I’ve been loving cacao in my smoothies lately. Whether I’m tired or recovering from one too many glasses of wine the night before, it’s an instant pick me up when coffee (or matcha) aren’t doing the trick. So although this smoothie doesn’t have berries or kale in it, the cacao provides enough boosters to make up for it, while coconut milk, banana and hempseed give you the power to barrel through even the most hectic of mornings. It’s incredibly nourishing (especially on grey, Winter days) and just so happens to taste like a chocolate banana milkshake. Win/win?


Banana, Coconut & Cacao Smoothie with Hempseeds, Gluten-free, Dairy-free

Serves 2

Banana, Coconut and Cacao Smoothie

By Camille Styles


  • 2 medium bananas (frozen)
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons hempseeds
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1/2-2/3 cup purified water
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup, optional
  • coconut flakes, to top


  1. In a blender, add all ingredients and blend on high until smooth & thick. Add as much or as little water as you'd like depending on your preference of consistency. If your bananas aren't frozen, you might want to add more ice cubes.
  2. Once blended, separate between two glasses and top with coconut flakes, hempseed & more cacao nibs.

*Feel free to sub in almond milk or your normal "milk substitute" in place of water + coconut milk.

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Comments (7)
  1. 1
    Alina Ermilova March 3, 2016 at 7:07 am

    OMG, that sounds like heaven! All of my favorite thing in one <3


  2. 2
    Vanessa @ Living in Steil March 3, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Sounds delicious, and like the perfect pick-me-up! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


  3. 3
    Morgan March 6, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Trying this, this morning!

  4. 4
    Cindy Harrison March 24, 2016 at 10:10 am

    I tried this recipe this morning. It’s amazing. It was so good I forgot it was two servings and ate the whole thing. Oops. I don’t even feel bad about it.

  5. 5
    A Capitol Contessa March 30, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I have chia seeds and wheat germ – can either be subed for the hemp seeds? Not sure I need another thing filling up the pantry but stand ready to be convinced!