Honey Banana Smoothie

I'm always trying to add MORE and MORE stuff into my smoothies. Kale, spinach, protein powder, flaxseed oil, chia seeds--YOU NAME IT. And while that's all good, sometimes I just want something simple and uncomplicated. Sometimes I just want to make a smoothie that isn't trying to deceive anyone (ahem, COOPER).

I want something that reminds me of my childhood-- when my dad used to make us smoothies called Orange Cows (just orange juice, malt powder & milk). And here it is, grown up a bit because Greek Yogurt was never a thing when I was young.

And when all is said and done, go ahead and put some flaxmeal, oats, cocoa nibs, kale and whey powder up in this smoothie. It's your life! But if you want to reboot your smoothie sensibilities, I feel it's always best to go back to your roots!

And we're off!

Simple ingredients with a cool addition-NUTMEG!

It all goes in the blender. Bananas have their last word.

Blend until it's a bubble party up in there.

Pour into glasses.

Fresh nutmeg goes on top.

Put a straw in it.

Orange you excited to try this?

Honey-Banana Smoothie

makes 2

recipe adapted from Home Made Winter

  • 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

Mix the yogurt, bananas, orange juice, and honey in a blender until foamy. Pour immediately into two glasses. Garnish with nutmeg.

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  • February 4, 2013

    The graphics on the bananas "Help Us" - just made my night. Thanks for the literal LOL :)

    • February 4, 2013

      Agreed! Those bananas are almost to cute to be eaten :) Never too old for a little smile x

    • February 4, 2013

      Those bananas made us smile. They're so cuuute!

  • Jenny
    February 4, 2013

    Looks perfect for the ripe bananas I have!

  • Amy
    February 4, 2013

    I definitely have to try this! Looks amazing!!


  • jessica
    February 4, 2013

    hahahaha i love your posts. you are so clever :)

  • Those banana faces in the blender -- LOVE. Also, I love this smoothie and I want to be friends with it.

  • February 4, 2013

    Love that pouring shot. Fun post as always!

  • February 4, 2013

    I can't even tell you how much I laughed when I saw those banana faces.

  • February 4, 2013

    I love a good, easy, smoothie like this. Yum!

  • February 4, 2013

    This is the type of recipe I love. It's great to see all those super healthy recipes...but sometimes, like you said, I just want something simple and easy!

  • February 4, 2013

    Yum! I love a smoothie. I am always shoveling kale and chia and what not all up in there too. It's nice to go classic sometimes. :)

  • zoë
    February 4, 2013

    Right when I saw the title I thought of these smoothies my best friend's mom made us as kids: banana, milk, and honey. I loved them so much! this launched me back to good and simple eating memories. thanks!

  • February 4, 2013

    Perfect for those winter blues. Now I need bananas...

  • Lizzie
    February 4, 2013

    Cutest little bananas ever! (A student in my class calls them "bee-nanas"; so cute.)

  • February 4, 2013

    That "help me" picture just made my life.

  • Molly
    February 4, 2013

    Tracy, I'm drinking this smoothie as I type - it is incredibly delicious! It tastes so rich and decadent and is yet so simple. I love it when you post recipes for which I have all the ingredients on hand. Thanks so much for sharing yet another fantastic recipe!

  • Beth
    February 4, 2013

    Oh nom! This looks like what I like to drink after a day snowboarding, so yummy and satisfying. I like using frozen bananas so it feels like a milkshake but without the ice cream! Also awesome for when your punch your kitten in the face hungry!

  • Beth
    February 4, 2013

    That sounds bad, it sounded funny in my mind! :(

  • February 4, 2013

    Awww... banana sacrifice for a rain of smoothies. Totally worth it. I really really love banana based smoothies. Creamy and sweet. Love that you added yogurt too. More creaminess and tartness to balance everything out.

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  • Keely
    February 4, 2013

    OMG Just made this and it was SO good! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Tracy
      February 4, 2013


  • February 4, 2013

    Good orange pun ;-)

    I also appreciated the in-danger bananas shouting "help us!".

    • Tracy
      February 4, 2013

      Glad someone caught that! ;)

  • February 4, 2013

    I often write messages directly on the banana peels. The faces are really fantastic. And the recipes looks delishus too

  • February 5, 2013

    if you like it then you gotta put a straw in it.

    i'm sorry. it's the morning. my mind struggles to think past the wise words of beyonce at the best of times, and this week especially it's tough. don't matter, i'm a survivor & i pay my bills, i'll get through this.

  • February 5, 2013

    Now I'm craving a smoothie, but I'm in need of a blender and I didn't see it in your kitchen essentials post. What kind do you use and do you recommend it? :) Thanks!

  • fusilliamy
    February 5, 2013

    I'm totally empathized with those bananas because they have smiley faces. I appreciate the simplicity of this. Plugging my blender in now!

  • February 5, 2013

    Man, you and Joy both giving me reasons to use all the oranges on my tree! Thanks!

  • February 7, 2013

    I just want to tell you that, since seeing this smoothies recipe, I've made it about ten times! I love it! Keep up the great work ;-)


  • February 8, 2013

    those banana faces are so cute. I generally make banana smoothie using milk and banana... adding curd, orange juice, nutmeg will sure make a huge difference.. will try it soon and let u know the result....

  • heather
    December 27, 2013

    OMG! This is delicious and will be definitely added to my favorite recipes!

  • Paul
    August 9, 2014

    How many calories do you take from it?

  • January 24, 2015

    I tried this smoothie. it was quite tasty. I am a diabetic. I was concerned about the orange juice, so I used less juice and a bit more honey, which really didn't help my sweet situation. lol

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