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Banana Smoothie with Almond Milk

This dairy free banana smoothie with almond milk is oh so creamy and delicious! It is also super versatile if you want to add in things like peanut butter or almond butter and oats.

Banana Smoothie with Almond Milk in a glass on a white marble counter with a yellow straw

This banana smoothie with almond milk is so creamy and oh so perfect for hot summer days!

I love how refreshing and adaptable this smoothie is!

This smoothie is great just as a basic banana smoothie, but I really enjoy putting in the optional additions.

If you choose to add oats, voila! You have a breakfast banana smoothie with almond milk.

If you add peanut butter to your banana smoothie, you have a peanut butter banana smoothie.

If you add both peanut butter and oats, you’ll get a peanut butter banana breakfast smoothie.

You can also always trade out the peanut butter for almond butter if you want a more pronounced almond flavor.

If you like this banana smoothie with almond milk, you may also like my strawberry smoothie with almond milk and my strawberry banana smoothie with almond milk.

You may also like my banana smoothie with oat milk.


There are a few benefits to using overripe bananas. 

First and foremost, older bananas give a stronger flavor than fresh bananas – the darker the better.

Secondly, it allows you to repurpose them instead of having food wasted. 

Types of Vanilla

Vanilla comes from a pod commonly known as a “vanilla bean”, which comes from the vanilla orchids.

Vanilla pods have been used for flavoring since the Aztecs and was introduced to Europe by a Spanish conquistador, along with cocoa.

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is created by soaking vanilla beans in alcohol for some time. This is the most commonly used type of vanilla.

Vanilla Sugar

Vanilla sugar is common in Europe and some parts of the Middle East, like Israel. 

It is made from vanilla beans sitting in sugar, vanilla bean powder mixed with sugar, or sugar mixed with vanilla extract.

In some countries, like Italy, you can also find vanilla powdered sugar, which is used for confections.

Vanilla Paste

Vanilla paste is generally a specialty item.  It is a thick paste that contains a blend of the scraped-out vanilla pod seeds and vanilla extract. 

You can use it as you do vanilla extract and it will leave flakes of vanilla bean like you see in vanilla bean ice cream.

Imitation Vanilla

Imitation Vanilla, otherwise known as artificial vanilla or vanilla essence, is made from synthetic vanilla. 

This is the compound that naturally occurs in vanilla beans and gives it its flavor.

Can I use imitation vanilla?

Many will tell you that you should use high quality vanilla, just like they say you should use the best cocoa. 

However, most of us will probably not be willing to pay the hefty price that comes with exceptionally high-quality ingredients.

Overall, vanilla is very expensive, so the extract is as well. 

So, if you’re not going to get regular quality vanilla extract, you might as well use imitation vanilla.

Can vanilla extract be used as a substitute for vanilla beans?

Yes, vanilla extract can be used as a substitute for vanilla beans. Use about 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract for each inch of vanilla bean.

How to Store Vanilla

Pure vanilla extract and other vanilla products should be kept away from heat and light, and should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

Do Smoothies have Dairy?

Smoothies don’t have to, but they usually contain dairy because they usually are made with milk and/or yogurt. Another liquid such as water or dairy free milk can be used. This recipe uses almond milk.

What Type of Almond Milk should I use?

Any almond milk will work. I personally prefer unsweetened barista almond milks, but really anything will work just fine.

What Type of Dairy Free Yogurt Should I use?

You should use a neutral or vanilla flavored dairy free yogurt.

Yogurt made from soy, almonds, coconut, and oats all will work fine here.

What if I don’t have or want yogurt in my smoothie?

The yogurt makes the smoothie creamy, but it can easily be left out if you prefer.

All you have to do is switch the yogurt out for more almond milk.

How To Freeze Fruit For Smoothies

To make smoothies even easier, freeze fresh fruit into portions. 

To freeze bananas for smoothies, peel the bananas and cut them into round disks.

Arrange, in one layer, on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Slide the baking sheet into the freezer and freeze until hard (two to three hours).

When the bananas are hard, divide it between freezer-safe bags and keep it in the freezer for your next smoothie.

If you’d prefer the lazy way, I often just stick a full banana into a freezer safe bag and blend it whole.

Banana Smoothie Variations

If you’re looking for a plain banana smoothie, this recipe alone is delicious.  However, I’ve given a list of optional additions if you’d like.

Add the listed amount of peanut butter for a peanut butter banana smoothie.

Add oats to make this banana smoothie a breakfast banana smoothie.

Or, you can add both oats and peanut butter to make a peanut butter banana breakfast smoothie.

If you don’t use extremely ripe bananas (or over ripe bananas), you may not find it sweet enough, which is where the honey comes in.

Oh, and if you prefer to use almond butter to go with your almond milk, no problem! Just use the same amount as is instructed with the peanut butter.

Make Ahead of Time

You can easily make this recipe ahead of time.

All you have to do is put the bananas, yogurt, and anything else you want in the blender – except oats, if you plan on using them.

Blend it up until it is nice and smooth. Then, pour the smoothie into a freezer safe resealable bag.

Once you’re ready to use the smoothie, let it sit out until it’s defrosted enough to put into the blender.

Place the smoothie in the blender, add the milk and oats, if desired, then blend until smooth again. Once it has a nice pourable consistency, put it in a cup, and serve.

Yield: 1 cup

Banana Smoothie with Almond Milk

Banana Smoothie with Almond Milk in a glass on a white marble counter with a yellow straw

This dairy free banana smoothie with almond milk is oh so creamy and delicious! It is also super versatile if you want to add in things like peanut butter or almond butter and oats.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 large banana cut into chunks and frozen, about 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup dairy free yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Optional Additions

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 - 3 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats


  1. Place bananas, almond milk, dairy free yogurt, vanilla, and cinnamon into the blender.
  2. If desired, place peanut butter and/or honey and/or oats into the blender as well.
  3. Blend until well combined.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 647Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 203mgCarbohydrates: 105gFiber: 12gSugar: 51gProtein: 18g

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