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
Servings: 1 • Size: 1 smoothie • Points +: 5 pts • Smart Points: 5
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
- 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
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.