Many of us know how frustrating it can feel to be pressed for time when trying to make healthier food choices.
Ideally, all of us would have a delicious, nutritious breakfast every single morning to fuel our brains and bodies for the day ahead, but in reality, we don’t always have time for a big home-cooked breakfast.
Like you, we’re busy people ourselves, which is why one of our go-to breakfast recipes is this raspberry almond milk breakfast smoothie.
Not only is this smoothie vegan and gluten-free, but it’s also very filling, really tasty, and loaded with everything you could want from a balanced breakfast: protein, fiber, healthy fats, and essential micronutrients.
We’re going to show you how to make a raspberry almond milk breakfast smoothie today, so stay tuned if you want to make your morning meals easier and more delicious from now on!
To make your raspberry almond milk breakfast smoothie, you will need:
- 1 large, sliced banana
- A cup of raspberries
- ½ cup of unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon juice
If you like your smoothies extra cold, add a ½ cup of ice. You can also add a vanilla, banana, or raspberry-flavored protein powder.
Alternatively, you could add ground flax seeds or rolled oats for extra natural protein and healthy fats.
We sometimes like to top this smoothie with whipped coconut cream, but this is optional.
Making this raspberry almond milk breakfast smoothie is really quick and easy, but it will turn out best if you follow this specific process:
Prepare Your Ingredients
Before you get started, it’s easiest if you have all the ingredients you need laid out in front of you. This is especially important if you’re on a time limit, like if you have to get to work.
We mentioned in the ingredients list that your banana will need to be sliced, so if you’re not using frozen, pre-sliced banana, you’ll need to cut it into manageable chunks before doing anything else.
Combine The Ingredients (Excluding Ice)
Take your sliced banana, raspberries, almond milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice and put them all into the blender.
If you’re using ice, don’t add it yet, but if you’re adding protein powder, flaxseeds, or rolled oats, you’ll want to put these into the blender at the same time.
Now that you have all the ingredients above in the blender, you’ll want to set your blender to the high setting and blend for approximately 1 minute.
Depending on the specific blender you have, you might need to pulse a couple more times, especially if you’re using frozen raspberries rather than fresh, but around a minute should be enough.
Add Ice And Blend Again
If you want to add ice to your breakfast smoothie, now is the time to do it.
Just add the pre-portioned ice and use the pulse setting on your blender to break it down so you don’t have chunks of ice in your smoothie.
Between 2 and 3 pulses should do the trick.
And there you have it! The perfect raspberry and almond breakfast smoothie ready for you to enjoy before you start your day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is It Better To Use Frozen Or Fresh Raspberries For This Smoothie?
You can make this smoothie using either fresh or frozen raspberries, just as you can use fresh or frozen bananas depending on your preference and what you have available.
However, if you do choose to use frozen raspberries rather than fresh berries, you might want to leave out the ice at the end (you don’t want to get brain freeze!) and you might need to blend for slightly longer than 1 minute to achieve a smooth consistency.
Other than that, though, the process is largely the same and using fresh or frozen berries makes very little difference.
Can I Prepare A Raspberry Almond Milk Breakfast Smoothie Ahead Of Time?
One of the best things about this raspberry almond milk breakfast smoothie is the fact that you can meal-prep it ahead of time!
We discussed how this is the perfect breakfast if you’re busy and don’t have time for a sit-down meal, but if you literally have no spare time in the mornings, you can make this raspberry almond milk breakfast smoothie the night before and even pre-prepare smoothies for the week ahead.
To meal-prep this smoothie, just put the raspberries, banana, lemon juice and vanilla extract into a freezer bag and freeze.
Then, when you want your smoothie, you can just put the pre-portioned smoothie mix into your blender with the almond milk and any protein powder, seeds or oats you want to add.
This way, it will literally take you a minute to make the smoothie rather than spending time getting your ingredients ready.
What Blender Should I Use To Make This Smoothie?
You don’t need any specific blender to make this smoothie, but it’s best if your blender is high-powered, especially if you’re using any frozen ingredients.
Not only is a high-powered blender better at blending frozen fruits but it will also blend your ingredients faster which is ideal if you’re in a hurry.
Ideally, your blender should also have a pulse setting to help you break down any ice if you prefer your smoothies to be ice cold rather than just cool.
This raspberry almond milk breakfast smoothie is the perfect quick vegan breakfast because it contains all the main nutrients you need to start your day, and then some.
Plus, it’s really easy to make and doesn’t require any fancy ingredients.
The types of ingredients you can use to make this smoothie are quite versatile in the sense that you can use either fresh or frozen fruit.
If you prefer a different kind of plant milk to almond milk, you can absolutely use oat milk, hazelnut milk, coconut milk, or soy milk instead if you don’t mind a slight change of flavor.