for frozen fruit. I buy fruit already frozen, but I also freeze fresh fruit. I love buying fresh bananas and freezing them - it's cheap and easy.

When I freeze bananas, I peel them and cut them in half. Then they go into freezer bags until I'm ready to use them.

That said, I will include a banana smoothie recipe here that calls for ice cubes just for those of you who love it that way!

Milk?

I usually use soy milk, but smoothies are also good with other kinds of milk. Try cow's milk, rice milk, almond milk, chocolate milk. The choices are countless, and I've used many of them myself.

Sweeteners

I find fruit pretty sweet on its own, so I rarely add sweeteners myself, but I know a lot of people like to sweeten their smoothies. My favorite addition to a banana smoothie is honey, but vanilla extract works well too. Adventurous? Try a bit of maple syrup!

If you use plain milk, it might be beneficial to use a sweetener. I tend to use vanilla soymilk, so when I go for another milk option, the smoothies are as sweet.

Recipes for One

You can easily double and triple these recipes to make bigger smoothie batches.

Basic Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 frozen bananas
  • 8 ounces milk

Directions:

Combine ingredients in blender. Blend everything until smooth. You may choose to add more milk to reach desired consistency. (I like mine thick and have been known to add more banana.)

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

This tasty smoothie gets a protein boost by adding peanut butter. Mmm: Peanut butter and bananas!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 frozen banana
  • 8 ounces of milk (you might want to try almond milk)
  • 2 tbs. peanut butter

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in the blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth. You should see the smoothie mixing from bottom to top without any chunks.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 frozen bananas
  • 8 ounces chocolate milk (soy, rice, regular, etc.)

Directions:

Blend everything together until smoothie is smooth! Want to make it extra special? Throw in some peanut butter.

Ice Cube Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 fresh banana
  • 6 ounces of non-fat milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla or a dab of honey (for sweetness)
  • handful of ice cubes

Directions:

Break the banana into chunks and place in blender. Add vanilla/honey and icecubes. Pour milk over ingredients, and blend until smooth. If the conisistency is not thick enough, add a few more ice cubes until it reaches desired consistency.


Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Interested in a hint of strawberry in your banana smoothie?

Ingredients:

  • 1  banana (frozen or fresh depending on how thick you want it)
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 8 ounces milk

Directions:

Combine everything in blender. Blend until smooth. You may need to adjust the amount of milk you use depending on how thick you want your smoothie.

Juice & Banana Smoothie

You can use any flavor juice you want for this smoothie. Some suggestions: Apple, Cran-Raspberry, Blueberry, or Mango

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 frozen bananas
  • 8 ounces juice

Directions:

Can you handle this? Put it all in your blender and blend! If desired, throw in a couple of spoons of yogurt to make it a little creamier.

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Adding blueberries makes this smoothie so delicious! It will taste more like a dessert than a healthy fruit beverage.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (frozen or fresh depending on how thick you want it)
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 8 ounces milk

Directions:

Put fruit in blender. Pour milk over fruit. Blend until smooth. This one will make you smack your lips!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I'm not usually a fan of smoothies, but you made them sound delicious. I love bananas too and I like the idea of freezing them and also adding chocolate to the smoothie. I will be giving this a try. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

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      Sandy 4 years ago

      mmm!!! delicious! Great write up.

      I will give you a site where I got real fruit on powder form, I mix it with milk and ice cream to go healthy. they have mango, soursop, apple, pineapple, etc. A lot of fruits and veggies. Enjoy guys! freshlydried.com

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      Kevin 4 years ago

      1 Cup of Milk

      1 Banana

      1 t.s. of Peanut Butter

      1 t.s of Nutella

      = 1.5 / 2 (depending on banana size) awsome servings

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      Joanna Slodownik 5 years ago from New Jersey

      I love banana smoothies - but I make them into green smoothies :-)

      And I give cows a break - so no milk for me, unless comes from a plant.

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      Ramose 5 years ago

      Thanks for this! Sounds really good.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Who would have known one could write a whole hub on a banana smoothie!!!! Very well done! There is a heavenly creaminess that banana gives to smoothies that is very enjoyable. My personal favorite is a banana smoothie made with milk and a dash of cinnamon, this spice goes really well with bananas.

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      Eileen Goodall 5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      I just love banana smoothies - did you know that bananas are really good for stress? Or when your body is exhausted it's a great energy drink.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I love banana smoothies. Thanks for sharing these recipes.

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      Jenna 5 years ago

      The ice cube banana smoothie is great! I added some Nutella and it was even better! Thanks for the recipe:)

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      Game Obsessed 5 years ago from Australia

      Sounds delicous

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      onthegrind 5 years ago from Florida, United States

      Sounds good. I'm a fan of strawberry-banana smoothies. I've never tried using frozen bananas though.

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      drn22 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Wow..I have taken many smoothie ..like strawberry..but never take Frozen banana smoothie...need to try that...and its easy to make also.. :)

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      Danny 6 years ago

      I've never made a smoothie before but your recipes made the most sense to me and you explained your reasoning very well and best of all? They turned out great! Thanks a bunch for this.

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      Ivona Poyntz 6 years ago from UK

      I've tried a number of these: fantastic, apart from the banana and peanutbutter combo: just didn't have the finish I was looking for.

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      Enouugh 6 years ago

      Wow who knew...freezing banana's right now...putting nutella on the grocery list for the first time and taking inventory of frozen fruits...can't wait to get started...thanx for all the great idea's...power to the banana and sounds like peanut butter!!

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      Aria 6 years ago

      The Banana Peanutbutter smoothie was delicous! I loved it :D

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      Sophie 6 years ago

      I make Banana milkshakes All the time! They're yum- And im 13, i add Raspberry ripple icecream, Banana, Milk and Wallah! Try it

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      angel ^_^ 6 years ago

      u should try putting nesquik packets

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      ttyl 6 years ago

      i have never made this recipe but it sounds pretty good to try for once

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      kingsley 6 years ago

      I just love it

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      dobo700 6 years ago from Australia

      Sounds fantastic, I'll defiantly have to give it a go.

      Thanks

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      GracieEllenXxX 6 years ago

      i just made the simple banana recipe , and i doubled the ingredients, and it tastes amazing! i threw in a couple of frozen strawberries, and i had enough for three massive glasses!

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      jojo 6 years ago

      the Trick is using Ripe(browning) bananas . You won't need any sweeteners once the banana has converted from bland starch(yellow) to full sweet sugar (brown peel) .

      I use nothing but 5 or more ripe nanas and a little water . Yes , that's it. No Milk. No sweetner,no soy,No powders. Just a good blender . It Is Awesome .

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      Carrie 6 years ago

      yum yum... I'm gonna try one of these with chocolate whey powder... healthy and I hope tasty too

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      camdjohnston12 6 years ago

      Thanks for the comment.

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      hemelsiddiquee 6 years ago from bangladesh

      That's Grate. I love Banana smoothies

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      Melany-Ody 6 years ago

      I made this for the kids and they loved it! Easy to make and something healthy to put in the children instead of all that junk food they love to eat.

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      dobo700 6 years ago from Australia

      Banana smoothie sounds great, will try it soon.

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      Sajib 6 years ago from Bangladesh

      I like to eat banana and also the recipe named "Banana Smoothie," that you have presented here beautifully.

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      I love Banana smoothies. Thanks for the recipe.

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      hubpageswriter1 6 years ago

      Great hub page Stacie Naczelnik you have really got some great recipe's there. I love smoothies and Banana's so i new I would like this hub. I don't know if you would be interested but I have also got a hub page on smoothies it's got loads of tasty fruit smoothie recipe's on there so you can take a look at them if you would like here is the url http://hubpages.com/t/1f29db

      ps thanks for sharing hope you like my hub page as much as i liked yours

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      MonaVieAileen 6 years ago from New York

      I agree, bananas are so good for you and are a delicious-healthy treat. This looks absolutely delicious and I will definitely try it. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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      carly 6 years ago

      try subbing nutella for peanut butter((((:

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      mikeq107 6 years ago

      Well a smoothie is my breakfast every day and I agree with you 100%

      Great Hub and tips !!

      Mike :0)

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      smoothie maker 6 years ago

      Hi, great recipes! After strawberries, bananas are definitely my favourite smoothie fruit.

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      dsmythe 6 years ago

      Mmmmmmmm strawberry banana smoothie sounds really good right about now. Thanks for posting this, I think I'll make a smoothie this weekend.

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      Pawsitively nuts 6 years ago

      I love smoothies. I probably have one everyday. There are so many variations you can do, just use your imagination and be creative. I recommend almond milk over other milks. It has a subtle nut flavour and less of an after taste that soy milk can sometimes have. Who doesn't like bananas?! :)

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      AnkushKohli 6 years ago from India

      I love this. So healthy and great recipes.... yumm!!. I am going to try it, i hope it works. :)

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      Renee Hanlon 6 years ago from Michigan

      These look like delicious recipes! Not only will I like them but I'm sure I will be able to get my fussy son to drink some of these - he already likes my juicer!

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      Adum 6 years ago

      ima have to try the one with peanut butter in it

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      JustColl 6 years ago from Durban, South Africa

      Yum! Smoothie for breakfast, smoothie for lunch, smoothie for supper! Awesome recipes and ideas, thank you.

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      hannah 6 years ago

      I combined the chocolate banana and the peanut butter banana recipes (using two bananas and a little extra milk- i didn't measure) and it's delicious! Thanks for the easy recipes!

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      Edoka Writes 6 years ago

      My family loves smoothies; thank you, thank you! Can't wait to try these recipes!

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      jessie 7 years ago

      I love bananas :)

      these are some great recipes, at the moment I'm drinking the banana and peanut butter and it is delicous :)

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      AutumnLockwood 7 years ago from Northern California

      I love banana smoothie! Thanks for the tips!

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      Trinsick 7 years ago from Cali

      I make a similar drink, we call it banana milk and it's very comforting.

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      crisjimskie 7 years ago

      banana milk shake i love.......... it so much especially when it is very cooled and very delicious

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      sklipstein 7 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      I freeze my bananas too and use soy milk. I love that you mentioned both of those because they make the smoothie so much better!

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      yomama 7 years ago

      ye, one of av drnks back in my country.

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      MyMastiffPuppies 7 years ago

      I love smoothies and bananas what a great combination! I am looking forward to trying some of these, it will have to be after a trip to the store, ate my last banana already today. But I have something to look forward to tomorrow! Thanks

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      Japemwellows 7 years ago from 5ifth Dimensi0n

      Wow these smoothie recipes look awesome, bookmarking this for future reference.

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      isabelle 7 years ago

      great recipes .... yummmmmmmmm

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      nim 7 years ago

      wow loved the bananana recipes made all of them and loved it!!

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      Carsten 7 years ago

      My kids love smoothies. Thank you for sharing this hub with all the delicious smoothie recipes.

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      naturelover64 7 years ago

      I love bananas but I cannot think of having a banana smoothie. The Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker is a really good and easy way to make smoothies of any kind - speaking through experience.

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      kaviarasan 7 years ago

      Yummy!!!!!!

      Thanks for Sharing this

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      kaviarasan 7 years ago

      This is yummy

      Vry gr8

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      Dawn Michael 7 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      yum, all of those sound deeelicioussss, I love bananas. Great hub really enjoyed it!

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      Wbisbill 7 years ago from Tennessee USA

      Looks Delicious! Thanks for recipe!

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      Saree Anderson 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Awesome and tasty!! I was just sitting here looking at my fruit bowl full of Banana's thinking...I really am not in the mood to bake Banana bread right now! hahaha I just got started on HubPages, so typed in Banana's and found this page-Great recipes! I made the Ice Cube smoothie recipe and added 1 tbsp. of chunky peanut butter- Yum Yum!!!

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      adorababy 7 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      Because of their great taste, they can also serve as a substitute for sweets and satisfy sugar cravings.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I like these with a little rum! lol

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      Renee S 7 years ago from Virginia

      These look delicious.

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      Doubletap 7 years ago

      Sounds good... especially the chocolate-peanut butter-banana, have thrown bananas in the freezer and I will be making smoothies with my daughter as soon as my wife wakes up from night shift. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      jambalaya 7 years ago

      Peanut butter and banana, that sounds delish!

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      Hendrika 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I love the one with the strawberries. I always use frozen strawberries in my smoothies instead of the ice cubes. I really do not like the ice cubes. I freeze all my fruit for smoothies in bite sizes.

      Thanks for the recipe I'm going to try them all. I will not use soy milk as I do not like it so I'll stick to fresh cow's milk.

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      MrSpock 7 years ago

      Bananas with strawberries, that's a good tasting smoothie!

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      CassidyS 7 years ago from OK

      I can't wait to try your smoothie recipes. I've only recently attempted making my own smoothies-with no success-as opposed to buying them since going dairy free. I'm new to hubpages and am excited to find all these wonderful sites. You can see my story @ hubpages.com/hub/autism-gfcfdiet

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      M. T. Dremer 7 years ago from United States

      These are some good ideas. I never even thought to freeze the fruit! It seems so simple now. I've also noticed that coffee, chocolate and banana go good together, although that isn't as healthy as they ones you're offering. I think I'm going to try the chocolate milk and frozen banana recipe.

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      winx2 7 years ago

      I am going to try it i hope it works

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      Leenie Pooh 7 years ago

      I have a friend who is a diabetic so I found out that agave nectar is a wonderful sweetener. It tastes delish - different than honey - and doesn't spike your blood sugar level as much as honey, maple syrup or other sweeteners.

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      rdelp 7 years ago

      haha...I could use a banana hangover shake right about now.

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      scottys thoughts 7 years ago

      Going to try the chocolate banana when I get to work today, hope using a fresh banana is okay, I'll let you know.

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      Greenheart 7 years ago from Cambridge

      Hiya.

      Like everyone here i love bananas.And bananas in smoothies.

      I go for a healthy version which gives me great energy and tastes delicious too.

      I put in soya milk,cacao powder,honey,mesquite,cinnamon,coconut oil and sometimes flax seeds.Not the cheapest but it certainly 'does the job'.

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      Temujinkhan 8 years ago from Sunderland

      I love this hub cant wait to make some smoothies for me and my daughter when she gets home.

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      Sage Knowles 8 years ago

      banana smoothies are great because even my 8 yr old can make it himself!

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      Sarah and Donnie 8 years ago from Destin FL

      Sounds good! i think ill try the peanut butter one tomorrow. May ever freeze a banana, my poor blender just hates ice!

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      Chin chin 8 years ago from Philippines

      My son has been asking me to make a banana smoothie. Now, after reading your hub, I have a couple of variety to try out. Thanks.

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      Priscilla Chan 8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Yummy! Thanks for sharing:)

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      frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

      You gave lots of great sounding recipes here and I especially like the added blueberries! I do like more banana and less ice, and if I use sweetener it is usually stevia. Thanks for sharing the good ideas!

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      ratnaveera 8 years ago from Cumbum

      I always like banana smoothies as they seem nutritious as well as delicious ones. Thanks for your great tips!

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      Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Now I'm hungry for a smoothie - we love bananas too and have a few in the freezer. Thanks.

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      stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      will make some for my family. gby

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      peterander 8 years ago

      Banana is a perennial fruit. You can certainly prepare a lot of drinks like milkshakes with the help of banana. Useful post

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      Samantha Red 8 years ago

      I can't wait to try some of these recipes. THANKS! I love

      bananas.

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      mdawson17 8 years ago

      Now this sounds like something my children would love and healthy for them Thanks for such a great hub!! Today is Sunday and I always do an activity with them "Daddy's Day" and I will tell you our activity will be making this smoothie!

      Thanks

      mdawson17

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      jrcemail 8 years ago

      Niiicceee!!!!

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      Vizey 8 years ago

      I like your recipes. I drink banana juice almost everyday. I make banana juice in my mixer by adding water, bananas, coconut, dry fruits, some choclate, and cream.

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      Drew Breezzy 8 years ago from somewhere in my mind

      I wish I had fruit laying around. What is almond milk?

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      Racheal Ambrose 8 years ago from Indiana

      I'm going to have to try that peanut butter and banana one. Great stuff

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      jonty 8 years ago

      Very well written hub .....

      very much informative ....

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful information ....

      Keep up the good work ....

      God bless you .......

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      askjanbrass 8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Weight Watchers has smoothie packs and you can add Bananas. Great drink!

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      mrslisae 8 years ago

      Mouth watering hub here..I love bananas and smoothies, put those two together, all the better.

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      Patti Ann 8 years ago from Florida

      Great recipes - I'm going to try the peanut butter one tomorrow for breakfast. I make one with bananas, frozen cherries, soy milk and a tablespoon of dark chocolate powder. Yummy!!

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      Marelisa 8 years ago

      This smoothie looks delicious. I'm definitely going to try it. I'm going to use frozen bananas instead of ice. :-)

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      rajesh8884 8 years ago

      it is a nice Smoothies for us.keep it up...

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      Daedal 8 years ago

      Wow! I never knew all the possiblities awaiting banana smoothies. Chocolate milk...never thought of that...going to give that a try! :)

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      Peter V 8 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Neat! I want to go make a smoothie now! Great hub!

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      Joy81 8 years ago

      MMMMMM! Tasty. Love this recipes with bananas. I'm kind of a banana lover and this recipes are great. I have some recipes in my hub mostly organic food recipes but thinking of adding some recipes with fruit.

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      עורך דין דיני עבודה 8 years ago

      Thanks for the recipes. This is one thing everyone has to try. Very generous of you to share it to us.