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.