Seize citrus season with this quick, easy, and delicious blood orange banana smoothie. Filling and naturally-sweetened with fruit and honey!
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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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.
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..
.. and honestly nothing that produces something with that lovely color can really be considered too hard. 🙂
Blood Orange Banana Smoothie
- 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
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Pour and serve immediately.
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