Banana Blueberry Smoothie

This banana blueberry smoothie is as striking in color as it is in flavor. Made with blueberries, frozen banana, protein powder, yogurt, milk, and collagen, this refreshing smoothie is the perfect way to start your morning.

Two glasses filled with the blue smoothie and blueberries on the table

When I’m in the mood for a protein-packed but light lunch, I will go for a flavorful, creamy smoothie like the one from this beautiful and delicious recipe.

One of the ingredients I use in every smoothie I make and consume is a frozen banana. At any given time, I have 3 bananas in the freezer, ready to use. The reason I add this fruit is because bananas add a creamy texture that can’t compare.

Also, bananas don’t add a strong flavor, and they go well with many other fruits.

This recipe works especially well because of how the ingredients meld together. The taste is just out of this world! And its smooth and creamy texture offers the perfect mouth feel for so much flavor. Make one and see if this doesn’t become your new favorite smoothie to enjoy.

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Helpful tips

  • When you freeze bananas for smoothies, make sure to peel them before you store them. (If you don’t peel them first, in order to remove the frozen peel later, you will need to run it under warm water for at least ten seconds. This thaws the banana and defeats the purpose of keeping the smoothie as cold as possible by using a frozen ingredient besides ice.)
  • For smoothies, break bananas into at least 4 pieces before putting them in the freezer because pieces will blend more quickly and more easily than a whole frozen banana.
  • I put my bananas in plastic sandwich bags for freezer storage. To be a little more sustainable, I reuse each bag over and over until I deem it too beat up, and then I throw it away. If you have a more sustainable way to freeze your bananas, please leave me a comment as I’d love to know.
  • Protein powder is great to add to smoothies. I usually add a unflavored, unsweetened pea powder from Trader Joe’s. Of course you should use what you like but try to stay with unflavored protein powder or, if you simply must, vanilla would be yummy too.
  • Since I recommend letting fruit alone sweeten this smoothie, if you prefer a sweeter drink, add honey or maple syrup to taste.
  • I recommend plain Greek yogurt in this smoothie recipe because it yields a thick and very smooth drink, but if you want to lighten it up and lessen the calories, use coconut water instead.
  • Homemade unsweetened almond milk is my go-to milk so I use it in this recipe, but if you truly want it to be dairy free, omit the yogurt or use a non-dairy yogurt or coconut water instead.
  • I’m using fresh fruit in this recipe, but for an even colder drink, you can use frozen or you could put your fresh fruit in the freezer for at least an hour before you blend it. (Trader Joe’s has a great array of frozen fruit.)
  • Depending on the type of blender you have, the order of ingredients matters. In a blender with the blades in the cover, you add the solids first and then the liquids.
  • With a blender like a Vitamix where the blades are in the bottom of the container, you need to add the liquids first, then the powders, then the fruit, then the ice.
  • If you have a blender like the Vitamix, add the ice after you pre-blend your ingredients. If you have the type with the blades in the cover, you have to add the ice before starting to blend.

How to make a banana blueberry smoothie

Pre-step

Get out your blender, measuring cups, and glassware.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – fresh blueberries, frozen medium banana, plain Greek yogurt, protein powder, collagen powder, and milk. (A)

Step two

Measure 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup milk, and 3/4 cup blueberries. (B)

Left - blueberries in front of the other ingredients. Right - yogurt, milk and the rest of the ingredients

Step three

Add the milk to the blender container. (C)

Step four

Add the plain yogurt (or if you want a lighter smoothie, add the same amount of coconut water). (D)

A blender container with milk and yogurt

Step five

Measure a heaping scoop of protein powder and add it to the container. (Around 2 tablespoons.) (E)

Step six

Measure a scant scoop of collagen and add it to the blender. (Around a heaping tablespoon.) (F)

A hand with protein powder and collagen held over the blender container

Step seven

Add a frozen banana. (G)

Step eight

Add the berries – either fresh or frozen. (H)

Frozen banana and blueberries added to the blender container

Step nine

If you have the blender with the blades in the cap, add the ice now.

If you have the blender like mine (pictured) with the blades at the base of the container, hold off on the ice, secure the lid, turn on the blender, and slowly increase the speed until the ingredients have broken down.

Step ten

Stop the blender, add the ice, and once you replace the cover, slowly increase the speed until the ice has broken down and thickened the smoothie.

Step eleven

Take the cover off the blender and divide the blueberry smoothie between the two glasses.

A double old fashioned glass with a creamy blue smoothie in front of another glass

Yum.

Vertical view of the smooth glass filled with the blueberry smoothie

See how smooth and flavorful that looks? Picture perfect.

Vertical view of the ridged, silver rimmed glass filled with the blue smoothie with blueberries on the table

I hope you enjoyed this banana blueberry smoothie recipe. Try it, I think you’ll like it.

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two glasses filled with the blueberry smoothie with blueberries on the wood table

Banana Blueberry Smoothie

This banana blueberry smoothie is as striking in color as it is in flavor. Made with blueberries, frozen banana, protein powder, yogurt, milk, and collagen, this refreshing smoothie is the perfect way to start your morning.
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Course: Breakfast, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blueberry smoothie, smoothie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 smoothies
Calories: 149kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or whatever milk you enjoy)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (plain – or for a lesser caloric smoothie, substitute with coconut water)
  • 1 scoop protein powder (heaping – plain)
  • 1 scoop collagen (scant)
  • 3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or 1/2 cup frozen)
  • 1 banana (frozen overnight)
  • 1 cup ice (adjust for how thick you want the smoothie to be)

Instructions

  • Get you blender out. See notes below about the differences in this recipe between the classic blender I use and the blender with the blades in the cover.
  • This is for the classic blender – Add the milk, yogurt, protein powder, collagen, blueberries and banana. Place the cover on the blender and turn it on and slowly increase the power. Once the banana breaks down, stop the blender.
  • Add the ice and turn the blender on again and increase the power until the ice breaks down causing a creamy smoothie.
  • Divide the smoothie between the two glasses.
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful Tips
  • When you freeze bananas for smoothies, make sure to peel them before you store them. (If you don’t peel them first, in order to remove the frozen peel later, you will need to run it under warm water for at least ten seconds. This thaws the banana and defeats the purpose of keeping the smoothie as cold as possible by using a frozen ingredient besides ice.)
  • For smoothies, break bananas into at least 4 pieces before putting them in the freezer because pieces will blend more quickly and more easily than a whole frozen banana.
  • I put my bananas in plastic sandwich bags for freezer storage. To be a little more sustainable, I reuse each bag over and over until I deem it too beat up, and then I throw it away. If you have a more sustainable way to freeze your bananas, please leave me a comment as I’d love to know.
  • Protein powder is great to add to smoothies. I usually add a unflavored, unsweetened pea powder from Trader Joe’s. Of course you should use what you like but try to stay with unflavored protein powder or, if you simply must, vanilla would be yummy too.
  • Since I recommend letting fruit alone sweeten this smoothie, if you prefer a sweeter drink, add honey or maple syrup to taste.
  • I recommend plain Greek yogurt in this smoothie recipe because it yields a thick and very smooth drink, but if you want to lighten it up and lessen the calories, use coconut water instead.
  • Homemade unsweetened almond milk is my go-to milk so I use it in this recipe, but if you truly want it to be dairy free, omit the yogurt or use a non-dairy yogurt or coconut water instead.
  • I’m using fresh fruit in this recipe, but for an even colder drink, you can use frozen or you could put your fresh fruit in the freezer for at least an hour before you blend it. (Trader Joe’s has a great array of frozen fruit.)
  • Depending on the type of blender you have, the order of ingredients matters. In a blender with the blades in the cover, you add the solids first and then the liquids.
  • With a blender like a Vitamix where the blades are in the bottom of the container, you need to add the liquids first, then the powders, then the fruit, then the ice.
  • If you have a blender like the Vitamix, add the ice after you pre-blend your ingredients. If you have the type with the blades in the cover, you have to add the ice before starting to blend.

Nutrition

Serving: 1smoothie | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 1mg
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25 Comments

  1. After the amount of cookies I scarfed down during the holidays, I desperately needed a reset. This banana blueberry smoothie was just what my body was pleading for. It was fruity, creamy, and easy to make.

  2. It is that time of year to start back into eating healthy. This smoothie is perfect for breakfast for lunch. I just might whip one up today.

  3. I do the same thing you do, only I use the snack size bag. I slice a banana and put in the as soon as I empty it. I also look for the smaller( shorter plump) bananas to control calories and sugars. My additions are the frozen spinach, fr. riced cauliflower , and frozen diced avacado for some for healthy fats)

    1. How fun! I do use avocado sometimes but never riced cauliflower! Now I have to try it! Thanks so much for your comment, Tammy!

  4. Banana and blueberry smoothie is one of my favourites, perfect for my breakfast as my mornings are quite hectic.

  5. Fantastic recipe. Having a smoothie is my favorite breakfast. Made yours this morning and was so impressed! So lovely, will make it often!

  6. I am going to start freezing some bananas for smoothies. I use to make them all the time but then got out of the habit. This post is going to get me back on track.

  7. I am trying hard to eat healthy this year. I tried this banana blueberry smoothie for breakfast. It was so tasty and filling. I will be adding this to my morning rotation.

  8. I love to make smoothies. Banana Blueberry Smoothies are among my favorites.
    I have also used zipper freezer bags to keep banana chunks in the freezer. But I found some new ice cube trays that I enjoy using to freeze bananas, other fruits & ingredients that I use in my smoothies. The ice trays have a cover & are made with a soft silicone bottom half making it easy to push out cubes. I get a lot more use long term than freezer bags.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Joyce. I’d be interested in what ice cube trays you got to put the bananas and other fruit in? Are they big cubes or just normal? And where did you get them? I’d love to get away from the freezer bags. My cousin has the Nutribullet pro and loves it.