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Banana Almond Energy Smoothie {Before Sports Snack}

I’m telling you, these kids keep us hopping with all of their extracurricular activities! Many days they get off the bus with under an hour to get changed and to whatever practice they have that day, currently soccer, baseball or gymnastics.

We’re often pushing it just to get there on time, and there’s definitely not time to sit down to dinner before we head out…

So I’m all about making sure they grab a healthy snack to keep their energy levels high, and this yummy banana smoothie recipe is by far one of their faves! Frozen bananas give it a deliciously creamy texture, almost like a milkshake, and the almond butter gives it some extra protein. If I know they’re going to have a particularly long practice that evening, sometimes I’ll even add a scoop of protein powder to keep them full longer.

Speaking of frozen bananas, I know I’ve mentioned this tip before, but I always snatch up all of the marked down bananas that I find at the grocery store for smoothies. I’ve seen some people advocate just freezing them with the peels on, but I’ve never had much success removing the peels easily when I’ve tried this. So I just peel them and put them all in a Ziploc bag and then pop them in the freezer.

Banana Smoothie

One final note, I prefer to use crunchy almond butter for more flavor, specifically MaraNatha Crunchy No Stir Almond Butter. You’ll find it with the peanut butter at Walmart priced around $5.57, which seems a little high, but one jar is enough to make this banana smoothie recipe 11 times!

Banana Almond Energy Smoothie

Banana Almond Energy Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 large frozen bananas
  • 2 tablespoons crunchy almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  2. Note that if you choose to add protein powder, you may need to add slightly more almond milk because it will thicken it up.

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adapted from the Life Your Way newsletter

These banana smoothies make a great quick breakfast option, as well!

Do you have a favorite after school snack?

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