Vegan Banana, Almond Butter, and Cold Brew Smoothie

This buzzy blend combines the delicious flavors of coffee, chocolate, and coconut for a dreamy, on-the-go meal.

Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2

A little cold brew, a little coconut water, and a scoop of almond butter are just a few of the star ingredients that comprise the winner of our 2019 VegNews Best Vegan Smoothie Ever Contest. It was love at first sip for VegNews’ editors, who immediately knew they were tasting a blend unlike any other. Congratulations to VegNews’ reader Christina Zapata, who not only gets major bragging rights for creating the Best Vegan Smoothie Ever, but will be receiving an Ultimate Smoothie Kit from our friends at Solgar (complete with three large tubs of Spoonfuls Vegan Protein Nutritional Powder in Vanilla Chai, Chocolate Coconut, and Mixed Berry—plus a super-handy, portable blender and fun smoothie swag!). Thank you to all of our smoothie-loving readers who entered their favorite recipes!

What you need:

3 frozen bananas, broken into chunks
1 tablespoon raw almond butter
⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1 cup cold brew coffee 
1 cup coconut water 
1 tablespoon almond milk

What you do:

Into a blender, place all ingredients and blend for 1 minute, or until well combined. Smoothie should be thick and creamy. Pour into two glasses and enjoy! 

Photo credit: Riley Yahr

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