Cacao Coffee Banana Smoothie

in Breakfast, Drinks

I’m what you call a procrastinator.

Right this very second, me writing these words is evidence of me procrastinating. Sure, I have to share this smoothie with you, blah blah, and we’ll get back to it. But really I should be in my kitchen testing recipes for big project I’m working on (I’ll tell you soon!).

Instead of cooking, I’m chilling on my couch, with one hand checking Instagram, another typing this, all while intermittently looking up at the TV to check out what Carrie’s doing on some random re-run of Sex and the City. (Seriously, what’d I do without E! playing these re-runs?! I did work, that’s what.)

It isn’t until I get totally disgusted with myself over said procrastination that I actually get the work done. And I have to say, I do my best work under pressure. I hustle. I get it done. But man, is it painful…

Please tell me you’re a procrastinator too. Don’t tell me you’re prompt, easily self-motivated, etc. Actually, do tell me that and tell me how you are. Procrastination cures. I need ’em.

Smoothies in the morning are hard for me. Coffee? Or smoothie? I’ll always choose coffee. I go to sleep at night dreaming of the next morning’s cup.

This smoothie is a healthy marriage between the two.

Some cacoa nibs (a.k.a. super hero food) give this smoothie a chocolatey flavor and add some nice texture.

Since it’s not sweetened you’ll need some agave. A banana adds awesome flavor. And a few splashes of coconut milk makes this smoothie vegan appropriate.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go cook wash my hair.

Cacao Coffee Banana Smoothie

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2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee, cooled
4 tablespoons coconut milk
1 1/2 tablespoons agave
1 handful of ice

Add everything to the blender and pulse for 60 seconds. Yum. Hi, healthy smoothie!

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Maia January 6, 2012 at 2:26 am

A few things:

1. this smoothie… worth procrastinating for. I was just thinking of fun ways to spruce up a banana breakfast smoothie on my (hungry) ride home from work this evening!

2. the best procrastination cure I’ve come across in a long time = gmail tasks. Of course, this presumes that you use gmail. But it’s FABULOUS. You have it with you everywhere and can add, delete, or change tasks (or their deadlines) whenever, wherever. It’s literally made me 100% more efficient, organized, and generally on-top-of-it. The fact that it is staring at you whenever you open your email really ups the accountability factor, too. Hope that helps!


Bev Weidner January 6, 2012 at 2:36 am

I DO THE SAME THING. I go to bed craaaving the next morning’s cup. We’re weird.

And I. am. in. love. with. this. smoothie. holy. crap.


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 6, 2012 at 2:47 am

“I go to sleep at night dreaming of the next morning’s cup.” <– Me too!

This one looks…perfect.

Nothing like a little instagram and blogging to fritter away the time. Don't I know :)


Becky January 6, 2012 at 3:29 am

Girl I am such a procrastinator. I have moments of glory where I really get things done but lately I’m as lazy as I possibly can be. Hence, the Christmas tree across the room staring me down….

I do love my morning coffee but a smoothie is a close second. Thanks for the recipe!


Ryan January 6, 2012 at 4:17 am

This looks awesome! gonna have to try it soon.
I am totally a procrastinator too… it’s so bad. I wish I had a cure!


Monica @ Soirees & Such January 6, 2012 at 4:56 am

what an awesome smoothie!!! I have a smoothie almost every day for breakfast and it usually goes like this: frozen berries + soy milk + oats + ground flaxseed. I’m trying this tomorrow!


Adrianna January 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Ground flaxseed! I need try this in a smoothie, stat.


Layla Asgari January 6, 2012 at 5:34 am

Beautiful! I will have to try this recipe. One question I have been meaning to ask you: How do you write the text on your pictures? Is there a program you use for that?


Adrianna January 6, 2012 at 5:39 am

I use Photoshop!


Layla Asgari January 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm



CouponClippingCook January 5, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Love these ingredients. The banana and coffee sounds so good together.


Lara January 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Lately I’ve been making an almond milk/almond butter, banana, berry & green monster smoothie… I know, it’s a mouthful — literally. I add cinnamon, honey & vanilla extract to distract from the green monster powder (probiotics & superfoods that taste just like they sound). Overall, it’s actually delicious, and the frozen berries act as my ice cubes, making it the easiest/quickest breakfast to throw together! Meaning… I too am a procrastinator.


Adrianna January 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Green monster powder sounds scary. 😉 I’m googling it!


PollyDee January 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm

ohmygoodness that is the best idea everr! I have to drink a similar sort of thing as green monster in the mornings. Goodbye squinty gross face, hello morning deliciousness!


Janet January 17, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I just use a handful of organic baby spinach in all my smoothies… it hardly has any flavour,or else is covered up by other flavours in the smoothie!


Marie January 6, 2012 at 12:02 am

Yum…all my favorite ingredients! I’d love one right now! :)


Betsy January 6, 2012 at 3:29 am

I am glad I am not the only one who procrastinates that much. I can jump in and get things done at the last minute, too, but you are right…it is painful. Love this smoothie recipe. Can’t wait to try it.


Jen @ pretty plate January 6, 2012 at 6:05 am

I wish I was drinking this right now!

: ))


Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy January 6, 2012 at 6:41 am

My morning is not complete without a cup of coffee! Love it!


Rachael January 6, 2012 at 6:49 am

This is such a good idea! One of my goals for the new year is to be better about eating breakfast (your baked raspberry oatmeal will be a key factor in this) and a smoothie like this is a way better option than a muffin. Coffee + breakfast in one go!


Adrianna January 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

That baked raspberry oatmeal is soooooo goood. It’s one of my favorites on this little blog.


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 6, 2012 at 8:03 am

This is positively delicious! Love this idea :)


Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life January 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

Looks delish!

And, yes, I’m totally a procrasinator. Totally…


Heidi @ Food Doodles January 6, 2012 at 9:20 am

Hah, I’m totally the same. I’ve always been a procrastinator, and probably always will be. I’ll look for ways to change that later. For now, this smoothie looks delicious!


Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet January 6, 2012 at 10:17 am

Yum! Sounds like the perfect wake-me-up smoothie.

And don’t feel bad for letting Carrie and the Sex and the City girls tempt you into procrastinating…they’re really good at that :-)


Maggie January 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

I’m weird, i don’t do coffee. tried, can’t. but I really dig agave on everything so maybe i’ll sub out coffee for some protein powder.

My cure for procrastination was dating someone who’s a way worse procrastinator than I am. The ornaments from our christmas tree have been sitting on the table for at least a week waiting to be put in their boxes. He says he’ll do it. So moral of the story, I’m not really a procrastinator anymore. He takes that with flying colors.

Reminders on my iphone also became my best friend because you can set day/time reminders or location based.


Cookie and Kate January 6, 2012 at 11:17 am

I’m about to get up and slice those ripe bananas on my counter so I can make this smoothie. We made something similar to it at the raw food restaurant I worked at this summer. I’m totally over the raw food diet concept but I’m all on board with this smoothie!


Nik January 6, 2012 at 11:23 am

I’m with you. I plan my entire days around coffee and places to get coffee. I use coffee as a serious procrastination tool too. You are not alone in your procrastination. Obviously. It’s also a good counter-procrastion tool sometimes. Coffee is so versatile! 😉

This smoothie sounds kinda perfect. I’ve done soy milk, coffee and banana before. I can’t wait to whizz this up.


Joy January 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm

De-lic-ious! I might add some greek yogurt for protein 😉


Hannah-lyz January 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Hmmm… I think I may have to try making this with a frozen banana! Coffee-banana-cocao icecream, anyone! x


April was in CT now CA January 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm

My procrastination procrastinates.

Mmmmm, coffee. I absolutely go to bed ready to get up and have a cup before I’m even sleep.


modernworkinggirl January 7, 2012 at 4:01 am

This one’s definitely going in my bookmarks page. Can’t wait to try it!


Lydia Rose January 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Delicious *.* I’m just need some agave and I’m set! For me to actually get things done, the house has to be clean! If things are lying around I just feel lazy and don’t want to do anything, but once I neaten up the place I’m ready to go!


Lisa Done January 8, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I just discovered your blog…love it (thanks Saveur website link and short article).

I am a terrible procrastinator, have so many lists, things to do everywhere (iphone, mac, ipad, day timers…). the lists just keep getting transferred.

Love your photographs. I am also coveting a Canon Mark 1 5D.

I obsessively take photos of restaurant food that is what I am eating there, I should focus on some of my food I make.

Also dream of coffee in the morning.


Nora January 8, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Looks delicious, what is agave ?


Andrea @ LetLooseLittell January 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

If only I could pick this up out of the picture and pour it into my mouth right now. Now THAT is something I wouldn’t procrastinate doing… if only it was possible. Thanks for the fresh inspiration


Shubana January 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I’ve been drinking coffee every day for years to get over my morning grumpies but recently I’ve lost my coffee cravings (I think it has to do with quitting smoking and eating a lot less dinner with wine.. wait what?). But, I think all I needed was a coffee makeover. This looks awesome !


Janet January 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I am the same way about coffee – just thinking about the taste of it gets me up in the morning! Since I’ve given up dairy, I’ve had trouble finding tasty things to make my coffee yummy again! This, I will give a try tomorrow morning! Extremely exciting!! thanks!


Tessa January 23, 2012 at 6:05 am

Holy Moly!
This smoothie is right up my alley!!! All my favourite things.. definitely the best of both worlds!
I wish agave wasn’t so expensive here in South Africa though :(

Love your recipes!! x


Samantha January 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm

This smoothis looks absolutely delish. I rarely get our my blender but really should more often and I think this smoothie is a great place to start. Thanks for the post!


KImberly Ann December 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

Love this recipe! I use honey or homemade vanilla syrup instead of agave nectar and sometimes other types of “milk”, though (but I am not Vegan). I don’t buy into the hype of those expensive bottles of “Agave Nectar” you find in the store – all it is, is a highly refined fructose syrup from the starch of the agave root. There is actually LESS fructose in high fructose corn syrup! Weird.

If you want the real stuff, Meil de Agave (which is actually sap boiled down from the Agave plant itself, much like the process of Maple Syrup), you’d probably have to go to Mexico to taste it. 😛

Thanks for the recipe! <3 It's delicious.


Meg February 4, 2013 at 6:09 am

I don’t tend to put sugar in my coffee and found the ripe frozen banana provided enough sweetness! So good! Thanks!


Sue July 8, 2013 at 9:57 am

Wow! Made this this morning with the cocoa nibs I brought back from a recent vacation. It was fabulous! I’m excited to find a new use for all the overripe bananas I’ve shoved in the fridge over time, but have yet to make into banana bread. Oh, and the nibs kinda remind me of Oreo cookie bits – I see potential for cookies and cream stuff (milkshakes, ice cream etc).
Thanks :-)


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