Epic Almond Smoothie – An Easy, Plant Based Beverage
Almonds are my go-to snack since they provide a quick boost of healthy fats, protein and fiber. I often take them on long runs, into the Grand Canyon, and you can probably find some floating around my purse in case of an emergency. So this almond smoothie recipe was a no-brainer…. almonds + almond milk combined with bananas and strawberries quickly becomes a filling and delicious breakfast.
How to Make an Almond Smoothie
Get ready for the world’s healthiest fast food- a smoothie. In 1 easy step you’ve got a meal that is filling, full of great nutrients, and tastes delicious.
- Blend all ingredients until smooth.
- Pour into your fav glass and enjoy!
Make sure at least 1 of your fruits is frozen to produce a refreshingly cool smoothie. And if you just can’t handle a smoothie without leafy greens then toss ’em in!
Almond Smoothie FAQs
Yes! Adding in raw almonds, almond milk, or almond meal to your next smoothie will give you a fiber and healthy fat boost.
Only if you don’t like almond milk… It’s a delicious, plant based option that easily blends with a variety of fruits + veggies. Almond milk adds in some good nutrients as well as works as a natural thickener.
They can be! If you’ve got a high powered blender, then you can add pretty much any raw nut to a smoothie and enjoy its benefits. If your blender isn’t Vitamix-grade, then soak the nuts for 4 hours before blending to soften.
Easy Recipe Swaps
Swap in 1 serving of your fav plant protein powder for chia seeds. The cinnamon honestly makes this smoothie next level, yet just omit if cinnamon isn’t your thing. While this is called an almond smoothie… no judgement if you use a different plant milk. Cashew or oat would work great!
If the natural sugar is a bit too much for you then swap out ½ of the banana for ¼ cup frozen cauliflower. Swap the 2 tbsps of almonds for the nut or seed of your choice.
Benefits of Almonds
Almonds are a pretty impressive nut. 1 ounce holds 3.5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, and 14 grams of fat as well as large amounts of the recommended daily value of vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium.
They also contain large amounts of antioxidants which our bodies use to fight inflammation and cancer.
Because almonds are high in fat, protein and fiber, they can help lower blood sugar. Grab a handful for your next snack and soak in the benefits.
I use both almonds and almond milk in my almond smoothie recipe to increase all the goodness going into my body.
Choosing the Right Milk
You can either buy or make almond milk, and both are great options!
Store-bought almond milk: There are so many brands to choose from when buying almond milk. I love the variety and accessibility of plant based milks today! Yet ALWAYS read the labels (even of your fav brand!) to make sure companies aren’t trying to slip weird ingredients into your milk.
Every year Simple Green Smoothies searches all the grocery stores in the Tampa area for new and improved brands of almond milk, then we test them and rate. We do all the research for you!
Homemade almond milk: I love making my own plant milk. It’s easy + I know exactly what goes into it. If you’ve never tried to make your own before, then try it! You might never go back to the store bought stuff again.
Using Almonds in Smoothies
Check out theses great smoothie recipes that use almonds or almond milk:
Give this epic smoothie a try and let me know how it turns out! I love a new smoothie recipe, don’t you?!
Epic Almond Smoothie
Start your morning with a protein fueled breakfast all wrapped up in a perfectly sweet smoothie. This almond smoothie is delicious and an easy on-the-go beverage for a busy day.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tbs almonds
- 1 banana
- ½ cup strawberries (frozen)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)
- Make sure to use a frozen fruit for a refreshingly cold smoothie
- Add even more protein with 1 tablespoon of chia seeds or 1 serving of Protein Smoothie Boost
- For less natural sugar, swap ½ banana with ¼ cup frozen cauliflower
Calories: 339kcal (17%) Carbohydrates: 44g (15%) Protein: 9g (18%) Fat: 17g (26%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g Monounsaturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 329mg (14%) Potassium: 727mg (21%) Fiber: 12g (50%) Sugar: 19g (21%) Vitamin A: 94IU (2%) Vitamin C: 53mg (64%) Calcium: 456mg (46%) Iron: 2mg (11%)