Creamy, unique, and delicious: a banana pear smoothie! Made with frozen fruit and garnished with oats, this smoothie is the perfect treat for a hot summer day. You’re not going to want to miss this recipe!
The ingredients in this banana pear smoothie make it perfectly creamy, yet healthy at the same time (there is no added sugar/sweetner!)
Here is what I used:
- Frozen bananas: these will give the smoothie a deliciously smooth texture. I bought fresh bananas from the store and froze them myself, since this is much cheaper!
- Frozen pears: I know pears are not necessarily a “typical” frozen fruit. But by using frozen pears, it will again help the texture of the smoothie. I bought a few fresh pears, let them ripen, and then froze them myself. Keep reading to hear how I did that.
- White grape juice: this will help sweeten the smoothie naturally! You can use any fruit juice with a somewhat neutral flavor.
- Milk: I used just a touch to make the smoothie even creamier. If you are dairy free, you can sustitute with your favorite non-dairy milk, like almond or coconut.
- Oats: I added oats to this smoothie for a specific reason. Pears can tend to have a gritty texture that isn’t too pleasant in a smoothie. I decided to add oats because this adds a crunch that is NOT due to the pears. After adding oats I didn’t even notice the gritty pear texture anymore!
Personalize Your Banana Pear Smoothie
You don’t have to stop at the ingredients above! There are endless ways to customize a smoothie, and you can do so to your own liking.
Things I might try in the future include adding protein powder, chia seeds, or maybe even an additional fruit like blueberries, apples, or oranges.
You could even go a totally different direction and add some peanut butter, chocolate, or even a dash of cinnamon.
When adding things like this, just make sure to start small. You don’t want to add too much right off the bat and then regret it.
How to Freeze Pears for Smoothies
Like I mentioned, I love buying fresh fruit and freezing it myself. With pears though, it isn’t as simple as some other fruits like berries or bananas. Here are the steps I take to freeze pears for smoothies:
- Buy fresh pears and wait for them to ripen.
- Once the pears are ripe, peel them (I just used a potato peeler and it worked great!)
- Slice the pears. Dip them in lemon juice to prevent browning.
- Arrange on a tray with parchment paper and flash freeze them for a few hours.
- Once frozen, take the pears off the tray, put them in a freezer ziploc bag, and seal. Now your pears are ready for smoothies!
Note: you can leave the peel on if you wish (it’s not like its bad for you) but personally I don’t like the texture of blended pear peel. It’s up to your personal preference.
With a few adjustments, this smoothie works great for a lot of different diets. For AIP, paleo, and vegan, substitute milk with your favorite non-dairy milk (or just use additional juice instead). Omit the oats if you can’t have them. If you’re gluten free, just make sure to get gluten-free oats.
The main diet this smoothie is NOT great for is Keto. Fruit is high in carbs and sugar, which is exactly what people stay away from on Keto.
How to Make a Simple Banana Pear Smoothie
There’s nothing too complicated about making this smoothie! Just follow these steps:
Add all ingredients EXCEPT the oats to the blender. Blend on high until smooth. If the smoothie is a little too thick, feel free to add more liquid.
Add oats and blend for a just a few more seconds. I personally don’t like to blend the oats in the initial step because they will become to gritty. I like them blended a bit, but not too much.
If you don’t want to blend the smoothie twice you can even just stir them in afterward rather than blending the second time!
More Smoothie Recipes
In case you haven’t noticed, I absolutely love smoothies. There are so many unique fruit combos you can make!
For something ultra simple, try my 3-ingredient peach smoothie. Or, if you want something pink for valentines day (OR if you have extra cherries in the freezer from cherry season) try this strawberry cherry smoothie or mango cherry smoothie.
Delicious Banana Pear Smoothie Recipe With Oats
- 4 oz frozen bananas
- 4 oz frozen pears (peeled and sliced)
- 3/4 cup white grape juice
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tbsp oats
- Add frozen bananas, pears, juice, and milk to the blender. Blend on high for a minute or until smooth.
- Add oats and blend on medium for a few more seconds.
- Pour into two glasses, serve, and enjoy!
- I bought fresh bananas and pears, which I then froze for this recipe. The frozen fruit will yield the best texture. Make sure to peel the pears so you don’t end up with gritty pear peels in the smoothie.
- If you are gluten free, look closely at the label of the oats you choose. I use Trader Joe’s rolled oats, which are gluten free.
- If you can’t have dairy, try substituting almond milk or your favorite dairy-free milk.
- I decided not to add the oats on the first blend so they don’t get too gritty. You can even just stir them in afterward and not blend them at all depending on your preference.
Banana bear smoothies use a unique combination of fruit that easily makes results in a creamy, yummy drink! Use frozen fruit, fruit juice, and milk for the perfect texture, and serve anytime you’re in need of a nice cold drink. I hope you enjoy this recipe!