7.30.2021

Almond Butter Smoothie

If you’re a PB&J lover, then this banana almond butter smoothie is for you! It’s super creamy, sweet + nutty— and packed with protein to keep you full.

Ingredients for almond butter smoothie

This banana almond butter smoothie takes a page right out of my childhood. It’s inspired by the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, yet optimized with 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!

banana almond butter smoothie in mason jar

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.

Pro tip: alternate between storing right side up and upside down to help the natural oils mix back in with your nut butter instead of collecting in one spot inside the jar.

protein benefits of almond butter in smoothies

More protein rich smoothies  

There are so many great combinations of almond butter smoothies. Below are a few more that I think you’ll like:

Want more protein?

And if you’re looking to level-up this banana almond butter smoothie recipe (or any other) by an additional 10 grams of protein, adding Protein Smoothie Boost is an easy win! I got so tired of finding hard to pronounce and not-so-good for me ingredients in my protein powders.

That’s why I decided to create my own and pass the benefit along to you. Protein Smoothie Boost is made entirely of organic hemp, chia and flax seed, ground to such a fine powder that it is beautifully blendable. Add it to your next smoothies and let us know what you think!

FAQs

Why do people put almond butter in smoothies?

For the protein of course! And the yumminess! Almond butter is a plant based protein and healthy fat that can add a creamy thickness to your next green smoothie. Plus almond, along with other nut butters like cashew butter can make a great alternative to those allergic to peanut butter.

Is almond butter good for weight loss?

It totally sounds counter-intuitive, yet almonds are higher in fat + help you lose weight. Here’s how: drinking a green smoothie with almond butter or other healthy fat alternative vs. one without helps you stay full longer. Fat takes longer to digest, leaving you less hungry for longer periods of time. If you’re still full, you’re not gonna grab that bag of chips or cookies in between meals. Instead, you’ll opt to drink more water and ride out that full feeling all the way til your next meal. Winner!

Do you refrigerate almond butter?

Great question! And the answer is… it depends. Most of the time, storing in your pantry is just fine. However, if you don’t use your almond butter as quickly as I do in my house, then it might be wise to store in the fridge. This is especially true if you purchase nut butters without preservatives. Keeping it in the fridge extends the shelf life from approx. 2 years to a whopping 4 years.

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.

Blended almond butter green smoothie with banana

Almond Butter Smoothie

This protein packed recipe is perfectly balanced with the natural sweetness in fruit, making i my favorite almond butter smoothie.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Course: Breakfast / Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Servings: 1
Calories: 448kcal
Author: Jen Hansard

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth.
  • Next add the remaining fruits and blend again.

Notes

  • Freeze your grapes overnight to chill this green smoothie and top with sliced almonds for an added crunch.

Nutrition

Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 1118mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 2989IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 462mg | Iron: 3mg
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Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Shawn Shafer says:

    This is one of my favorites! Amazing!

  2. Joyce says:

    Yummy, yummy, yummy!!! I love this smoothie. I made the recipe exactly as instructed. I did freeze my grapes and bananas. I may add a little more almond butter to it next time, but it really is fabulous as is. I will definitely make this as a go to smoothie.

  3. Leila says:

    I have a peanut butter and banana smoothie with chia seeds quite often for breakfast and love it. I’ll try switching to almond butter and adding spinach to it with this recipe (we usually add spinach to just our fruity smoothies). Excited to try it! Thank you!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      We’re excited you’re gonna try greens in that smoothie too! Def check back in and let us know what you thought. 🙂

  4. Kathryn Kennedy says:

    For a nut-free version, I made this with sunflower seed butter instead. I used a cocoa-flavoured sunflower seed butter so it had a chocolate-banana milkshake taste. Loved it – will make again.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Way to rawk a nut free version! Thank you so much for sharing your smoothie success!

  5. Erin says:

    This is actually a fav smoothie in our house, and I love adding the almond butter for extra healthy fat for my 2 year old. We often swap grapes out for strawberries, as we have those on hand more often. This is definitely kid approved.

  6. morgan says:

    Used peaches instead of grapes and plant protein milk instead of almond it is so smooth and creamy 10/10

  7. Rebekah says:

    I only had green grapes so used those, and it was SO DELICIOUS. My husband loves PB&J so much, I can’t wait to make one for him!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Let us know what he thinks after you make him one! 🙂

  8. Julie Quinn says:

    This tastes like a peanut butter and jelly/banana sandwich to me. Needed to use up some grapes, but I wasn’t sure about them in a smoothie. All of the reviews helped me go ahead and try. Yummy goodness!

  9. Sarah says:

    Somebody needed to review this. I’ve made it lots and like it lots! My three year old really likes how sweet it is 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thank you Sarah!!! I am so happy to hear that your three year old loves this recipe!!!

  10. Ha Hoang says:

    Can I eat this smoothie instead of normal meals? Thank you so much

  11. Charlene says:

    I have turmoil with my blood pressure. Most generally always high, but once in awhile I get it lowered, still a bit on the high side. Is there a certain smoothie that helps high blood pressure?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Charlene,

      Thanks for reaching out! Looking to help lower your blood pressure? Some great smoothie ingredients are blueberries, fiber (Leafy greens (especially turnip greens and mustard greens), Raspberries, Cinnamon, Pear, Flax Seeds, Beets, Carrots, Oranges, Strawberries), watermelon, + bananas. Add them to your green smoothie, along with your doctor’s guidance to improve your heart health.

      Cheers!

  12. Maria says:

    My smoothie–

    2 cups spinach
    1 carrot
    1 banana
    1/2 cup seedless grapes
    1 TB. chia seeds
    2 cups water

  13. SabChgo says:

    The link to this one from your main recipe page is broken- one of my faves, so wanted people to see it 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi SabChgo,

      Thank you so much for reaching out + letting us know. We’re updating all of our photos, so a few links are out of sorts. We’re working hard to have everything back to 100%.

      Cheers 🙂

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