5-Minute Banana Almond Milk Smoothie
This quick and easy banana almond milk smoothie recipe is a sweet, creamy treat for breakfast, snack or really anytime you need a little pick-me-up, plus it’s ready in just 5 minutes!
About this Recipe
It’s naturally dairy-free, plant-based, and adds a delicious creaminess that helps create the ultimate base for sweet and fruity smoothies (like in this banana almond milk smoothie recipe!).
Nourishing ingredients like banana, almond butter, honey, almond milk, ground flaxseed and a hint of cinnamon, all combine to create a super satisfying treat.
It’s packed with good-for-you ingredients but tastes like a decadent banana milkshake, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself making this one over & over again.
Plus, since it uses frozen fruit and simple pantry staples, it’s a breeze to throw together – making it the perfect breakfast for busy mornings or quick afternoon pick-me-up.
Tip: This sweet banana almond milk smoothie recipe can easily be made vegan or nut-free. We’ve included simple modifications for you below so everyone can enjoy it!
Process & Tips
The beauty of a good smoothie recipe is that all you really need to do is add all your ingredients to a blender and let it do all the hard work for you.
In a matter of minutes you’ll be sipping on a delicious, nutrient dense smoothie!
The powerhouse combination of fiber, fat and protein in this smoothie makes it more filling and satiating than a smoothie that’s only fruit-based.
Plant-powered fiber comes in the form of banana and ground flax seeds.
Healthy fat comes in the form of plant-based milk, unsweetened almond butter and flax seeds.
And the protein can be found both in the almond butter & flax seeds.
Fun Variations to Try
With chocolate: Make it a chocolate almond milk smoothie by adding 2 tablespoons of cacao powder along with the other ingredients.
With Greek yogurt: Up the protein in this recipe by adding ⅓ cup unsweetened Greek yogurt.
With protein powder: Add 1-2 scoops of your favorite vanilla protein powder before blending.
Make it a green smoothie: Add some greens by adding 1 cup packed spinach for a spinach almond milk smoothie.
With oats: Add 2 tablespoons of rolled oats to give this smoothie a fiber boost or make this smoothie even more filling.
Make it a Smoothie Bowl
To make a simple smoothie bowl, make the smoothie thicker by only using 1 1/8 cups of milk.
Be sure to use frozen bananas to help you get that thick consistency.
Once blended, pour into a bowl and add your choice of smoothie bowl toppings.
Topping Ideas: Some fun topping ideas would be nuts, seeds, sliced fresh fruit, granola, honey, cacao nibs and a drizzle of almond butter.
Ingredients & Modifications
Frozen banana: The banana adds some natural sweetness to this smoothie. You can use fresh or frozen banana in this recipe. If using fresh banana, be sure to add some ice for better texture.
Ground cinnamon: I love the flavor that the cinnamon adds to this smoothie recipe, it makes it taste like a total treat and gives it that delicious baked-good type of flavor. If you don’t like or can’t have cinnamon, feel free to omit it entirely.
Ground flaxseed: Ground flaxseed adds a bit of fiber and a dose of plant-based protein. I find it easier to use ground flaxseed but you could also add whole flax seeds if you have a high speed blender. Chia seeds would also work in place of flax seeds in this recipe.
Honey: The subtle sweetness of the honey pairs so well with the other ingredients in this smoothie. For a vegan version, be sure to use maple syrup in place of the honey. Or for a low sugar version, you can omit the sweetener entirely for a lightly sweet smoothie.
Almond butter: I like unsweetened almond butter in this smoothie but you can use any other type of nut butter (like peanut butter) that you like in its place. For a nut-free option, be sure to use sunflower seed butter.
Almond milk: I used unsweetened almond milk but you can use any milk you like. Oat milk, cashew milk, and hemp milk would all work great in its place. If you like a thinner consistency in your smoothies, add more milk.
5-Minute Banana Almond Milk Smoothie
- 2 frozen bananas, broken into chunks
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter
- 1 ½ cup almond milk
- Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender. Blend on high until smooth.