Did you have a good weekend?
Mine was wonderful. I caught up with a friend over margaritas and mexican food, and also enjoyed some yoga sculpt classes where I sweat my entire soul onto the mat. I absolutely love yoga though; there’s just something about it that makes me feel incredible. I compare it to a bit like a runner’s high, except with an emotional connection. Perhaps it’s a little difficult to explain, all I know is that I’m smitten with my yoga practice! In fact, I’ve been considered becoming a yoga instructor. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time especially because fitness is such a huge part of my life.
First though, I’m focusing on a redesign for Ambitious Kitchen which will take up an incredible amount of time. So if you see pictures of me with bloodshot eyes, it’s from staring at my computer for too long. Not from other things. Obviously.
Can we talk about how it’s already Monday again? What’s happening to the weekends? They fly by way too fast. I want to savor them longer. Last night I wrapped myself in a sleeping blanket, watched the Grammy’s, and ate Jessica’s incredible Garlic Bread Crust Pizza. (Seriously, make it!) I ended up staying up too late because I jumped on my computer, and so today I woke up in a complete coma and have ridiculous purple bags under my eyes. It kinda looks like I had a rough weekend in Vegas. Ugh, but alas, smoothies always help me feel energized. I’m not sure why really. Perhaps it’s the creamy liquid that perks me up and doesn’t weigh me down. So this morning I made this almond butter, banana, and oat smoothie.
To me, almond butter and bananas are an essential combination in life. I recently switched to using almond butter when I started reading the nutritional breakdown and found this fun infographic comparing peanut butter to almond butter.
To make this vegan, I used almond milk but you can use whatever you have on hand. I also opted to add oatmeal for a delicious filling breakfast, but if you are simply using this as a snack or if you don’t like oats, simply omit. Lastly, sometimes I sweeten my smoothie with a bit of agave or Truvia sweetener, other times I find that it isn’t necessary. Usually it depends on my mood and what I’m craving. Note: If you use extra ripe bananas, you probably won’t need to add any sweetener.
More healthy smoothie recipes to try:
Triple Cherry Berry Watermelon Smoothie
Layered Banana Split Protein Smoothie
Mocha Banana Protein Smoothie Bowls
Superfood Mint Cacao Nib Green Smoothie
Vegan Almond Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
A sweet and creamy banana oatmeal smoothie made with almond butter. Super easy to make, and provides a delicious, filling breakfast or the perfect post workout snack!
- 1 medium banana, frozen and cut into chunks
- 1 tablespoon natural almond butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 3 tablespoons oats (gluten-free if desired)
- Optional to sweeten: 1 teaspoon Agave or a sprinkle of Truvia
Place oats into a blender and pulse until they are finely ground.
Add frozen banana chunks, almond butter, almond milk, and sweetener if desired. Blend until smooth. Pour into a large cold glass and enjoy!
Add a scoop of protein powder for an extra filling breakfast.
It looks so creamy and satisfying! Right up my alley!
This looks delicious. I am heading to my Power Sculpt class early tomorrow morning and I was going to make a smoothie afterwards. And….I will be making this, with some spinach added! Normally I make the same smoothie but this will be a nice change. Thanks!
I’ve been making this with my daughter for quite a while now. But we omit any sweeteners, and we add ground flax seed.
I love wrapping myself up in a blanket to watch a movie! And Oooh! I`m excited to see the changes you`re going to make!
Are the oats cooked???
Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to posts about shakes and smoothies. I do hope you link this lovely one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.
My whole family loves these! They are fabulous!
this was delicious!!! I tried it and it was really good I added 2 dates to sweeten it and it was perfect, I used a non frozen banana, but it stilled turned out well just not very cold! 🙂
heading off to make this now : ).
aaaaaaand I found it on Pintrest…
This sounds excellent smoothie for me. I'm gonna make it this morning for my breakfast.:) thanks for all great recep
does this just serve 1?
This is really good! My 3 year old and I like to make it together. It is yummy!
I just made this and thought it was delicious. I could triple the recipe and drink it all at once, it’s so good!
Delicious and creamy! My daughter and I both loved it!
So happy to hear that!
Made this and loved it as breakfast. I added plain Greek yogurt and used less peanut butter. Soo good! Gracias
Perfect! Glad you liked this one Joy 🙂
wow!! this trick sounds a bit crazy but it really works, I love your butter banana oat smoothie…….
Thank you so much to share your recipe i will try this recipe for my loving family………
Add a hit of pumpkin pie spice for a little extra flavor!
YUM! Light and delicious. It tastes exactly like my favorite smoothie at Nekter Juice Bar. Takes 3 minutes to make and it’s a good-tasting, healthy start to the day
Nice!! So happy you’re enjoying it, Caroline 🙂
Very nice recipe chef 👍👏👌. I toast my oats plus some flax seeds yammy 😋. Thank you for your effort 🌹🌞😎