Blueberry Banana Smoothie
Yield: 1 large or 2 smaller smoothies (18-20 ounces total)
The PERFECT blueberry banana smoothie is creamy and delicious with a hearty dose of protein and takes just 5 minutes to make. 


Ingredients

  • 1 cup (5oz/140g) frozen blueberries
  • 1 medium to large peeled and frozen banana, overripe is best
  • 1 cup (240ml) milk of choice*
  • 1 tablespoon (16g) almond butter**
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal, chia seeds, or hemp seeds (or ½ tablespoon of two or 1 teaspoon each)
  • ½ -1 scoop protein powder or 1 teaspoon honey (or sweetener of choice, to taste)***
  • Optional: 1 cup lightly packed (or 1 ounce or 1 large handful) baby spinach; ¼ of an avocado

Instructions

  1. If you froze your banana whole, chop it into chunks.

    Place all the ingredients, starting with the milk, in a blender and blend until completely smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed.

    If you have a high-speed blender with a tamper, it helps to keep the mixture going. If your blender does not have a strong motor, I recommend blending the milk and the frozen berries first, and then adding the remaining ingredients. That will prevent overloading the motor.


Notes

*I typically use Silk almond milk or Oatly oat milk (and sometimes a combo!) while Oliver likes whole milk. Feel free to use your favorite dairy or non-dairy option.

**Almond butter provides creaminess, wholesome fats, and a very mild nutty flavor. Cashew butter also works well if you’d like the nut flavor to be barely perceptible. Peanut butter may be used but will create a more pronounced flavor. For a nut-free version, a seed butter could be used, or simply omit.

***I use vanilla protein powder, although chocolate protein powder works well too. My family’s favorite brand is Earth Fed Muscle. We use the whey powder, although they have a plant-based alternative. If you don’t have any on hand, you may omit. When not using protein powder, I like to add a small squeeze of honey or maple syrup to enhance the natural flavor of the fruit. Alternatively, a pitted medjool date or two may be used.

A Few More Things… 

This recipe makes a thick, spoonable smoothie. If you prefer a thinner consistency, you may add more milk or use some fresh fruit instead of all frozen.

Tip: Peel bananas before freezing and store in a zip-top bag or airtight container. For the most natural sweetness, overripe bananas are best.


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