Get ready for a refreshing treat that'll make your taste buds spark joy.
It's a simple banana peach smoothie made with Greek yogurt, milk and honey, and it's delicious.
Why we love smoothies
- They're nutritious. When you make your own smoothies, you are in control of what goes in them.
- Generally, the bulk of a smoothie is made of fruit and sometimes vegetables, which we know are packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
- You can also add other nutrition powerhouse ingredients like chia, flax and hemp seeds, avocado, yogurt, nuts and dark leafy greens like spinach and kale.
- They can also be quite balanced from a macronutrient perspective (macros are protein, fat and carbs) if you have a combination of, say, fruit and veggies (carbs), Greek yogurt (protein, carbs) and fats (avocado, seeds, nuts).
- You can also control how much and what kind of sweetener you use (if you use any).
- Basically what I'm saying is you can pack a ton of nutrition into one glass.
- They're quick and easy to make. Smoothies don't require a ton of prep. You can grab frozen fruit and/or vegetables and pop them in a blender with yogurt, milk and whatever else you have on hand that you want to add in.
- Give the ingredients a whirl in the blender and voila! You have a quick, easy and wholesome snack or meal.
- They don't require cooking. Most smoothie ingredients go in raw, so you don't have to do any cooking.
- This is especially nice when you're in a hurry in the morning or when it's hot outside and you don't want to turn the oven or stove on.
- They're highly customizable. You can add (or subtract) basically whatever you want to a smoothie! Alternate the types of fruits and vegetables you use, mix up your mix-ins, use spices and herbs, try it with or without yogurt, add some greens.
- Anything goes (well, almost anything)!
- You can sneak ingredients in. Not that I'm a big fan of sneaking around, but smoothies are a vehicle for introducing or including ingredients into your diet (or someone you love) that maybe you wouldn't otherwise consume.
- Greens, like spinach and kale, for example, are often rejected (I'm looking at you, husband), but when mixed in a smoothie with fruit, you hardly even know you're there.
- They're delicious and refreshing. I don't know about you, but I find an ice cold smoothie to be delicious, lightly sweet and totally refreshing.
How to make banana peach smoothies
- Start with the base ingredients: The first step to making a delish smoothie is to nail the "base" ingredients.
- My smoothie formula is about 1 ½-2 cups of frozen fruit + ¼-1/2 cup Greek yogurt + ½-1/3 cup milk.
- In this case we're using bananas and peaches as our fruit.
- Then, you can add some mix-ins.
- Try a tablespoon or two of chia, flax or hemp seeds or nuts, a handful of leafy greens, ½ an avocado, extracts and/or your sweetener of choice.
- Add it all to a blender, then puree until smooth.
- You can certainly adjust how much liquid you add based on how thick or thin you like the smoothie.
- Give it a taste and adjust, if needed.
- If it tastes a little bland or the flavors just don't "pop", I'll add a bit of honey or a sprinkle of stevia - or even a pinch of salt.
- Bananas. Grab a few bananas, peel them and place them in a Ziploc in the freezer. When you're ready to make a smoothie, so are the bananas.
- Peaches. I keep a bag of frozen peaches (or mango or pineapple) in the freezer almost always. Adding them to a smoothie brightens my day.
- Greek yogurt. You can use whole milk, 2%, non-fat - whatever suits you. You can also use plain or vanilla or another flavor if it goes well with the other smoothie ingredients.
- Milk. Any milk will work, it's up to you.
- Vanilla extract. If you use plain Greek yogurt, you can add a splash of vanilla extract to give the smoothie more flavor.
- Honey. This is optional, but it brings the smoothie to life.
- Salt. For the same reason I use salt in all of my cooking, I use it in my smoothies. Just a small pinch will make it taste that much better. Of course this is optional.
- A high-powdered blender.
- Measuring cups and spoons, unless you want to wing it (no judgment).
- Maybe a spatula for scraping the sides, depending on your blender.
- A glass and straw for serving.
Recipe Substitutions & Alterations
- To make it gluten free: This recipe is naturally gluten free!
- To make it dairy free: Use a dairy free yogurt and milk alternative such as oat, soy, almond, cashew, coconut or rice milk.
- To make it vegan: Use a plant-based yogurt and milk alternative such as oat, soy, almond, cashew, coconut or rice milk.
- Fruit: Try it with mango, pineapple, dark sweet cherries or berries instead of or in replacement of some of the peaches.
- Yogurt: Use any type of Greek yogurt or regular yogurt. If you're looking for dairy free or vegan options, try oat, soy, almond, cashew or coconut yogurt.
- Milk: Use any type of milk. If you're looking for dairy free or vegan options, try oat, soy, almond, cashew or coconut milk.
- Sweetener: If you want to add a little sweetness to your smoothie, try adding honey, maple syrup, stevia, monkfruit extract or agave. You can even add a few dates to the smoothie for natural sweetness.
- Seeds: Such as chia, flax or hemp.
- Nuts: Such as walnuts, pecans, almonds or cashews.
- Extracts: Such as vanilla or almond.
- Greens: Such as spinach or kale.
- Avocado: If you want a higher fat, creamier smoothie.
- Dates: For added sweetness.
- Vegetables: Such as carrots (they're mild yet nutritious).
- Protein powder: Unflavored or a flavored one that goes well with the other ingredients.
- Spices and herbs: Maybe that's fresh ginger, turmeric, cinnamon or nutmeg or fresh basil or mint.
This may be controversial, but I do not add ice to my smoothies. I use frozen fruit, instead, because I feel adding ice waters it down, yielding a less flavorful smoothie.
Other delicious smoothie recipes:
- Morning Glory Smoothie
- Strawberry Banana Cashew Smoothie
- Mandarin Breakfast Smoothie
- Best Green Smoothie
Banana Peach Smoothie
A simple banana peach smoothie made with Greek yogurt, milk and honey.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 0 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: Serves 1
- Category: Drinks
- Method: No-Cook
- Cuisine: American
- 1 medium ripe banana, peeled and frozen
- 1 cup frozen peach slices
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt + ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or ¼ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- ½ cup milk (of choice)
- 2 tablespoons honey (optional)
- Pinch salt
- Place the banana, peaches, Greek yogurt, milk, honey (if using) and salt in the pitcher of a blender.
- Puree until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
Substitution Tip: Try this recipe with mango or pineapple instead of peaches.
- Serving Size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 258
- Sugar: 26g
- Sodium: 101mg
- Fat: 4g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Unsaturated Fat: 1g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 49g
- Fiber: 6g
- Protein: 10g
- Cholesterol: 8mg
Keywords: smoothie, smoothies, breakfast, brunch, gluten free, vegetarian