Super creamy, delicious, and refreshing, this banana orange protein smoothie is jam packed with healthy ingredients to start your day off right. Made in just 5 minutes with fresh oranges, banana, ginger, greek yogurt and collagen (and without milk), it’ll keep you feeling great!
Why We Love It
🥤 Smoothies are one of my favorite ways to start the day! They’re light, sweet, and super easy to make, so they work great for busy mornings, when I’m trying to get me and my picky kids fed, dressed, and out the door. You know what I’m talking about, right?
Best of all, though, the flavor combinations in your smoothies are endless! I make a fabulous Avocado Berry smoothie, an invigorating Banana Coffee smoothie, and a tropical Mango Banana smoothie, just to name a few! And now I’m sharing my Banana Orange smoothie.
I think it’s important to balance out the sweetness with fat, protein, and even vegetables, depending on what I have in my fridge and freezer. I want to stay full until my next meal!
So this smoothie is made with oranges, banana, and fresh ginger, plus greek yogurt and scoops of collagen. It’s lightly sweet, bright, and zesty without being a total sugar bomb, plus ultra creamy and oh so delicious! 🤤
🍊 Smoothie Ingredients
The ingredients in this banana orange smoothie are super simple, and they can be customized to meet your dietary restrictions. Here’s what you need:
- Oranges. Juicy, bright, and oh so delicious, oranges are the key to making the flavors in the smoothie pop! They’re also rich in vitamin C and add fiber. You can use frozen oranges or fresh ones!
- Banana. Adding banana to your smoothie adds creamy goodness, not to mention potassium, B6, and vitamin C (that’s why I use them in so many recipes, like my Banana Chia Pudding)!
- Ginger. Ginger is known for soothing stomachs, but it’s also loaded with antioxidants. A little goes a long way to adding zesty flavor to your smoothie! Use fresh or frozen ginger interchangeably.
- Greek Yogurt. I use plain Greek yogurt to up the calcium and protein in my smoothie. If you prefer a flavored yogurt, vanilla would work great!
- Collagen or any other protein powder, optional. Collagen adds even more protein to the smoothie! It’s my secret ingredient to get clean protein in my High Protein Overnight Oats, too!
Optional ingredients. Feel free to choose one or more of the following ingredients to add to your smoothie. I think they’d all be wonderful additions to the recipe!
- Pineapple. One cup of diced frozen pineapple will add a wonderful, tropical element!
- Strawberry. One cup of frozen strawberries will add a mellow sweetness to your smoothie.
- Apple. One diced green apple will add a bit of tartness and perfectly compliment the other flavors.
- Avocado. Add 1/2 of a ripe avocado (either fresh or the frozen kind from Costco) for extra healthy fat and added creaminess.
- Flax Seeds. Add 1 teaspoon of flax seeds for more fiber and omega-3 fatty acid.
- Spinach or Kale. A small handful of fresh greens goes a long way. It’ll muddy the color a bit but will also add earthy flavor, fiber, and vitamins.
- Turmeric. Just a pinch of turmeric powder, about 1/8 teaspoon, will add more vibrant color and anti-inflammatory benefits!
🍌 Making Smoothies
The most absolutely wonderful thing about smoothies? They are INCREDIBLY easy to make. Just add your ingredients and blend on high until the texture is consistent and smooth.
👉 For a thicker, creamier smoothie: First freeze the orange and bananas.
👉 For a juicier smoothie: Use fresh fruit! As an added bonus, it’ll blend easier.
Tip: If you don’t have a high speed blender, it’s best to add the softest, juiciest ingredients to your blender first. Blend until broken down, then add any frozen or harder ingredients and blend the smoothie a second time. This will cut down on needing to stop mid-blend.
ℹ️ Info & FAQ
Smoothies can be a very healthy drink! To get the most health benefits from your smoothies, use a variety whole fruits and veggies rather than juices, protein and calcium rich dairy products like milk or yogurt, and healthy fats from sources like nut butters, seeds, avocado, and coconut milk.
Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a day. Alternately, pour into silicone ice cube trays and freeze. Pop out the cubes and toss a few into the blender next time you make a smoothie!
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Banana Orange Protein Smoothie
- 2 oranges
- 1 banana
- 1/2 inch ginger about 1/2 teaspoon peeled and minced
- 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup ice
- 2 scoop unflavored collagen peptides, optional, about 2 scoops
- Peel the oranges, banana, and ginger. For a creamier, thicker smoothie, first freeze the fruit. For a texture more similar to juice, use fresh fruit. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender or food processor.
- Blend on high until smooth. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.
- 1 cup diced frozen pineapple.
- 1 cup frozen strawberries.
- 1 diced green apple.
- 1/2 ripe avocado.
- 1 teaspoon flax seeds.
- 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder.