Bananaritas are a deliciously smooth banana smoothie with milk, honey/sugar, and a little zip of zesty lime! We love these for breakfast, a snack, or even a healthy treat!
Bananarita smoothies have been a staple in our home for over 20 years. They are a delicious breakfast on the go, a great snack, and a nice treat as well. I first shared this recipe back in 2008 and here I am, 8 years later updating the photos.
I always think of these banana smoothies when school starts back for a very funny reason. When I first made them, they were called non-alcoholic banana margaritas. I started making them, fell in love, and always referred to them as “banana margaritas”. I would make them for breakfast when I had bananas getting too ripe and the whole family just loved them, especially Brady.
Shortly after he had started kindergarten, I made them for breakfast one morning. Brady drank his share and then some, filling up on the tangy smoothie and bragging about how good it was. I didn’t give it another thought until I found out later that Brady had marched right into kindergarten and announced to his teacher that he’d had a margarita for breakfast. Fortunately, she gave us the benefit of the doubt on that one!
So here you go, one more way to use up ripening bananas, another way to keep cool, and a quickie breakfast on school mornings! All you need is bananas, sugar or honey, bottled or fresh lime juice, ice, and the milk of your choice. Place all ingredients in a blender and in a flash you’ll have your very own banarita smoothie. It’s smoothy and creamy with that little zesty touch thanks to the lime.
- Sugar (I often use honey as a substitute and it adds a great flavor as well so go with your preference).
- Lime juice
How to Make Banana Smoothie With Milk
Fill your blender up about halfway with ice cubes.
Then add sugar or honey, milk, and lime juice.
Blend that until nice and creamy and drink up!
Oh yum! These are so good, and the riper your bananas the sweeter it is.
You may even like it without any sweetener added at all!
I hope you get to try one of our “margaritas” soon!
This is one of those recipes you can adapt to suit you so there are no leftovers. For example, divide each ingredient in half to make only 2 banana smoothies.
- While I love to use ripe fresh bananas, this healthy banana smoothie recipe also works with frozen banana chunks.
- You can use any kind of milk or non-dairy milk alternative you like, including coconut milk, , , or almond milk.
- Here are some variations to try to make this banana smoothie recipe work for you:
- Add 1/2 cup of other frozen fruit or fresh fruit, like mango, orange, pineapple, or berries (I recommend blueberries or strawberries).
- Add 1 cup of greens like spinach or kale.
- For more flavor, add a teaspoon of your favorite spice, like ground ginger, turmeric, cardamom powder, or ground cinnamon.
- Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder for a chocolate banana smoothie.
- Add a spoonful of protein powder.
- For a banana peanut butter smoothie, add a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter, , or your favorite .
- To make a creamier smoothie, add 1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt.
- Instead of sugar or honey, use maple syrup or a sugar-free alternative like Splenda or Swerve. Vanilla extract is also another way to add sweetness to your smoothie.
- Add 2 tablespoons of old-fashioned oats to make this banana smoothie with milk more filling.
- Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut flakes.
If you have more ripe bananas, check out these recipes:
Bananas in Red Stuff (a.k.a Strawberry Glaze)
Caramel Banana Pie (a.k.a Easy Banoffee Pie)
Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins (No Dairy or Eggs)
How To Make Homemade Banana Pudding From Scratch
- 4 bananas
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sugar or honey
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- Fill blender halfway full of ice, add remaining ingredients, blend until frothy, then serve!4 bananas, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup sugar or honey, 1/2 cup lime juice, ice
I tried this again but used sweetened yogurt (coincidentally enough, lime flavored yogurt though any flavor would be fine) instead of the sugar and milk. We liked it even better! Super tasty. Yogurt has more protein than milk and all those probiotics too. My husband hates the taste of Splenda (he can taste it anywhere!) but for some reason happily eats artificially sweetened yogurt, so using it instead of the milk and sugar works well for us 🙂 My regular smoothies are made of a banana, some other frozen fruit, yogurt and fruit juice, so making it all banana and using lime juice is quite a lovely twist. I never would have thought of this smoothie if not for you, Christy!
I made a half recipe of this since there’s just my husband and I. Yum! I added a little extra lime juice and sugar because that’s how I roll. Usually my smoothies have 1 banana for 2 servings so this was quite banan-y and yummy. I may try adding more ice or some strawberries or a bit of frozen OJ concentrate to make an extra fancy Bananarita. Also, Christy, I’m going to school to be an elementary teacher and I would think it was pretty funny if a student came in and told me that 🙂
My version of this is to add a tablespoon or two of chunky peanut butter and some fat free yoghurt. Very healthy and filling!
I used a magic bullet for this recipe and my 2 year old and I are livin’ large drinking “fancy drinks” =) thanks for the great recipe! Next time I’ll try it with my frozen bananas I’ve been saving for banana bread (another great tip I learned from you)
Can I use bananas I’ve frozen in this recipe?
Yes! They’re great!
Wow I love these morning smoothies.! In fact I love all your creative ideas and recipes. Thanks…. looking for to your book and I tell all my friends about your web and fb page. Blessings.
Awww he’s so proud of you! That made my day too 🙂