Banana Licuado {Mexican Smoothie}

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.
Banana Licuado {Mexican Smoothie} - The Lemon BowlUnless you’ve read my About Page, you probably didn’t know my father spent a year attending college in Mexico where he became fluent in Spanish. Of course, this is also where he gained an affinity towards authentic Mexican cuisine which I am happy to say I have inherited. My husband? Not so much…. but that’s neither here nor there.

When my friends at UDIM asked me to share a summertime dairy recipe, I knew right away that it was time to tell you about my childhood dessert of choice: the Banana Licuado. Commonly sold by street vendors, 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 classic American smoothie, licuados are made with milk instead of yogurt. Who knew?

Banana Licuado - The Lemon BowlMy mom made licuados for me and my sisters quite often when we were growing up. They were probably one of the first recipes I started making on my own once I could reach the blender. Cool, frothy and refreshing, licuados are the ideal healthy afternoon snack or dessert. Banana is our favorite flavor but you can also use strawberries, peaches, cantaloupe and more. The key is to use the sweetest, most ripe fruit you can find for maximum flavor.

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Banana Licuado {Mexican Smoothie}
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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.
Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • several handfuls of ice
  • nutmeg - optional garnish
  1. Place milk, banana, sugar and ice in a high speed blender and pulse until smooth.
  2. Pour in glasses and sprinkle with nutmeg before serving.
For a thicker consistency, use more ice.
Depending on the sweetness of fruit, you may need more or less sugar.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 ounces Calories: 119 Fat: 2.5 g Saturated fat: 1.5 g Unsaturated fat: 1 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 19.8 g Sugar: 16.4 g Sodium: 73 mg Fiber: .8 g Protein: 5.2 g Cholesterol: 10 mg

Disclaimer: I have been compensated by UDIM for my time to develop this recipe. Thank you for supporting the organizations that make The Lemon Bowl possible. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own. To learn more about why Milk Means More, be sure to connect with UDIM on FacebookPinterestTwitter or YouTube.

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  1. Jenn says

    Yumm! Thank you, that was delicious! As much as I love greek yogurt, I always end up putting too much in smoothies, and end up adding too much sugar to compensate. Plain milk was really good. I blended some honey with a ripe banana, then added the milk and ice so it would incorporate the honey a bit better.

  2. Susan says

    Oooooh! This sounds delicious! Even though I live on the border with Mexico in a city where 80% of the population is Hispanic, I’ve never heard of licuados before. I think I’ll make this for breakfast tomorrow, with a combo of banana and those ripe nectarines I’ve got (and add some protein powder for substance). Thank you for a great idea.

      • Susan says

        Without even realizing what I was doing, this is what I made for breakfast this morning. I used half a banana and half a nectarine, and in the future would use a whole nectarine with half a banana. Would also try it with just banana. When I get home I’ll try it with banana & nutmeg (I don’t have it where I am and we spend little enough time here that it is not worth investing in nutmeg, which I already have at home). I also did put in a scoop of vanilla protein powder. You’ve done it again – another excellent recipe!

  3. says

    A husband who doesn’t like mexican food?! Hmmm. Well he must have many other redeeming qualities, because that might have been a deal breaker for me. 😛 Thankfully the.boy does love Mexican food! Which is usually a good thing, but where these smoothies are concerned…I’m not sure I’d want to share!


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