February 16th 2011 is National Almond Day, so I’m blending up my favorite Almond Shake. It’s packed with healthy almond flavor and blends up thick and creamy. Even though it’s dairy-free and quite healthy – I don’t call this drink a smoothie because it really does tastes like a creamy, rich milkshake!
Energy Shake! For some serious energy, super fast, blend up this recipe. That’s why I also call it my “Easy Energy Almond Shake”. Whatever you call it, the delicious taste and texture is undeniable. Get my recipe..
Frozen Bananas. You will need two frozen bananas for this recipe. Be sure to freeze your bananas when they are very ripe – a few black spots. And be sure to slice your ripe bananas into quarters before freezing them, so that they will blend easily once used. A clunky, hard, whole frozen banana does not blend easily. Obviously, you will need to prepare for this recipe in advance – start freezing those bananas! Note: two ripe fresh bananas will not work in this recipe. The smoothie would be too mushy and gooey. You need frozen fruit.
Healthy Smoothie. This smoothie 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 well 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.
Family Friendly. This recipe will be adored by moms, dads and even picky kids. The fresh taste of almonds, sweet bananas and a creamy milkshake consistency creates quite the crowd-pleasing sip.
Easy Energy Almond Shake
vegan, serves 2
2 cups almond milk or soymilk, vanilla flavor
2 large frozen bananas, ripe
2 Tbsp almond butter
1/2 cup ice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
garnish: roasted almonds
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.