Banana, Cacao, Almond & Peanut Butter Power Smoothie
Are you into smoothies? Great, me too! I love their texture, their smoothness, their diversity and nutritional profile. Smoothies can be anything we want them to be, they are so transformable. Whether you’d like to add some green leaves, some fruit juices, plant-based milks, yoghurts, the coconuts of this world, seeds and nuts, fresh fruits or nut butter – anything works! I love to make myself a smoothie for breakfast or as an in-between snack because they make me feel full yet light so I don’t need to take a digestive nap (yes, I do that sometimes). What I like most about my smoothies is to add something crunchy on top to balance out their rich creamy texture. A little bit of crunch never harmed any dish, don’t you agree? Let’s do this, folks, get your blenders plugged in! But hold on for another minute, let’s first learn a little something about almonds, shall we?
an ode to almonds
Almonds are tree nuts that are very high in monounsaturated fats, protein, fiber and other essential nutrients. For example, almonds provide you with magnesium, manganese and vitamin E which is a fat-soluble antioxidant that helps to build up and maintain cell membranes in your body. Almonds are also known to help reduce blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and regulate cholesterol levels. Even though you might buy a pack of almonds and check their calorie count (a handful is about 30g which can be translated to ~170 calories) they promote weight loss and reduce hunger. So if you can stick to eating a handful each day, your entire system will thank you! If you can choose, always go for whole almonds that still carry their skin because that is where most of the antioxidants come from. Go ahead and treat yourself to a couple of almonds right now!
For this recipe you will need:
For the smoochie:
1 banana, cut into pieces and frozen
1 Medjool date, pitted
2 tablespoons yoghurt of choice (I used unsweetened soy)
1 tablespoon raw cacao
1 tablespoon peanut butter
pinch of cinnamon
¼ cup almonds, toasted
1 tablespoon amaranth
1 tsp sesame seeds
a few almonds
1 tsp pumpkin seeds
¼ fresh banana
handful of fresh raspberries
1 tsp peanut butter
- In your blender (I used my favourite Nutribullet 600), process the smoothie ingredients until you get a smooth texture with no remaining chunks. This shouldn’t take longer than maximum 30 seconds high-speed blending. If you want to have the smoothie consistency thicker or more liquidy, feel free to change the ingredients to your liking by adding more yoghurt, a splash of almond (or any other) milk or adding more banana and peanut butter (in my eyes, more peanut butter is always a good idea).
- In a medium-sized frying pan, toast the amaranth, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and almonds until they are crunchy and slightly gold-brown. Chop some fresh banana and wash the raspberries and get excited because very very soon, you’ll be about to devour this beautiful smoothie!
- To serve, grab your favourite bowl (I used my natural coconut bowl), scoop the smoothie inside, top it up with the toasted mix of nuts, grains and seeds, add the fresh fruit and finish it off your our beloved peanut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Honey, breakfast is ready! ♥