Hello, October. Today’s recipe, an autumn almond breakfast smoothie, is part of the official welcome wagon into fall. But guess what? There’s no pumpkin here, folks! Fall may not seem like the best time for smoothies but this one is creamy, dreamy, full of “warm autumnal flavors” and about as cozy as a smoothie can get. I started making it as a post-workout smoothie during grad school when I was deeper into my fitness bag and would alternate it with this smoothie that tastes like a Wendy’s frosty, depending on which ingredients I had on hand and how I was feeling. The recipes are very similar and each smoothie has protein, potassium, and carbs. Perfect for post-workout recovery!
Recently, I’ve started adding in a handful of old-fashioned oats to make this a more filling, meal-replacement type of smoothie that I can start the day with. And that’s how this recipe was born. My summer breakfast go-to this year has been a cherry ginger smoothie and a couple of boiled eggs. And, now, this autumn almond breakfast smoothie is my fall groove. Hello, easy breakfast! I initially shied away from oats in smoothies because of texture and had to play with the proportions a bit to get them just right.
You’ve got to let this almond breakfast smoothie blend for up to a minute in order to ensure a perfectly smooth texture uninterrupted by any banana chunks (I don’t like biting into banana) or bits of oats. And in the end, you can’t even tell there are oats in this smoothie at all. It’s not gritty or too thick and is very easy to drink. You’ll get decidedly fall feels from this one due to hints of cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup. If you do prefer a thicker smoothie, try this green breakfast smoothie made with oats and greek yogurt!
Truth be told, this is a creamy, dreamy, filling breakfast you can drink on your way to work, class, or carpool all year round and not just during the fall. But I sometimes have it as a treat. It’s that good. Oh, and did I mention it’s a vegan and gluten-free, and refined sugar-free smoothie? Well, it is. And you’d never know it! Sharing is caring so be sure to pin this recipe on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
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Easy, creamy, dreamy smoothie made with all natural ingredients perfect for breakfast or post-workout recovery
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tablespoons almond butter I use crunchy!
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- sliced almonds optional garnish
Add almond milk, almond butter, banana, cinnamon, maple syrup, oats, and vanilla extract to blender then cover.
Use the blend or liquefy setting to blend smoothie for 30 seconds to one minute or until completely smooth and uniform.
Garnish with sliced almonds, if desired. Serve immediately.