Banana Smoothie With Ice

Last Updated on June 10, 2022 by Ellen Christian

This banana smoothie with ice is my favorite way to make a banana smoothie without milk. Try this easy recipe for my favorite refreshing drink.

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This banana smoothie with ice is my favorite way to make a banana smoothie without milk. Try this easy recipe for my favorite refreshing drink.

Banana Smoothie with Ice

You can easily make banana smoothies if you have ripe bananas and aren’t in the mood to bake. When we realized that my daughter was lactose intolerant, I started learning how to make smoothie recipes without milk.

Thankfully, most lactose-intolerant people can tolerate Greek yogurt, which I use in this banana smoothie recipe. Using ice to thicken your smoothie doesn’t add any calories to your beverage.

Can you use ice instead of milk in a smoothie?

Before I tried this recipe, I’d never been a big fan of ice in smoothies, but it does work as a substitute for milk. The main problem with using ice is it can make your smoothie watery. I recommend using frozen bananas to avoid this problem. You can also add a dash of almond milk.

This is my favorite smoothie blender. It works great at powering through the ice.

This banana smoothie with ice is my favorite way to make a banana smoothie without milk. Try this easy recipe for my favorite refreshing drink.

Fresh or frozen bananas?

You can use a ripe banana or frozen banana; either one will work fine for this recipe. Most of the time, frozen fruits work best in smoothies. But, since you are adding ice cubs, you can use either one.

There are a few benefits to using frozen bananas. First, they make your smoothie thick and creamy. Second, they help keep your smoothie cold. Third, they can help cut down on prep time since you don’t have to chop them into frozen banana slices.

If you use a ripe banana, your smoothie will be thinner and may not be as cold. You’ll also have to add more ice to achieve the same consistency.

a glass with banana and dark chocolate on a cutting board

Add-ins for a banana smoothie.

You can add a few things to this banana smoothie to make it even more delicious. I like to add a little bit of dark chocolate and vanilla extract.

You could also add some nut butter or chocolate chips. You could add some whey protein powder if you want a protein boost. It’s an easy way to add more protein to your diet.

Here are a few more things you can add to this banana smoothie recipe. Keep in mind that adding anything high in sugar will make it less healthy.

  • Vanilla yogurt (or another flavor)
  • Almond butter
  • Frozen fruit
  • Fresh strawberries or other fruits
  • Frozen berries
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Chia seeds
  • Cocoa powder
  • Peanut butter
  • Ice cream (for a banana split smoothie)
  • Spinach for a green smoothie
  • Ice cream

I love the banana flavor that shines through with this smoothie recipe. But, if you want to dress up my basic smoothie recipe with something else for extra flavor, you can do that.

sliced bananas and ingredinets on the counter

Banana smoothie ingredients

You only need a few ingredients to make this easy banana smoothie for breakfast. It tastes great for breakfast, but you can try a few add-ins if you have a sweet tooth and want something sweet.

Just keep in mind this will add extra calories to your banana smoothie.

  • 1/4 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt or vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ice

Best peanut butter for a smoothie

There are a lot of great peanut butter brands on the market. I like to use Justin’s Peanut Butter because it’s all-natural and has no sugar added.

You could also use almond butter or another type of nut butter. I like natural peanut butter. This is a great way to add healthy fat to your breakfast smoothies.

How much ice should you put in a smoothie?

It depends on the size of the smoothie. I usually add 3 or 4 ice cubes.

This banana smoothie with ice is my favorite way to make a banana smoothie without milk. Try this easy recipe for my favorite refreshing drink.

How to make a banana smoothie with ice

  • Add yogurt and other ingredients to the blender, adding the ice last.
  • Blend following the manufacturer instructions for your blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Add any chunky add-ins like chocolate chips or chia seeds.
  • Give it a quick pulse to blend your smoothie.
  • Pour into a frosted glass and serve immediately.
  • Top with a banana slice to make it fancy.

This is my favorite smoothie blender. It works great at powering through the ice.

How to make a banana smoothie thinner

If you want a thinner smoothie, you can add more ice cubes. Or, you can add almond milk or another type of milk with the bananas.

How to make an ice cream banana smoothie

This recipe is for a banana smoothie with ice, but you can add ice cream to make it more like a banana split. Simply add 1-2 scoops of vanilla ice cream to the blender. You may need to add more milk or ice cubes if your smoothie is too thick.

You can top it with caramel syrup and whipped cream for a delicious dessert. My family loves this in the summer.

How to store a banana smoothie

If you need to store your smoothie, place it in a covered container and store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. If you want to make it ahead of time, you can freeze banana smoothies for up to 2 months. Let thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.

You may need to stir or shake your banana smoothie again to blend the ingredients if you store it for another day.

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More recipes

If you enjoyed this banana smoothie with ice, you might want to try a few other smoothie recipes.

Yield: 2

Banana Smoothie With Ice

This banana smoothie with ice is my favorite way to make a banana smoothie without milk. Try this easy recipe for my favorite refreshing drink.

This banana smoothie with ice is my favorite way to make a banana smoothie without milk. Try this easy recipe for my favorite refreshing drink.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt or vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Add yogurt and other ingredients to the blender, adding the ice last.
  2. Blend following the manufacturer instructions for your blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add any chunky add ins like chocolate chips or chia seeds.
  5. Give it a quick pulse to blend your smoothie.
  6. Pour into a frosted glass and serve immediately.
  7. Top with a banana slice to make it fancy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 422Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 123mgCarbohydrates: 83gFiber: 3gSugar: 69gProtein: 23g

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2 thoughts on “Banana Smoothie With Ice”

  1. I was on weight watchers years ago, and they made a smoothie with a banana and just ice. Nothing else. Does any One remember that ? If so can you pass it one to me. Thank you so much
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    • It's been years since I've had that but yes. I haven't made it myself but you would want to add more than just banana and ice or it would be too thick. You could add skim milk to thin it out a bit.
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