This delicious nectarine smoothie is juicy and refreshing and provides a burst of delicious flavor. The easy recipe is loaded with sweet nectarines, bananas, peach juice, and protein, thanks to Greek yogurt. A creamy and delicious way to start your day!
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Refreshing banana nectarine smoothie
There is nothing more refreshing than having a smoothie at breakfast to start off your day. And not just any smoothie but one loaded with healthy goodness that can help you get up and at them.
This nectarine smoothie does exactly that! It’s filled with tasty stone fruit, juices, some Greek yogurt, plus frozen bananas to sweeten the deal. The texture is divine and is so icy and delicious!
And if that description of how delicious it is doesn’t lure you in, then I’m sure this next part will seal the deal. The recipe is so easy and quick! Simple is the name of the game.
It’ll take you 5 minutes from start to finish, and soon, you’ll be sipping this yummy nectarine smoothie. In fact, soon the rest of your family will want you making one for them!
Homemade smoothies are always so good! If you love them as much as I do, try our Bahama mama tropical smoothie, peanut paradise smoothie, or blueberry bliss smoothie next.
As long as you have nectarines, this nectarine smoothie features ingredients you’ll probably already have in your fridge. Please scroll down to the recipe card below for a list of exact measurements.
- Frozen nectarines: If they’re in season, buy a bunch of fresh nectarines and freeze them. I’ll show you what to do in a moment. You can also grab a bag of frozen peaches if you can’t find nectarines.
- Bananas introduce a lovely creamy texture and add a touch of sweetness. Be sure to use frozen bananas as they will add to the delicious, thick consistency. You can also use bananas from the counter, but your smoothie will be a little runnier.
- Greek Yogurt adds an extra dose of healthy fats and protein. Get plain or vanilla Greek yogurt if you want a different taste.
- Peach juice or orange juice: Depending on how strong you want the nectarine flavor, you can use peach juice or orange juice to mix everything up. Apple juice and pineapple juice would be delicious as well.
How to freeze nectarines
Using frozen nectarines ensures that your nectarine smoothie has that thick, icy texture we all love about a good smoothie.
However, ready-made frozen nectarines are difficult to find. I browsed through the frozen fruit section at several supermarkets but couldn’t find any.
Luckily, it’s pretty simple to freeze fresh nectarines. So, load up on your next grocery shop and freeze a bunch to have some when you crave this smoothie.
- Pick fruit: Choose ripe nectarines free of bruises and soft spots. Ripe nectarines are slightly soft and separate easily from the pit.
- Rinse: Rinse your fruit under running cold water and remove labels.
- Remove skin (optional): Place 2 to 3 nectarines into a pot of boiling water for 3 seconds. A slotted spoon works great. Then transfer the nectarines into a bowl with ice water. After a minute or so, the nectarines will be cool to the touch and the skin will slide right off. Tip: Removing the skin is optional as it will be blended anyway.
- Slice: Cut the nectarine in half and remove the pit. Then cut each half into thick pieces. Drizzle the slices with some lemon juice to prevent browning.
- Freeze: Arrange the nectarine slices on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper or waxed paper. Please leave a little space between each slice to prevent them from sticking together. Freeze until solid, about 1 to 2 hours.
- Store: Transfer the frozen nectarines into a large freezer bag. Label with the date and fruit name. Consume the nectarines within 3 months for the best flavor.
- Use: When it’s time to make your smoothie, grab your frozen smoothie directly from the freezer and go ahead with the recipe. Easy!
How to make nectarine smoothie
Does it get much easier than 5 minutes of prep and 4 steps for your instructions? It’s the perfect breakfast and snack, no matter how busy you are!
- Combine liquids. Pour the peach juice (or orange juice if using) and Greek yogurt into the base of a high-powered blender. Give it a quick blitz to combine.
- Add frozen fruit. Next, layer the frozen nectarine slices and frozen banana coins on top.
- Blend until smooth. Starting on low speed, blend until the smoothie is completely smooth and creamy. Increase the speed gradually as you do.
- Serve and sip. Divide the smoothie between 2 glasses. Top each serving with sliced peaches, sliced bananas, or other toppings you like, such as granola or hemp seeds. Sip up and enjoy!
My banana nectarine smoothie recipe is quick and easy, but there are some tips and tricks to get the perfect texture and taste.
- Use frozen fruit: For this recipe, it’s important that both your nectarines and banana are frozen to ensure you get that nice, creamy texture. Otherwise, the smoothie will be watery.
- Skip the ice: If you’re used to adding ice to your smoothie, it might be tempting to do here too, but trust me, you don’t need it. Just use frozen fruit to keep things cold and thick.
- Add the liquid first: Add the peach juice and Greek yogurt first to the base of your blender. This makes it easier to blend the other ingredients.
- Start slow: Start the blender on low speed and gradually crank it up to full power for the best results.
- Thicken the smoothie: To make your smoothie thicker, blend in more frozen fruit.
- Thin it out: Simply add more juice or yogurt to make your smoothie a bit thinner.
Variations & add-ins
Ways to customize nectarine smoothie
Homemade smoothies are great to customize! So feel free to get creative with your nectarine smoothie and customize the flavor or add an extra boost of nutrition.
- Swap in peaches: This smoothie recipe turns out just as fine with frozen peaches.
- Sweeten it up: Feel free to add a touch of honey or maple syrup to make your nectarine smoothie a bit sweeter. This is a good option if your nectarines aren’t overly sweet.
- Add coconut flavor: Swap the Greek yogurt for canned coconut milk to give the nectarine smoothie a slight coconut aroma.
- Ditch the banana: If you aren’t fond of bananas in smoothies, swap them out for frozen mango or pineapple instead. It’ll make the smoothie thick and creamy – just without the banana flavor.
- Make it dairy-free/vegan: Either omit the Greek yogurt from the recipe or swap in your favorite dairy-free yogurt.
I love adding more goodness to make my nectarine smoothie a nourishing and filling meal. Here are a few tasty additions that you can try:
- Oats: I love including 1/4 cup of old-fashioned oats for whole grains and even more fiber. You won’t even taste them.
- Chia seeds: Feel free to add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of chia seeds, so they don’t change the texture of this nectarine drink too much. Be sure to drink your smoothie right away, or it’ll turn into chia pudding.
- Ground flax seeds are full of health benefits, and you can’t taste them. They contain protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Add 1/2 to 1 tablespoon.
- Hemp seeds are another seed that I enjoy in my smoothies. I often add 1/2 tablespoon.
- Protein powder: This unflavored whey protein powder is so good in smoothies and something I always add when I’m mixing one to drink as a meal.
- Collagen powder is an excellent alternative to protein powder and will keep you full and satisfied. Add a scoop of collagen powder for an extra hit of protein.
Store leftovers in an airtight container (like a tightly sealed mason jar) in the refrigerator and consume within 1 to 2 days.
Some separation may happen, but that is easy to fix. Either shake your banana nectarine smoothie or give it a quick blend before drinking.
Reasons to love homemade nectarine smoothie
- Full of nectarine flavor: This smoothie is chock full of delicious, summery nectarine flavor.
- Simple recipe: Honestly, all you need is a bunch of frozen fruit and a few simple ingredients to whip up this tasty drink.
- Quick breakfast: Homemade smoothies are one of my go-to choices for a quick and filling breakfast when I’m running short on time.
More delicious smoothie recipes
If you love a good smoothie, here are a few more to try next! Mix them up and have a new smoothie each day. All recipes are easy and so good. I just know that you and your family will go crazy over them!