This Almond Butter Banana Smoothie probably could have been called a banana cream milkshake because it is so thick + creamy.
Making My Favorite Healthy Banana Smoothie
A perfect snack is hard to find and it is almost impossible to come up with a snack that my whole family will like (mainly because kids are so oddly picky…). However, within this recipe for a tasty banana smoothie lies all of the components needed to create a perfect snack. How is it possible?!? Well, keep reading and you will see the magic.
Any kind of snack needs to be portable (in my mind at least). That means I can take it in the car, I can walk and eat it at the same time and I can give it to my kids without worrying about a massive mess. So a smoothie hits on pretty much all of these things.
I have had countless banana smoothies in my car and walking around town and as long as there’s a cup with a lid and a straw, it is perfect to hand to a little one. Besides, kids love anything if you stick a cool straw in it!
Preparing an Extra Large Batch for Later
A perfect snack also needs to be easy to make. Who has hours to create complicated foods in between meal times? Not me, that’s for sure!
But don’t worry- this banana smoothie recipe will only take about 5 minutes maximum to throw together. I think that is the perfect amount of time to spend making a snack, don’t you think?!
To save even more time, I will frequently make a big batch of banana smoothies and store them in the freezer. Then, next time I am craving a smoothie, I just pop it out of the freezer, let it thaw for a few minutes and I am on my way, banana smoothie in hand! It doesn’t get much easier than that!
So on to the big one- snacks should be healthy! It is so easy to find myself reaching for a bag of chips or candy when I am a little hungry and this is such a bad habit. The number one reason why I absolutely love this banana smoothie recipe is because it is actually healthy! Seriously, it tastes amazing, is quick to make and is good for you!
Adding Almond Milk
One of my secrets is to use almond butter which is full of healthy fats that improve blood cholesterol and give you extra energy. The almond butter in the recipe also helps thicken the smoothie and gives it a super creamy texture. I also use unsweetened almond milk as a healthier alternative to regular milk.
A scoop of chia seeds adds Omega-3’s which are so good for kids and adults alike (once you read all of the benefits these little seeds have, you will be adding them to everything!) All of these great things in one drink. I can see you getting out your blender now to give it a try!
Of course, a banana smoothie wouldn’t be complete without bananas. Potassium packed, fiber rich, totally delicious bananas are what this recipe revolves around. Who doesn’t like a good banana?!? They are inexpensive, versatile and add a great flavor to smoothies!
My little one calls this a “monkey milkshake” and loves helping me throw the bananas (aka monkey food) into the blender.
Freezing Extra Banana Smoothies
Another little trick I have done is we have extra smoothie is to freeze it in an ice pop mold. Healthy banana popsicles are a huge hit in my house especially when the weather is hot. Just another way to enjoy this perfect snack! And while I love this smoothie as a drink any time of day, it is also fantastic as a pre and post workout drink.
My husband frequently will have one of these before his morning run as a little something to fill him up and give him some extra energy (he swears it makes him run faster too haha!).
All it takes is 5 simple ingredients and a quick whirl in the blender and you are ready to go. So give this recipe a try, it will only take you a few minutes and give you a scrumptious snack that is seriously good for you. I’m off to make a batch myself! Enjoy!
Banana Smoothie Ingredients
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon raw almond butter
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- Place everything in a high-speed blender for about 30 seconds then serve immediately.