Although we do enjoy grassfed unpasteurized dairy in our home and have for nearly 2 decades, I like to mix things up by using other non-dairy beverages such as almond milk, rice milk and coconut milk too. I do the same thing with the types of flour I use for baking. Variety is one of your best weapons against the development of food allergies!
Almond Milk Smoothie
These milk substitutes are not just enjoyable on their own. They are also perfect as the base for a breakfast smoothie. Almond milk smoothies are my latest fave, naturally sweetened with a small amount of fruit and a boost of protein from nut butter.
Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile may remember that I warned you about the dangers of commercial almond milk in shelf stable cartons. Synthetic vitamins, dangerous additives like carrageenan and toxic packaging are the biggest issues with this factory food.
However, I am happy to report that there are now decent brands of organic almond milk that you can buy if you are unable to make your own. They are available in bottles in the refrigerated section of the healthfood store. The unsweetened one I use when I run out of homemade almond milk is organic and contains only almonds, water, acacia gum (used for centuries) and sea salt.
Be sure to read labels carefully, though. Not all of the refrigerated, bottled almond milks at the store are worthy of your food dollars!
Feel free to adjust the quantities of the smoothie ingredients below to suit your personal taste.
One more idea – I didn’t include this in the recipe, but if you are really adventurous, try adding a very small amount of organic green banana flour or potato starch (better than potato flour). One-half teaspoon is a good place to start for most people. This provides a healthy dose of prebiotic resistant starch to start your day too!
Blueberry Banana Almond Milk Smoothie
Easy recipe for a blueberry banana almond milk smoothie using only 6 ingredients.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup blueberries preferably organic
- 1 ripe banana large
- 2-3 Tbl almond butter preferably sprouted or soaked
- 1 scoop collagen peptides
- 1 splash vanilla extract optional
Mix ingredients together in a quart size, wide mouth mason jar.
Blend with a handheld blender until smooth.
Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers.
If you are not able to source sprouted or soaked almond butter where you live, at least choose a quality brand of organic roasted almond butter.
Do not buy raw almond butter as it is difficult to digest and causes gastrointestinal distress for some people.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
Hi Sarah, does almond milk organic or otherwise contain phytic acid? I’ve been avoiding these on purpose unless I know they have been soaked properly before hand.
Store almond milk is not from soaked almonds. If you are sensitive and/or use it a lot, then definitely make the almond milk yourself. https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/the-three-best-substitutes-for-a-child-allergic-to-milk/
It seems like everyone is on an almond milk kick. I went to a natural doctor years ago and she said rice everything rice. They make rice milk and people are not allergic, they make all kinds of rice things. Rice dream is like an ice cream. They used to make rice cookies, I use rice flour when I make anything and no one can tell it isn’t wheat and they love it. I don’t cook with sugar I use coconut. So I would try that banana blueberry with some rice dream I am sure it will be delish.
I would not recommend commercial rice milk! Especially rice dream in the aseptic cartons! A toxic choice unfortunately. Make your own rice milk if you love it.
Ushmana Palmo Rai
amazing recipe! love it
Ushmana Palmo Rai
Banana, blueberry, and almond is such an odd combiation for a smoothie for me, but I am pretty excited on surprising my taste buds with this amazing smoothie recipe! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Do share more posts!
Love from Nepal xoxo
I like using shredded coconut and water as my liquid base for my smoothies.
Sweet! I thinned it out for my mom who has sjogrens/swallowing issues but otherwise–fab!