Banana and Almond Breakfast Smoothie



A quick, healthy, filling breakfast smoothie recipe – ideal for the morning rush. Can be served warm or cold, so perfect in any weather.

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Banana and almond breakfast smoothie recipe

I admitted in my recent recipe for american pancakes that I’m pretty lazy when it comes to breakfast and usually settle for a nice bowl of Cheerios. However, a few weeks ago I decided that this had to stop and I had to become more adventurous with my breakfast efforts. There was three main reasons for this…

  1. I have a tendency to get bored eating the same things day in day out. I need variety in my food and I wasn’t getting it.
  2. I write recipes. Eating the same thing every day for breakfast was simply a wasted opportunity to play with food and come up with new ideas.
  3. It’s British Breakfast Week in a couple of weeks (25th-31st January 2015) and I wanted to have some recipes to share.

So I decided, enough was enough and I was going to make more of an effort with my breakfast.

In order to replace my daily Cheerios, these new breakfasts needed to meet three criteria…

  1. They have to be quick to make. I have to do the school run and I’m usually in a rush.
  2. They have to be healthy.
  3. They have to keep me filled up until lunchtime, so I can avoid snacking too much.

I’m please to say, my first new healthy breakfast recipe – banana and almond breakfast smoothie, meets all three criteria – yay.

Banana and almond breakfast smoothie recipe

A healthy breakfast smoothie

This smoothie contains just four simple ingredients – banana, almond butter, skimmed milk and oats, all good for you in their own way. Don’t worry, I’m not going to waffle on too much about the amazing health benefits of each of the ingredients (although they all have them). I’m not a nutritionist and so anything I write here would just be the result of a quick bit of googling, and who’s to say I’d be copying from a site that really knows any more about it than I do!

What I am going to do is talk about my favourite ingredient – the oats.

In my opinion, the oats have two main advantages:

Firstly, they make the smoothie much more filling. I originally made the smoothies without the oats and I was peckish within an hour, hunting around for something else to keep me going until lunchtime.

Secondly, they make it taste more like breakfast. To me there’s something a little unconvincing about having a drink for breakfast. I want to eat. Adding the oats makes it taste more breakfasty and ensures that my brain actually believes that it’s had breakfast and stops wanting something more.

Banana and almond breakfast smoothie recipe

Enjoy warm or cold

I don’t know about you, but until today I’d never had a warm smoothie. The idea came about from my husband who’s not a fan of cold milk. I made him the smoothie and he asked if he could warm it up. We popped it into the microwave for 1 minute and gave it a try – delicious.

It’s like warming porridge in a drink, perfect for a chilly winter’s morning.

Banana and Almond Breakfast Smoothie

Active Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

SERVES 1

Banana and Almond Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, frozen in chunks (if serving warmed then use a room temperature banana)
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • 2 heaped tbsp oats
  • 200ml skimmed milk

Method

  1. Put the frozen banana, almond butter (1 tsp), oats (2 heaped tbsp) and skimmed milk (200ml) into a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve.
  4. If serving warmed
  5. Place the smoothie into a microwave proof dish (ensure there's some extra room at the top to allow the smoothie to expand during heating).
  6. Cover.
  7. Microwave on high for 1 minute.
  8. Carefully stir.
  9. Serve.

Notes

To freeze the banana, remove the skin and chop into chunks.

If you don't have a frozen banana, then use a regular banana and add a couple of ice cubes instead.

http://charlotteslivelykitchen.com/banana-almond-breakfast-smoothie/

Banana and almond breakfast smoothie nutritional information*

Banana and Almond Smoothie Nutrition


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*This is the estimated nutritional information per portion. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.


A quick, healthy, filling breakfast smoothie recipe - ideal for the morning rush. Can be served warm or cold, so perfect in any weather.

 

14 Comments:

  1. I always make smoothies for breakfast so this banana and almond recipe is perfect for me to try out. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. This sounds delicious! I try to avoid dairy where possible so will be trying this recipe with Almond or Soy milk instead.

  3. Warm Smoothies!!! What a brilliant idea, will definitely try that out! The recipe looks simple, healthy and tasty as well. Just my kind of thing! Pinned 🙂

    • Warm smoothies are a great idea. Annoyed it was my husbands and not mine. He’s writing one of my recipes this week so before I know it he’ll have taken over the whole website!

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  5. This sounds delicious, I love the thought of the oats in it. It makes it sound more like a meal!

    • Thanks Laura.

      The oats really make a difference. Without them it tastes like a drink not breakfast and you don’t feel full.

      I’m quite addicted to this one at the moment, I’ve had it every day this week! Unfortunately it’s not helping my plan to come up with lots more breakfast ideas!

  6. Banana and almond…that’s something I haven’t tried before. It seems like a great combination, especially since I like both ingredients

  7. Love your recipes Charlotte! I use either coconut Alpro or coconut and almond Alpro, as I’m trying to stay away from dairy, but it still tastes really good!! Fewer calories too

    • Charlotte Oates

      I’ve not tried it with coconut or almond milk but I imagine it would taste really good. I didn’t realise they had fewer calories, I’ll have to give them a try!

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