Banana-Apricot Hemp Smoothie

Creamy banana apricot smoothie recipe that is dairy free and vegan
Frosty banana apricot smoothie with hemp milk.

It's been a week of bland soft foods. I've dubbed this week the No Pointy Foods Diet. Mashed potatoes. Creamy rice. Squash puree. No nuts, seeds, or chips. No crunch. No snap. No spices. Talk about not sexy. Suddenly, I'm the Goddess of Bland. Slurping tiny bites of baby food.

Lucky for me, bananas are doable. Especially if they're frozen and whipped into a frothy silky smoothie.

Frozen bananas are the closest thing to ice cream next to, well. Ice cream. When frozen, their soft and tender fruit turns into smooth and creamy vegan goodness. This makes the little lovelies perfect for dairy-free shakes and smoothies.

So when I'm ready to shake things up I grab a frozen banana. Some ice cold apricot nectar and vanilla hemp milk. Almost instant breakfast.

Banana magic happens.

Vegan banana smoothie with hemp milk
Creamy vegan banana hemp milk goodness.

Banana-Apricot Hemp Smoothie Recipe

This is one of those almost-not-a-recipe recipes, but I had to share it because I, for one, didn't grow up with frozen banana hemp shakes for breakfast. Maybe I'm not alone in this. Who knows?

The secret to the best, frostiest shakes and smoothies is to have all of your ingredients super cold- including the blender. If you forgot to ice it beforehand, one quick way to make this favorite power tool chill is to fill it with some ice and cold water and push blend for a minute; then discard- preferably into a waiting thirsty house plant or flower pot (waste not want not).


1 good size frozen banana, peeled and cut into pieces
1/2 cup (4 oz.) cold organic apricot juice
1/2 cup (4 oz.) cold vanilla hemp milk- my fave is Hemp Dream
1 teaspoon agave nectar, to taste


Place all of the above into a frosty cold single-serve blender and whip on high until smooth and frothy.

Pour. Sip. Experience pure dairy-free bliss.


Add a tablespoon of Nutribiotic vegan rice protein powder for a boost

Makes one creamy smoothie.

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Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Ooooh, I'd be so tempted to substitute in some vanilla frozen yogurt.... but that's me! I love to keep frozen banana slices on hand, not only for smoothies, but also to blend with frozen fruit for a great dessert.

Alisa said...

mmm, I will have to make a smoothie today!

I Am Gluten Free said...

Ooh ooh ooh and yum yum yum. Sounds delish. I love your tip on chilling the blender jar. Great idea!


Ali said...

What a great idea to chill the blender! I have never thought of that. I love frozen bananas too - there are just so many delicious ways to use them. Your simple smoothie idea sounds great with the apricot nectar - very healing to the gut with all of the prebiotics! Hope your recovery is going well. -Ali :)

Rach said...

This sounds awesome and not terribly bland - I love apricot nectar. Keep healing lady. *hug*

Warm n Wonderful said...

My smoothie today consisted of a few chunks of pineapple, 1/2 a pear, handful of raspberries, 1/2 frozen banana, ice cubes and a dash of almond milk. Deeelish!!

VeggieGirl said...

Still praying you keep getting and staying well! **hugs**

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I love frozen bananas in smoothies - this would be perfect for breakfast this morning! I hope meals like this are helping you on the way to healing.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back!


goodjuju said...

hope you are on the mends

Anonymous said...

Karina! This smoothie looks SO good. I've been using my vitamix non-stop lately and smoothies are my latest addiction. :) I hope you are feeling better- I'm thinking of you!

Janine said...

I tried this today but didn't have apricot nectar so threw in a few slices of peach and it turned out so yummy! I truly enjoy your recipes!

Anonymous said...

Here is my quick tip of the day:
Peel bananas and freeze. Much easier to work with when you need them for smoothies or baking. Love this site. Thanks so much for all your hard work.