I hope you all had a totally amazing Christmas.

I know I did.

Though I’m definitely not one to boast, I was so excited and surprised to receive a Ninja Kitchen System. (!!!) A high-speed blender has always been a thing of my dreams, and now I am so overwhelmed in a totally good way.

I never used to use blenders all that much until my sister started going half-raw. This means eating breakfast raw, and if I haven’t already told you this, my sister is not a breakfast person. For me, raw breakfast is totally easy, because fruit is my best friend. Give me a bowl of grapes and I’m a happy kid. But my sister can only tolerate about two types of fruit and would cringe at the thought of having to eat a whole bowl of them.

So we discovered smoothies. And let me tell you people, raw smoothies can be so good.

This super creamy berry-cacao smoothie takes  only a few minutes to whip up – and a few minimal ingredients:

Frozen banana


Cacao nibs

Coconut milk (full-fat)

Almond milk

Vanilla extract

Maple syrup


 Plus it’s really easy to swap the berries with any kind you prefer – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries – anything would be totally awesome. 

It’s really more like a thick shake than a smoothie. Ice-creamy, is how my sister described it.

Probably kind of sinful. But so good for you. Ahhh.

Win win.

Super Creamy Berry-Cacao Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yields: 1 large serving


1 banana, frozen

1 cup cherries or raspberries (fresh or frozen & thawed)

1/4 cup coconut milk (full-fat)

2/3 cup almond milk

1 1/2 tbsp raw cacao nibs

1 tbsp pure maple syrup

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract


Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.

Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Raw & Simple by Judita Wignall


You may use frozen or fresh berries - I let mine thaw a little before blending. If cherries or raspberries are unavailable, try using strawberries or blueberries. (Strawberries will definitely give this smoothie a very strawberry-banana flavor, but it is so good.)