My Banana Almond Smoothie is an extremely simple, 4-ingredient smoothie that will conquer your sweet tooth without sweeteners, nourish your body and keep you cool in the summertime. Its simplicity may seem elementary, but this smoothie will be your new best friend.
How has your summer been going?
I live in one of those “heat warning” zones you’ve been hearing about on the news, so to say I’ve been living indoors is an understatement. Walking from my car to the entrance of Target practically gave me heat stroke the other day. I’m not a fan of being pregnant in the summertime!
I’ve been keeping really hydrated and yet I still feel like I can’t keep up. One of my favorite staples this summer, besides loads of iced tea, water and La Croix, has been this creamy, simple Banana Almond Smoothie.
I made a small (yet huge) decision to really watch my sugar intake. I don’t mindlessly snack on sugary treats, but I wanted to make sure I wasn’t taking in any more sugar than I should be. Thought out treats are one thing, but sauces with sneaky sugar and handfuls of m&m’s instead of one good piece of cake just aren’t ok.
So when I devised this smoothie, I had to keep it super basic, and not over-think it. It doesn’t need a glob of honey or maple, it doesn’t need a sprinkle of Stevia or even a few dried dates.
Bananas are naturally sweet when they’re perfectly ripe. Almonds are full of nourishing, healthy fats. And almond milk (unsweetened) is the perfect liquid to pull it all together, keeping the smoothie simple and tasting of bananas. I can’t resist a splash of vanilla, and you shouldn’t either, because it transforms the taste into an almost milkshake-like flavor. The whole thing is divine.
I, of course, add a handful of ice to make it colder and a bit thicker, but that’s a matter of preference.
Use whatever blender works for you, but I highly recommend a high powered blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec. If you haven’t used one, you seriously should (or go watch a demo because they tend to do those in random grocery stores). They’re a game changer. You can even buy a refurbished model, making it more affordable and you get all of the amazingness of the machine!
On to the recipe! Enjoy!
- 1 banana
- ¼ cup raw almonds
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- splash of vanilla extract
- ice (optional)
- In a blender, combine the ingredients (except for the ice) and blend until smooth. Then add a handful of ice and blend again until smooth.
- I rimmed the glass with a bit of honey and cinnamon, but this isn’t necessary (it’s just adorable).