I have had one of these Almond Butter Acai Smoothies every single day the last week. And I could probably have one every single day for the rest of eternity if given the chance. This peanut butter and jelly inspired smoothie is made easy by our friends at Oster Kitchen! Thanks to them for sponsoring this post!
Almond Butter Acai Smoothies
Smoothies have always been my jam and some days, it’s the only way I can get my kids to eat their veggies. Unlike when I have to camouflage bits of carrot or spinach within burgers or meatballs, for some odd reason my children won’t drink a smoothie if there AREN’T veggies of some sort lurking around. Don’t ask because I don’t know the answer. Kids are the darndest creatures.
I rarely depart from my go-to Green Smoothie but ever since I had a peanut butter and jelly inspired smoothie after a six-milk hike on a girls’ trip in Sedona, I couldn’t stop thinking about making my own version at home. So here we go.
Good-for-you acai, frozen blueberries and nutty almond butter are the more dominant flavors in the acai smoothie but we also throw in hints of banana (because no smoothie of mine is complete without it), a touch of vanilla and crunchy bits of chia seed for texture.
It’s sweet but not overly so and the perfect combination of berry and almond butter. We are obsessed.
This personal-sized smoothie is made easy with our favorite brand, Oster and their ActiFiit Smoothie Blender. A really compact, powerful blender that is perfect for single-serving smoothies. (More on that later!)
Perfect for breakfast, snack or lunch, let’s get started!
Ingredients in Acai Smoothies
Acai. At this point I’m sure you’ve heard of acai but if you haven’t, here is the lowdown. Basically they’re in the berry family but well known to have more health benefits. They’re high in omega three fatty acids, high in calcium, fiber and antioxidants. Basically they’re one of very few super foods. These days you can easily fine them pureed and frozen in small packets at pretty much any grocery store.
Blueberries. I wanted this acai smoothie to be really vibrant and purple so I stuck with blueberries that have the same beautiful purple hue. Frozen or fresh blueberries work great.
Banana. I happen to love the taste of a little bit of banana in my smoothie so I almost always throw half of one into each smoothie I make.
Spinach. Another ingredient I rarely leave out of smoothies is spinach. I love that it’s neutral flavor doesn’t alter the taste of any smoothie but it adds an extra dose of healthy.
Almond butter. You could really use any nut butter but I’m partial to creamy almond butter.
Protein powder. This addition is totally optional but I’m trying to lose baby weight right now so I’m trying to up my protein where I can. If you don’t use vanilla protein powder, add a small splash of vanilla to the acai smoothie instead.
Chia Seeds. I just adore the texture of chia seeds. It’s also a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids so it’s really a no brainer.
Almond milk. We use UNSWEETENED vanilla almond milk. My favorite is Trader Joe’s refrigerated almond milk but your favorite brand will work as well.
Let’s make Almond Butter Acai Smoothies!
We almost don’t need to describe anything here because all you have to do is layer up the ingredients in your Oster ActiFit Blender, spin the lid on and invert it on to the base. Turn her on and watch as the magic happens. No cooking, virtually no prep and borderline effortless.
I have become slightly obsessed with this adorable mini blender lately, especially when I’m the only one that wants a smoothie. Its compact cup makes it perfect for 1-2 servings and I love how light weight the base of the blender is.
However, don’t be fooled by is smaller size because this guy is powerful. The 700-watt motor pulverizes frozen fruit, veggies and ice in mere seconds. Once everything is blended, simply spin off the blade and spin on the sports cup top and enjoy. Clean up is also a breeze, just pop the top off and place in the dishwasher along with the rest of your dirty dishes.
Substitutions and Tips and Tricks for Recipe Success
- Add in strawberries, raspberries or blackberries.
- Use peanut butter or cashew butter in place of almond butter.
- Swap out the spinach for kale.
- Other healthy additions could be bee pollen or ground flax seed
More of our Favorite Smoothie Recipes!
- Our favorite Green Smoothie has tropical vibes with plenty of pineapple, banana and mango.
- Get a pep in your step with our Banana Espresso Smoothies.
- Strawberry Smoothie Bowls are full of texture and so many yummy ingredients.
- 1 packet frozen unsweetened acai (100g)
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 medium banana (no brown spots)
- 1/2 cup packed baby spinach
- 1 tbsp creamy almond butter
- 2 tsp chia seeds (optional) plus more for garnish
- 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (optional)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 blender
- Add the acai, berries, banana, spinach and almond butter in the blender. Pour chia seeds and protein powder on top. Pour in almond milk. Twist the lid on tight. Invert the cup on to the blender. Twist to turn on. Blend until smooth.
- Either pour the smoothie into a cup or twist the sports lid on the top of the blender. I like to sprinkle with extra chia seeds and a swirl of extra almond butter.