Monday, February 6, 2012

Banana Almond Butter Smoothie

I polish off a jar of almond butter each week.  One lives in the fridge and a backup emergency jar resides in my cupboard.  I spread it over warm sesame toast in the morning and smear it over crisp red apple wedges in the afternoon.  Although most often, you can find me eating heaping scoops right off a spoon in my pajamas.  It's true.  I'm very glamorous.  There's something about salty nutty butter that has me coming back again and again, spoonful after spoonful.  Another way to enjoy almond butter? Why, in a smoothie of course.

I've shared a few juice recipes, but have yet to share a smoothie recipe.  So for those of you who mentioned you don't have a juicer, this recipe is for you.  It's made right in the blender with only three ingredients, ok four if you count the ice cubes, but I consider those a freebie.  This oh-so-satisfying smoothie is packed with potassium and protein.  I often make it as a mid-morning snack after a workout.  I'd categorize it as a better-for-you version of a childhood milkshake.  A ripe banana lends a sweet flavor without the need for additional sweeteners.  It's super creamy, thick, rich, and frothy.  I top it with chopped almonds for some crunchy texture.  If you find yourself stuck in a breakfast rut, break out your blender and give this a whirl.  And bonus, it's much easier to clean a blender than it is a juicer.  Cheers to that.

~Banana Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe~

1 ripe banana
2 tbsp almond butter
3/4 cup almond milk
3 ice cubes
chopped almonds to garnish

Combine banana, almond butter, almond milk and ice cubes in a blender.  Process until pureed and mixture is smooth.  Pour into a glass.  Makes 1 serving, 12 ounces. 


Sue/the view from great island said...

This looks so healthy and delicious at the same time. What a great before school breakfast this would be for kids.

Amy said...

Ahhh I love almond butter! I make this exact same smoothie, I love it so much. Is there anything better than banana and nut butters? I freeze my bananas before putting them in the blender, makes the smoothie extra thick. Thinking I might make this smoothie tonight... yum.

Sarah (Snippets of Thyme) said...

O.K., this drink is for me. I'll probably be eating my knuckles next week because I have taken out processed sugar for awhile. I have an insatiable sweet tooth that I am trying to tame. This would be a nice sweet treat in a week or controlled quantities of course!

Stephanie said...

Amy-that's funny. It's so good, isn't it? I'd make another one tonight too but I'm out of bananas.

Sarah-I've done that myself. It's so hard initially but you feel great afterwards. And those sugar cravings do go away. You'll have tons more energy and by the time you make this smoothie, it will taste much sweeter. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Ohhhhh, this is right up my alley! I too can polish off a jar of almond butter in a week! I also love sunflower butter but the almond butter is so amazingly smooth and delicious! I am totally going to try this recipe! Thanks!

Em (Wine and Butter) said...

Mm - this sounds totally delicious! I also am totally untrustworhty around almond butter... what is IT???

We had lots of overripe bananas that I was saving as well ... but my husband used them all up in a surprise banana bread alst night ! AGH! :)

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

I've just discovered almond milk and I LOVE it - so this will be a great breakfast! Hope you received the cookbook ok :)
Mary x

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