Almond Butter Smoothie

Ingredients for almond butter smoothie

This banana almond butter smoothie takes a page right out of my childhood. Its inspired by the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, yet optimized with a healthy twist.

By adding plenty of protein and healthy fats, weve been able to boost this smoothie into a great meal replacement. This means you wont gulp down these 16 ounces and be hungry 30 minutes later. Youll be full until the next meal!

banana almond butter smoothie in mason jar

banana almond butter smoothie in mason jar

Healthy benefits of a banana almond butter smoothie

Spinach and grapes are packed with antioxidants and phytonutrientsso this green smoothie is super healthy and yummy. No added sugar or water neededthis is a sweet take on a childs classic sandwich filled with fresh fruit and leafy greens.

Grapes are a low glycemic index fruit, so it has a better blood sugar balance.

Almond butter is a healthy protein source and the better alternative for a paleo diet because almonds are true nuts that grow on trees (peanuts are actually legumes and grow underground, so not paleo-friendly).

Spinach is a powerhouse leafy green packed with vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, manganese for bone health; and plenty of vitamin B2 and B6 for a perfect energy booster!

Bananas are a natural sweetener that also make a super creamy smoothie.

How much almond butter to put in a smoothie?

If youre new to the world of almond butter, its always best to go less. Start with 1 tablespoon, which has nearly 4 grams of protein right there! Taste to see how you like it and add more if you want to.

When using almond butter, I almost always use a banana to sweeten it up and help remove any gritty texture. The banana binds to it and turns it more into a creamy smoothie, than a gritty chunky one.

Pro tip: alternate between storing right side up and upside down to help the natural oils mix back in with your nut butter instead of collecting in one spot inside the jar.

protein benefits of almond butter in smoothies

protein benefits of almond butter in smoothies

More protein rich smoothies  

There are so many great combinations of almond butter smoothies. Below are a few more that I think youll like:

Hamilton Beach Juicer Machine, Big Mouth Large 3” Feed Chute for Whole Fruits and Vegetables, Easy to Clean, Centrifugal Extractor, BPA Free, 800W Motor, Black
Mueller Juicer Ultra Power, Easy Clean Extractor Press Centrifugal Juicing Machine, Wide 3" Feed Chute for Whole Fruit Vegetable, Anti-drip, High Quality, Large, Silver
Juicer Machines, Juilist 3" Wide Mouth Juicer Extractor, for Whole Vegetable and Fruit with 3-Speed Setting, 400W Motor, Easy to Clean, BPA Free
Juicer, HOUSNAT Juicer Machines Vegetable and Fruit with 3-Speed Setting, Upgraded Version 400W Motor Quick Juicing, Juicing Recipe Included
NutriBullet Juicer Centrifugal Juicer Machine for Fruit, Vegetables, and Food Prep, 27 Ounces/1.5 Liters, 800 Watts, Gray NBJ50100

Want more protein?

And if youre looking to level-up this banana almond butter smoothie recipe (or any other) by an additional 10 grams of protein, adding Protein Smoothie Boost is an easy win! I got so tired of finding hard to pronounce and not-so-good for me ingredients in my protein powders.

Thats why I decided to create my own and pass the benefit along to you. Protein Smoothie Boost is made entirely of organic hemp, chia and flax seed, ground to such a fine powder that it is beautifully blendable. Add it to your next smoothies and let us know what you think!

FAQs

Why do people put almond butter in smoothies?

For the protein of course! And the yumminess! Almond butter is a plant based protein and healthy fat that can add a creamy thickness to your next green smoothie. Plus almond, along with other nut butters like cashew butter can make a great alternative to those allergic to peanut butter.

Is almond butter good for weight loss?

It totally sounds counter-intuitive, yet almonds are higher in fat + help you lose weight. Heres how: drinking a green smoothie with almond butter or other healthy fat alternative vs. one without helps you stay full longer. Fat takes longer to digest, leaving you less hungry for longer periods of time. If youre still full, youre not gonna grab that bag of chips or cookies in between meals. Instead, youll opt to drink more water and ride out that full feeling all the way til your next meal. Winner!

Do you refrigerate almond butter?

Great question! And the answer isit depends. Most of the time, storing in your pantry is just fine. However, if you dont use your almond butter as quickly as I do in my house, then it might be wise to store in the fridge. This is especially true if you purchase nut butters without preservatives. Keeping it in the fridge extends the shelf life from approx. 2 years to a whopping 4 years.

If you try this smoothie recipe, please leave a comment below letting me know how it works for you. If you make any modifications, Id love to hear about those, too! We can all benefit from your experience.

Blended almond butter green smoothie with banana

Blended almond butter green smoothie with banana

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Description

Join us in our green smoothie revolution where we inspire more kids to drink their green smoothies filled with plant-based ingredients with no added sugar, grains, dairy, or gluten. Today I let my daughter play with her foodand this is what we came up with together.


  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost (optional)

  1. Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth.
  2. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again.

Notes

*Freeze your grapes overnight to chill this green smoothie and top with sliced almonds for an added crunch.

  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Almond butter and grape smoothie

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