Orange Banana Smoothie



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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.

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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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4.40 from 28 votes

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.
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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: orange banana smoothie
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  1. 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!

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

  3. 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 😉

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

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

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

    Guacamole is my fave, too!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 5 stars
    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. 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

  17. 4 stars
    This was good, but I prefer some of your other recipes more. It was just my preference though because this was still a great recipe.

  18. 5 stars
    Made this smoothie again because the kids love it and it is super simple to make. Thanks for the great recipes.

  19. 5 stars
    This taste just like a dreamsicle!!! Super refreshing for the summer months and was super easy!! I added some orange extract just to up the orange flavor and it was super delicious!!!!

    1. Ah yay! So glad you enjoyed this smoothie! Thanks for the review, Amy. I really appreciate it!

    1. So glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Emilie! Thanks so much for trying it and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Janine! Thanks so much for trying it and coming back to leave a review!

  20. 5 stars
    Like an orange dreamsicle! So simple and easy to make and so delicious. Definitely keeping this one in the rotation.

    1. I’m so glad this smoothie was a hit, Christina! Thanks so much for trying it and I so appreciate the review!!

    1. Ah yay!! That’s so amazing to hear, Jaime! So glad this smoothie has been a hit. Thanks for the review!!

  21. 5 stars
    This smoothie was soo creamy and delicious! Tasted like orange creamsicle! Very easy to make and a great way to get some Vitamin C! Highly recommend!

  22. 3 stars
    Was so excited to try this one. My navel orange was nice and juicy. The smoothie could use a little more orange flavor for me. I tasted the vanilla protein more than anything.

    1. Hey Wanda – What brand of protein powder did you use? That could be the reason for it tasting too much like protein powder. You can always add in more orange if you’d like more orange flavor!

  23. 5 stars
    So simple and perfect. The orange is so refreshing for summer and you can’t taste the protein at all.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this orange banana smoothie, Megan! Thanks for the review. It means so much to me!

  24. 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. 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!

  25. 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. 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!

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

  27. 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?

  28. 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.

    1. Absolutely, I am so happy that you found this recipe helpful, Zidane. Thank you for your review + star rating, I appreciate it!