Banana Bread Smoothie

If you can’t bake it, blend it.

I’ve been experimenting with all kinds of smoothies, since they’re easy for me to digest right now. When Jen sent me this new recipe to try, I had a hunch that I’d love it.

And I did. Jen knows what she’s doing. This smoothie is one hundred different kinds of awesome.

It’s thick, smooth, creamy, sweet, satiating, infused with warm spices – this smoothie has it all. And it’s not a frivolous treat. It’s packed with plenty of health-promoting nutrients, so there’s no need to feel guilty. Here’s why:

Walnuts. These guys are packed with good fats like omega-3 fatty acids, which the body uses to reduce inflammation, prevent blood clotting, regulate insulin and promote heart health. The ample presence of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in walnuts make them an anti-cancer food, too. Be sure to soak them for a few hours beforehand, to release the enzyme inhibitors and make them more digestible.

Bananas. The electrolyte potassium, found in bananas, is an important nutrient for nerve transmission and muscle contraction, as well as for regulating water balance in the body. Bananas are also a good source of Vitamin C, fiber and Vitamin B6 (which is involved in more than 100 enzymatic reactions in the body and decreases the risk of inflammation). Pick bananas that have lots brown spots on them, as this means the starches have turned to sugars. They’ll be easier to digest and won’t give you a stomach ache.

Dates. Like bananas, dates contain potassium and are an excellent source of fiber. They’ve also got minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium (nature’s relaxant), as well as plenty of B vitamins to help with energy.

Cinnamon. As I mentioned in my post about fruit rollups, cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, a potent anti-inflammatory phytonutrient, plus it’s anti-microbial, helps control blood sugar and boosts brain function. And it’s got manganese, calcium, iron and fiber.

What’s your favourite smoothie recipe? Please share in the comments!

This post is part of a month-long series about exploring the raw food lifestyle. With the help of holistic nutritionist Jennifer Trecartin, I’m doing a 28-day raw food healing challenge to improve my Crohn’s disease. At the end of the month, I hope to transition off my medication, which I have been taking since I was 18.

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Banana Bread Smoothie
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gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, vegan
Recipe type: Smoothie, Breakfast
Serves: 1
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp allspice
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt
  1. Blend walnuts and water. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
  2. For banana bread pudding, use less water.


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13 Responses to Banana Bread Smoothie

  1. itsybitsybrianna June 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    LOVE banana smoothies
    This sounds fantastic!
    please stop by and say hi

  2. Lenna (veganlenna) June 19, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    I love adding walnuts to smoothies, they are the best!

  3. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos June 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    wow! what a fantastic smoothie idea~~~ 😀 never thought about adding walnuts to it~~!

  4. India-leigh@aveganobsession June 20, 2011 at 1:19 am #

    So VERY yum. I make a similar treat but instead of cinnamon and all-spice I use freshly grated nutmeg which is also packed with goodies ( AND I think it tastes and smells like fragrant cacao. I also add a handful of whole organic blueberries to the smoothie to add little bursting pops of sweetness. I bow to the Smoothie God…who ever invented them I wonder?

  5. Frannie June 23, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Wow, what an interesting smoothie. I will surely try this one.

  6. Carol June 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Sounds delicious! I love bananas in smoothies, I usually add berries but this version sounds really good. I’ll definitely give it a try.

    • Sondi Bruner June 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

      I like berries in my smoothie, too. This recipe isn’t one you’d want to make on daily basis, as it does have a LOT of banana in it, even for banana lovers. :)

  7. Ann Marie January 31, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Yum, trying this and pinning so I don’t loose the recipe!

  8. Tina March 1, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Just made this for lunch…yum! This is going to get dickens pinned out of it!

  9. Trish @ MyBigFatBundt July 3, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Yummy! Have been making ‘banana bread’ smoothies for the past few weeks and did a search to see if anyone else had anything different going on. I don’t use quite as many bananas (one is enough for me), I also use walnuts, along with some honey and Truvia…but the dates are a great idea! Made one with maple syrup yesterday, and it was divine. :-) I also use almond milk and a few tablespoons of cold, full-fat coconut milk/cream for richness. Helps to offset the ‘chalky’ texture and taste of my raw, vegan protein powder. :-/ Thanks for sharing.

    • Sondi Bruner July 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

      I’ve made this recipe since and usually not with so many bananas, as three is a lot. Coconut milk is a great idea! Yum.

  10. Sweet Psalms April 5, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    I switched out the water and vanilla for vanilla flavored almond milk, and used ice instead of frozen bananas (i only had fresh available). Oh. I added two tbsp of hemp protein, too. It was still really really awesome, and pretty much banana walnut bread in a cup! Even my 6 year-old liked it, which definitely is a miracle. Something healthy that she loved? You get two thumbs up from us for your awesomeness in a glass. :)