Freezing Bananas For Quick Cold Smoothies – Simple Daily Recipes

A few months back, I started the habit of drinking smoothies before breakfast.  It's now an addiction.  I can't go forward in my day without a creamy cold smoothie.  At first, it took some planning and stumbling to get the routine down and make sure I always had a variety of ingredients on hand.  One ingredient that always comes in handy is frozen banana chunks. They're perfect for chilling a smoothie or having a completely frozen treat.

Bananas can be used to make a smoothie creamy without making the flavor known.  The trick is in how ripe the banana is in the first place.  Slightly green bananas are harder to detect than spotty, sweet, ripe ones.  To get a quick creamy effect for a small smoothie serving, use frozen banana chunks like ice cubes every time.

Now, there's two ways to freeze bananas.

  1. Peel the bananas. Lay the whole bananas on a baking sheet and freeze for a couple of hours.  Store whole frozen bananas in an airtight freezer bag.
  2. Peel the bananas.  Break the bananas into 1- to 2-inch chunks. Lay the chunks on a baking sheet and freeze for up to an hour.  Store frozen bananas chunks in an airtight freezer bag.

Using whole frozen bananas is great when you need whole bananas and you have a strong blender.

I prefer to go with number two, breaking the bananas into chunks.  It's easier to reach into a bag of banana chunks to cool down a smoothie than trying to cut into a frozen banana.  And too, I have more portion control with chunks on hand.

Okay, I admit it.  I'm a control freak.  Love me anyway.


Well, it's been two years since I wrote this helpful kitchen tip post. My family and I slurp up breakfast smoothies EVERY morning, seriously, rain or shine, cold or hot, I blend up some variation of smoothie to start our day. Banana is most often used to get that creaminess that calms our addiction. I no longer break up the bananas into chunks before freezing. I just peel 'em, throw on a large baking sheet, throw 'em in the freezer. I buy bananas in bulk and never have they lasted in the freezer long enough to become yucky.


  • I peel then, slice them into about 1/2 inch slices, wrap the amount I will be using in waxed paper, drop them in a ziploc freezer bag and toss them in the freezer. When I’m ready to use them I take out a package and toss them in the blender. I do the same thing with frozen strawberries. I’m wondering how pineapples would do frozen … hmmmm

    • Hi Linda!
      Pineapple works, too. I’ve walked through the same steps for fresh pineapple and it worked just fine. Last June, we picked 50 pounds of strawberries from an east Texas farm. I froze gallons of whole berries just for smoothies. I made the rest into jam. We have just around 10 pint jars of jam left. That’s just enough to last us til this June’s harvest.

    • M.Clark

      Pineapples are great frozen!

    • Kitten-Frazier Karen Sutton

      I’ve frozen pineapple and used it. Its especially good if you ad 1/3 to 1/2 of a banana and I use sugar free coconut almond milk Pina Colada Smoothie! My full recipe is below
      1/4 cup quick oats/ cooked (not instant oatmeal. I cook mine in microwave for 45 seconds
      1 single serve non-fat yogurt (greek for those who want the extra protein/any flavor?
      1/2 cup frozen fruit
      1/3 to 1/2 banana (depending on how much you like the banana taste)
      1/2 cup non fat/low fat milk
      this comes out to +/- 500 calories but it keeps me FULL til lunch!

  • Rendy Yamamoto

    How long do they keep in the freezer before they get icky?

    • To be honest, the longest bananas hang around in my freezer is about three weeks. At three weeks, they look just like they did on day one.

      We eat bananas EVERYDAY, in our morning smoothies, as snacks, and dessert with yogurt & granola.

      I’m sure frozen bananas can keep longer than three weeks. Thank you for the question, it makes me want to keep back a banana in a separate bag, write the date on it, and just wait and see.

    • These days, I don’t even bother breaking up the bananas. I lay the whole peeled bananas side by side, crowding and piling them two layers high. Twenty-four hours later, I pull the large cookie sheet out, allow it to set out several minutes, then start popping the fruit off the pan. I fill 2 to 3 gallon-size freezers bags this way at one time.
      For a family of four consuming smoothies every morning, we will have those 3 gallons of bananas eaten in 3 weeks.

      If anyone worries about fruits and vegetables going south in the freezer, they’re either
      1.) not eating enough fruits and vegetables in their diet to start with
      2.) they’re buying too much at one time.

  • WiiWendy

    THANK YOU LADIES!!! I am new at the smoothie counter (my own) and was wondering this very stuff. Great advice 🙂

  • Eddie

    What banana, strawberry smoothie recipe, with nuts do you like? Thanks! 🙂

  • I just put mine in freezer bags and freeze them, not on trays.