A fun little layered smoothie combining easy ingredients like banana, oats, honey, milk, and of course raspberries. This ombre raspberry smoothie is great for serving up to breakfast guests, as it looks that little bit fancy, but is easy to bring together. Kids love it too! Perfect for a hot summer's day, or when you want to add some color to your morning.
I love serving pretty layered breakfasts like this smoothie and this Overnight Raspberry Chia Pudding Recipe to overnight guests in the morning as they look fancy but are so easy to make quickly in the morning.
Easy Ingredients For Smoothies
We aim to keep ingredients for smoothies as simple as possible, and this raspberry smoothie recipe does just that.
You will need:
- frozen banana: if you do not have frozen bananas you can always use fresh fruit, but you will need to add some ice to the blender when blending;
- frozen raspberries: fresh raspberries or other fresh berries of choice can be used in a pinch, but again, you will need to add some ice when blending;
- milk of choice: I use unsweetened almond milk as that is what I always have on hand, but any milk of choice such as coconut milk, oat milk or cashew milk would work well here (why not try making your own nut milk?)
- oats: use rolled oats, and be sure to check the ingredient label if you want this smoothie to be gluten-free;
- raw honey: using local honey is best if you can get your hands on some. Sub in some agave nectar if you would like to keep the smoothie vegan.
If you do not have frozen bananas or raspberries, be sure to add a cup of ice to the smoothie mixture when blending.
If you like to change things up from time to time, scroll down to the tips, tricks, and substitutions section and get some ideas for colorful additions.
How To Make A Layered Ombre Smoothie
This banana raspberry smoothie may look a little bit fancy served in a tall glass, but it is super easy to make and requires only one step more than what you would do if making a regular one-color smoothie.
Blend the banana mixture first, pour half into the serving glasses, add raspberry to the rest of the mixture and blend, use a spoon to swirl on top of the banana.
It really is as simple as a two-part blend, and you don't even have to clean out the blender jug between blends.
Use the handle of a spoon to swirl the raspberry mixture on top and you are good to go.
The perfect thick smoothie for an afternoon snack.
Tips, Tricks and Substitutions For Your Homemade Smoothie
If you like, you can always add some extras like vanilla-flavored protein powder to your smoothie.
If you do add extras, be mindful of how this will change the overall color of the smoothie.
I like to add a spoonful of one of the following to the banana blend part of the smoothie for a fun color change:
- blue spirulina;
- green spirulina;
- butterfly pea powder for a lovely bright blue/purple swirl;
- cocoa protein powder for a chocolate raspberry swirl;
- a spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter for some added protein, and a peanut butter and jelly flavor;
- a dollop of plain greek yogurt for some extra protein;
- a sprinkle of chia seeds to the banana mixture.
Be mindful when adding green spirulina as it does have a strong taste, so a little goes a long way.
Easily change up the color of your ombre smoothie with colored powders like blue spirulina.
If you would like your raspberry smoothie to be vegan, simply swap the honey for some maple syrup or blue agave syrup.
How To Serve Your Raspberry Smoothie
Since this is a layered smoothie recipe, be sure to serve it in a glass, or a see-through cup of some description, otherwise, you won't see the layers.
I find a tall skinny glass like the ones in the photos works well for serving to guests, or for a special occasion.
However, if this is your Monday morning before school smoothie, feel free to serve in a regular glass.
Consider adding some of these toppings:
- crushed raspberries;
- a sprinkle of oats;
- a drizzle of honey on top;
- some dessicated coconut flakes;
- crushed freeze-dried raspberries for a bit of zing.
Make your banana raspberry smoothie look as pretty or as plain as you want.
What To Do With Leftover Smoothie
Leftover smoothies should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Please note: if you are storing the smoothie after it has already been layered, there may be some discoloration to the banana layer.
The banana may also become extra sweet if left for too long.
Alternatively, why not use a popsicle mold or an icecube tray and make smoothie popsicles, or smoothie ice cubes, which can be added to your next fruit smoothie blend.
This is the perfect way to cut down on waste!
Have A Hankering For Homemade Smoothies?
Lucky for you, we have a whole range of tried and tested healthy smoothie recipes to try next:
- The Creamiest Banana Cinnamon Roll Smoothie Recipe
- Red Berry Protein Smoothie Without Protein Powder
- Super Green Celery Smoothie
Layered Banana Raspberry Smoothie
- 4 medium frozen bananas
- 3 cups frozen raspberries plus more for serving
- 6 cups milk of choice
- 2 tablespoon rolled oats plus more for serving
- 1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup
- Add the banana, honey, oats, and half of the milk to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour the banana mixture halfway into serving glasses (this should use just over half of the mixture).
- To the remainder of the banana smoothie, add the frozen raspberries and the rest of the milk and blend again until completely smooth.
- Using the handle of a spoon, pour the raspberry smoothie into the glasses on top of the banana mixture. This will give you the ombre effect.
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