Apr 7, 2014

Superfood PB Banana and Cacao Green Smoothie



Whenever I go to my local health food store, I like to challenge myself and purchase something I've never tried before. Last week I bought a small bag of raw cacao nibs which come from the bean of the cacao plant and is rich in antioxidants, fiber and magnesium. What I was expecting when I opened the package was the bitter taste when I put a spoonful in my mouth. But after asking around on Instagram I got tons of great feedback and ideas. I realized if you combine them with something sweet, the bitterness subsides and tastes like rich dark chocolate.


I've been playing around with them all week and decided to try them in my smoothie. Here, I combined almond milk, peanut butter, a really ripe banana with a few drops of stevia along with a handful of spinach. Aside from all the health benefits associated with raw cacao which you can read more about here, this tasted great and was very satisfying.



Superfood PB Banana and Cacao Green Smoothie
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 1 • Size: 1 smoothie • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 188 • Fat: 11.5 g • Carb: 21 g • Fiber: 6.5 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugar: 8.5 g
Sodium: 210 mg  • Cholesterol: 0 g

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I used Almond Breeze)
  • 1 loose cup baby spinach
  • 2 teaspoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 frozen ripe banana
  • 1/3 oz (heaping tablespoon) cacao nibs (I used Navitas)
  • 1 cup ice
  • (optional) a few drops liquid stevia

Directions:


Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze. I only share products I am passionate about and use in my own kitchen on a daily basis. I created this recipe and received compensation to do so.

49 comments :

  1. I'm been stumped trying to find a decent blender for smoothies. Any recommendations? Love your site, by the way!

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    1. I love my Cuisinart Immersion Blender. I've used it pretty much every day for the past 2 years and it's still going strong. I will note though that I do not use ice, just frozen fruit.

      p.s. it's also great for soups, etc. Just stick it in the pan and blend away. Super easy to clean up! If you are a Costco member they have a great deal right now for one that is $30ish.

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    2. I have both a Blendtec and a Vitamix, I love them both equally! They are pricey though, but to me it's worth every penny.

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    3. Gina ... why do you have both blenders?? Do they each do their own separate thing???

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    4. I was lucky to get them to review them, they are currently both on my counter!

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    5. Jaime Angela4/7/14, 5:52 PM

      I have a Magic Bullet and a Nutribullet. The Nutribullet is best for smoothies because it really gets you that smooth texture. The Magic Bullet is better for quickly chopping and blending (salsa, bruschetta, sofrito, etc). If you have a 20% off coupon for Bed, Bath and Beyond you can get the Nutribullet for under $80. Hope this helps!

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    6. I did not have a lot of money to spend on a blender, but I needed one as my baby bullet that I was using went kaput. I went on Amazon and bought the Oster 6706 6-Cup Plastic Jar 10-Speed Blender. It was under $20! I have had it for two months now. I use it for smoothies every day, sometimes twice a day. It is a great, inexpensive blender that I'm glad I bought.

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    7. I love love love my magic bullet that I got for xmas. I use it for everything! but I love the to go containers that you blend in. That way I am only cleaning one item rather than the blender and the cups etc. The clean up is the winner for me. I never felt like I got a good clean on my blender, having to disassemble it every time, never feeling like the o ring was making a seal anymore.

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    8. I have a Ninja and it works great. It's a lot less expensive than a Blentec or Vitamix. I'm sure both of those are nicer but the Ninja works well for me and I use it to make smoothies daily. It also comes with to-go / single serve containers.

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    9. Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the suggestions.

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  2. I have a Ninja and it works great with ice.

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  3. I too have a ninja and have been very happy with it, as a blender and as a food processor.

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  4. I see you found a good use for your cacao nibs.:) I absolutely love to use cacao powder instead of cocoa in all recipes. Looks great!

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  5. Vitamix!! It is pricey, but totally worth it.

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    1. agree... love the Vitamix

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  6. I have the Magic Bullet Juicer and it works really well. Better price too than Vitamix!

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  7. I have Vitamix and love it - make soup in it as well as smoothies - breads too with the package I got. It is a little pricey but worth it and they give u a fantastic warrenty with no issues if you need to use it. I would definitely purchase another one. LOVE LOVE LOVE your site Gina.

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  8. so delicious looking! trying this in the AM fo sho ;)

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  9. This looks and sounds wonderful! I totally get what you mean about the bitter taste of the cacao nibs, it totally took me by surprise as well, and I find it best to use it as topping for yogurts and the like along with something sweet.
    Loving the paperstraws as well! Might just have to try this out :) x

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  10. I have the nutribullet and I absolutely love it! Blends whole veggies like carrots into a smooth consistency. I found Target to have the cheapest price. :)

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  11. I have a nutribullet as well and absolutely love it. My husband uses it as well and in finally eating fruits because if it! They had, and still may have a buy one get one deal going on directly from their website. I'm excited to try this smoothie.

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  12. I have a Cuisinart immersion blender and a Vitamix. I use them both at least a couple of times a week. My favorite appliances!

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  13. I can't wait to try this smoothie....looks really good. I have switched from Blue Diamond almond milk to Silk ....Blue Diamond has carrageenan and there has been a lot of debate concerning this additive. It's in a lot of the food we are consuming so read your labels.

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  14. As an alternative to peanut butter, I might try powdered peanut butter (e.g., PB2). You can get more -- and therefore more peanuty taste -- for the points.

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  15. Looks really good! I've never heard of cacao. I'll have to try this. Thanks!

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  16. You can also look into buying a refurbished vitamix to save $. Love mine!

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  17. Hamilton Beach Personal Blender, 14 oz - it is $15 at Amazon or Walmart. Perfect and inexpensive for fruit/veggie/milk based smoothies - i use frozen berries, bananas, rice protein powder and soy for my breakfast shakes. I use it every day and have been for about 3 years now. I like that you just take the blender cup off and take it with you! :)

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  18. I added 1 tbsp of Baby Brain Organics to this delicious smoothie! You can get some on their website http://babybrainorganics.com/

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  19. I used your recipe to make my first green smoothie. I found Natural Zing cocao nibs at the health food store, so I tried them. For the peanut butter, I used 2 tablespoons of PB2 powdered peanut butter. (it blends well) It tasted great! I love the chocolate taste. I used 2 packets of Stevia in the raw too. I can't even taste the spinach. Wow!! I will definitely make it again. Plan on using the cacao nibs in other smoothies as well.

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  20. Pb2 natures bounty chocolate protine powder ,frozen banana and a handful of baby spinach..the best smoothie ever...


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  21. I put a a tablespoon of cacao nibs with my coffee before brewing (the coffee & nibs brew together). Do you know if I am diminishing the nutrients by processing the nibs with heat?

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  22. OOh this looks good! Thanks, I'm going to try it. :)

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  23. This sounds wonderful and I can't wait to try it. I will use a pitted date to sweeten.

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  24. Do you know what the conversion would be if I used cacao powder instead of the nibs?

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  25. I've been wanting to try something new with cacao nibs and this smoothie was absolutely deeeelish! Thank you!

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  26. Yum yum! This is similar to something I make very often. So good :)

    xx,
    Elizabeth
    www.adrian-james.com

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  27. Made this last night. It was very yummy. It tasted just as good as the shake that I bought from Sonic that had 1200 calories!!

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  28. I love a good dessert smoothie! Banana, almond milk, nut butter and spinach are my go-to ingredients when I want something sweet. I'll have to try adding some cacao nibs next time, I've only ever used cocoa powder. Yum!

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  29. Sounds delicious! I'm making this tomorrow! :D
    www.amiciarai.com

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  30. Skinny.... Can I have your vitamix?

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  31. I clicked on the link above to price the cacao nibs...on the Nutiva site, 16 ounces is $18.99. Same brand, same size at Netrition.com is $15.49 :) I don't work for them, just love their site! Thanks for all the great recipes!

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  32. This was delish!! Tasted like an ice cream based shake!! Which is so good for a preggo like myself!! Any thoughts on using the cacao nibs when baking?

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  33. This looks so tasty, great photography too. My smoothies have gotten kinda boring lately, and this is something I can throw into the rotation!

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  34. OMG! This was delicious. I added some frozen mango and skipped the cacao nibs. I think I drank it in less than 30 seconds!

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  35. This is a really delicious smoothie. Instead of cacao nibs, I use about 1 teaspoon of already ground cacao.

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  36. Can this be frozen?

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