Spice in the Kitchen: PB Banana Cacao Almond Milk Smoothie

I have been "detoxing" if you will. For me, that means no processed food, no dairy, no gluten, and no refined sugars. Sounds really limiting, but once you cleanse yourself, it gets harder and harder to get back to your old ways because you realize how good you feel eating simply. You also end up losing your taste for the crap that you used to eat.

There is a whole science behind this way of cleansing, but I'm not going to get into it now. If you are interested in this subject, I would suggest reading The Martha's Vineyard Detox and The Crazy Sexy Diet. Both are eye opening reads. Or, if you don't like to read, watch Food Matters. It's available for free through Netflix and online.

Though this may not be a green drink, but it's gluten-free, vegan, and free of refined sugars. (I'm trying to ease out of my eating to party ways before I go all green.) You may want to add a liquid sweetener to it, but it really doesn't need it. The bananas make it sweet enough. I have had this smoothie for breakfast the past couple of days along with spirulina tablets and then have been eating tons of green veggies the rest of the day. It's healthy and feels like you are drinking dessert, so you are mentally and physically satisfied. Who knew a smoothie could do all that?

Peanut Butter Banana Cacoa Almond Milk Smoothie (vegan)
serves 1

In a blender, add:

  • 8 ounces of organic, unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 TB raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 TB natural, no-sugar peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp gluten-free vanilla extract (optional)
  • 6-8 ice cubes
Blend all on high power until smooth. Drink and enjoy.


  1. Yum!! I wish I'd had that this morning...PB & cacao smoothies beat green smoothies all day long!

  2. This looks super tasty. I'm still loving smoothies despite the winter though mine are mostly spinachy; this one looks like a real treat.

  3. Looks like a chocolate shake! I love bananas, cacao & peanut butter, and the idea of healing smoothies for dessert.


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