Green Smoothie (Without Bananas)
The most delicious Green Smoothie without bananas! This tropical smoothie is made with pineapple, mango, orange, and greens for tons of sweet fruit flavor without any bananas.
The ultimate green smoothie made without bananas! While we love a delicious green smoothie that uses bananas for sweetness (like this Mango Spinach Smoothie or Banana Green Smoothie) sometimes it is also nice to have a banana-free option.
This green smoothie uses a combination of pineapple, mango, and oranges to create a refreshing and sweet smoothie that tastes just like you are on vacation on a tropical island.
This powerhouse smoothie is packed with nutrients and vitamins that will nourish your body, all while making your tastebuds happy. It's healthy, delicious, and easy to make with just 6 ingredients.
Why You'll Love this Green Smoothie
- Sweet without bananas: Many times green smoothies without bananas can taste bitter or have a strong "green" flavor. By using a combination of sweet mango and pineapple, you can get plenty of sweet fruit flavor without needing bananas.
- Packed with nutrients: This smoothie is packed with antioxidants, iron, vitamin C, Omega 3 fatty acids, and more.
- Versatile: This smoothie can be adjusted easily based on what you have! Use spinach or kale. Try it with papaya or peaches. Change up the liquid. Add yogurt or protein powder.
If you prefer to drink your vitamins instead of swallowing them in pill form, then you are going to really enjoy this tropical smoothie and all our smoothie recipes.
Key Ingredients and Substitutions
This is a very simple recipe and all of the ingredients are easy to find. Here is what you'll need:
- Kale: Chop up the kale and remove the stems to avoid any fibrous strands in the smoothie. Kale is a superfood that has disease-fighting antioxidants and is rich in iron. Baby spinach also works as a milder option.
- Orange: Remember to peel the orange slices and remove the pith. This will give it the best texture and texture. Oranges are packed with Vitamin C..
- Coconut Water: This is full of antioxidants and fiber that flush out your body and help you feel better while adding a subtle coconut flavor. Water, almond milk, coconut milk, or orange juice can also be used.
- Pineapple: It's easier to just use frozen pineapple chunks. If you want to use fresh pineapple, add some ice to the smoothie to get it to have a slightly frozen texture. Pineapples are packed with Vitamin C, manganese, and Vitamin A.
- Mango: Frozen mango is usually the easiest option. It also helps to create a creamy texture you won't get with fresh. Mango adds Vitamin C and antioxidants to the smoothie.
- Chia Seeds: If you don't have chia seeds, you can use flax seeds instead. Chia seeds are packed with fiber and healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. They also help with digestion.
Note: For a full list of ingredients and detailed instructions on how to make this tropical green smoothie, take a look at the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!
Recipe Tips And Variations
Follow these tips to make sure that this smoothie turns out smooth and sweet every single time!
- Blend the greens first: Blend the kale, orange, and coconut water together first. These are the most difficult things to combine, so it is important they are completely blended. Chopping the kale into small pieces can also help.
- Sweetness: Taste it before you add any kind of sugar or sweetener. Sometimes pineapple is sweet and sometimes it isn't. If you think it needs to be sweeter, add a touch of honey, maple syrup, or extra pineapple or mango.
- Add nutrients: Consider tossing in some hemp seeds, flax seeds, maca powder, or other nuts or seeds to boost the nutrition.
- Add protein: To add more protein to this smoothie, you can add protein powder or collagen. Opt for unflavored or vanilla for the best results. Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla) or coconut yogurt is another easy way to add a creamy texture and protein.
- Creamier texture: This smoothie has more of a slushy texture. For a creamier smoothie, use almond milk or coconut milk. Additionally, you could add some frozen avocado or papaya chunks.
What can I use instead of bananas in a smoothie?
Many smoothie recipes use bananas to add natural sweetness and creaminess. But some people may not like the flavor of bananas or may be allergic. Here are the bets banana replacements in smoothies.
- Sweetness: To replace the sweetness of bananas, the best options are mango, pineapple, papaya, and ripe peaches.
- Creaminess: To replace the creaminess of bananas, you can use cashews, coconut milk, yogurt, avocado, and nut butter. With these options, you may have to add some sweeteners like honey or maple syrup to get the same sweetness of bananas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions I frequently get asked about this recipe.
What can I use instead of coconut water?
Coconut water has a mild, almost nutty flavor. You can always replace it with some pineapple juice if you don't enjoy coconut milk. However, make sure to taste the smoothie after you add the pineapple juice - you might discover it's a lot sweeter now! If it is too sweet, just cut the amount of juice back and add more water.
You could also sub in some unsweetened almond milk or even just plain filtered water. I highly encourage you to give coconut water a try, though—you can easily find it in grocery stores and it adds that perfect tropical punch to this recipe.
Can I use spinach instead of kale in smoothies?
If you aren't a kale fan, you can use baby spinach as a substitute for kale. If you have a powerful blender like a Vitamix, you can just add the spinach right to the smoothie. However, if you have a less powerful blender, I'd recommend you chop it up and remove the stems from the leaves before you add it to your blender.
What kind of kale is best for smoothies?
Green kale might be the easiest to find in the store and it works just fine in this smoothie. Either dinosaur (Lacinato kale) or curly green kale works great.
If you can find red kale, it is even better! It's also called Russian kale. It's perfect for smoothies because it is so delicate and has an even sweeter taste.
No Banana Green Smoothie
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- 2 cups kale (stems removed and chopped, or baby spinach)
- 2 oranges (peeled )
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
If you want to add protein, consider adding 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder or unflavored collagen protein powder. You could also add Greek or regular yogurt for protein and extra calcium.
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