If you love banana flavored foods, you’re going to love this creamy banana protein smoothie. It’s a super simple recipe that’s packed with protein, vitamin D, calcium and potassium!
If you think you don’t have time to eat healthy, you haven’t met the smoothie.
Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to pack tons of nutrition into one glass.
I’ve been sharing nutritious smoothie recipes on my blog for years. Some are more involved and have unique ingredients. Others are super simple and can be made with common pantry staples. This banana protein smoothie is one of the simple recipes. It literally takes under 5 minutes to make.
How To Make A Banana Protein Smoothie
There’s two must have ingredients to create a thick and creamy banana protein smoothie. The first is to use Greek yogurt. It has a thicker consistency than regular yogurt and gives the smoothie an incredibly creamy texture. It also has more than double the protein, so there’s no need to add protein powder to get the high protein content.
The second is to use frozen bananas. They’re a great way to add creaminess to any smoothie, but especially a banana one! Using a frozen banana also means that you won’t need to add as much ice.
To make this smoothie, put ½ cup of vanilla flavored Greek yogurt, ½ frozen banana and 1 cup of 2% milk to a blender. I also add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. It’s not absolutely necessary, but it does enhance the flavor and add a bit of warmth.
The amount of ice you use depends on how thick you want your smoothie. Though the banana is frozen, I still add ~1 cup. This make a super thick smoothie, which is the way I like them. If you’re unsure, start by adding ½ cup of ice then add more if you want it thicker. If you use a fresh banana, you may need to add 1 ½ cups of ice.
Turn on your blender and process until all ingredients are combined and smooth. In just a few minutes you have a nutritious and highly nutritious breakfast or snack that you can drink at home or take on the go.
Calories and Nutrition Information
Just about every ingredient in this banana protein smoothie adds to the nutritional value. The milk and Greek yogurt are great sources of protein, potassium, calcium, magnesium and many other key nutrients. Bananas are also packed with potassium, magnesium, Vitamin C and vitamin B6. All together, this smoothie provides 20% of the daily value for vitamin D, 30% of the daily value for calcium and 15% of the daily value for potassium.
One banana protein smoothie contains 280 calories, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 18 grams of protein, 5 grams of total fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol and 150 milligrams of sodium.
Banana Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, vanilla flavored
- 1/2 banana, frozen
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2-1 cup ice
- Put all ingredients in a high powered blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately.
- Recipe Makes: 1 smoothie
- Serving Size: 1 smoothie
- Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Nutrition Facts (per smoothie): 280 calories, 40 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 32 g total sugar, 0 grams added sugar, 18 g protein, 5 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 20 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 20% DV for vitamin D, 30% DV for calcium, 15% DV for potassium, 0% DV for iron.
- Meal Planning Servings: 2.5 CHO + 2.5 PRO + 1 FAT
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