February 27, 2018

Recipe: Vanilla Banana Almond Smoothie

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A smoothie that balances fruity sweetness with plenty of protein.

Vanilla is the perfect base for fruity sweet flavors and nutty earthy ones — and this smoothie combines all three tastes. The combination of carbohydrate from the banana and protein from the milk and yogurt makes this smoothie perfect for breakfast, or for a post-workout treat.

The nutrition information included here reflects the use of low-fat milk and yogurt; you can substitute fat-free milk and/or yogurt to drop the fat content even more. Adding an extra few drops of vanilla extract will enrich the flavor to make up for taking out more fat.

Ingredients

1 cup fat-free or low-fat milk
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 large banana
Dash vanilla extract
5 crushed almonds
1/2 cup (more or less as needed) ice cubes
Handful of fresh mint leaves for garnish, optional

Instructions

Bananas, yogurt and almonds in a blender
In a blender, combine all ingredients except mint.

Blend for about 20 seconds, or until smooth.

Pour into glasses.

Garnish with a fresh mint leaf if desired.

Vanilla banana almond smoothie served in a jam jar

Recipe: Vanilla Banana Almond Smoothie
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 2 smoothies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup fat-free or low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 large banana
  • Dash vanilla extract
  • 5 crushed almonds
  • 1/2 cup (more or less as needed) ice cubes
  • Handful of fresh mint leaves for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients except mint.
  2. Blend for about 20 seconds, or until smooth.
  3. Pour into glasses.
  4. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf if desired.
Serving size: 1/2 of recipe Calories: 90 Fat: 2 grams Saturated fat: .5 gram Carbohydrates: 14 grams Sodium: 42 milligrams Fiber: 1 gram Protein: 3.5 grams Cholesterol: 5 milligrams

Vanilla, banana and almond smoothie in a jam jar