Start the day off with a delicious and nutritious banana breakfast smoothie. A great breakfast for busy mornings.
A breakfast smoothie is a great way to start the day off on the right foot.
Nourishing and packed full of goodness, it’s a great feeling when you know you’re putting healthy food in your body.
While there are a billion smoothie recipes, this one focuses on bananas, with a touch of peanut butter for protein and oats for fibre.
Unlike berries, bananas are relatively inexpensive all year round, making banana smoothies more affordable, and they also give healthy smoothies their creamy texture.
Is it good to have a smoothie for breakfast?
Packed full of fibre, healthy fats, and fruity goodness, a smoothie can be a delicious, filling and healthy way to start the day.
The Greek yoghurt and peanut butter provide healthy fats and protein, while the raw oats give you fibre, both of which leave you feeling fuller for longer, helping you to avoid the mid-morning munchies.
On the other hand, sometimes having a liquid breakfast doesn’t feel as satisfying as eating something solid. Pairing your smoothie with a piece of wholegrain toast, a protein bar, or a boiled egg can help you feel fuller.
Healthy Breakfast Smoothie Ingredients
While anything can go into a smoothie, banana and peanut butter are a winning comfort combination that produces a delicious, creamy, and filling smoothie. And if you have it on hand, the pinch of nutmeg really makes this smoothie special.
Other ingredients include plain or greek yoghurt, rolled oats, and a touch of honey for optional extra sweetness.
You can use frozen bananas in your smoothie, which saves bananas from going bad and give your smoothie a delicious texture.
Based on costing done at Woolworths in Jan 2023, using brands that we would normally buy, a single serve of this smoothie costs $1.38. The recipe below serves 2, with a total cost of $2.76.
Smoothie Recipe Variations
If you don’t drink dairy milk, you can use any milk you prefer. Almond milk or coconut milk are two great options. I often just make smoothies with plain water. They are a bit thinner, but it works just as well with fewer calories.
You can also substitute the Greek yoghurt for a non-dairy variety or leave it out entirely for a dairy-free smoothie.
Up the nutritional value by adding baby spinach and making this a ‘green’ breakfast smoothie. To ensure it’s as smooth as possible (it will still be a bit chunky), blend the spinach and oats in a little milk first before adding the other ingredients.
Substitute the peanut butter for peanut butter powder, almond butter or another seed or nut butter of your choice. You can also use protein powder if you don’t like or can’t eat peanut butter. As chocolate pairs well with bananas, a chocolate protein powder would work well.
If gluten is a problem, you can substitute the oats with 1 or 2 tablespoon of chia seeds or flax seeds to maintain the fibre benefits.
And finally, a touch of cocoa powder will make this morning smoothie a decadent treat.
Tips for Freezing Smoothie Ingredients
Save time in the morning by making up smoothie packs and keeping them in the freezer, ready to go at breakfast.
Either in a container or zip-lock bag (reusable silicone bags are a space-saving and environmental option), place a peeled and chopped banana, peanut butter, oats, yoghurt, and honey if using. Label and freeze for up to three months.
In the morning, place the frozen smoothie pack in the blender, along with a cup of milk, and blend until smooth.
Storing Blended Smoothie For Later
Smoothies are better consumed straight away, but you can store the blended smoothie in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 12 hours. Filling a jar to the brim can help reduce the oxidization that turns the banana brown by keeping air out of the jar. Adding a squeeze of lemon juice can help with oxidization, too (and intensifies the yummy flavour).
Shake well before drinking your stored smoothie, as some of the ingredients may settle and separate during storage.
Making Your Breakfast Smoothie
You will need a blender to make your smoothie. Any blender will do, including a handheld blender, but if you have a high-speed blender or Nutribullet, your smoothie will have a smoother, creamy texture.
Simply add all the ingredients except the nutmeg and then blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and sprinkle with nutmeg if using (or you can blend it in with the smoothie).
If you don’t have a high-speed blender, mixing the oats with a little milk before adding the other ingredients will help. Either way, there will still be some texture to the drink.
Breakfast Smoothie Tips
- Cut up and freeze fruit before it goes bad, so you always have smoothie ingredients on hand.
- Bulk buy fruits when they are cheap and in season and flash freeze for inexpensive smoothies throughout the year.
- Freeze leftover smoothie in iceblock moulds (we use these silicone moulds) for a healthy frozen dessert or treat.
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup milk
- 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup plain, Greek, or vanilla yoghurt
- 1 tsp. honey (optional)
- sprinkle of nutmeg (optional)
- Place all of the ingredients except the nutmeg* in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Sprinkle with nutmeg, and serve.
*The nutmeg is optional but tastes great. You could also add it to the smoothie before blending so it's blended in.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 364Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 172mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 5gSugar: 40gProtein: 14g
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