You’ll go BANANAS for this smoothie full of coconut, banana and nutty almond flavor!
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I am nuts about this new smoothie recipe I created this morning!
Banana, Almond butter, Almond milk, honey, coconut and a touch of cinnamon, Breakfast? Tastes like dessert!
Have you ever added almond butter to a smoothie? It seriously kicks it up a notch. My smoothies are usually pretty simple. Bananas, berries, sometimes yogurt, but pretty easy and pretty much the same ‘ol same ‘ol.
Adding the nuttiness of the almond butter was a great idea!
Recently I was asked to make two recipes featuring almonds. One savory and one sweet.
A little over a week ago, I shared a recipe for these Spicy Smoked Almonds for my savory contribution. They weren’t “smoked” in the traditional sense, just made with a concoction of spices that led to the flavor of them being smoked.
I set my mind to making this smoothie, and started jotting down ideas for the flavors I wanted to incorporate. Bananas and almonds pair so well together I thought that was the perfect place to start. Raw honey is always a favorite of mine to add for sweetness when I make smoothies. The coconut came as almost an after thought, but I was thrilled to have thought of it. All of the sudden, I wasn’t in dreary Omaha. It put the smoothie right into that “tropical” category. (even secretly thought to myself, “you could totally make this into a blended drink by adding a little spiced rum to it” … pool sipper perhaps? ) I decided (for now) to stick to my breakfast idea and give it a little sprinkle of cinnamon instead.
Almond Day is a national food holiday that takes places on February 16 of every year. Adding almonds into our daily diet is not only a healthy “good for us” choice, but they are extremely versatile and can be incorporated in recipes in so many ways. Almonds have a protein punch that will help to keep you satisfied and energized all day long. Grab these benefits by even just carrying a handful with you for snacking.
Of course, adding them to this Nutty Monkey Smoothie, in the form of almond butter, would be the best place to start!
- 1 small banana
- 1 Tablespoon almond butter
- ½ cup Vanilla Almond Milk
- 1 Tablespoon shredded coconut
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup ice cubes
- more honey and coconut if you want to rim the glass
- Blend all ingredients together in your blender. Pour into a glass.
- To rim with coconut, simply smooth honey around the rim of the glass, and roll in shredded coconut.