This almond butter smoothie takes a page right out of my childhood. It’s inspired by the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, yet taken for a healthy twist.
By adding plenty of protein and healthy fats, we’ve been able to boost this smoothie into a great meal replacement. This means you won’t gulp down these 16 ounces and be hungry 30 minutes later. You’ll be full until the next meal!
Healthy benefits of a banana almond butter smoothie
Spinach and grapes are packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients— so this green smoothie is super healthy and yummy. No added sugar or water needed— this is a sweet take on a child’s classic sandwich filled with fresh fruit and leafy greens.
Grapes are a low glycemic index fruit, so it has a better blood sugar balance.
Almond butter is a healthy protein source and the better alternative for a paleo diet because almonds are true nuts that grow on trees (peanuts are actually legumes and grow underground, so not paleo-friendly).
Spinach is a powerhouse leafy green packed with vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, manganese for bone health; and plenty of vitamin B2 and B6 for a perfect energy booster!
Bananas are a natural sweetener that also make a super creamy smoothie.
How much almond butter to put in a smoothie?
If you’re new to the world of almond butter, it’s always best to go less. Start with 1 tablespoon, which has nearly 4 grams of protein right there! Taste to see how you like it and add more if you want to.
When using almond butter, I almost always use a banana to sweeten it up and help remove any gritty texture. The banana binds to it and turns it more into a creamy smoothie, than a gritty chunky one.
Want more protein smoothies?
There are so many great combinations of almond butter smoothies. Below are a few more that I think you’ll like:
- Cacao Weight-loss Smoothie
- Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie
- Simple Banana Chocolate Smoothie
- 5 Post Workout Smoothie Boosts
If you try this smoothie recipe, please leave a comment below letting me know how it works for you. If you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too! We can all benefit from your experience.Print
Join us in our green smoothie revolution where we inspire more kids to drink their green smoothies filled with plant-based ingredients with no added sugar, grains, dairy, or gluten. Today I let my daughter play with her food– and this is what we came up with together.
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- 1 cup red grapes
- 1 banana
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth.
- Next add the remaining fruits and blend again.
*Freeze your grapes overnight to chill this green smoothie and top with sliced almonds for an added crunch.
Keywords: Almond butter and grape smoothie