Almond Cacao Protein Smoothie

After my morning workout, I look forward to a smoothie or juice. I have a few go-to smoothies like anything with acai or banana, and I absolutely love adding nut butters because it makes it so much more filling and is naturally packed with protein. This smoothie is definitely one you can dream about when you’re holding on to that plank position for 10 more seconds and need a happy thought… YES. It’s like an adult chocolate milkshake you can feel great about and will keep your energy up.

I love using a little raw honey to sweeten things up, plus it has so many benefits. Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties and promotes digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, and can eliminate seasonal allergies to name a few! From a topical stand-point… I love making a raw honey and cinnamon face mask. It’s great to keep away and heal acne! So skip the processed honey, spend a little extra for the raw type. If you don’t eat it, simply omit or sub in some maple syrup or agave.


gluten-free & dairy-free, vegan optional // serves 1

  • 2 tbsp raw almond butter (my favorite is Georgia Grinders – use code ‘FOODBYMARS’ for 25% off)
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup coconut (or almond milk)
  • 1 tsp flax seed
  • 1 tsp raw honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 tsp cacao nibs


  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Serve and optionally add slivered almonds and cacao nibs on top!


Hope you enjoy!
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  • Traci | Vanilla And BeanMarch 10, 2015 - 3:30 pm

    Delicious, Alison! There’s so much goodness in this smoothie, I can see how it would refresh and recharge you after a workout… and chocolate, yes, please! Cocoa Nibs are one of the best things ever! Thank you for sharing! I’ll be whippin’ this up after my afternoon workout!


    • Alison MarrasMarch 10, 2015 - 5:00 pm

      Traci!! I hope you enjoy it, yes girl… I will sneak cocoa nibs into anything and everything 🙂


  • Lu | Super Nummy Yo!March 10, 2015 - 3:38 pm

    This looks like an oreo frappe but 100% healthy! Now THAT is awesome. Thanks for the raw honey and cinnamon face mask tip too! I’ll definitely have to try that 🙂


    • Alison MarrasMarch 10, 2015 - 5:01 pm

      O-M-G that’s a pretty great way to describe it… umm yes you are welcome on that face mask! It’s a great DIY tip 😉


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