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Almond Butter Chia Smoothie

This 4-ingredient Almond Butter Protein Chia 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, banana, and oats in a glass, ready to drink

For those of you who are all about a quick and easy smoothie for breakfast or snack, this yummy Almond Butter Chia Smoothie packs a nutrient punch.

A boost of protein, a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and easy to digest carbohydrates, this simple smoothie recipe is like giving your body a big nutritious hug.

Did you know liquid clears your body four times faster than solid food? When I learned that nifty fact, I began drinking smoothies daily.

A great way to re-set your metabolism is to annihilate a nutritious smoothie or creamy soup, such my Golden Beet and Fennel Soup. The body is very receptive to food in liquiform.

When we think of detox smoothies, we tend to think of the famous green smoothie. Green smoothies are 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.

You can absolutely add a handful of spinach or kale leaves to this smoothie to make it green!

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 smoothie recipe is just so silly simple.

Almond Butter Protein Smoothie with chia seeds, banana, and oats in a glass, ready to drink

Let’s discuss the simple ingredients for this healthy smoothie recipe.

Ingredients for Almond Butter Chia Smoothie:

Ripe Frozen Banana: The all star ingredient that adds creaminess and sweetness to the smoothie. I like to peel a ripe banana and freeze it in advance.

I often do this to multiple ripe bananas at a time so that I can store them in a zip lock bag in the freezer for those times I need a delicious smoothie. If your banana isn’t frozen, toss some ice cubes into the blender so that it turns out nice and cold.

Milk of Choice: Pick your favorite milk for smoothie making. I like almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, or coconut milk. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk is always a great option.

Unsweetened Almond Butter: Almond butter adds healthy fats to the smoothie and also gives it a little richness. Peanut butter or cashew butter works here too. Add an extra 1 to 3 tablespoons almond butter to make this easy recipe more calorically dense.

Chia Seeds: One of the star ingredients, chia seeds add an infusion of omega-3 fatty acids. Just be sure to drink the smoothie immediately after preparing it or the chia seeds will thicken the smoothie. You can add flax seeds in addition to or in lieu of chia seeds.

Collagen Peptides or Protein Powder: Add your favorite protein powder or collagen powder to turn this into a meal in a glass. For plant-based protein, use hemp protein powder, pea protein powder, or rice protein powder instead of whey protein.

Optional Additions:

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/2 to 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 handful baby spinach

This recipe as written includes 21 grams of protein. Not too shabby for a healthy breakfast first thing in the morning!

Occasionally, I’ll toss in some oats for added thickness, flavor and fiber!

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.

Almond Butter Protein Smoothie in a glass with a bowl of oats to the side and fresh bananas to the side.

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 powderhemp seedscacao 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.

How to Make Almond Butter Chia Smoothie:

Add all of the ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until completely smooth. Taste the smoothie for flavor and make any adjustments you’d like. You can add more almond butter, more protein powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract, etc.

Ingredients for almond butter chia smoothie in a high powered blender, ready to blend.

Pour into a glass and enjoy! Note that the smoothie will thicken as it sits due to the chia seeds. For the best results, drink the smoothie soon after preparing it.

If you love making smoothies, here are some of my favorite smoothies

More Healthy Protein Smoothie Recipes:

Enjoy this banana almond butter smoothie for the perfect breakfast!

Almond Butter Protein Smoothie with chia seeds, banana, and oats in a glass, ready to drink
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Almond Butter Chia Smoothie

A protein smoothie with almond butter, banana and chia seeds
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 smoothie
Calories: 424kcal
Author: Julia

Ingredients

Optional Add-ins:

Instructions

  • Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth.

Nutrition

Serving: 1smoothie | Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 3g | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 30g

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Jennifer

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

I'm a big fan of Almond Butter smoothies and just got into matcha. So this is a great find!

Julia

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

so thrilled to hear it, Jennifer! let me know if you try it!

Alice

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Thank you for sharing. Will make it today and i hope my family like it.

Wyatt

Wednesday 29th of January 2020

This was great! I used costco almond butter to make mine!

Kate

Friday 16th of August 2019

Love your post. I have tried this yesterday. Great recipe and my kids also loved it.

Julia

Friday 16th of August 2019

I'm so happy to hear it, Kate! Thanks for letting me know!

Debbie Avino

Saturday 2nd of March 2019

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.

Julia

Thursday 7th of March 2019

Wahoo! I'm so happy to hear you like it, Debbie! I love the idea of adding spinach!

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