This healthy banana smoothie is made with vanilla kefir and spiked with warming spices.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2012


Recipe Summary

5 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine kefir, bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ice cubes in a blender; blend until smooth. Serve immediately.



Tip: Kefir is a drinkable yogurt found in the dairy section of most supermarkets, it supplies a healthy amount of protein and calcium and good-for-you probiotics.

Nutrition Facts

283 calories; protein 10.1g; carbohydrates 56g; dietary fiber 5.7g; sugars 39.6g; fat 4.8g; saturated fat 3.4g; cholesterol 16.4mg; vitamin a iu 569.6IU; vitamin c 10.3mg; folate 23.6mcg; calcium 345.2mg; iron 0.4mg; magnesium 33.5mg; potassium 426.5mg; sodium 98.1mg; added sugar 15g.

Reviews (6)

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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
Freshly different smoothie I made a couple substitutions bc I did not have kefir. I used 1 banana 1 cup of peach Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup milk with the provided spices and ice. This was the best smoothie I've had in a long time. Refreshing change from berries and flax seed that I usually make. It was gone in like 2 minutes so good! Pros: Tastes refreshing and comforting Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Spicy nice change After trips to every local grocery store (Whole Foods Trader Joes Wegmans Price Chopper Shaws Market Basket and Stop and Shop) I gave up on finding vanilla kefir. I found plain peach strawberry raspberry blueberry and pomegranate though. I considered buying plain and adding sugar/vanilla but in the end I used a combination of vanilla Greek yogurt and vanilla almond milk in place of the vanilla kefir. Loved the addition of spices to my smoothie and with the Greek yogurt this was packed with protein. My 12 yr. old daughter said it tasted like banana bread. Pros: Spices Cons: Locating vanilla kefir! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great tasting I made this exactly as described and it was delicious. Found the vanilla kefir in local grocery store.Had a rich satisfying taste and was filling. The calories are per serving not for the entire recipe per one reviewers comment. Pros: Easy to make Cons: None Read More
Rating: 2 stars
CARB OVERLOAD! 56 grams of carbs! That is the equivalent of 1 cup of kefir with 13 teaspoons of plain granulated SUGAR added! There are healthier ways of getting your potassium and fiber without destroying your pancreas! Pros: Yummy especially with the addition of spices Cons: Carb overload Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Misleading calorie intake The calories of a banana are 70-120 (ish). The calories of kefir per cup are usually 100 - 150 (ish). I don't know how two bananas and two cups of kefir equal 283? Pros: Tastes great Cons: 150 more calories that stated Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Ignore the low ratings that are based on their displeasure at the calories or the sugar count rather than the taste of the recipe. The first thing you need to know is that this recipe tastes great. It also clearly tells you it makes 2 servings (thus cups of kefir 2 bananas etc). I make my own kefir at home and add vanilla flavoring but people that said they used store bought vanilla kefir and that it came out way too sweet probably purchased a kefir that had lots of added sugars already (some do some don't; look closely at the label). I followed this recipe exactly the firs time (delicious) and added a handful of walnuts to blend up the second time (even better). It's a great recipe exactly as written but you can also tweak it. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Yuck! We poured it down the disposal. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a great tasting recipe. Maybe try a different type of milk I used almond. This recipe is for two servings therefore the calories would be doubled if you drink the whole thing. Try frozen bananas instead of the ice cubes and I bet you will like it. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
I agree with the "Yuck!" comment. Poured mine out as well. The first day I found this recipe I didn't have vanilla kefir so I used what I had. A small container of blueberry Greek yogurt one frozen banana one cup of almond milk and pumpkin pie spices (which is allspice nutmeg and cinnamon combined). DELICIOUS! Drank every last drop. That afternoon I found vanilla kefir in my local grocery store's organic section and made the recipe exactly as prescribed. Inedible. The kefir is way too sweet and overpowered the banana/spice flavors. I'm going to go back to my own recipe which is even fewer calories. Read More