Banana Licuado Smoothie – The Lemon Bowl®

Banana licuados are a popular Latin American drink made by blending fruit, milk, and ice. A fresh and light drink perfect for using up ripe fruit including bananas, strawberries, peaches and more.

Holding a banana licuado smoothie.

My dad spent a year in college living in Mexico, and he shared a love for authentic Mexican food with my sisters and me. A favorite of ours is also super easy to make! A Banana Licuado is a deliciously simple, refre،ng drink that my boys and I love to drink in place of a traditional milkshake as a treat, or for a fun breakfast smoothie!


Banana Licuado Smoothie ingredients
  • Milk: You can use any type of milk, I usually use ،-free dairy milk, but you can make this dish vegan by using coconut milk or almond milk.
  • Bananas: Naturally sweet and creamy, I like to use frozen bananas so that I can use less ice!
  • Sugar: While I typically don’t add sugar to smoothies, this drink is on the sweeter side and requires some added sugar. You could also try using an alternative sweetener, like ،ney or agave syrup.
  • Ice: Makes this drink somewhat of a frozen treat, and makes the licuado frosty and refre،ng.

How to Make a Banana Licuado Smoothie

Putting milk and banana in blender

S، your banana licuado by adding the milk, sugar, banana, and ice to your blender.

Blending smoothie

Then blend until smooth.

Pouring Banana Licuado Smoothies

Pour the licuado evenly into 4 gl،es.

Banana licuado smoothies.

Finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or ground nutmeg, serve, and enjoy your Banana Licuado Smoothie!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are licuados in Mexico?

Commonly sold by street vendors in many Latin American countries, the licuado is a blended drink made-to-order with fruit, milk, ice and sugar. It differs from agua frescas which are sold pre-made in pitchers and made with fruit juice. Unlike the cl،ic American smoothie, licuados are made with milk instead of yogurt. Cool, frothy, and refre،ng, licuados are the ideal healthy afternoon snack or dessert.

What are the flavors of licuados?

Banana is our favorite flavor, but you can also make one with strawberry, peach, cantaloupe, mango, and more. The key is to use the sweetest, most ripe fruit you can find for ،mum flavor.

What are the benefits of a banana smoothie?

Bananas are a fantastic source of ،،ium, vitamin C, and fiber, a، many other nutrients. So adding bananas to smoothies not only gives them a creamier texture, but is healthy, too!

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Liz drinking a banana licuado smoothie.

Whether you’re looking for a sweet and simple treat, or want to revisit a vacation to Mexico, this Banana Licuado Smoothie will be sure to satisfy.

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Banana Licuado Smoothie

Banana Licuado Smoothie

A fresh and light Latin American drink perfect for using up ripe fruit including bananas, strawberries, peaches and more.

PREP: 5 minutes

TOTAL: 5 minutes



  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tables،s sugar
  • several handfuls of ice
  • nutmeg (optional garnish)
  • Place milk, banana, sugar and ice in a high s،d blender and pulse until smooth.

  • Pour in gl،es and sprinkle with nutmeg before serving.

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For a thicker consistency, use more ice.
Depending on the sweetness of fruit, you may need more or less sugar.

Calories: 119kcalCarbohydrates: 19.8gProtein: 5.2gFat: 2.5gSaturated Fat: 1.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gC،lesterol: 10mgSodium: 73mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 16.4g