Have you ever heard someone say “I don’t buy green bananas”? I suppose it’s a reflection on getting older, when there is no guarantee that we’d still be alive tomorrow, so we don’t make plans that far ahead. Apparently there is even a song that refers to that:

‘I don’t own an umbrella, if it rains, I guess I’m gonna get wet. I don’t buy green bananas because I don’t plan that far ahead.’

I don’t subscribe to that dim view of the future, and I usually buy bananas in all stages of ripeness, including green, since I only go shopping once or twice per week. Today, however, I found myself with no ripe bananas in my kitchen. All I had were really, really green bananas, which left me with a dilemma: to blend or not to blend.

You see, lately my morning smoothie routine depends heavily on ripe bananas. I have to admit that I use them all the time. Especially now, in the cold wintertime, I depend on them on filling me up with their sweetness and calories.

I decided to treat it as a challenge to come up with a smoothie that’s filling and delicious, and yet banana-less, using the ingredients I had in my fridge and pantry. Here is the result and the recipe, if you decide you want to try it too :-).


Peach Avocado Celery Smoothie with Strawberries and Dates

  • 1.5 cup peaches, frozen
  • 1 cup strawberries, frozen
  • 1/2 small avocado
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 6 dates

Blend in your favorite blender until smooth.  Enjoy!

To find more recipes for smoothies without bananas read this post.