Banana Licuado Smoothie

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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, refreshing 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 fat-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 honey or agave syrup.
  • Ice: Makes this drink somewhat of a frozen treat, and makes the licuado frosty and refreshing.

How to Make a Banana Licuado Smoothie

Putting milk and banana in blender

Start 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 glasses.

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 classic American smoothie, licuados are made with milk instead of yogurt. Cool, frothy, and refreshing, 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 maximum flavor.

What are the benefits of a banana smoothie?

Bananas are a fantastic source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber, among 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

3.91 stars average
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 tablespoons sugar
  • several handfuls of ice
  • nutmeg (optional garnish)


  • Place milk, banana, sugar and ice in a high speed blender and pulse until smooth.
  • Pour in glasses 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: 0gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 73mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 16.4g
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38 responses to “Banana Licuado Smoothie”

  1. Roberto Avatar

    It’s very good I recommend it to anybody that haven’t tried it,
    You can add cinnamon powder once served
    Or you can add chocolate syrup if you’re a chocolate lover.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So glad you like it!!!

  2. J Quinonez Avatar
    J Quinonez

    I live in south Texas so these are pretty much everywhere. A childhood favorite so refreshing and sweet. I didn’t know it was so odd to have a milk smoothie I always thought that was the normal one and yogurt was the exotic one

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Awww I’m so glad to hear this! I grew up drinking these all the time but no one here drank them!! They really are just the best!

  3. Joanne Avatar

    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. :P 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!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I know…I KNOW. It’s crazy right? But yet he eats sashimi!! No tacos but loves raw fish. I don’t get it.

    2. Meghan Castillo Avatar
      Meghan Castillo

      Way too much ice. Several handfuls? Really.

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        That’s how we like it but feel free to use less!

  4. Carol at Wild Goose Tea Avatar
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    I am drinking a lot of ice coffee with milk added. This looks like a variation of that and thus very refreshing as well as tasty. I am surprised how creamy it looks.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Adore iced coffee this time of year!

  5. Robbin McClain Avatar
    Robbin McClain

    Licuados are new to me–they look delicious and refreshing!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Let me know if you try it Robbin!

  6. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker Avatar
    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker

    I’ve never tried a Mexican smoothie but this looks so cool. YUM!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you enjoy it!

  7. Susan Avatar

    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.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Let me know what you think Susan!

      1. Susan Avatar

        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!

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          We just got nectarines at the farmers market this weekend – they are delicious!!