Banana Almond Butter Smoothie
This banana almond butter smoothie is an easy and healthy breakfast idea. You’ll love the creamy consistency and rich, nutty flavor! Combine frozen bananas with almond butter, cinnamon, vanilla, and your favorite dairy-free yogurt to make this vegan smoothie recipe. Since it only takes 5 minutes to make, it’s a convenient on-the-go meal for busy mornings!
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of almond butter around here. (You may have already tried my Almond Butter Energy Balls, No Bake Almond Butter Cookies, or Crispy White Chocolate Almond Butter Cups.) So, naturally, I knew I had to add another almond butter goodie to my list of creations. This time, we’re blending and sipping the nut butter in smoothie form!
If you love milkshakes, this recipe was made just for you. It’s a healthier alternative made from entirely plant-based ingredients, including bananas, almond milk, and non-dairy yogurt. It has that classic creamy consistency and sweet flavor, but none of the processed sugar found in a traditional shake. What’s more, you can customize it to your own liking with boosters like protein powder and cacao powder.
This banana almond butter smoothie is:
- Vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free
- Sweet, creamy, nutty, and satisfying
- Made with 7 healthy ingredients
- A 5-minute breakfast recipe for busy mornings
- Great for kids and adults
- A nutritious way to curb dessert cravings!
Ingredients for an almond butter smoothie
- Almond butter: This nut butter is loaded with healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. In particular, it’s rich in vitamin E, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
- Banana: Be sure to use frozen bananas for a thick consistency and refreshing, chilled flavor. Not only do they provide a natural sweetness, but they’re also a great source of potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.
- Non-dairy yogurt: Use your favorite vegan yogurt for a creamy consistency. There are various options to choose from, including those made from almond milk, coconut milk, and oat milk. If you consume dairy, you can use traditional yogurt instead.
- Maple syrup: Sweetening this smoothie is entirely optional. Many will find the smoothie to be plenty sweet all on its own, but you can add a spoonful of maple syrup if you’d like. Medjool dates, agave nectar, and honey also act as healthier ways to sweeten a smoothie.
- Vanilla: Pure vanilla extract is a secret ingredient that makes banana smoothies oh so delicious! If you’re already using a vanilla-flavored yogurt, you can go ahead and skip this ingredient.
- Cinnamon: This healthy spice has anti-inflammatory and metabolism-boosting benefits.
- Almond milk: Blend the ingredients with almond milk or another plant-based milk of your choosing.
How to make an almond butter and banana smoothie
For the full ingredient measurements and step-by-step instructions, scroll down to view the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
First, add all ingredients to a blender. This includes frozen bananas, almond butter, non-dairy yogurt, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon. Then, blend until smooth and creamy.
After, pour the smoothie into glasses. If desired, add a sprinkle of granola and shredded coconut on top. Enjoy!
What to put in smoothies for weight loss
If you want to incorporate smoothies in your diet as part of a weight loss program, there are several boosters you can add. Browse the options below to discover your favorite. You can make this almond butter smoothie higher in protein, more satiating, or even “dessert style” to kick cravings. There are various other ingredients that help rev your metabolism too.
- Protein powder: Protein is an essential macronutrient for building muscle and reducing fat. To make this a protein smoothie, add a scoop of your favorite plant-based protein powder. I recommend using a vanilla or chocolate variety.
- Greens: Leafy greens are a great way to bulk up smoothies without adding excess calories. They are also packed with fiber, nutrients, and improve digestion. I recommend trying spinach, kale, or arugula.
- No banana: To cut back on sugar, you can replace the frozen bananas with frozen avocado, zucchini, or cucumber. I know, it sounds odd! Nonetheless, these ingredients actually have a mild flavor once they are frozen.
- Cacao: Need a healthy way to curb your chocolate cravings? Add a spoonful of cacao powder (or cocoa powder) to the blender. You’ll have a rich, creamy, chocolate almond butter smoothie that rivals a chocolate milkshake.
- Coffee: Buzz with energy by using cold brew coffee instead of almond milk. You can enjoy your coffee and breakfast all in one, or sip it as pre-workout fuel before hitting the gym.
- Spices: This banana almond butter smoothie already contains cinnamon, but you can change up the flavor by using different spices! Try chai spice, pumpkin spice, or ginger.
Tips for perfecting this recipe
Use frozen bananas. I always recommend using frozen bananas for smoothies and smoothie bowls. In order to freeze bananas, wait for them to ripen with brown specks all over the peel. Then, remove the peels and store the bananas in a sealed container. Place in the freezer overnight. Frozen bananas store well for up to 3 months.
Don’t add ice. Ice tends to dilute the flavor of smoothies. Instead, make sure to use frozen bananas. If you want your smoothie to have a thicker texture, simply use less almond milk.
Use a non-dairy yogurt that you love. Since non-dairy yogurt is a main ingredient, you’ll want to use a brand that you enjoy. If you don’t like the yogurt on its own, you probably won’t like it in a smoothie either. Vanilla, chocolate, or unflavored varieties work best for this recipe.
Add toppings. Serve your glasses with a sprinkle of crunchy granola, chopped nuts, or shredded coconut on top. This adds extra texture, of course, but it also decorates the beverage!
More healthy smoothie recipes
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Mango Banana Smoothie
- Pineapple Green Smoothie
- Simple Green Smoothie
- Papaya Banana Smoothie
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This banana almond butter smoothie is a healthy 5 minute breakfast idea! The easy recipe is vegan, dairy-free, and great for weight loss. Combine frozen bananas with almond milk, nut butter, cinnamon, and non-dairy yogurt to make this creamy beverage. It tastes like a healthy milkshake! #smoothie #smoothierecipe #breakfastideas #veganbreakfast #banana #yogurt #smoothierecipeshealthy #smoothiesforweightloss #smoothiediet
- 2 frozen ripe bananas, peeled before freezing
- 1/2 cup non-dairy yogurt (such as almond milk yogurt)
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1–2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- Add all ingredients to a blender.
- Blend ingredients until smooth and creamy.
- Pour smoothie into glasses. If desired, add a sprinkle of granola on top to decorate. Enjoy!
- Use your favorite non-dairy yogurt, such as almond milk yogurt or coconut milk yogurt.
- Maple syrup is optional, and most people will find this smoothie sweet enough without it. You can also sweeten it with medjool dates, agave nectar, or honey (if you aren’t vegan).
- Serving Size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 270
- Sugar: 14g
- Fat: 15g
- Carbohydrates: 33g
- Fiber: 7g
- Protein: 7g
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