This creamy banana breakfast smoothie makes an easy and practical breakfast for busy mornings! I like adding almond butter and chai spices to turn this smoothie into a real flavor bomb. One glass has 13 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber and will keep you full for several hours.
If you haven't tried this oatmeal smoothie yet, you absolutely need to! It's one of my go-to smoothies when I want something filling but comforting. I love the unique combination of ice-cold bananas and warming spices.
Why you'll love this recipe
- Breakfast smoothies are great if you have a tendency to skip the most important meal of the day. Plus, they quickly add an extra serving of fruit to your diet.
- You can easily drink it on the go if you don't have much time to sit down.
- This banana breakfast smoothie specifically is filling but light on your stomach.
- It's made with a few simple ingredients and ready in 5 minutes.
- Ripe bananas naturally sweeten the drink without added sugar.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Frozen bananas make the smoothie thick and creamy.
- Milk helps the blending process. You can use the milk of your choice. I like unsweetened soy milk. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk and coconut milk taste great, too.
- Oats make this breakfast smoothie more filling by adding fiber. You can use any oats you have at hand. I particularly like quick-cooking oats for smoothies as their thin flakes provide a smoother result. Oat flour works, too. Use gluten-free oats if you're on a gluten-free diet.
- Almond butter is a good source of plant-based protein for a nutritious smoothie. It also adds a delicate nutty flavor that pairs incredibly well with the banana and the spices. I tried different nut butters and I liked this one and cashew butter the best.
- Flax seeds are rich in healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids). You can leave them out or replace them with chia seeds or hemp seeds.
- Chai spices add a ton of flavor to this smoothie. You can keep it simple and only use cinnamon if you're not a fan of chai.
- Make a small batch of the chai spice mix. That way, you won't have to measure out the spices every time you want to make this smoothie. Mix 4 teaspoons of ground cinnamon with 2 teaspoons of ground ginger, 2 teaspoons of ground cardamom, and 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.
- Add more milk if you like a thinner smoothie.
- Use a high-speed blender. Adding oats to smoothies can provide a slightly grainy texture, which is why I love using my Kitchenaid blender to make sure the smoothie turns out as smooth as possible.
- If you're using rolled oats, start by blending them alone. Then add the other ingredients for a smoother result. Alternatively, soak the oats in water overnight.
- Freeze overripe bananas for smoothies. They are naturally sweet and taste really good in smoothies. Plus, it's a great way to reduce food waste. You may also want to try this frozen banana smoothie.
- If you don't have frozen bananas on hand, use fresh bananas and add 2-3 ice cubes. The smoothie won't be as thick and creamy, but the taste will be the same.
STEP 1: Add the ingredients to your blender. Start with the milk to facilitate the blending process. Then, add in the frozen banana slices, almond butter, flax seeds and ground spices.
STEP 2: Blend until smooth. This can take between 30 seconds and 1 minute depending on your blender. I like using the smoothie program of my Kitchenaid for a perfect result. Note that you'll always be able to slightly feel the oats.
Elo's tip: To clean your blender, rinse it with cold water right after blending. Then fill it to ⅓ with water and add a drop of soap. Blend on high for 20 seconds or use the cleaning program of your blender.
Watch how to make it!
- Chocolate – add 2 heaped teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder for a delicious spiced chocolate banana smoothie.
- Vanilla – add ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract for a touch of vanilla. It really makes this smoothie taste like a chai cookie.
- Protein – add a scoop of your favorite protein powder.
- Salt – add a tiny pinch of salt to enhance the flavor of the spices.
Frequently asked questions
Peel the bananas and cut them into 0.5-inch slices. Arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet that fits your freezer. Freeze overnight. Once frozen, transfer them to freezer-safe bags to save space. This will prevent them to stick to each other.
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Chai Banana Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 cup (240 ml) milk I use unsweetened soy milk
- 1 ½ banana cut into slices and frozen
- 3 tabelspoons quick-cooking oats gluten-free as needed
- 1 teaspoons flax seeds optional
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom sub ground cloves
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Add the milk, frozen banana slices, oats, peanut butter, flax seeds (if using) and spices to a high-speed blender.
- Blend on high or use the smoothie program of your blender. I blend it for 30 seconds to 1 minute to make sure the oats are as finely ground as possible.
- Leave out the ground ginger, nutmeg and cardamom for a plain cinnamon banana smoothie.
- For a spiced chocolate smoothie, add 2 heaped teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder.
- If you don't have frozen bananas on hand, use fresh ones and add 2-3 ice cubes. The smoothie won't be as thick and creamy, but the taste will be the same.
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