Here is a recipe for an almond and banana smoothie 🌸 the recipe is from the 100 Best Health Foods book, and has just a couple of ingredients, including almonds, plant based milk, bananas, natural vanilla and cinnamon, which you could hopefully find at your local shop. The smoothie is quite quick to make and has a light, creamy and nourishing flavour with the almonds, plant based milk and bananas. The almonds in the recipe from the almonds and plant based milk (in case you use almond milk) are very high in vitamin E, and the smoothie is also quite filling with the almonds and banana.
Almond and banana smoothie
(serves 3 to 4)
- 125 g of whole, blanched almonds (you could also soften the almonds by soaking them in cold water for a couple of hours or overnight, to help to be a bit gentler on your smoothie maker or food processor)
- 600 ml dairy free (plant based) milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
- 2 ripe bananas, halved
- 1 teaspoon of natural vanilla extract
- ground cinnamon, for dusting
Place the almonds in a food processor and process until very finely chopped. Add the milk, bananas and vanilla extract and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour the mixture into tall glasses, dust with cinnamon and serve.
Do you enjoy making smoothies a lot too?
As noted in the 100 Best Health Foods book, almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats and take quite a long time for the body to digest, due to the high fat content. Almonds are also noted to be very high in the antioxidant vitamin E, which helps to keep skin healthy and to protect the body against skin problems. Further, almonds are higher in calcium than almost any other kind of plant food, and are thus noted to be an excellent addition to vegan diets or to those who don’t eat dairy products.
Please note: I also wrote an earlier blog post sharing a recipe for a strawberry smoothie, a lemon and honey drink, a lavender and honey face scrub, a couple of healthy muffins, a couple of honey recipes, a hot chocolate recipe by Deliciously Ella, blueberry muffins, oats with almond milk and raspberries, a raspberry and blueberry smoothie and blueberry bran muffins in case you would like to read a couple more posts sharing a couple of healthy recipes (please check the links) 🍓🌸
Love Food. (2010). 100 Best Health Foods, the ultimate ingredients for healthy living including 100 revitalising recipes. Bath, UK: Parragon Books Ltd.