Bottoms Up: Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie with Cacao Nibs

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe with Chocolate Cacao Nibs | Healthy, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Well folks, peanut butter banana smoothies aside, I’m officially home from Greece!

Thank you so much for putting up with my posting delinquency this week, and for your continued patience as I slowly endure my fall from grace, which included countless sunsets, donkeys and dips (both of the Greek yogurt and Aegean Sea variety).

Luckily, I had a house guest while I was away. So last night instead of walking into an apartment that smelled like one too many pairs of old Chucks with an empty fridge, I got to come home to a vase of fresh hydrangeas and a bowl of perfectly ripe avocados.

Needless to say, I ate pretty freaking well while away. And since it was Mediterranean fare, even eating my weight in tzatziki with a spoon at every meal didn’t leave me feeling overly bloated or like I wouldn’t fit into any of my non-tunic wardrobe upon arrival back in the States. That said, I think this is the longest I’ve ever gone without eating avocado, so the treats were very much appreciated.

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I’ll give you a full recap of the trip, along with all my recommendations, in the form of an upcoming Hungry Girl Guide. But I will say that over the last 4 days, Charlie and I enjoyed some incredibly decadent breakfasts at our hotel. It wasn’t uncommon for them to include 5 different family-style options in addition to dessert.

This is a pretty far cry from how I operate at home before 9am, so as much as I loved diving head first into a plate of olive-oil soaked omelets or a bowl of Greek yogurt the size of my face, I’m pretty excited to get back into my morning routine of some sort of healthy smoothie that tastes just a little bit like dessert.

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe with Chocolate Cacao Nibs | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Healthy Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe with Chocolate Cacao Nibs | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

This peanut butter banana smoothie with Cacao nibs is as close to dessert in the morning as I’ll come – and it’s still a far cry from the lemon mousse or apple strudel we were served in Hydra.

It’s certainly delicious enough to be served as a faux milkshake, if you want to drink it post-meal at a time of day when such a thing is actually appropriate. I add Kefir to my smoothies to make sure I get a dose of probiotics before I start the day, along with a little sea salt for water absorption, and a good helping of nut-based protein (in this case, peanut butter and almond milk). This smoothie is dairy-free and fairly healthy. Just the sort of sweet beverage I need to wean me off of afternoon gelato and jugs of wine at every meal.

Drink up!



Recipes Healthy Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie Recipe with Chocolate Cacao Nibs | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie with Cacao Nibs

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie with Cacao Nibs

This peanut butter banana smoothie is great for breakfast or as a healthy dairy-free milkshake. Kefir adds probiotics. Cacao, coconut oil and raw honey are powerful anti-oxidants and full of health benefits.


  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon raw cacao nibs or dark chocolate 70% or higher
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup lactose-free kefir (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin coconut oil (optional)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. Transfer to a glass and enjoy.

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22 Responses to Bottoms Up: Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie with Cacao Nibs

  1. Frankie says:

    I didn’t know they made lactose-free kefir! For that matter, I didn’t know they had strudel in Hydra. Live and learn, then eat.

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  7. Wow, what a great start to the day! And your trip sounds fantastic–so lovely that you came home to hydrangeas and avocadoes just waiting for you to indulge! 🙂

  8. What a glorious house guest!!!! Um, yeah my morning pre 9am is unwashed, groggy, smelly, sleepy, braless (sorry tmi) and def not awake enough for beautiful breakfasts. This, this, I could do!

  9. I’m all for dessert in the morning!

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  16. Allie says:

    I made this smoothie today and added coconut oil. Between the peanut butter and coconut oil, isn’t that like 30 grams of fat? That can’t be healthy, can it?

    • Hey Allie! Everyone has a different definition of healthy – really depends on what you’ve found works with your body. I personally don’t pay attention to fat so long as it’s plant-based and there are other great nutrients involved. Peanut butter has fiber and coconut oil is great for balancing hormones. But if you’re worried about saturated fat, definitely feel free to leave it out. Hope this helps! Thank you for making. xo

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