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Created on: 08/02/13 06:14 PM Views: 1887 Replies: 6
banana substitute?
Posted Friday, August 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

I'm allergic to bananas, but the smoothie without them seems to only have the staying power of just fruit juice--not enough to be a breakfast or snack.

Does anyone have a substitute for bananas that will make a smoothie as substantial as the banana smoothies?

Many thanks!

RE: banana substitute?
Posted Friday, August 2, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Ice is a good way to thicken a smoothie; so is a plant-based milk like soy or almond. Another good substitute is frozen fruit, like mango or strawberries - great thickeners.

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

RE: banana substitute?
Posted Friday, August 2, 2013 at 8:58 PM

I do not use bananas, either, in smoothies (or anything else). In addition to frozen fruit, I also add a scoop of vegan protein powder. It may just be my imagination, but I think it makes it a bit thicker and makes it more substantial.

RE: banana substitute?
Posted Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 12:45 AM

What about using a strained vegan yogurt? Line a strainer with cheese cloth, dump in a plain or vanilla vegan yogurt and let some of the liquid drain away so that the yogurt will thicken. Use the thickened yogurt in your smoothie.


RE: banana substitute?
Posted Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Although I don't do many smoothies anymore, I've never liked bananas in smoothies so I used as a thickener fresh baby spinach leaves. I know that sounds weird, but when I added 1 cup of spinach leaves (loosely packed) to frozen fruit, soy milk, and sweetener, the spinach thickened the smoothie. You also won't taste the spinach at that amount (I would do 1 cup frozen fruit to 1 cup spinach but I think even 2 cups fruit/1 cup spinach would be fine). It also is a good way to sneak some greens into your diet Smile.


RE: banana substitute?
Posted Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I wasn't looking for thickening ideas--without all of those banana starches, a non-banana smoothie was just a glass of soymilk and some fruit--not enough breakfast to last all morning. I'll try the soy yogurt and protein powder ideas, though--those seem like they'd give some real energy to the smoothie.

Although, I think I'm actually going to stop doing this and go back to eating some fats and some meat and eggs. I started the vegan experiment to try to regularize my blood sugar swings before I slip into the family diabetes, but since I started the Kickstart, my low blood sugar dips have become more frequent and more intense. Any diet that leaves me sweating through my clothes and trembling several times a day--including while my stomach is still full from a meal--is not the right one for my metabolism, clearly.

RE: banana substitute?
Posted Friday, August 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

If you're not trying to thicken your smoothie, there's no need to "drain" the yogurt prior to adding it to your smoothie.


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