If there’s one drink I absolutely adore (besides coffee) it’s a good smoothie. And, in my opinion, it’s hard to make a smoothie that doesn’t taste good! How can you go wrong with sweet stuff and milk? You can’t.
Smoothies give a light, healthy start to your morning and can keep you filled until your next meal or snack time when made correctly.
A lot of people hear, “smoothie,” and don’t think it’s possible to be fulfilled by a drink. These are the people who probably don’t make their smoothies right.
And that is exactly why I’m making a smoothie series: Smoothie Diaries! Over the past few years I’ve perfected the art of making smoothies not only tasty but filling. Every once in a while I’ll update the series with a new drink to keep it interesting : )
I’ll start with an easy, but a goody – the chocolate almond banana smoothie.
The almonds give you fabulous energy at any point in the day. The bananas offer hearty texture and, of course, the benefit of fruit! Then there’s chocolate – need I say more?
Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie
- 2 cups frozen sliced bananas (or 2 fresh bananas, sliced. If you’re not using frozen bananas, add about 1 – 1 1/2 cups ice to make it cold and slushy)
- 1 – 1 1/2 cups milk (whatever you have! Soy, almond, skim, 1%….you get the picture)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (if you don’t have protein powder, you can sub a cup of light vanilla yogurt to get the same effect)
- 1/2 Tsp unsweetened cocoa powder (if you have chocolate syrup, you could use about 1 Tsp instead of the powder. Just what I had in my cupboard!)
- 1/2 cup raw almonds (you could sub a heaping Tsp of almond butter if you don’t have raw almonds. If you have both use them! The raw almonds add texture and the butter adds intense almond flavor.)
- 1 Tsp sugar (It’s not totally necessary, just depends on your taste! The raw almonds needed a little sweetness, so I added it. If you sub almond butter the sugar won’t be needed.)
Throw all the ingredients into your blender and let it go on medium-high until everything’s emulsified. This recipe makes one LARGE serving (about 12oz).