super creamy berry-cacao smoothie.

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.)

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  • December 27, 2013 - 2:46 pm | Permalink

    I am smoothie obsessed, so this is just caaaaalling my name ;)

    • Abbie
      December 27, 2013 - 5:08 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Ashley! You’d absolutely love this thing.

  • December 27, 2013 - 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Yay smoothies :) I make them all the time, but I have to put spinach in them! I just can’t pass up an opportunity to get in some greens!

    • Abbie
      December 27, 2013 - 5:08 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Leigha! I’m sure this smoothie would be great with spinach, too!

  • December 28, 2013 - 2:09 pm | Permalink

    This looks so so delicious – must try this!! I’m getting a Vitamix soon, so this will be on my to-make-when-I-get-it list. Haha!

    • Abbie
      December 30, 2013 - 8:54 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Rachel! I hope you enjoy it!

  • December 29, 2013 - 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Looks great, especially love that bright color this smoothie has!

    • Abbie
      December 30, 2013 - 8:54 am | Permalink

      I know right? I love it too. Thanks Pamela!

  • December 29, 2013 - 10:23 pm | Permalink

    This looks delicious! Just found your blog and I love all your yummy treats!

    • Abbie
      December 30, 2013 - 8:55 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much, Lisa! I’m super happy to have you here. :)

  • December 30, 2013 - 11:38 am | Permalink

    I’ve seen that ninja…that’s awesome! I’m glad you had a nice Christmas. This smoothie looks so yummy and I could use it right about now after all the bad holiday eating.
    Have a happy 2014!

    • Abbie
      December 30, 2013 - 9:43 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much, Tina! I was so super excited. :) Happy new year!

  • January 2, 2014 - 2:29 am | Permalink

    AHHH! Love the look of this. So purpley and fabulous!

    • Abbie
      January 2, 2014 - 2:19 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Sunnie! Happy new year!

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