This green smoothie is dairy free, has no added sugar and tastes amazing. So simple, only 5 ingredients, and so easy to make. I love mine topped with golden nuts and coconut flakes and eating it from a bowl. But it’s just as good slurped through a straw.
If you follow me in Instagram you’ll have noticed from my stories that I’m obsessed with eating a bright green bowl of smoothie for breakfast. I’ve made green smoothies for ages now and put lots of different combinations of things in them but this is by far my favourite. I’m really excited for breakfast at the moment because it usually involves this … or eggs.
It’s gut makeover friendly too for all phases and full of gut friendly resistant starch thanks to the banana, as well as having a decent whack of anti inflammatory cinnamon plus 1.5 -2 serves of vegetables to start your day. Even more importantly, it tastes really good! Not grassy or bitter all. Just sweet enough and creamy thanks to the almond meal!
Using almond meal rather than whole almonds makes for a far creamier texture, especially if you don’t have a crazy high powered blender. They also add a nice sweetness to the smoothie. Using baby spinach rather than kale or older spinach also stops any bitter flavours from peaking in and it blends really well so adds to that smooth finish. And you have to add the cinnamon. Not only is it good for you it brings out the sweetness in the nuts and banana without needing to add honey or vanilla or anything like that.
I’ve used coconut water in this one as the almond meal adds any creaminess and fat you might normally get from milk so it’s not really necessary to add any.
This is my current go to sweet treat, topped with unsweetened grain free granola (I’ll post the recipe on Facebook and Instagram soon) for crunch, it’s a dream.
1 frozen banana, frozen in bite sized chunks to aid blending.
1.5-2 cups baby spinach (start with 1.5, add more if you think you’d like it greener)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbs chia seeds
3 Tbs almond meal
300mls coconut water (add more if you want it thinner)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blitz until creamy and blended.
Pour into a glass or into a bowl (top with granola or chopped nuts if having in a bowl).