Today I am so excited to share one of my favorite simple smoothies that I have been having for breakfast almost every day. I’ll also be sharing my homemade almond butter recipe that I add to almost all of my drinks, it’s so yummy and easy to make.
To get started you’ll need these ingredients:
- 1-2 cups almond milk
- Spoonful of almond butter
- 1/2 frozen banana
- Vanilla protein powder
- Optional: collagen peptides and/or other supplements
I recommend the Arbonne vanilla protein… but to be honest I am not the biggest fan of the company’s business model. If you can’t get behind ordering it from an Arbonne rep (understandable) then I think the Garden of Life fit vanilla protein powder is another great option that is also vegan. The only reason I use this protein is because it tastes AMAZING and it’s also really easy on my stomach, something that’s been challenging for me to find.
I try to make as many of my own ingredients as I can, the almond milk I make about once a week and the almond butter is homemade to.
To make homemade almond butter you’ll need 4 cups of raw or roasted almonds, 1/4 cup of your oil of choice, and a pinch of salt and cinnamon. I like my almond butter to be the consistency of cookie dough when at room temp and refrigerated, but when heated it can become runny to use as a topper for smoothie bowls or toast. I think it’s good to start with this ratio because if your almond butter is runny at room temp it will separate when chilled.
Blend all of the ingredients in a high speed blender, if using a vitamix you’ll want to blend these together for a few minutes on the highest setting while taking breaks to mix. The almond butter will also become hot, let it cool on the counter for an hour unsealed and then place it in your pantry or fridge.
Adding collagen peptides or other supplements to a daily smoothie for me is the easiest way to remember to take them. And since collagen adds even more protein, it helps keep me fuller longer. If you are vegetarian you can look into using marine collagen instead. On a daily basis I tend to keep things as quick as possible, on the weekends I will add other add ins like glow powder or adaptogens.
Blend everything together at medium speed for about a minute. I prefer to have everything chilled, even the glass so that it all stays cool while I take my time sipping it.
And that’s it! So easy. It should taste like a banana vanilla almond ish protein shake. A friend a few weeks ago compared it to Falafel’s Drive In banana milkshake!
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed this. Let me know if you have any questions… hope to do more smoothie recipes on here in the next few weeks.