Banana Almond Smoothie

banana almond smoothie

Considering that today is officially the first day of summer (though we’ve been suffering through 100 degree summer temps for weeks), it seems fitting to share my new favorite frozen drink recipe. I tried this banana almond smoothie recipe for the first time yesterday and awoke this morning with a vicious craving for another.

Packed with vitamins, minerals and omega-3’s, this is a breakfast smoothie that sticks with you until lunch. It’s made with frozen banana, almond butter and milk, and made all the more substantial with the addition of flax seeds. The almond extract lightens up the flavor and makes it taste like a treat. Try it!

healthy breakfast smoothie with banana, almonds and flax

Banana Almond Smoothie
4.8 from 6 reviews
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Serves: 1
This healthy banana almond smoothie is a delicious, creamy treat!
  • 1 medium to large frozen banana (break your bananas into one-inch chunks before freezing)
  • 1 heaping spoonful of almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 2 spoonfuls flax seed
  • ½ cup almond milk, yogurt or regular milk
  • drizzle of honey, agave nectar or maple syrup
  • tiny drop of almond extract (or vanilla extract, but the almond extract makes the smoothie taste almost like candy!)
  1. Toss all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

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  1. says

    I recently started eating more smoothies for breakfast. Just this morning I was looking for something different then my everyday banana berry, but came up with nothing inspiring until this one! I’m making it tomorrow.

  2. says

    This is my go-to smoothie, almost to a T — didn’t know there was a recipe out there for it! I love banana, almond and flax together. Sometimes I add a date or two to give it that extra exotic sweetness. Power packed, indeed!



  3. Amanda says

    Bananas and almond butter—two of my favorite foods! This looks like a great recipe to use with my new flax seed. Thanks for sharing!

  4. says

    omg kate! i totally just made this and loved it! you are so right – the almond extract totally makes it taste like candy and i love how thick it is – almost like a shake :)

    • says

      So glad to hear you loved the smoothie! It tastes so indulgent, it almost seems like dessert… but I’m still calling it a smoothie. :)

  5. says

    I do something similar to this for breakfast in the mornings. Only addition i make is some bee pollen. Love it as it is tasty and great for seeing you though the morning. Beautiful shot as well.

    • says

      I just tried bee pollen for the first time this weekend! I want to hunt some down at a health food store so I can get accustomed to the taste. My seasonal allergies get the best of me!

  6. Kathy says

    I’m drinking this as I type, & it is super good! More like a dessert :) I used peanut butter & vanilla extract instead because I don’t have almond extract or butter on hand…but I do know, I want another smoothie!! …think of all the combanations ;)

  7. Tanya says

    Found this recipe thru another blog and had to try it. LOVE IT!!! I always see recipes with PB but am allergic so this was great. My 8 yo really liked it too. Will definitely because a staple here :)

    • says

      Yay, I’m so glad to hear you love it! I make it for breakfast often. I’ve been meaning to post my favorite chocolate smoothie that also contains almond butter, so keep an eye out!

  8. Stephanie says

    Where is the almond butter located in the store? I’m having trouble finding it. Thanks for your help. Can’t wait to try this out!

    • says

      Hey Stephanie,

      I have only been able to find almond butter in local health/gourmet stores, located by the peanut butter. I haven’t seen it in standard grocery stores. If you can’t find any, you can make your own using a food processor—I haven’t tried it myself, but I know you could find lots of instructions on how to do it online. Hope that helps!

      • Heather Guthrie-Hoey says

        Great ? Stephanie as I was just wondering myself. Kate, can I substitute something else for the almond butter? I’d like to make this tonight for me daughter yet no almond butter. Curious, can I use unfrozen bananas? I realize texture will be different. Thanks!

        • says

          You can use peanut butter instead of the almond butter, for sure. The frozen bananas make the drink extra cold, creamy and smoothie-like, but room temp bananas would be good, too.

    • Sarah Younker says

      If you have a Kroger, it is located near the regular peanut butter, usually on the lower half of the shelf.

    • Susan says

      In some of our grocery stores, the almond and cashew butters are found in their health food section. They also have Sunbutter(sunflower seeds).

  9. says

    Mary: Yes, I think ground flax would be fine but I would use a very small amount at first (maybe 1/2 teaspoon) and add more to taste. Great question!

  10. Cassandra says

    Really yummy! Nice and creamy. I used regular milk because I didn’t have any almond milk. Instead of almond butter I used peanut butter because I didn’t have any almond butter either. I used room temperature bananas, vanilla and agave nectar as well. I’ll definitely be using this for breakfast! thanks for the great recipe!

  11. says

    I’ve had this smoothie for the last two mornings and I absolutely love it. Its easy, healthy and tastes great, which I’m ALL about. It sort of tastes like banana pudding, or at least, it reminds me of banana pudding because it was a childhood favorite. Anyway, I could see children really digging this as well! Thank you very much!

  12. says

    This smoothie looks so good and a bit (well tiny bit) similar to the one I just made and posted. Mine had spinach, banana, walnut butter, flax seed & almond milk.

    I am going to give this one a try as well as I love nut smoothies! They are full of protein and really keep me filled up!

  13. Jess says

    Blegh this was awful. Followed directions exactly and it did not taste like candy to me. Will not try again.

    • says

      I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the smoothie, Jess. Is there any chance you added more than just a little dash of almond extract? Assuming that you enjoy banana and almonds, that’s the only thing that I can think of that could go wrong here.

  14. Autumn says

    I LOVE this shake! I add a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder to it and have this a few times a week. YUM!

  15. Marlyn says

    I am new to all of this what is almond butter and how do I get it? Do I just blend up some almonds?

    • says

      Hi Marlyn, you can make your own almond butter by blending almonds in a food processor. I prefer to buy it at health stores or big grocery stores. Almond butter is usually near the peanut butter, and sometimes in the health food section of larger grocery stores. You can substitute peanut butter in the smoothie but I think almond butter is better.

  16. says

    Chanced upon your absolutely beautiful blog today. This is just the kind of smoothie my kid would love especially for these hot summer days. I am going to add a dash of cardamom spice powder in place of the extract.

  17. patnodes says

    I just made this and it was delicious!!! I used vanilla almond milk and maple syrup…I also tried a teeny experiment. I made one for me with peanut butter, and one for my boyfriend with the almond butter…and we both preferred the one with almond butter. My boyfriend, who is NOT a health food fan by any means, loved it so /much he was using a spoon to scrape out every last bit! Thank you for this!

    • says

      That’s awesome that you both enjoyed the smoothie! It’s totally healthy and still so rich and creamy that it doesn’t taste like “health food”… that’s always my goal! I agree, I much prefer mine with almond butter over peanut butter. Something about it is just so right.

  18. Karen says

    I am addicted!! A friend sent me this link last week and I had one a day until I ran out of bananas! Replenished the banana supply yesterday and all I could think of when I woke up this morning was making another smoothie! (a refreshing break from my regular berry smoothies).

  19. Ms. Ahlborn says

    I’m so thankful you posted this recipe. Honestly, this is my second morning of having this smoothie, and I’m just… hook, line, sinker. I made mine thicker this morning and with maple syrup, but honestly, I don’t think this could ever not taste good. No matter what modifications you make, as long as you don’t go too overboard on the almond extract, this smoothie is going to be pretty lip-smacking divine. Anyway, thank you so much for this. I really appreciate it. Especially since this smoothie is going to be making my regular rotation.

    • says

      Thanks for commenting, Ms. Ahlborn! I’m happy you enjoy the smoothie, it’s my go-to smoothie recipe and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it!

  20. Nina says

    Mhm… I’m defiantly making this as my afternoon snack, even though it’s kinda cold-ish outside. I just can’t resist. Will be blogging about this :)

  21. G-Fred :) says

    Hi Kathryne! I Finally made this! Wow!! Too good! It tastes like a candy bar milkshake–especially since I am enjoying some dark chocolate on the side. ;)
    I love banana smoothies with “milk” and vanilla, but I never would have thought to add all these yummy extras! Glad the recipe is for a small serving because it is very rich.
    *I used PB, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and my flax seeds were roasted (yum!).

  22. says

    Hi Kate! I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now but haven’t commented much. I just made this smoothie recipe and wow! It’s delicious! I ended up using peanut butter and vanilla extract because that’s what I had on hand. It’s so good – thanks for the recipe!

  23. Jessica says

    Thank you for such a delicious recipe! I made it with vanilla almond milk and it was absolute perfection.Very healthy and filling. I need to keep bananas in my freezer from now on for when I get a sweet tooth and want something that tastes like a splurge. I only had vanilla extract to use in it, which I loved, but I’ll try the almond extract next time. YUM! :)

  24. bay says

    So good!
    I added some wheat girm and omitted flax oil, and instead of honey etc I used truvia.. And coconut milk instead… Delicious!

  25. says

    This is delicious, Kate, thank you! It’s a good alternative for those who want an inexpensive and healthier version of Smoothie King’s Vanilla Hulk smoothie. In the future I’m going to try this wonderful recipe with hazelnuts and hazelnut milk (my favorite).

  26. Heather Guthrie-Hoey says

    Thanks Kate for your quick f/u & pb recommendation!! You totally Rock! Peaceful, Sunny Blessings! ;-) Any ideas on great protein boosting foods for my 15 yr old competitive figure skater and runner? We do add whey protein to smoothies yet curious if you have a great brand you use and types of breakfast foods plus lunch items that are GREAT at Boosting Protein levels?

    • says

      Hey Heather, good question. Some brands of Greek yogurt are really high in protein, as are eggs, of course. I always make huevos rancheros when I’m really hungry because it’s full of beans and eggs. I don’t ever use protein powder myself. Another option is hemp seed—it’s high in protein and pretty mild in flavor. You could mix it into smoothies or sprinkle it on salads.

      • Heather Guthrie-Hoey says

        Love the idea of huevos ranchers Kate! can you believe I’ve never made those!?! It’s time! And I happen to have hemp oil in my refrigerator. Thank you so very much for making this protein suggestion which will be really helpful for my daughter and myself. Love your blog and that you are so gracious with your time and sharing healthy advice. Blessings dear.♥

  27. says

    Thank you for this delicious recipe, Kate. I used vanilla almond milk abd doubled the amount of it to make it more liquidy and thought it was delicious. I also used the vanilla extract since I had some on hand. My magic bullet blended everything pretty well! I am trying to replace my usual carb breakfast with a shake to lose weight in my tummy so I hope this helps :)

  28. Erica says

    This was great! I used almond butter, flax seed and the almond milk. I did omit the syrup. I’m following your page today! Thanks!

  29. Amanda says

    I’ve been following you for a few years now. After I had a major change in diet, I found your website when looking for TASTY recipes that would satisfy my love for baking and my sweet tooth. Your recipes gave me hope! I have loved everything especially this one. In fact, having a late night smoothie now. :) Your banana bread is a go-to with pecan butter, of course! Thanks Kate! You’re a joy!

  30. Deborah McCartney says

    Just made this smoothie for breakfast. It was delicious. I used Almond Vanilla Milk and freshly ground all natural peanut butter. Will leave out the honey and almond extract next time, you don’t need it.

  31. Wayner says

    -1 cup silk almond, chocolate or regular
    -1 cup 1% milk
    -1 banana
    -1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    -1 teaspoon of ground flax seed

    Made with a nutri-bullet, just blend and enjoy. taste great and is so good for you. I use to add a raw egg with it, but for me the egg messed with my cholesterol level.

  32. Kate says

    I’ve made this a few times now and it’s always good. Today I added 1 T cocoa powder and HELLO. I didn’t think it needed any extra sweetener. Delicious healthy chocolate milk shake. Thanks for this recipe!

  33. says

    Hi Kate, I came across your site while looking for a sweet potato fries recipe. I am so excited to try that and the banana smoothie this weekend. I have a toddler who would love the fries. I’m not so sure about the smoothie but I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for the simple recipes.

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