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Blood Orange Banana Smoothie

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Seize citrus season with this quick, easy, and delicious blood orange banana smoothie. Filling and naturally-sweetened with fruit and honey!

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A bright pink blood orange banana smoothie, served in a mason jar with two straws.

Even in the depths of winter, I am not one to ever turn down a smoothie. I love the idea of having a smoothie for breakfast, but am honestly not usually together enough in the mornings to do even this tiny amount of work, and so my smoothies tend to be either a replacement for lunch or, even better, an afternoon snack.

This particular blend is incredibly simple, and yet, thanks to the addition of blood oranges, lusciously sweet-tart and tinted a cherubic shade of pink. Just the thing to inject some artificial sunshine into the dark days of January in the northern hemisphere.

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Brilliant pink and red blood oranges, sliced open and arrayed on a narrow cutting board.

I mean, just look at that bright, cheerful blood orange army. Don’t you feel just a tiny bit happier? Just me?

As a side note, I was so excited when I first saw blood oranges (mercifully, a literal translation – “oranges sanguinées”) at the grocery store that I unblinkingly threw an entire multi-kilo bag into my cart.

And, it turns out, some are more deep red, in keeping with the name, while others are predominantly orange with just the slightest tinge of pink in parts of the flesh. I’m still at the early stage of blood orange infatuation where these small uneven qualities only add to the charm. All have been delicious.

A bright pink blood orange banana smoothie, served in a mason jar with two straws.

How to Make a Blood Orange Banana Smoothie

When I set out to make a smoothie with part of this haul, I knew I wanted to use the same basic approach as is taken in my all-time favorite, this banana-almond-flax number.

When you use sliced and frozen bananas for the bulk of the mixture, the resulting smoothie has a creamy, rich texture, not to mention a lot of natural sweetness, without having to add sugar or a ton of any other sweetener. If you have over-ripe bananas on your counter, you could bake this, these, or these with them, but you could also slice them up and store them in the freezer, two per container, for future smoothie emergencies.

So, all you’ll do is add the bananas, about 3/4 cup of blood orange juice, a bit of Greek yogurt, a pinch of cinnamon, and honey to taste to the blender, and go! The hardest part is juicing the oranges..

A measuring cup filled with freshly-squeezed blood orange juice.

.. and honestly nothing that produces something with that lovely color can really be considered too hard. 🙂

Flat-lay photo of a blood orange banana smoothie, surrounded by bright orange and red slices of citrus.

A bright pink blood orange banana smoothie, served in a mason jar with two straws.

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Blood Orange Banana Smoothie

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Yield 1 large or 2 small smoothies

Seize citrus season with this quick, easy, and delicious blood orange banana smoothie. Filling and naturally-sweetened with fruit and honey!

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 3/4 cup freshly-squeezed blood orange juice (from about 3 blood oranges)
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Pour and serve immediately.

If You Like This Recipe…

… you might also enjoy a wholesome banana almond milk smoothie, glazed grapefruit bundt cake, Paloma cupcakes, blood orange snack cake, or five-banana banana bread.

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    Victoria | Foodie for Thought
    January 23, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I’m definitely going to give this a go at the weekend. I love blood oranges so I’m super excited to try this recipe.

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    Elizabeth Yontz
    January 17, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    This looks stunning and so fresh! Pinning for later!

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    Amanda Finks
    January 17, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Such a yummy smoothie!

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    Hannah
    January 17, 2018 at 12:40 am

    I love how you combined cinnamon with blood oranges, I think it just goes so well together! And congrats on the straw, I love it! 🙂

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    Sarah
    January 16, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Juicy citrus really is what keeps me going in the winter! thank you for sharing a smoothie that incorporates them!

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    Stephanie@ApplesforCJ
    January 16, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    This sounds perfect for breakfast or a snack. Love the colors and blood oranges are just so good!

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