Winter in New England has been pretty rough this year. We are literally buried under massive piles of snow and there are days when you can’t leave your house, or even open your front door!
For the most part, it is cold and miserable. But it is also great to have the opportunity to rest, catch up on some reading and spend a few extra hours in the kitchen blending up yummy cocktails ♥
Blueberries rock! They are so sweet and flavorful, yet low in calories and packed with phytonutrients and antioxidants ♥ I use them in dessert recipes every chance I get.
The blueberry banana smoothie is something I make pretty often in my kitchen, especially in the morning. It is an excellent drink to start your day with. I love to experiment with adding in different superfoods, like chia or hemp seeds, goji berries or in this case, raw cacao nibs. Amazing!
If you try this beauty, I promise you that you’ll be hooked! The avocado adds healthy fats and a whole lot of creaminess to this nutritious drink. The banana is for sweetness, so you can skip the sweeteners.
This is one of my top five most-loved smoothie recipes, because it packs in so much nutrition in each serving, plus it supplies your body with long-lasting energy while helping to fight off sugar cravings.
Cacao nibs are the raw pieces obtained from cracking the dried cacao bean. They are used to make chocolate and contain cacao butter, minerals and health-promoting flavanols (epicatechin and catechin) known to help prevent cardiovascular disease and improve cognitive function. You can also munch on the nibs alone as a healthful snack; they come unprocessed without all the added fat and sugar used in commercial chocolate.
Enjoy this deliciousness and please leave me a comment below to let me know what you think of this recipe ♥
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ avocado
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
- 1 Tbsp raw cacao nibs, or more to use for garnish
- 3 cups of almond milk, or any other nut milk of choice
- Blend all ingredients until smooth
- Drink right away or store in the refrigerator in a airtight container