Easy Energy Almond Banana Shake!


One of my favorite energizing shake recipes: Almond Butter Banana Shake (also known as my "easy energy" shake). Today I'll share with you my new simplified version of the recipe. As well as a special "spiced up" recipe option!..

Nutritional Info
(per serving, 2 servings per recipe)
Calories: 266kcal, Fat: 11g, Protein: 11g, Carbs: 36g, Fiber:6g
Vitamin A: 9%, Vitamin C: 17%, Calcium: 23%, Iron: 8%
* also rich in vitamins D & B12 when you use fortified non-dairy milk!
* only 1g of saturated fat - 10g of "healthy fats"


Simplified Almond Butter Banana Shake
vegan, serves 2

1 - 1 1/2 cups almond milk or soy milk, vanilla flavor
*the less liquid you add the thicker the shake will be
2 large frozen bananas, ripe
2 heaping Tbsp creamy almond butter, salted (raw or roasted)
1/4 cup ice (optional)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
garnish: roasted almonds

"Spiced Up" Version: Add-In 1/2 tsp ginger powder, dash of cayenne, dash of nutmeg

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 or raw almonds.

I first posted this recipe about a year ago. It was a huge hit! You guys loved the easy ingredients and rich, creamy, dairy-free "milkshake" taste and texture.



Creative Shake. I make this recipe a lot! And I often experiment with ways to simplify the ingredients - or give the flavor a spin. I once added a dollop of vegan chocolate-hazelnut spread for a "Choco-Almond Shake" .. that was yummy.

But lately I've been simplifying the ingredients from the original recipe because I didn't really need them when I'm in a hurry to make this shake. I omitted the extra sweetener as well as the cider vinegar.

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. Note: two ripe fresh bananas will not work in this recipe. The smoothie would be too mushy and gooey. You need frozen fruit.

Nutrition. 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 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.

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