Orange Banana Smoothie


Packed with protein and perfectly creamy, this orange banana smoothie comes together fast for a post workout snack or an easy breakfast.

I recently created this orange banana smoothie as a post-workout recovery drink. It’s light, refreshing and the perfect mix of carbohydrates and protein to help your body recover.

Orange banana smoothie in a glass jar, garnished with a banana slice and served with an orange and white striped paper straw.

The orange banana flavor reminds me of an Orange Julius (do you remember those from the mall?!) and it’s such an easy smoothie to whip up with only four simple ingredients.

Milk, banana, orange and protein powder measured out.

Ingredients Needed:

Here’s everything you’ll need to make this high-protein smoothie!

  • banana – frozen banana gives this smoothie the best, creamy texture. Tip: peel the banana before you freeze it so you don’t have to try to scrape the peel off while frozen!
  • navel orange – I recommend using a navel orange, but any variety of orange will work. Just make sure your orange is fully peeled.
  • protein powder – I love adding protein powder for an extra protein boost… especially if I’m enjoying this smoothie after a workout. I use Nuzest vanilla protein in this smoothie! Use code: eatingbirdfood for 15% off.
  • milk  –  I prefer almond milk for this recipe, but any milk will work.
  • ice – this is optional, but if you want to bulk up the smoothie or give the smoothie a slushy texture you can add this in.
Not sure what kind of protein powder is best for you? Check out my guide to choosing the best protein powder along with my favorites + discount codes. 
Milk, banana, protein powder and orange in a blender.

Why Are Carbs Important Post Workout?

When you workout, your muscles use up glycogen stores to fuel your muscles. These stores don’t magically regenerate, you need to eat carbohydrates to replenish them! If you’re doing endurance sports or a lot of cardio (for example: running or swimming), you’ll need more carbs than if you are doing resistance training (light weight lifting).

What Does Protein do Post Workout?

Most workouts lead to muscle breakdown. This sounds negative but is actually a good thing as long as you rest enough and fuel properly to repair your muscles which leads to building. Making sure you get enough protein post workout ensures that your body has the right amino acids to rebuild your muscle.

Orange banana smoothie in a glass jar, garnished with a banana slice and served with an orange and white striped paper straw.

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Orange Banana Smoothie

5 from 22 votes
Packed with protein and perfectly creamy, this orange banana smoothie comes together fast for a post workout snack or an easy breakfast.
Orange banana smoothie in a glass jar, garnished with a banana slice and served with an orange and white striped paper straw.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 smoothie


  • 1 frozen banana,, chopped into chunks
  • 1 navel orange,, peeled and segmented
  • 1 scoop vanilla (or natural) protein powder, (I used Nuzest)
  • 1/2 -1 cup milk, (I like unsweetened almond or coconut milk)
  • handful of ice, (optional)


  • Blend: Add banana, orange, vanilla protein powder, and milk (starting with 1/2 cup milk) into a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
  • Taste: You can add more milk into the blender if the smoothie seems too thick. You can also add ice if you want the texture to be more slushy.
  • Serve: Once the consistency is perfect, pour into a glass and enjoy.


Optional add-ins – Add 1 teaspoon chia seeds and/or 1 Tablespoon of coconut flakes for some healthy fats! 
Protein powder – You can skip the protein powder if needed.


Serving: 1smoothie Calories: 240kcal Carbohydrates: 47g Protein: 13g Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 333mg Potassium: 507mg Fiber: 11g Sugar: 28g
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: orange banana smoothie


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    1. Sandra
      July 3, 2021 AT 4:29 pm

      5 stars
      Just made this using 2 seedless Mandarin oranges, 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Fit vanilla protein powder, and 1 small frozen banana. Very good. Color is a tinted beige because the other ingredients tone down the orange color. Looks like you must have used an orange coloring in your photo.

    2. Sandra
      July 3, 2021 AT 4:15 pm

      Assume you use seedless oranges or take the time to pick out the seeds. Or is it okay to blend the seeds into the smoothie?

    3. Taylor Roakes
      June 29, 2021 AT 8:42 am

      5 stars
      Simply amazing. I made this smoothie after my workout. It was quick, easy and refreshing! I have never put an orange in a smoothie before – what a great idea! This smoothie reminded me of an orange push up pops! I would make it again for a light summer dessert!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 29, 2021 AT 11:59 am

        Yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this orange banana smoothie! Thanks so much for the review, Taylor. I really appreciate it!

    4. Heather
      June 28, 2021 AT 9:37 am

      5 stars
      My first EBF smoothie today! The consistency here is perfect! Sometimes when I’ve made smoothies in the past they were gritty but this one is smooth sailing and very refreshing! Looking forward to trying more because everything I’ve made from you so far has been delicious! Thank you for doing what you do!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 28, 2021 AT 10:24 am

        Aw yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Heather! Thank you so much for the review and star rating. It means the world to me!

    5. Kim
      June 28, 2021 AT 8:20 am

      5 stars
      Super refreshing and filling, especially in the heat! I am not a huge Orange fan, but this is the perfect way to add more vitamin c to my diet!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 28, 2021 AT 10:38 am

        Yay! I’m really glad this orange banana smoothie was a hit, Kim! Thanks so much for trying it and coming back to leave a review. It means the world to me!

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