Pick-Me-Up Smoothie

I’ve always loved smoothies. There’s just something so enjoyable, even comforting, about sipping a cold, creamy, and satisfying smoothie. It’s basically a treat in beverage form, and this recipe for a Pick-Me-Up Smoothie is exactly that: a treat!

Made with banana, creamy almond butter, almond milk, espresso, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon, this smoothie has a wonderful, slightly sweet almond and coffee flavor to it. It almost tastes like dessert, but for less than 250 calories per serving, you can enjoy it guilt-free whenever you need a natural boost of energy!

Pick-Me-Up Smoothie

Serves 1


  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon creamy almond butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 ounce espresso or strong coffee
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2-3 ice cubes


Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

I created this recipe for the Almond Board of California; check out my other delicious, comfort food remake recipes here: Almonds.com/TinaHaupert.


  1. I love the idea of espresso and almond. Sounds like it would be really good! I also agree with you, smoothies always feel like a treat to me even though they are really healthy! I love green smoothies.

  2. Yummy this looks so delicious! This is off topic but when your first found out you were pregnant how long did you wait till you told your crossfit coaches? I recently found out and we are not telling people for another month but I am wondering, for safety sake, if I should be filling in my crossfit coaches before then.

  3. Oh my word this sounds so good.. like a healthy frappuccino swap! Can’t wait to try it! I also love blending vanilla protein powder and cinnamon in with hot coffee (carefully, as the lid will blow off due to the heat!) and the protein powder serves as a great, protein filled creamer!

  4. I’ve been making a similar smoothie lately – one frozen banana, two shots of espresso, almond butter, almond milk, cocoa powder, and ice. It’s my breakfast and my coffee in one!

  5. I know you have probably answered this before but what kind of blender do you use to make smoothies and do you recommend it?

  6. Do you have any suggestions for a banana-free version? I am allergic. Sometimes I use pumpkin where it would work, but not with this recipe. Thanks.

  7. This looks great! Will it be in your book? Are you able to share any sneak previews of the smoothies you created for the book? Can’t wait to find out!!

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