Banana Bread Super Foods Smoothie

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on July 5, 2012


Banana and I have been best buds throughout my life. I just couldn’t picture a world without them. They add sweetness to an otherwise boring porridge, lend their creamy texture to smoothies, and caramelize nicely in a pan with some coconut oil and maple syrup as a late night treat.

Out of the 41 recipes on the blog made with banana, my ultimate favorites are…

Vegan chocolate banana cake bars – a portable banana snack cake made with chia seed gel.

Upside down oil-free pancakes – gluten-free, oil-free, reduced fat pancakes that are high on taste and low in calories. The sliced bananas caramelize on top making it a gooey delicious treat you’ll have a hard time believing is good for you!

Chocolate banana cream cups – 8 ingredient gluten-free and vegan chocolate banana ice cream cups with no added sugar.

Grain-free banana bread protein cake – a mini gluten-free banana bread for one! It’s higher in protein and fiber than your average cake making it a perfect light snack, treat, or breakfast option.

Vegan banana bread animal crackers- these animal crackers make a great take along snack for any age!

Banana chocolate chip protein pancakes – light, fluffy and ridiculously filling.

Overnight banana cherry pudding – a raw, high fiber breakfast with mashed banana, fresh cherries, flax and chia seeds.

Blueberry banana cake bars- lightly sweetened cake with blueberries, banana, and a walnut topping.

Banana drunk macaroons- light and fluffy coconut morsels sweetened with bananas and no added sugar.

You see? So many possibilities for one little fruit! And now, we have another one to add to the list…

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Banana Bread Super Foods Smoothie
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Allergens: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free
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Serves: 2 cups, 1 serving
 
Vegan smoothie packed with super foods to help you reach your maximum health potential!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • ⅓ cup cooked quinoa or buckwheat
  • 1 tbsp raw walnuts or hemp seeds
  • 2 tsp cold-pressed flax oil
  • 1 medjool date, pitted
  • flesh from 1 vanilla bean or ½ tsp alcohol-free pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch allspice
  • extra walnuts and ground cinnamon for topping
Instructions
  1. Place in your blender in the order of the ingredients listed, then blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with additional walnuts and ground cinnamon.

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

katie @KatieDid

they are completely versatile! I’ve baked bananas in their skins before then mashed it up with chocolate and peanut butter, highly recommend that. Or anything that involves caramelizing it Im a fan of.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Wow, that sounds delicious, Katie! I’ve never thought to do that… brilliant!

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Andrea

Anyone ever sliced a peel open and stuffed chocolate and peanut butter and whatever else inside and wrapped it in foil and thrown in the fire? I haven’t but I saw that idea somewhere a long time ago and Katie’s comment reminded me of it! I’m definately going to have to do that soon. Good camping treat? :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I was going to do that when we went camping but instead of chocolate and PB I was going to use marshmallows and carrot cake protein bars. Instead, I wrapped banana, coconut butter and one of my carrot cake protein bars in foil on the fire. It was SO good. Will have to try the whole banana next time.

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Andrea

That sounds delicious! Marshmallows would have to be included in mine for sure.

Mel

Yes Andrea, I did it at camp when I was little. It is absolutely wonderful!

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Nikki

We used to slice the banana skin open, pop in chocolate buttons and a good glug of brandy, then wrap in foil and pop on BBQ – mmmmm very nice ‘adult’ treat!!

Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

Ok, I really need to start reading your posts BEFORE I make breakfast! This sounds like such a delicious smoothie. Bananas are staple items in my smoothies too, and I think my favourite banana recipe is either banana bread with walnuts, or the banana bread oats recipe that I have on my blog. Both are delicious!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Banana bread oats are the BOMB! I make your recipe with millet all the time. So good!

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Rhona

Yum, that looks amazing. I have this crazy love for smoothies. I need to make this stat.
Very interesting to add the quinoa or buckwheat (LOVES!) to it. I usually only use oatmeal. I need this in my life.

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Janae @ Bring-Joy

I love any concoction that meshes pb + banana + anything carb-y.

I always love a good banana bread. I think your smoothie is a brilliant idea!

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Andrea

This smoothie is calling my name! I LOVE anything banana bread, or just anything banana for that matter. Your overnight banana cherry pudding might just be my favorite recipe from your blog, and I was actually planning to make it for breakfast tomorrow! Coincidence or what?! I like the idea of adding cooked quinoa to the smoothie, never thought of that.

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com }

I’m so late on this love affair but I *just* started eating bananas a few months ago! Now I hardly go a day without them! Never would have thought to add quinoa to a smoothie before – such a perfect idea though.

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Beth @ Tasty Yummies

This looks amazing. I love the addition of cooked quinoa, I never thought to add that, now I have to try it. I would say my all time favorite use for bananas is smoothies, I make one at least a couple of times a week. Had one this morning actually :)

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Sophie

Do you think this could serve as a lunch time MEAL? (I am doing yoga teacher training and can’t really be eating heavy things if I will be practising, but I want to keep my energy up without gaining weight!)

Thanks!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Sophie – I don’t see why it couldn’t be a meal. It has 350 calories but is a bit low in protein for a full on meal. What you may want to do is remove the walnuts and add a scoop of protein powder.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks

So you hate bananas then? :)

Seriously 41? That’s impressive. I have not counted mine but I’d say at least 20. But you have me beat!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Good old recipage! I wouldn’t have had the patience to count them all otherwise. I can just about bet you have more banana recipes than 20… there are SO many recipes on your blog, it’s unreal!

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

Wow! 41 banana recipes?! I know I had a lot of banana recipes, but wow! You really do have a lot :D Bananas are such a great sweetener, though, and make recipes really moist.

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Heather @Gluten-Free Cat

LOVE this smoothie! I put a half banana in almost every smoothie I make. Favorite quick snack? Banana and almond butter. Favorite banana treat? Banana covered in chocolate. Breakfast? Soaked oats pureed with banana. I could go on…

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Wow, a girl after my own heart. I like your style, Heather!

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Sarah

Oooh, I’m excited for this! Your smoothie recipes are always the best, and I am intrigued by your addition of buckwheat or quinoa.

I really like anything with a combo of banana and tahini, so at this moment I will say that my favourite banana recipe is a banana and tahini smoothie :-)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Wow, tahini and banana… I don’t know if I’ve ever tried the combo! Glad you’re liking my smoothies… posted another one today with sweet potato! It’s just the weather for it, I’m in smoothie heaven!

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Cheryl @ happy is the new healthy

Why didn’t I see this post yesterday–I just wrote my own about needing to use up bananas (I made muffins with pretty much everything I had kicking around). This sounds tasty–I never add grains to my smoothies (I had a bad experience at my first try) but I think it sounds interesting!

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Melaina

YUMMMMMM! This banana bread smoothie looks like it will definitely fit my love for bananas! Any suggestions for subbing the flax oil? I don’t have any on hand.. Also – a sidenote, I made the vegan banana bread animal crackers and they are AMAZING! Thanks for such great recipes :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Melaina – no worries on subbing out the flax oil, it’s just in there for health reasons and wont change the outcome much. If you’re looking for the additional fats, you could try a teaspoon of coconut oil. Glad you liked the crackers, it’s been ages since I made them!

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Mikelle @ Zen Thyroid

Cooked quinoa in a smoothie?!?! I LOVE it!!!!! What a wonderfully creative idea that is getting the kitchen part of my brain excited. Awesome comments too – I am ready to experiment with bananas and tahini and definitely adding protein powder to this smoothie and leaving out walnuts (sad to say I can’t have yummy walnuts anymore because they interfere with my thyroid meds!)

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Alexis

My favourite banana recipe has to be your Sleepy Banana Muffin Smoothie. I’ve introduced my friends to it and they keep raving about it! We love the great balance of refreshing frozen banana, sweetness from the raisins, creaminess from the oats, and meatiness from the walnuts. A total staple!

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Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

What a gorgeous smoothie! I bet it tastes amazing, especially with the quinoa in it — what an amazing recipe! :)

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Tara

Do you think it would be ok to put raw quinoa in there instead of cooked? Does it still have the same nutritional benefit as far as digestion goes?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I’m sure you could do it raw, but I would grind it in a coffee grinder first just to be sure. Also, if you have digestive issues, raw quinoa can be a bit harsh for your digestion. But as always, raw is often better!

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Roisin

Whenever I am in the mood fo rsomehting sweet in the morning I make blueberry, almond and banana panckaes. You just whisk up two eggs, mash up two bananas, add enough ground almonds to bind it and then a handful of blueberries. Then just fry it until it is golden brown and serve it with whatever you want! I usually go for maple syrup and natural yogurt!

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