Chia Banana Boost (Max) Tropical Smoothie Copycat Recipe

Chia Banana Boost Tropical Smoothie Recipe

I am very excited to be creating a copycat recipe of my favorite Tropical Smoothie menu item, the Chia Banana Boost Smoothie.

I don’t know about you, but protein-packed smoothies are an absolute necessity if I want to start my day off right. I’m not really a breakfast person and I’m usually rushing around because I love milking every minute of my sleep (giving myself “just enough” time to get ready). So preparing a balanced breakfast for myself would be hilariously far-fetched. I’m pretty sure that families sitting around a table eating breakfast before heading off to work, sadly only happens in the movies in 2019. But I would also die if I went to work without fueling my body at all. So throwing 6-8 items in a blender is my favorite solution. Then I keep my large smoothie in a insulated stainless steel bottle and drink it throughout my morning, sometimes through lunch.

One of my new favorite smoothies at Tropical Smoothie is their Chia Banana Boost (or Chia Banana Max if you are adding protein). It calls for roasted bananas. This may seem like an ironic ingredient considering that I make my smoothies in a hurry, but I make a bunch of roasted bananas when I have free time in the evenings or weekends, let them cool and then freeze them.

Chia Banana Boost Tropical Smoothie Recipe

One ingredient that I love in this smoothie is chia seeds, but you may be surprised to know that they pack a surprising amount of calories, about 70 per tablespoon. They are so tiny it didn’t even occur to me to look at the nutrition facts.

Chia Banana Boost Tropical Smoothie Recipe

Let me know if you try this recipe! I would love to hear your feedback!

Chia Banana Boost Tropical Smoothie Recipe

Chia Banana Boost (Max) Tropical Smoothie Copycat Recipe

  • Author: Mal
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Large Smoothie 1x


Deliciously flavorful smoothie packed with wholesome superfoods and protein!



  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 roasted banana – but room temp or cold (1 tablespoon of coconut oil or butter for roasting)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon Chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped or shaved almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1 pitted medjool date, chopped
  • 1.25 cups of crushed ice
  • Squeeze of honey to taste


Roast bananas

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a small baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Cut the banana(s) in half, then cut diagonal lengthwise (as shown in the photo). You should end up with a quartered banana. Lay banana pieces flat on baking dish and add small knobs of butter or coconut oil on top of the banana. Roast for 20 minutes, turning halfway through. Allow bananas to cool completely before making smoothie. You can also freeze roasted bananas as well for future usage.

Blend Smoothie

In a blender, combine all ingredients starting with the almond milk and ending with crushed ice. Blend on a medium-high speed until smooth and no chunks of banana, dates or almond remain. Serve immediately.


Be sure that the roasted banana is not still warm otherwise it will melt the ice in your smoothie and the texture will not form

You can add the ice in portions until the desired smoothie texture is formed. I prefer my smoothie a little on the thicker side, so you can use less ice if you like a thinner smoothie.

Keywords: Smoothie, Protein

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17 thoughts on “Chia Banana Boost (Max) Tropical Smoothie Copycat Recipe

  1. Thank you for sharing! Tastes delicious. And thank you sincerely for posting the recipe right away, rather than having a trail of stories and text intermingled with ads, causing the reader to scroll for a while before getting to the ingredients and instructions!

    1. Thanks so much Tiffany! I literally have the same pet peeve with other blogs. I know it’s a way to make some money and all but I really don’t like making people suffer just to get a recipe. Glad to hear you noticed the difference on my blog.
    1. Haha so we had the same reaction then! Lol this is literally the greatest smoothie and will save you tons of time and money! Yay :)
  3. First time to your site. This was amazing! I think it is even better than the orig8nal from TS. Many thanks for posting.
    1. Thanks so much, Sandy. This comment made my day! It's a recipe in my weekly smoothie rotation, I love it so much. Glad I could share it with you.
  4. Omg! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! This is my favorite TS and now I can make it myself! It’s amazing!! You made my day!

    1. Hi Jake - I am so sorry to hear that! Sounds like something went wrong. Did you use ice? I know that's a silly question but I am wondering how it wasn't cold if ice was used. Not roasting the banana shouldn't really change the texture, temperature or make it dry. It will just affect the flavor a bit. Perhaps try using a bit more almond milk. I find that with smoothies, each time I have to always make small tweaks, they just never come out identical each time. If it's too thick just add a few splashes of almond milk / milk into your smoothie until it looses up a little. You can also cut back on the oats a bit as well. Sure hope this works out better for you the next time you try it. I usually get rave reviews and wish you had the same experience.
    2. Another thing that just occurred to me - it could be the type of protein powder you are using as some are totally different. Try cutting it back to just one scoop and see how that works. Good Luck!!
  5. My favorite smoothie. So good. I added flax seeds and spinach to mine as I do when I order one from tropical smoothie Cafe. Thank You for the recipe.

  6. I literally just opened my computer after coming home from TSC with a Chia Banana Max in hand, looking for a recipe. Yours was the top result (as a marketer, well done, haha) and I am so excited to try it! The recipe sounds great and the comments are encouraging. I also second the comment about getting right into the recipe and not having a long trailing story :) can't wait to dig through your blog some more now!

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