Post Workout Orange Banana Smoothie

Packed with protein and perfectly creamy, this refreshing Orange Banana Smoothie comes together fast for an easy breakfast or post workout snack.

If you’ve been following Eating Bird Food for a minute, you know I value balanced snacks and meals. I always try to get a balance of lean protein, healthy fats and carbs in at each meal. This is especially important after working out… let’s chat about why!

Protein packed orange banana smoothie made with coconut flakes and chia seeds. Smoothie is in a glass with a straw.

When you workout, your muscles use up glycogen stores to fuel your muscles. In most types of workouts, your muscles are also breaking and rebuilding (if you allow enough rest and proper nutrition between workouts). I try to eat something as soon as I can after working out to help with the recovery process.

I recently created this smoothie to refuel. If you struggle with having an appetite after a workout, try this smoothie! It’s light, refreshing and the perfect mix of carbohydrates and protein to help your body recover.

Ingredients for protein-packed banana smoothie in a blender-- orange, vanilla protein powder, chia seeds, coconut flakes and almond milk.

Why are carbs important post workout?

Remember when I said that your muscles use up glycogen stores during a workout? They pull from your glycogen stores for energy. 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 muscles.

How to Make a High Protein Smoothie

This quick and easy smoothie is perfect for refueling after workouts. It has a banana and orange which provide carbohydrates. I love using whole food sources of carbs to refuel… instead of highly processed carbs like cookies and crackers. For protein, I used 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder. I love using protein powder after a workout because it’s quick and easy. Much easier than grilling up a chicken breast or frying an egg. 😉 I also added coconut flakes, chia seeds (flaxseeds work great too) for healthy fats, which make the smoothie satisfying and filling.

Hand holding a protein-packed orange banana smoothie in a glass, topped with coconut flakes.

More Smoothie Recipes to Try:

If you make this orange banana smoothie be sure to leave a comment and start rating below letting me know how it turns outs. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

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Orange banana smoothie in a glass with a straw. Glass sitting on a peach and white striped tea towel. Two bananas in the background.

Orange Banana Smoothie


Packed with protein and perfectly creamy, this refreshing Orange Banana Smoothie comes together fast for am easy breakfast or post workout snack. 


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 navel orange, peeled
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds or flaxseed
  • 1 Tablespoon dried coconut flakes
  • 1/21 cup milk (I like unsweetened almond or coconut milk)


  1. Add all ingredients (staring with 1/2 cup milk) into a high powered blend and blend until smooth. You can add more milk into the blender if the smoothie seems to thick. Once the consistency is perfect, pour into a glass and enjoy.
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 418
  • Sugar: 28g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 59g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Protein: 25g

Keywords: orange banana smoothie

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    1. Katie Orr
      October 8, 2019 AT 2:49 pm

      I love this recipe because it was low in ingredients but packed with nutrients and flavor! Easy to whip up in 2 minutes and was sooooo creamy 😍

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 8, 2019 AT 6:15 pm

        I’m so glad you tried and loved this recipe, Katie! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    2. Vi
      July 3, 2019 AT 9:56 am

      I love your recipes and have been printing some of them but for some reason the name of the recipe doesn’t appear when I print them. Am I doing something wrong? Not a big deal, cause I just hand-write the name on the copy. just wondering.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 3, 2019 AT 4:21 pm

        Oh no! It should definitely print the name too. Let me look into that for you.

    3. Ten kitchen
      April 5, 2019 AT 5:08 am

      Time for this smoothie!

    4. Holly
      April 1, 2019 AT 8:30 pm

      I haven’t made a smoothie in FOREVER. My husband will drink them all winter. Hopefully I get back into it once it warms up more!

    5. Lee
      April 1, 2019 AT 10:43 am

      I am considering buying a juicer. Do you have a recommendation?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 1, 2019 AT 10:59 am

        Definitely! How much are you wanting to spend? My favorite juicer is the Hurom Slow Juicer, but it’s pricey. The Breville Juice Fountain has good reviews and is more budget friendly. I’m also a big fan of drinking blended juices that I make in my Vitamix!

    6. Haylee
      May 15, 2011 AT 8:19 pm

      Yum, this sounds moy delishioso! (That is my attempt at spanish, considering this smoothie is for Cinco De Mayo and all. 😉 Really though this sounds excellent! Especially because it has oranges in it, exactly what my sore throat is wanting right now.

    7. Looks yum! Though I must admit, I’m not much of a smoothie person. I like chewing I think… and thick textures. I went to a hole-in-the-wall Mexican place and waited a long time for service, but it was fun since I spent some time with a friend.

    8. Sues
      May 6, 2011 AT 5:42 pm

      Totally a festive treat! Now if you just added in some tequila… 🙂

      Guacamole is my fave, too!

    9. natalie (the sweets life)
      May 6, 2011 AT 2:14 pm

      i went the margarita route instead of the smoothie right but i have to remember this combo…YUM!

    10. Tiff
      May 6, 2011 AT 11:53 am

      Guac! That’s what I forgot to order yesterday! Darn. Oh well… guess I might have to whip some up this weekend. ; ) I enjoyed some good salsa though… but it was with a ton of chips. Whoopy-daisy!

    11. Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit
      May 6, 2011 AT 1:11 am

      that smoothie sounds delish girl!

    12. Kelly
      May 5, 2011 AT 8:21 pm

      Now that looks better than any margarita!!! YUM!

    13. Lauren
      May 5, 2011 AT 8:02 pm

      This sounds delicious!

    14. Emma (Namaste Everyday)
      May 5, 2011 AT 6:16 pm

      that smoothie combo sounds great! if only I had a blender…

    15. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit
      May 5, 2011 AT 2:12 pm

      I totally missed the Cinco de Mayo boat, but this smoothie looks awesome! Plans for today: finish up work, go to physio, make some dinner, watch Battlestar Galactica!

    16. hippierunner
      May 5, 2011 AT 12:50 pm

      Fiesta for the mouth-ahaha!

    17. Max
      May 5, 2011 AT 12:49 pm

      A splash of lime would be epic! And a pinch of sea salt maybe

    18. Abby
      May 5, 2011 AT 12:32 pm

      That smoothie sounds awesome! 🙂 I don’t know what I am going to do to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. I am looking forward to just relaxing and hanging out on my first day of summer! I will be making something Mexican for lunch and supper though!

    19. Kelly
      May 5, 2011 AT 11:45 am

      Yum. It’s definitely FINALLY getting warm again for a good smoothie. I love the idea of one with tropical flavors.

    20. Gillian
      May 5, 2011 AT 10:29 am

      I think I’m celebrating with Japanese tapas 🙂

      1. Eating Bird Food
        May 5, 2011 AT 9:01 pm

        Love it! I had edamame today – quite fitting. 🙂

    21. Cait @ Beyond Bananas
      May 5, 2011 AT 10:20 am

      I am taking my first cardio kickboxing class.. I know.. very Cinco de Mayo..right?

    22. McKella
      May 5, 2011 AT 9:45 am

      We’re going out to breakfast for our 3 year anniversary, which is actually tomorrow. That is, we’ll go if he ever gets out of bed! I want a giant, warm cinnamon roll. I’ll probably have something Mexican-themed for dinner, like a bean burrito. Exciting.

    23. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
      May 5, 2011 AT 9:40 am

      I had a very similar smoothie this morning – with mango, banana, coconut, spinach, and vanilla protein powder. I’m not crazy about the texture that the coconut adds, but the flavor was definitely yummy.

      Guacamole MUST be celebrated today 😉

    24. Jessica @ How Sweet
      May 5, 2011 AT 9:03 am

      I think I am going to have this as a snack today! The orange and coconut sound SO good together.

    25. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
      May 5, 2011 AT 9:03 am

      I’m going to have a long phone call with my mom – it’s her birthday! And make some Mexican zucchini with cumin, chili and onions. Yum!

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