Almond Milk Smoothie Recipes – Vegan, Simple, and Kid-Friendly

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Maybe it’s the late summer heat (it’s been in the high 90s) or lack of time for making meals but I’ve been on this smoothie kick for the last few weeks. Smoothies make for excellent cold snacks/drinks to beat back the exhaustion from the heat! And they are healthy too!

One of my favorite go-tos for any smoothie is almond milk. It’s high in calcium (if it’s fortified) and completely vegan! Almond milk is low in fat compared to whole milk and the fats present are much healthier than the dairy alternative. It’s also lower in sugar than most juices unless you get the sweetened variety. And almond milk is a great juice substitute in a pinch to any smoothie recipe I’ve seen. Plus it just makes for a really creamy smoothie!

So for my love of smoothies, I put together 5 almond milk smoothie recipes that anyone in your family can enjoy. They are vegan, simple, and low in sugar so you can rest assure that they are loaded with nutrients and not calories.

Also, if you are new to making smoothies or are unfamiliar with how to make smoothies with frozen fruit my post, Smoothies 101, might be helpful.

To Sweeten Or Not to Sweeten

Photo by La Petite Femme on PixabayI personally use an unsweetened almond milk with vanilla added for all my smoothies. First, vanilla is great in any fruit-based smoothie I can think of. It imparts a subtle flavor that adds depth to the drink and I don’t use up all my vanilla extract making them so I can save it for baking.

Second, I prefer the unsweetened kind because I like to control what kind of sweeteners I use and avoid any refined or cane sugar. Plus, I try to keep my sugar consumption down as much as I can especially when there is already enough sugar from the fruits already.

The bonus to unsweetened almond milk is you can share it with the kids (if they don’t have an allergy to nuts)! The World Health Organization suggests free sugar intake for adults and children should be at 5% or less of total energy intake. For an adult of normal body mass that works out to be about 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of sugar a day. For children under 2, there should be no added sugar. With unsweetened almond milk you don’t have to worry about loading the kids (or yourself) down with all the empty calories and keep the food as nutrient dense as possible.

Keeping It Simple – It’s Not Just For Thoreau

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail.” – Henry David Thoreau

With almost any recipe I make, smoothie or otherwise, I prefer to keep the base recipe very simple and adjustable. This gives me the ability to add ingredients when the fancy strikes me or not if that’s the mood I’m in. It also helps when adjustments need to be made because of diet-restrictions and allergies when serving to guests, friends, and family. Plus, it makes for a great “template” to discovering other flavor combinations.

Keeping it simple also keeps it fast! You don’t have to stop and look at the recipe every time you want to make it. You just grab what you need and go! This is invaluable when you’ve got kids to wrangle.

These are other reasons I love almond milk. I’ve haven’t found a single fruit based smoothie recipe that doesn’t work well with almond milk. And after working a restaurant known for its smoothies, I’ve seen a TON of smoothie recipes.

Eat your heart out Thoreau! Or have a smoothie instead. Yum!

5 Almond Milk Smoothie Recipes

So here are 5 simple almond milk base smoothie recipes that are vegan, healthy, and delicious that can be enjoyed by the whole family!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Almond Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Almond Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

  • 3/4 – 1 banana frozen
  • 3-4 strawberries frozen
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Chocolate Almond Coconut Smoothie

  • 1 banana frozen
  • 1/4 cup blueberries frozen
  • 1/4 cup cherries frozen
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter or 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 tbsp. cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1  cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (enough to reach about 1/2 inch below top of fruit)

Spinach Hemp Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 bananas frozen
  • 1 tbsp. hemp protein or 2 tbsp. hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp. hemp oil
  • A handful of spinach (approx. 1/2 – 1 cup)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (enough to reach about 1 inch below top of fruit)

Pick-Me-Up Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 bananas frozen
    Pick-Me-Up Smoothie
    Pick-Me-Up Smoothie
  • 1 tbsp. cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 6 oz. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 oz. cold brew coffee

Creamsicle Smoothie

  • 1 banana frozen
  • 1/2 cup mango frozen
  • 1 tbsp. pecans
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice


Place everything besides fruit, almond milk (or orange juice), and oil in blender first.

Then add the bananas and other fruits (if any).

Add the liquid until it sits about 1/2 inch under the very top of the fruit.

Turn on blender at the lowest setting and let it run until everything is starting to blend together. Add more liquid if needed to reach desired thickness.

Slowly turn the setting to high.

Once the smoothie is thoroughly blended (and you are getting the vortex at the top) add the oil (if any) and blend for another 5 seconds.

Immediately serve.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer it sweeter, you can either add 1-2 dates or use sweetened almond milk instead.

Omit coffee if sensitive to caffeine but replace the liquid with an equal amount of almond milk.

Amounts are relative as fruit size varies but these should make roughly 14-16 oz. smoothies.

Also, if you are looking for a good blender, I recommend the Vitamix 5200. It is the same one I use to make all my recipes.

I hope you enjoy these recipes! If there are any questions or variations on these recipes you’d like to share, I would love to hear about them so please leave me a comment below!

Happy blending!

8 thoughts on “Almond Milk Smoothie Recipes – Vegan, Simple, and Kid-Friendly”

  • I loved this post, I’m a fan of almond milk and I love making smoothies so this post just put those too things together for me. The pick me up Smoothie, looks so good.

    • Thanks so much, Ashley! I really love almond milk too! It’s just so adaptable!

      Another tip that most people don’t know with smoothies is you can add spinach and it doesn’t change the taste. It’s a great way to add some extra vitamins to your drink. Let me know how those recipes work out for you!

      Thanks again for visiting!

  • This article is great. My wife and I are always trying to come up with new ideas for our daughters to keep them away from sugary drinks and we are definitely going to try these. I have already picked two I want to try. the pick me up and the strawberry banana.
    Thank you so much,

    • Hi David! Thanks so much for visiting! I’m always happy to help! Especially when it comes to lowering sugar in our children’s diets as it seems like most candy is geared to attract them more than anyone else.

      I always try to find sugars that have some kind of nutrition to them like dates as replacements to cane sugar. It doesn’t always work but if I can lower the amount in any way that’s progress. Plus, it helps to alter our palettes. Over time we can train our tastes to crave less sugar or find less more appealing. As an example, I cannot stand most sodas anymore. They are just too sweet for me and I used to drink soda like it was water when I was a kid.

      Thanks again for visiting! I hope you like the recipes. If you have any trouble with them please let me know and I can help you out!

  • OMG, you read my mind! I just came back from a walk with my husband in this hot and moist air. On our way back I said “I want a smoothie!”, but the only thing we found around was a milkshake for $9 in the ice cream shop.
    I wish I could get one of your smoothies instead!!
    Looks like I need to get a blender (by the way – any recommendation? ) and start making them by myself. Will be much better and cheaper!
    Thank you for the inspiration!

    • You are most welcome, Mary! Frozen fruit is the real trick to smoothies. I’m not a big fan of ice as it doesn’t mix well and waters down the whole drink. Granted, it does cut down the sugar but I’ve always found alternatives for that like unsweetened almond milk. Or even hemp milk!

      The blender I personally use is the Vitamix 5200. It’s one of the mid-range price blenders from Vitamix that they sell (new retails for $450) which is, unfortunately, a bit expensive. But they are worth it! And I use it every day for all sorts of things like making pesto, baby food, bread crumbs, hemp milk, and nut butter. They also have reconditioned ones and other blenders for much cheaper. If you do buy reconditioned, I’d highly recommend going through them directly as they have a standard 5 or 3-year warranty on them that I don’t think comes with ones bought elsewhere.

      However, if blenders aren’t a must-have appliance in your kitchen, I’d recommend possibly finding a different one that might be cheaper. What you are looking for is a high-performance blender with variable speed settings since frozen fruit can kill conventional machines and the speeds are critical to making a silky smoothie without melting the fruit in the process. Just keep in mind you get what you pay for. Besides, if you spend the money and get a good blender, you might find plenty of uses for it beyond smoothies like I did!

      I hope this was helpful! Please let me know if you have any further questions or how the recipes work out for you!

  • Thanks for this great article! This is the perfect time of year for smoothies and this post just made me really thirsty. I hadn’t actually considered adding almond milk to a smoothie, but it does sounds really nice. Quick question; if I don’t like almond milk by itself, will I like it as part of a smoothie or is the taste completely similar?

    • Welcome back, Benji!

      Almond milk has a neutral flavor in smoothies so it doesn’t come through the finished product (at least I don’t taste it) but it also imparts a silky texture to the drink which is one of the reasons I like to use it. Personally, I don’t like the taste of almond milk alone either so I’m with you on that!

      I’d suggest giving it a try. But you could substitute with hemp milk or even cow’s milk (I’d suggest skim or 1%) and probably get similar results. If there is no added vanilla to the milk you choose, you can add 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract.

      I hope this helps! Please let me know what you think if you try the recipe with almond milk!

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