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Banana Split Smoothie

I’m going to immediately answer the question I would be dying to ask if I saw a picture of this smoothie. No, you do not have to rinse out the blender or use multiple blenders for this layered smoothie. I wouldn’t do that to you (or me)- don’t worry, I got your back. 

Now that we’ve got that part out of the way… let’s talk about this fun and delicious banana split in a glass!

Banana splits just scream fun, light-hearted…… and loads of extra added sugars. Fortunately this one relies on the sweetness of ripe and frozen fruit, without the need for the standard syrups and sauces one might find on a banana split!

Layered smoothies do take a few extra minutes, but as mentioned above- no frequent rinses required for this one! Basically, by creating layers from lightest on bottom to darkest on top, you don’t have to clean your blender…except when you’re done.. you should always clean your blender then ;).

The ingredients are simple in this recipe and if you haven’t made a layered smoothie before, this is a great first recipe to get your feet wet. It’s also a great recipe to get the kids involved in!

Here’s the layer breakdown: 

Bottom = banana plus your favorite frozen yellow fruit (mango, pineapple or more banana works great!)
Middle = Strawberry
Top = Chocolate (cacoa powder blended with more strawberry + banana)

KISS Tip: Skip the layer making if you’re short on time and throw all the ingredients in the blender, then make a smoothie bowl with fun toppings like coconut, chopped nuts, fresh fruit slices or chocolate chips!

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Banana Split Smoothie

Total Time10 minutes
Servings: 2


  • Vitamix or high-speed blender


Bottom Layer

  • 1 cup frozen yellow fruit- banana, mango or pineapple
  • 1 medium-large ripe banana, peeled
  • 1 cup milk of choice

Middle Layer

  • 1 1/2 cup frozen strawberries or other red fruit of choice
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice

Top Layer

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries or other red fruit of choice
  • 1 medium-large ripe banana, peeled
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp cocao or cacoa powder

Additional Toppings, if desired

  • Sliced strawberries
  • Sliced bananas
  • Chocolate chips
  • Chopped nuts


  • Place bottom layer ingredients in a Vitamix or high-spend blender and blend until smooth. Pour evenly into two or three smoothie glasses. Repeat with middle and top layer and remember, there’s no need to rinse blender in between if you create the lighter colored layers first!
  • Top with assorted fruit slices, chocolate chips or nuts, if desired.

23 Responses

  1. This is awesome! I love this idea so much. Looks so cute & I’m sure kids will drink this right up!

  2. Love it when there’s a way to make to your favorite treats healthier! This is beautiful and tasty!

  3. These look SO good and would be an awesome replacement when you just really want a banana split 🙂

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