3 Vegan Smoothie Recipes With Almond Milk

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The large majority of humans are lactose intolerant, this means consuming lactose from dairy products can cause digestive issues  from bloating to diarrhea. Almond milk is naturally free of lactose and it is a great substitute for vegans or anyone who is lactose intolerant. I’m vegan myself (I think the name of this website gave it away already) and so I make all my vegan smoothie recipes with almond milk.

Benefits of Almond Milk

Other benefits of almond milk include being free of cruelty, IGF-1, growth hormones, cholesterol, saturated fat and also being lower in calories than dairy milk, as long as it doesn’t have any added sugar. But personally I don’t count calories and I could care less about added sugar or not, I just go with sweetened almond milk most of the time for the  better taste.

Putting Super Foods in Smoothies

I like to pack my smoothies with super foods like hemp seeds, walnuts, steel-cut oats, avocados and alfalfa sprouts… these foods are packed with nutrients which helps the body fight against diseases. Adding some of these super foods to smoothies does not drastically alter the taste, and will provide a powerful nutrition boost. I don’t usually like to add greens into a smoothie cause the color will change to green, and I prefer my banana and mango smoothies yellow or orange in color.

1. Vanilla Milk Banana Smoothie


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Serves: 1-2
Prep time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 spotty ripe bananas
  • 2 cups of sweetened almond milk (I like Silk or Diamond brand)
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • A small handful of walnuts
  • Seeds of 1 vanilla bean or 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Put in the bananas, chia seeds and walnuts into the blender followed by the vanilla and ground cinnamon. Then put in the almond milk and blend it for about 20-30 seconds or until it’s smooth.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:

Calories: 560
Total Fat: 9.4 grams
Omega 3: 1.9 grams
Omega 6: 2.0 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.2 grams
Carbohydrates: 120 grams
Fiber: 15.3 grams
Sugar: 74.6 grams
Protein: 7.8 grams

 

2. Chocolate Ice Cream Banana Super Food Smoothie


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Serves: 2
Prep Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 spotty ripe bananas
  • 2 cups of sweetened almond milk (I like Silk or Diamond brand)
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 6 tbsp of vegan chocolate drink powder mix (Nestle Nesquik is vegan)
  • 1 cup of vegan chocolate ice cream (I use the Almond Dream brand)
  • 1 tsp of hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds

Instructions:

  1. Put in the bananas, avocado, chocolate powder and ice cream, hemp seeds and chia seeds. Pour in the almond milk and blend it up for 20-30 seconds or until smooth.
  2. Pour it into a smoothie cup/jar, then garnish with a spoonful of the chocolate ice cream on top and sprinkle on some more chocolate drink mix powder.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:

Calories: 861
Total Fat: 29 grams
Omega 3: 1 gram
Omega 6: 5.5 grams
Saturated Fat: 5.1 grams
Carbohydrates: 146 grams
Fiber: 21 grams
Sugar: 83 grams
Protein: 13.1 grams

 

3. Mango Vanilla Ice Cream Smoothie


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Serves: 1-2
Prep Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of partially defrosted frozen mangoes
  • 2 cups of sweetened almond milk (I like Silk or Diamond brand)
  • 1 cup of vegan vanilla ice cream (I use the Almond Dream brand)
  • 1 tsp of hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds

Instructions:

  1. Put in the mangoes, ice cream, hemp and chia seeds in the blender. Pour in the almond milk and blend it up for about 20-30 seconds or until smooth.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:

Calories: 664
Total Fat: 19.3 grams
Omega 3: 0.9 gram
Omega 6: 3.9 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.7 grams
Carbohydrates: 110.8 grams
Fiber: 8.9 grams
Sugar: 50.4 grams
Protein: 9.3 grams

 

Adding in the the vegan ice cream makes it more rich and creamy, but can be omitted to make it healthier and lower in fat. Over the years I have made smoothies that were both good and horrible. The recipes on here I have tested many times and I feel it’s good enough to be shared.

Smoothies can be a tasty way to incorporate more fruits into your eating habits.  I often go do smoothies after running, the high water content helps replenish the liquids in the body lost during a workout. They can also be used as a meal replacement during a weight loss program. 

Let me know your smoothie story…

Try out these recipes and see how it works for you. Have you ever used it as a meal replacement? What’s your favorite fruit to use when making smoothies? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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