This Orange and Banana Smoothie is an ideal way to start off your new year! Healthy and delicious and full of fruit, it’s an easy grab and go breakfast that will keep you full until lunch!Jump to Recipe
I’ve decided that January is going to be smoothie month here at Sara’s Tiny Kitchen. I’ll be sharing several smoothie recipes throughout the month, and we’re kicking things off with this Orange and Banana Smoothie that tastes just like an Orange Julius! It’s got protein from the Greek yogurt, a ton of fruit, and tastes like a glass of sunshine! It can also easily be altered to suit your tastes!
Flavor: As I mentioned above this smoothie tastes just like an Orange Julius! It’s bright and refreshing and has a strong orange flavor.
Texture: A traditional smoothie texture – you can add ice or other thickeners to make it a thicker smoothie.
Ease: this is a very easy smoothie to make. You just peel the oranges, and then toss all of the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.
- Clementine Orange
- Coconut Water
- Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- Recipe Notes
Tips and Tricks
- Building a smoothie: Start with the liquid on the bottom and add your softest ingredients first. Add your ice or hardest ingredients last. Most blenders have an opening on top where you could drop ice cubes in one or two at a time for even blending. Unless you have a very high-powered blender, you’ll have a better blending experience going a few ice cubes at a time.
- If you want extra smoothies, make them in two batches rather than doubling the batch. Most residential blenders aren’t built for large batches of smoothies.
- If you want a more concentrated flavor, you could freeze the orange in slices and use frozen oranges in place of ice cubes. This will thicken the smoothie without the “watering down” effect of ice cubes.
- I think that honey is the best sweetener for this particular smoothie, but you could also use maple syrup or simple syrup. Regular sugar doesn’t really dissolve in cold liquids, so I wouldn’t recommend using granulated sugar.
- If you want to thicken the smoothie more, you could add some protein powder, chia seeds, or oats. If you use oats, blitz them in a food processor until they’re in a fine powder and then add to the smoothie.
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What can I use in this smoothies instead of coconut water?
Here are a few things you could use instead of coconut water:
- Orange Juice
- Coconut Milk
- Your favorite non-dairy milk of choice (almond milk, oat milk, etc)
What would be some good vegetables to add?
You could add spinach to this, and it would be fantastic! You’ll lose the pretty orange color of the smoothie, but that’s totally okay! You could also add some avocado for some thickening and extra healthy fats. If you want to keep the beautiful orange color, you could add shredded carrots!
What if I can’t find Vanilla Greek Yogurt?
You can use plain Greek yogurt instead and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract!
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Orange and Banana Smoothie
- ½ cup of coconut water
- 2 clementines peeled and broken into slices
- ½ cup of vanilla greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons honey or the sweetener of your choice
- 1 Frozen banana cut into chunks
- 1-2 cups of ice cubes
- Add the coconut water and clementines into the blender and blend for 15-20 seconds.
- Add the yogurt, and honey and blend for another 10-15 seconds.
- With the blender running on low, add ice cubes a few at a time through the hole in the blender lid, and blend then continually up the speed as the ice cubes break down.
- Taste and adjust for sweetener and add more honey and ice cubes as needed to get to your desired taste and consistency.