Thick and creamy, this healthy smoothie tastes just like a slice of banana cream pie! Loaded with Greek yogurt, honey, and bananas – this is a delicious treat you can really feel good about.
You know what really makes me cringe? Epic fail smoothies.
You know the ones… so I won’t get into the icy, flavorless, make-me-make-you-make-everyone-wanna-gag details. But I will say this: epic fail smoothies are just plain wrong, man. They’re a crime against every healthy, delicious, can’t-stop-won’t-stop-gotta-get-every-drop slurp worthy smoothie out there.
Let’s make a vow hand-in-hand to leave any and all crummy smoothie dopes in the dust, ok? 2015 is at our fingertips! Let’s start it with a sensational slurp.
So… What makes a smoothie good and worthy?
Thick and creamy >>> tastes like pie >>> won’t result in thunder thighs. Hallelujah and amen mah friends.
Warning: This Healthy Banana Cream Pie Smoothie is ADDICTING!
Let’s talk about this smoothie in detail, yah? I promise it’s going to be a short one. Because smoothies are simple like that.
The most important step is freezing your bananas ahead of time. Frozen bananas are key to both texture and flavor in this recipe, so be sure to slice them up and pop them in the freezer for at least 6 hours before blending. It’s an easy step, but one easy to forget!
The second thing: Don’t skip or skimp on the vanilla! There’s 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract in this smoothie and that’s exactly how much it needs to get that real sweet pie taste. After a few sips and slurps you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Viva vanilla!
Last but not least, NILLA WAFERS! I have tested this recipe a ba-jillion times (ok…maybe more like 10) and I find Nilla wafers a must! If you have a vanilla wafer cookie that you’d rather use in its place, that should be fine, but just don’t skip them. The cookie, like the banana, is essential for texture and taste.
And that’s it, really. The other ingredients are pretty simple (Greek yogurt, almond milk, cinnamon, honey, and nutmeg) and should be pretty easy to hunt down if they’re not already residing inside your fridge. These smoothies make a wonderful breakfast (they’re quite filling!), but also a great snack or dessert. If you’re going the dessert route, I say add a dollop of whipped cream and extra cookie crumbs… but that’s just my two cents 😉
Healthy Banana Cream Pie Smoothie
- 2 bananas, sliced and frozen
- 1/3 cup low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 4 vanilla wafer cookies
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey (I love using raw honey, if you can find it)
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 heaping cup of ice (more or less to fit your desired consistency)
- Place all ingredients in the body of a blender. Pulse until smooth and creamy. Serve at once!