Wholesome Banana Almond Milk Smoothie

Inspired by a sweet little coffee shop on the Puerto Rican coast, this wholesome banana almond milk smoothie with flax, vanilla, and a hint of cinnamon tastes like a milkshake yet is healthy and filling enough for a meal.

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Wholesome banana almond milk smoothie with flax seeds, vanilla, and cinnamon. Like a healthy milkshake!

Awhile back, my husband and I enjoyed a glorious vacation in Rincon, Puerto Rico. I’m pretty sure it was only three years ago, but it honestly feels like another millennium – before we had a kiddo, before we moved to Brussels, you get the idea. Rincon is known as a big surfing destination, and though we are not surfers, we loved everything about the trip. Gorgeous sunsets, good food, lounging by the pool, watching and listening to waves crash at night, all the usual things you love about a beach vacation.

Sunset in Rincon, Puerto Rico

One specific stand-out, though, was this tiny little coffee shop in town, Banana Dang. We went running almost every morning we were there, it was HOT, and if you go inland just a tiny bit Rincon is actually quite hilly, so we were SUPER sweaty and spent by the end of each workout. I think it was the second day of our vacation that we happened to pop into Banana Dang for a post-run smoothie, and we literally went back every single day after that. It was that good. If memory serves, we might have even gone twice on the last day, before driving back to San Juan.

All of the smoothies at Banana Dang were amazing – and we did try them all – but my hands-down favorite was the simplest on the menu. A banana concoction with flax seeds and just a hint of vanilla and cinnamon. Normally I’m obsessed with red berries in all my blended beverages, but something about this combo was absolutely perfect as it was. I craved it the whole time we were there. I routinely wished I had one after we got home.

Wholesome banana almond milk smoothie with flax seeds, vanilla, and cinnamon. Like a healthy milkshake!

This was back before I cooked on the regular, so it took me some time to realize – duh – I could try to recreate it.

I think I was the last person on the planet to realize that frozen bananas yield delicious pseudo-ice cream amazingness. My first attempts to recreate this smoothie failed pretty spectacularly, since I didn’t really understand that you need to slice the bananas before you freeze them. (I’ve learned a lot since then.)

As it turns out, when you slice, then freeze bananas, you can throw those frozen slices straight into the blender with other ingredients of your choice, and the bananas make everything rich and creamy without having to use any yogurt or other thickening agent.

Again, I realize this is last century’s news to all the “real” foodies. Thanks for sticking with me, slow learner that I am. And if you’ve never tried this before, GO slice some bananas and throw them in the freezer immediately. They’ll probably take 12-24 hours to freeze and be ready for smoothie action. Your world will be rocked.

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It actually feels like cheating a bit to even call this a “recipe,” because really it’s a list of ingredients, a flexible list at that, and a simple assembly job. I believe the Banana Dang original is made with soy milk, which is delicious, but I’ve found I love the flavor that almond milk imparts even more. Feel free to use almond, soy, or regular milk – whatever you keep on hand.

True recipe or not, this is my absolute favorite smoothie ever, so I would never want to forget the combo, and it deserves to be in your life, too.

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Wholesome banana almond milk smoothie with flax seeds, vanilla, and cinnamon. Like a healthy milkshake!

As a side note – my blender is on its last legs. It’s one that my husband brought to the marriage, and had owned for God only knows how long before we joined forces. It gives off a scary stutter even with easy tasks. I’m too afraid to ask it to actually crush ice. If anyone can recommend a blender, mostly for smoothie making, I would LOVE some advice!

As a final side note – since our vacation, I have heard that, sadly, Banana Dang closed up shop in Rincon. Silly though this may be, that small fact significantly dampens my enthusiasm to return to Rincon! But, they appear to have reopened a shop in southern California, and certainly if I’m ever lucky enough to find myself nearby, I will direct myself there and hope fervently that the smoothies are just as stellar as I remember them.

Since a trip to California doesn’t seem likely in my foreseeable future, though, I’m awfully glad I can make my own perfect smoothie right on my kitchen counter – in Virginia, in Brussels, or wherever else I may land. And now you can, too! Enjoy!

Wholesome banana almond milk smoothie with flax seeds, vanilla, and cinnamon. Like a healthy milkshake!

Wholesome banana almond milk smoothie with flax seeds, vanilla, and cinnamon. Like a healthy milkshake!

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Wholesome Banana Almond Milk Smoothie



Yield 1 large or 2 small smoothies

Inspired by a sweet little coffee shop on the Puerto Rican coast, this wholesome banana almond milk smoothie with flax, vanilla, and a hint of cinnamon tastes like a milkshake yet is healthy and filling enough for a meal.


  • 2 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup almond milk (feel free to substitute regular or soy)
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and pulse on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until mixture is completely smooth and thick. Serve immediately.

Courses Drinks

Cuisine American

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

Calories 202

% Daily Value

Total Fat 4 g


Unsaturated Fat 3 g

Sodium 82 mg


Total Carbohydrates 41 g


Dietary Fiber 10 g


Sugars 19 g

Protein 3 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Wholesome banana almond milk smoothie with flax seeds, vanilla, and cinnamon. Like a healthy milkshake!


  • Reply
    Foodie Pradipta
    June 1, 2018 at 6:46 am

    This is really a great breakfast drink option for vegan people. But almond milk is much more expensive than other milk. Even soy milk less expensive than almond milk in India. So I prefer soy milk over almond milk to make vegan banana smoothie.

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      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 1, 2018 at 7:00 am

      Soy milk is also a great option for this, in fact that’s how I made it myself for a long time, and still do from time to time!

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    March 27, 2018 at 3:36 am

    This smoothie is perfect for the absurd amount of frozen bananas I have in my freezer right now! Definitely going to be making this!

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    Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life
    February 27, 2018 at 6:07 am

    I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately but I’ve mostly been eating the same thing over and over. Can’t wait to add a little variety to my routine with this banana almond milk twist. I bet it’s delish!

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    Abby @ WinsteadWandering
    February 26, 2018 at 3:15 am

    I love including bananas and almond milk in my smoothies, but I’ve never used flax seeds. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Leslie Haasch
    February 25, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    I love recipes that feel like a “cheat” to call them one because they’re so easy – this looks great!

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    Veronika's Kitchen
    February 25, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Recently, I started to make a lot of smoothies to substitute my ice cream cravings. Yours look so delicious, I will definitely make it this week)

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    Jenni LeBaron
    February 24, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Bananas are by far my favorite fruit to add to smoothies. They make everything so creamy!

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    Matt Kearns
    February 23, 2018 at 1:10 am

    This smoothie looks super healthy. Just a few tasty ingredients go a long way!

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    February 22, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    I love how simple this smoothie is. I always tend to add way too many ingredients in my smoothies, but I’m sure my kids will love this healthy banana “milkshake”

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    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    February 21, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Your trip to Puerto Rico sounds magical. I’d love to go there someday! I love how easy and delicious your recipe is. I simply adore bananas in smoothies!! And I always use almond milk so it’s a win for me!! Great recipes and beautiful photos!

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      February 23, 2018 at 8:25 am

      Hi Elaine! It was really great – we want to go back, although I’m sure much will have changed after the hurricane(s) last year. So sad. Glad you like the recipe – bananas and almond milk make a fantastic combination! And thank you so much for your kind words about the photos!

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    February 20, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    simple and delicious! Banana smoothie is one of my go-to recipes. Love the addition of flaxseeds.

    Thanks for sharing!

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      February 20, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks so much, Ashima – I appreciate you stopping by and am glad you like the recipe!

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    February 20, 2018 at 3:50 am

    A classic flavor combo for smoothies. It never fails! Delicious.

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      February 20, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      Agreed – it’s the one smoothie combo I go back to again and again! Thanks so much, Kate!

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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    February 20, 2018 at 2:34 am

    After a knee injury I am finally able to run again. Did 5 miles today. This would have been the perfect post run drink.

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      February 20, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      Congratulations on being back out there! Five miles is a great run – I rarely fit in more than three these days. You’ll have to have this ready to whip up after your next run – it’s a great motivator! 🙂

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    Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen
    February 19, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    That sounds so yummy! Takes me back to holiday times!

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    thomas penicaro
    January 14, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    i love this.. banana dang is actually located in oceanside ca now .. i love this vanilla dang.. i been looking for how to make it for awhile now – thank you very much.. at over $7 each gets costly..lol

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      January 14, 2018 at 7:11 pm

      Hi Thomas, that’s great, so happy to hear it and that this might help you save a few bucks! Yup – with something I crave this often, $7 a pop would definitely add up, ha!

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    Erica @ The Crumby Kitchen
    January 8, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    I am in such a smoothie mood right now! All those Christmas cookies…LOL. This is basically the exact smoothie I have every day, with the addition of a few more fruits and some kale for color and a bit more flavor. Solid recipe, girl! Yum!

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    January 8, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Gorgeous and delicious drink! I love smoothies with all my heart and always ready to explore !

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    January 7, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Isn’t it funny, the little things like this that stand out from vacations? I still daydream about the acai bowls we had from this tiny little shack right on the beach in Aruba. My husband was there for a work conference and every morning while he was in meetings, I’d walk down the length of the beach to the little shack and get one. So delicious!

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    prasanna hede
    January 7, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Smoothie looks so delicious! I liked that you recreated the same smoothie you like,I do similar to some restaurant food that I love! Beach is amazing too.

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    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    January 6, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    I love how a scoop of flax seeds can transform a smoothie. This looks like a really tasty combo. It’s always fun when you nail it when you recreate favorite restaurant dishes!

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      January 7, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Yes, they add such a subtle warm and nutty flavor! Thanks so much, Ashley!

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    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    January 6, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Frozen bananas are great!! And talk about versatile too. Your smoothies sounds so good. I haven’t made a smoothie in years and I think it’s about time to do it again. I like your ingredients.

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      January 6, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks, Marisa! Yes – they are good in just about any smoothie, plus baking, etc!

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    Ben Myhre
    January 6, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    This looks like a great smoothie with some really good flavors!

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      January 6, 2018 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks so much, Ben!

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    Sharon Glascoe
    January 6, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    This smoothie looks so good and simple to make. Your pictures make me want to make this STAT.

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      January 6, 2018 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks so much, Sharon! That’s always the goal, right!? 🙂

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    Veena Azmanov
    January 5, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Simplicity at its’ best! I love the combination of banana and almonds. This sounds delicious

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    Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade
    January 5, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    That beach looks stunning! I make a smoothie every morning with banana and soy milk, plus bluberries and greek yogurt. It’s so delicious. I use an Oster mini blender…got it for about $30 at Walmart. It’s more for single servings, but it’s so handy and stores easily

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      January 5, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      Oooh, I would actually love to have something single-serving. I use my food processor or immersion blender for practically everything else in the kitchen, so something little for smoothies would be just the thing!

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    January 5, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I didn’t have banana almond smoothie in a while and I don’t even know why! Those two flavors are meant to be together and I like to have it for breakfast. But yes it has been months. Time to make this in 2018!

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    January 4, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Filling and delicious smoothie recipe

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    January 4, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    So funny to click on your post and read about this…I just made something very similar but added a pinch of salt and vanilla – so I totally get what you mean about craving this! It’s a keeper!

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      January 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      Great minds think alike! I love the idea of adding a pinch of salt – I’ll have to try that next time! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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    August 13, 2017 at 10:30 am

    What a great way to start the day! I had some extra time this Sunday morning so instead of drinking the smoothie I poured it into a bowl and added some blueberries and sliced bananas for a smoothie bowl! My husband and I loved it!! Thanks for the delicious recipe! 😁

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      August 13, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      What a great idea to add the bananas and blueberries – that sounds delicious! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, it makes my day to hear that! 🙂

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    June 24, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I love trying to recreate recipes from our vacations once I’m back home. It’s such an easy way to revisit those memories! This smoothie looks like it would instantly transport me back to days on a beach.

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      June 25, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Food is definitely one of the strongest memory inducers, and vacations are usually some of the best memories worth inducing! 🙂 Thanks, Megan, for the kind words!

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    Jamie | A Sassy Spoon
    June 20, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    So easy to make and so filling! These sound right up my alley. Pinning for later, thank you!

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      June 20, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      Yay, I hope you like them!

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    June 20, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    It always amazes me how quickly time flies; I often think “oh it was just a few months ago” and it’s been a year! Scary really! This smoothie looks like the perfect way to start the day though, I love having bananas for breakfast any way I can!

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      June 20, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Completely agree. And it just seems to speed up more and more the older I get, which makes sense I guess, but is a little scary! 🙂

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    Edyta at Innocent Delight
    June 20, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I love how simple this recipe is. I also love all the ingredients. I will be making it often. Thanks for sharing

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    Garlic + Zest
    June 20, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    This sounds like a really delicious smoothie — I don’t usually use almond milk (or have it in the house) do you think it would be ok with regular milk?

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      June 20, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Definitely! It would be great with regular milk, or with soy, whatever you tend to have on hand.

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    shashi at savory spin
    June 20, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Sometimes, the simplest smoothies are the best on the menu! So fabulous that you can recreate this now – especially since that cafe closed down! Btw – that photo of Rincon, Puerto Rico is GORGEOUS- as is this smoothie!

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      June 20, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks, Shashi, for the kind words! 🙂

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