3 Layer Cocoa Almond Banana Berry Smoothies

Cocoa almond banana berry smoothies are a fun, delicious, and healthy breakfast. Made with dates, berries, and almond butter. Vegan and gluten-free!

Valentine's Layered Smoothie

Nothing says love like a smoothie, right? 🙂

I love love love Valentine’s day, but not in the fancy-dinner-prix-fixe dinner sort of way. I love it for of all of the cute things that remind me of being a little kid… tiny paper cards, homemade cupcakes with pink frosting, heart shaped candies… so in the spirit of being crafty, I made these 3-layer smoothies!

Valentine's Layered Smoothie

I always see the layered smoothies on Instagram and think “who the heck has time to make three separate smoothies?” – but here I am doing it. It actually was pretty simple and while I won’t be doing this every single morning, I think it’s fun as a special occasion smoothie.

The bottom layer is made with almond butter, cocoa powder, and dates. The middle layer is made with banana, vanilla and (more) dates. The top layer is a mix of frozen strawberries and raspberries. Each one is blended with generous amounts of Almond Breeze almondmilk, which is a staple ingredient in my fridge.

Valentine's Layered Smoothie

The only fussy part here is that you have to freeze each layer – just enough for it to set a little bit – before adding the next.

Valentine's Layered Smoothie

These are not only so cute, but they’re a yummy three-flavors-in-one treat as well.

Valentine's Layered Smoothie

5.0 from 3 reviews
Valentine's Layered Smoothie
 
I love these cute, yummy 3-layer smoothies as a Valentine's treat or healthy breakfast any day. Full of berries, dates, and almond butter, they're healthy and filling.
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
Bottom Layer: Chocolate Almond Butter
  • ½ cup Almond Breeze almondmilk Vanilla
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 soft Medjool dates, pitted
  • handful of ice
Middle Layer: Banana Vanilla
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze almondmilk Vanilla
  • 1½ frozen bananas
  • 2 soft Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or 1 scraped vanilla bean
  • handful of ice
Top Layer: Red Berry
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze almondmilk Vanilla
  • Chocolate chips for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Make the bottom layer: Combine the almond milk, almond butter, banana, cocoa powder, and dates in a blender. Blend until smooth and the dates are fully pureed. Add the ice and pulse. Pour into 3 glasses (or 4 smaller glasses) and freeze for 30 minutes.
  2. Make the middle layer: Combine the almond milk, bananas, dates, and vanilla in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the ice and pulse. Layer this onto the smoothies and freeze for another 30 minutes.
  3. Make the top layer: Combine the strawberries, raspberries, and almond milk in a blender and blend until smooth. This layer will be very thick. Remove the glasses from the freezer and spoon the last layer onto the smoothies. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, if desired.
  4. The bottom two layers, since they are not completely frozen, should thaw to a drinkable (spoonable) consistency in 5 to 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

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  1. Raquel Osorio
    02.14.2018

    Love you, always, but specially love all vegan ideas/recipes I can enjoy! Much Love and Peace from the Hudson Valley.

  2. Natalie
    02.14.2018

    This is absolutely beautiful! I love the layers – so pretty 🙂 Looks and sounds delicious and healthy ♥

  3. I don’t make them often either, but I do love the experience of eating a layered smoothie, especially when there are different textures. So fun and novel. Love the date, cacao, almond butter layer in this one!

  4. sabrina from newkitchenlife.com
    02.17.2018

    very clever set of layers, haven’t seen a multi-layered smoothie except for the unintentional separating (and unappetizing) of mine if I leave them overnight in the refrigerator, I like this recipe much better even after Valentine’s Day, thank you!

  5. Gaby Dalkin
    02.17.2018

    OMG—this smoothie is a work of art!

  6. Mohammad Abul Hossain
    02.21.2018

    Really your smoothie is looking so nice and different layers makes it so exceptional….

  7. Jess B
    02.26.2018

    How fun! These look and sound delicious!

  8. kristin
    03.12.2018

    what a fun idea!

  9. Rutuja
    03.19.2018

    I was looking for a great smoothie with the fruits and chocolate. Great combination!

  10. Brinton
    03.19.2018

    The smoothie looks great, I like all the different layers on the smoothie.

  11. Laurie
    03.21.2018

    After this smoothie is made, how long do you think it can be kept in the refrigerator?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      03.22.2018

      not very long, it’ll start to melt pretty quickly. It’s best to drink it right after you make it 🙂

  12. Awesome ….!! It’s so nice. This is a best work of arts. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Amelie
    06.01.2018

    This smoothie is amazing!!! Unfortunately the middle layer did not quite set enough but the other two were perfect.

  14. Haley
    01.23.2019

    This has to be extremely delicious.

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