Two weeks ago I posted a recipe for homemade almond milk, and told you how much it's changed my life. I continue to make it at least once or twice a week, and have loved incorporating it into my morning (and sometimes afternoon) smoothies.
In the morning I tend to go for a green smoothie. I like starting my day off healthy, with a hefty serving of spinach and/or kale. But every now and then I crave something sweeter, and I've come to love this simple combination of banana, strawberry, almond milk and perhaps my favorite ingredient in this smoothie: cinnamon.
I've been leaving the almond pulp in my almond milk for some added protein, and tend to throw in a little flaxseed into this as well. It doesn't affect the flavor because there's already a slight, but not overwhelming nuttiness from the almond pulp.
Some people complain that smoothies aren't filling enough, and I tend to agree unless there's some form of protein and/or fiber. In this case, the almond milk and flaxseed fill me up, as does the half of a banana. If you're a skeptic, give it a whirl in your blender and let me know what you think. This also makes for a great afternoon snack or even dessert.
Strawberry, Banana, Almond Milk & Cinnamon Smoothie
Time: 5 minutes
1 cup homemade almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon flaxseed (sometimes I even add 1 tablespoon)
1 date, pitted
Blend almond milk and banana until smooth, then add strawberries, cinnamon, flaxseed and date and continue to blend until smooth. Serve immediately and enjoy!