Almond Banana Smoothie

by Angela Stanford

Here is a recipe that will give you something to do with all those black-spotted bananas on your counter, rather than putting them into yet another loaf of banana break.  With only 7 simple ingredients, it is a quick and easy way to start the day!

 It is a good source of vitamin E, fiber, protein and potassium. Plus it is packed with energy from healthy fats (from the almonds) and high quality carbohydrates (from the bananas, natural sweetener and non-dairy milk). Choose a fortified non-dairy milk and you should be getting some healthy, essential vitamins like vitamin B12 and vitamin D. Plus those bananas are easy on your tummy, for some quickly digested energy.

Ingredients:

2 cups non-dairy milk, vanilla flavor
2 frozen bananas, ripe
2 Tbsp raw almond butter
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp agave or maple syrup
1 cup ice
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more if you’re a big fan)
optional: a few dashes of cayenne
garnish: roasted almonds

Directions:
1. Place all ingredients in a high power blender. Blend on high until smooth and thick.
2. Pour into glasses and garnish with roasted almonds.

Drink and enjoy!

Cooks Notes:

  • jarred almond butter works find also, but fresh tastes even better
  • peel and cut each banana into 4 pieces and store in container in freezer, so they are ready whenever you want to make your smoothie.  4 pieces = 1 banana

Inspired by Kathy at kblog.lunchboxbunch.com

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