Almond Butter Protein Smoothie

This 4-ingredient Almond Butter Protein Smoothie provides a boost of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, and makes for a healthful breakfast or snack.

This blog post is sponsored by Almond Breeze. The content and opinions expressed here are mine.

Almond Butter Protein Smoothie with chia seeds - an excellent smoothie for every day clean eating #vegan #healthy

In honor of the New Year, I’m sharing a week’s worth of healthful smoothies and drinks with you. Did you know liquid clears your body four times faster than solid food? Does that make you want to drink all your foods? Beef burrito shake, anyone? Easy sell.

A great way to re-set your metabolism is to annihilate a nutritious smoothie or creamy soup (such as the Golden Beet and Fennel Soup I showed you last week). Your body is very receptive to food in liquiform.

This protein smoothie includes Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, and easy-to-digest carbohydrates. When we think of detox smoothies, we tend to think “green.” Green’s awesome, and I’m all about adding a handful of spinach to my protein smoothies, but we also need protein and fat in order to support digestion.

I find that a ripe frozen banana and unsweetened almond milk is base camp for a sweet, healthy treat, so most of my protein smoothies are founded on this duo. This almond butter chia seed protein smoothie is just so silly simple. Occasionally, I’ll toss in some oats for added thickness, flavor and fiber!

What Sources of Protein Are In This Smoothie?:

Great question! The smoothie gathers the majority of the protein from collagen peptides (or your favorite protein powder). There is also some plant-based protein in the almond butter, almond milk, and chia seeds.

I have been known to add a scrambled egg or scrambled egg whites to my smoothies for extra protein. I assure you, you can’t detect it! As long as you use a high-powered blender, you will notice no gritty texture from the egg, and the flavor will be masked by the banana.

What Type of Protein Powder to Use:

I’ve never really been able to get on board with most protein powders, so almond butter and collagen powder is my protein source of choice when it comes to smoothies. Occasionally, I’ll do some hemp powder. If you have a favorite protein powder, toss ‘er in! 

How to Make This Smoothie Lower in Carbohydrate:

Looking for a lower sugar or lower carbohydrate smoothie? Simply replace the frozen banana with frozen cauliflower. I prefer using frozen cauliflower that was previously steamed, as I find cooked cauliflower is easier on my digestive system than raw. Be sure to sprinkle in some extra cinnamon, a touch of vanilla extract and/or cocoa powder for added flavor if you go with cauliflower.

Recipe Additions:

I always have the ingredients for this smoothie on hand, and it’s perfect to use as a blank canvas for other smoothie add-ins, such as maca powder, hemp seeds, cacao powder, and/or your favorite fruit and leafy greens. Add any of your favorite fruit to change up the flavor – I prefer leaving it on the creamy/almond butter/chocolate end of the smoothie spectrum.

For those of you who have busy lifestyles and tend to eat on the go, check out the Smoovii Portable Blender, which requires no electrical outlet to operate and is super easy to clean! You can carry it with you in your gym bag, work bag, or even bring it camping, and fashion up amazing smoothies in seconds.

More Healthy Protein Smoothie Recipes:

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Almond Butter Chia Smoothie

Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, protein, smoothie, vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 smoothie
Calories: 424 kcal
Author: Julia

A protein smoothie with almond butter, banana and chia seeds



Optional Add-ins:


  1. Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth.
Nutrition Facts
Almond Butter Chia Smoothie
Amount Per Serving (1 smoothie)
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 21g42%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Almond Butter Chia Protein Smoothie made with simple ingredients. Includes 21 grams of protein!


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  1. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    Oh, my vote is for Liam Hemsworth! He is a hot-tee. 😉

    And it’s probably a good thing that you don’t own a TV. They’re pretty much just a drain on all productivity.

    This smoothie though- it’s so simple yet so complete. And I’m all for anything that involves drinking almond butter. 🙂

  2. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    Almond butter+banana is my FAVORITE smoothie combo, yesss! I agree with the adult things and living with intention, plus sometimes it’s hard to furnish a place because there are so many options but what do you even doooo?! I feel ya.

  3. Casey @ Casey the College Celiac

    Unless I don’t have time to whip it up in the morning, smoothies or “nana ice cream” are always my go-to for breakfast! There are just too many delicious options and easy ways to devour some good fruits, veggies and protein packed goodness! 🙂

  4. Annie @Maebells

    Everyone needs a big beautiful area rug!! 🙂 And I love smoothies, love love love them! That is normally what I have for breakfast. I love this tasty almond butter version! It looks fantastic!

    1. Julia Post author

      So happy to here it, Sara! I love adding cinnamon to my smoothies too – it’s great for blood circulation and gives the drink a nice sweet warmth 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  5. Gail

    Delicious. I replaced almond butter with cashew butter (it’s what i had on hand). Also used a T of hemp seeds instead of chia seeds, with additional add-ins of a tsp of maca, a T of date paste (for added sweetness) and a handful of kale stems.

  6. Karen

    I want to start making smoothies, but I detest bananas. Do you have a go-to banana sub that still provides the smoothie thickness without the banana taste?

    1. Lev

      For Karen who doesn’t like bananas-

      I got kind of bored of banana so was looking for alternatives, read up that frozen white Cannellini beans or black beans (cacao base smoothie?) ( if you can eat legumes) also make a good nutritious substitute to banana which also thickens the smoothie, has very little taste and makes smoothie smoooooth + keeps the chill

      Otherwise, thickening ‘agents’ like chia seeds or flexseed meal – they will thicken up the liquid over a little time so you have a smoothie like consistency and helps get you full

      hopes this helps!

    2. Amber Jayanth

      Just freeze the fruit that you do like and throw it in a smoothie. The fact that it’s frozen with thicken it up. You can always add ice and Chia seeds to make it thicker. Bananas add sweetness, but you can add dates instead to make your smoothie sweeter Hope that helps!

  7. Emily

    I tried this a couple times and it’s one of my favorites. I feel full until lunch which is 7 hours away from my morning start.

  8. Debbie Avino

    This is an excellent smoothie. I added 1 scoop of protein powder and a good handful of raw spinach. Also, it was plenty sweet, and needed nothing else!
    Thank you.


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