Un-Caramelized Banana Smoothies for a Sweetly Cool Treat


Update! Pure, organic, molasses-spiked brown sugar adds depth and special sweetness to these un-caramelized banana smoothies. And the addition of vanilla and nutmeg heightens the warm flavor.

The recipe was originally shared with us by Almond Dream, when they improved the formula of their Original and Unsweetened almond milks back in 2011. Since then, many versions of Almond Dream have come and gone, but the timeless Unsweeteneed Almond Dream Milk Beverage.

Don’t worry if you can’t do nuts. This simple smoothie is delicious with almost any type of unsweetened or plain milk beverage, like Oat Dream (more details here) or Rice Dream.

Un-Caramelized Banana Smoothies Recipe - dairy-free, vegan, and optionally paleo-friendlyPhoto from Dream Plant Based.

Special Diet Notes: Un-Caramelized Banana Smoothies

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

For paleo-friendly Un-Caramelized Banana Smoothies, substitute coconut sugar for the brown sugar.

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Un-Caramelized Banana Smoothies
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For an even richer, nuttier smoothie, add 2 tablespoons almond butter before blending. I prefer to use a salted version, because it heightens the flavor.
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3 servings
  • 2 cups original almond milk beverage (can sub oat milk or rice milk beverage for nut-free)
  • 2 large, ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons organic brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Few pinches ground nutmeg
  1. Put the milk beverage, bananas, ice, brown sugar, and vanilla in your blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the smoothie into 3 glasses and sprinkle each with a pinch of nutmeg.
Protein Pump: You can add 1 to 2 tablespoons of your favorite plain or vanilla dairy-free protein powder to this smoothie. This will affect the flavor and consistency, so make sure you use a powder that you really like. For a more natural boost, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of rich, creamy almond butter or sunflower seed butter.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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