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Having a child who doesn’t like cow’s milk has forced us to become creative with milk alternatives. His favorite by far is almond milk. I feel good about the amount of protein in almond milk so I don’t feel like he is missing out on any nutrients by drinking it exclusively. We use it in our home a lot both plain and for making smoothies.
On a recent shopping trip to Safeway, I noticed that Silk now has new #SilkAlmondBlends including an Almond Coconut blend which inspired me to try an Almond Joy smoothie.
I admit that the Almond Joy smoothie was a bit of an experiment that took a few tries. At first, I tried to use chocolate chips and it killed my trusty immersion blender that I usually use for smoothies. I have suspected that it was on its way out for a while now but the chocolate chips were the last straw. Oops! But on the bright side, I got to buy the new Ninja blender that I had been coveting but didn’t “need”. In the end, I opted for chocolate syrup instead.
Remember, this one is a treat smoothie, not a breakfast smoothie. (recipe card below) The end result was pretty simple: Almond Coconut Blend milk, chocolate syrup, coconut oil, Greek yogurt, vanilla, and ice.
I was also excited to see that they now have an almond milk with Protein + Fiber. This would be perfect for a morning bowl of cereal or Cinnamon Bun smoothie for that extra bit of energy in the morning. For this smoothie, I used Silk Protein + Fiber almond milk, oatmeal, a half of a banana, plain Greek yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon, and ice.
Doesn’t that look like a delicious breakfast?
I love how versatile almond milk is and I especially love having alternatives for my non-cow-milk-drinking toddler.
I hope that you are now inspired to experiment with your own smoothies with almond milk. I would love to hear what recipes you come up with so come back and let me know!
- 1 cup Silk Almond Coconut Blend
- 2 tbsp chocolate syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 3oz plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
- 5-7 ice cubes (or more depending on your desired consistency)
- *drink immediately. If left to sit too long the coconut oil may re-solidify
- 1/2 ripe banana (you can freeze it first for more texture)
- 1/2 cup Silk Protein + Fiber almond milk
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, plus more to taste
- 1/4 cup quick oats
- 3 oz plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
- 4 ice cubes
- Add all of your ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth
- If you prefer a more chocolaty flavor then you may want to add more chocolate syrup than I did.