This delicious banana almond butter smoothie is super creamy, packed with protein and healthy fats for a gluten-free and dairy-free breakfast.
Spring is almost here my friends! The days are getting longer, the sun is shinning earlier and I am loving it! My favorite breakfast during the summer is a smoothie and this warm weather has me craving them again.
This Banana Almond Butter Smoothie is full of straight goodness! It is sweetened from the banana and Medjool dates so it is extra good! If you are not a fan of banana’s you could probably leave it out and still have a satisfying breakfast on the go.
If you don’t have a higher-powered smoothie, you might have a hard time getting the dates to blend all the way however, I didn’t see this as too big of an issue because you get little pieces of chewy date candy in some sips and that was just a huge plus for me.
Reasons you’ll ♡ this Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie
- Perfectly sweet
- Super nutritious
- & So tasty
Can you put almond butter in a smoothie?
I have gotten this question a lot over on Instagram and I am here to tell you, yes absolutely put almond butter in your smoothie!! It adds protein, fiber and makes your smoothie super creamy and extra delicious.
If you aren’t a fan of almond butter or don’t have any on hand, you can use any nut or seed butter. This smoothie would be great with peanut butter, cashew butter or seed butter. I have this incredible Banana Tahini Smoothie for my nut-free readers.
Banana Almond Butter Chocolate Smoothie Ingredients
I packed as much goodness into this smoothie as I could! This is the basic recipe that I go with that never fails me but I have added other goodies in while recipe testing and they have all turned out just as delicious! So I encourage you to play with this recipe and make it as delicious and filling as you need. This is the ingredients I use:
- frozen banana
- almond butter
- Medjool dates
- cocoa powder
- almond milk
- vanilla extract
- sea salt
- optional ingredients to boost fiber, bulk your smoothie up and adds no sugar: flaxseed, chia seed, hemp seed, pumpkin seeds cooked sweet potato, raw kale, cooked or raw carrots, beets, and broccoli
How to make a healthy breakfast smoothie
Smoothies are one of my favorite breakfast or post-workout snack because they are so dang easy! You simply toss everything into your blender, blend, and sip. It is truly that simple!
For this recipe, I like to use a frozen banana to keep the smoothie nice and creamy but if you don’t have any frozen you can include some ice in your ingredients. Before you pop your dates in the blender, don’t forget to pit them by splitting them in half and taking out the seed in the middle.
If you find it hard to stay full on smoothies try adding some of the optional ingredients I listed above! One of my favorite ways to bulk my smoothie up a little more is by adding steamed and frozen vegetables. Sweet potatoes and butternut squash add a super creamy texture. Broccoli and cauliflower really pack a nutritional punch. Spinach, kale or any greens are always a great addition to your breakfast. If you aren’t sold on adding vegetables, add some chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds or any other type of seed to increase the fiber and help you feel full longer.
More Smoothie Recipes to try
- Banana Tahini Smoothie
- Healthy Grapefruit Ginger Detox Smoothie
- Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Bowls
- Peaches and Cream Smoothie Bowls
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 2 Medjool dates
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 container of plain Greek yogurt 5.3 oz (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- pinch of sea salt
1. Pit your Medjool dates by removing the center
2. Place all your ingredients in the blender
can substitute Medjool dates for 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 372Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 7gSugar: 28gProtein: 14g