josh’s berry butter cacao smoothie!

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i think we have our green smoothie game going strong at our house! we make them often, especially since the kids love them and it’s a great way to sneak in some extra greens into everyone’s diet. we shared a kale smoothie recipe last year that we love and make regularly here, if you’re interested. but lately, josh and i have been trying to perfect our own take on a creamier, sweeter smoothie… something we can make when my sweet tooth starts to kick in and i am craving oreos (ack!). we have been loving variations on this recipe below. it’s been fun experimenting more with coconut water as a base, and i think cacao powder is so good. i love the bitterness to it and also love that it’s considered a superfood like acai.

josh’s berry butter cacao smoothie:

1 pack (about 3.5 oz) frozen acai
1 1/2 -2 bananas
1 1/2 cups raspberries (save half cup for the end)
1 cup coconut water
1 spoonful (we say glob at our house, so whatever looks globby) natural peanut butter made of just peanuts
2 tsp cacao powder
sprinkle of salt

blend everything besides a 1/2 cup of raspberries in a blender together until creamy. Put heavier ingredients on top to help get everything mixed. once smooth and creamy, throw in the last 1/2 cup of raspberries and pulse the blender 2-3 times so the berries are mixed in but not entirely blended (gives it such a great texture!)

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coconut water is sometimes pink and i LOVE that about it. haha! it just looks more delicious! ;)

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i dare you to have this as a dessert one night this week and come back here and report if you liked it over a bowl of ice cream or plate of cookies! it’s amazing how it can taste a little indulgent to me these days even though there is chocolate (or cookies) in it! maybe i’ve just been off treats for too long but i don’t know, i’m into it. or maybe the natural sugar in the fruit is tasting sweeter and sweeter?

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if you have any good smoothie combinations of your own that are sweet and delicious and worth trying, leave them in the comments below! LOVED all the recommendations and recipes you guys suggested in the comments of this post for snacks you might substitute for treats, and when we get back to the city from california, i can’t wait to try some of them out! thanks again for sharing them!

  1. Jessica

    Recipe looks great! I thought I would give you a hint of (added) sugar free alternative to ice cream. It is simple, easy, and really creamy and delicious! Just blend together a can of full fat coconut milk that has been refrigerated, a frozen banana, and extra non-dairy milk of choice so that it will blend easily. You can than season to taste, whatever flavors you prefer. I love it with vanilla extra and cinnamon, maybe a dollop of honey. I’ve also added frozen raspberry and cocoa nibs.
    I am a dietitian so this “ice-cream” is most definitely nutritionist approved!
    Have a great day =)

  2. it’s looks delicious!!!
    Bises from France

  3. Rebecca

    These days I’m obsessed with a beet+strawberries+mint combo. SO good together!

  4. Katia

    can you share your secret? you look awesome noami! a mother of three and you’re in tip top notch!

  5. jess

    Hi! I gave up sugar for 2016 too and have tried to find naturally sweet things to fix my sugar cravings. I regularly make smoothies with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, cacao, natural peanut butter and frozen bananas (the key to cold, rich creaminess!). It’s like chocolate peanut butter ice cream!!

  6. This sounds yummy!

    I often make this one:

    two hands full of kale
    2 cups of beetroot juice (depends on how you like the texture of your smoothie)
    1 banana
    slice of ginger
    1 frozen slice of a lemon (i cut them and freeze the slices, so I have them always “on stock”) it gives every smoothie a nice and fresh taste I think

    Maybe you like this one.

    p.s. I am a little bit in love with all of you and your sweet blog ;-)

    Greetings from Germany

  7. Joy

    This sounds a lot like one of my favorite smoothies, based off of a smoothie I used to get at a place in BK!! I wrote about it on my blog here: http://3-chairs.com/food/chocolate-raspberry-date-smoothie/

    One tip for adding natural sweetness to smoothies: dates!! Try the really juicy “medjool” ones.

  8. Jessica

    This has nothing to do with the post but I really love your fringe…in fact I think I will show your picture the next time I’m in the hairdressers!

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  9. Tammy

    i just started liking juices/smoothies recently (recently as in within the last week…!) and this recipe looks so good. i’m a huge fan of kale and had a green juice made from it last night so i’ll definitely try the last recipe you put up as well!

    hammyta.wordpress.com

  10. Jenna

    This looks yummy and like a much cheaper alternative to those $10 Juice Generation smoothies I can’t stop drinking? Naomi – where do you buy your acai? I live on the UWS so would love to know the places to buy this kind of stuff!

    • TAZA

      you can get it at Fairway! or online with Fresh Direct!

  11. nice! would love to try this out! looks delicious niomi :)

    xx

  12. Sarah-Jane

    This looks great! I’ve been thinking about trying to cut out sweets for a while. Your blog is a great inspiration although I did buy a pint of Ben&Jerry’s last night haha. Have you ever tried freezing banana for an hour and blending with some cocoa and honey or even peanut butter? It’s almost like soft serve!

  13. Lisa

    Naomi! You look amazing! This whole no sweets and working out thing is treating you well!! You are so inspiring.

  14. Mak

    You are so cute! Your family inspires me everyday! Anyway, try this smoothie! It’s my fave:

    1 1/2-2 bananas
    1-2 tbs peanut butter
    1/3 cup rolled oats (optional- great if you’re needing the smoothie to fill you up for a few hours!)
    1/2 tbs chia seeds
    1/2-1 tbs protein powder (optional)
    1-2 gigantic handfuls of greens
    A few sprinkles of organic ground cinnamon
    almond milk to blend

    You could also add cacao powder for a chocolate-y element!

    Enjoy!

  15. Manda

    Yum! If you want to make your smoothies more milkshake consistency…add an avocado. It really ups the creaminess factor and the extra fat keeps you satisfied longer. I think I’ll go make one now. ;)

  16. Tessa

    Almond and Banana smoothie – this is like a protein smoothie without adding any protein powder. It can be a really good energiser to start your day as the chia seeds and almond provide protein, and the oats give you slow releasing energy, or it can be had after a workout as a really healthy refuel.
    1 frozen chopped banana
    tablespoon chia seeds
    15g oats
    150ml almond milk(add more if its too clumpy)
    tablespoon almond butter
    cinnamon or honey to taste

  17. Jane

    This recipe sounds delicious! I might give it a try sometime.

    My favorite smoothie that I’ve made is probably the monkey smoothie made from bananas, cacao powder, peanut butter & vanilla almond milk. It was delicious!

    I don’t have absolute measurements because I usually just “wing it”, depending on what I want to taste more on any given day.

    http://theintrovertintrospects.blogspot.com

  18. Brooke

    Naomi- my favorite smoothie is:

    -2 frozen bananas (makes it creamy and ice-creamy)
    -2 big handfuls of spinach
    -almond milk
    -1 scoop of PB

    I’ve converted some green smoothie haters with this one. Also, if u want it to be more like a treat, ditch the spinach and add cocoa powder. Exited to try yours

  19. Jamie

    This is my favorite “dessert” smoothie:

    black forest smoothie

    1 cup almond milk
    1 cup frozen dark cherries
    1 tablespoon almond butter
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1-2 tablespoons cacao powder
    1 -2 handfuls of spinach

  20. Sara O.

    1 cup milk (I like unsweetened Almond Breeze)
    1 frozen banana
    2 pitted dates
    2 tbsp of peanut butter
    1 scoop Chocolate Vega Sport protein powder
    1 tbsp hemp or flax seed
    *optional tbsp of coconut oil

  21. Iris

    U la la. Sounds good with cacao. I will try it.
    We had tonight the “green monster” special:

    fresh spinach
    orange
    ripe mango
    ginger (tiny bit only)
    a bit of apple juice so it blends
    some leftover grapes

    it was delicious. Also tastes great with passion fruit instead or plus mango.
    Enjoy.

  22. awesome! great to find recipes that don’t call for milk. thanks for sharing.

    Sonia Cheek

    hellooosunshine.com

  23. Oh I’m SO sure my boyfriend is going to LOVE this recipe. He’s all about adding peanut butter and banana to a smoothie, I’ll send him the link right away! Thanks so much for sharing :) <3

  24. Alicja

    Sounds (and looks) great, surely I will try this soon :) Also, you look radiant in this pictures! And it is so good to hear that I am not the only one craving oreos these days lol.

  25. Rachel

    This sounds and looks amazing!! I am going to have to give it a try! :)

    Rachel
    Simply Rachel Nicole

  26. Mackenzi

    Okay so I don’t have an exact amount, I just do what looks like a good amount of each:
    A couple of handfuls of frozen strawberries
    15 or so frozen blueberries
    1 banana
    A handful or two of spinach
    A little bit of water.
    Blend!

    It’s so sweet it feels like a treat–and I’m still eating sugar very regularly. Haha. It’s so easy and yummy. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for sharing yours! Can’t wait to try!

  27. Quinn

    hi davis fam! your smoothie looks delightful. here’s an idea for fruit & yogurt bowls i make at night when that ol sweet tooth comes out. instead of nutella, you could try an almond butter or peanut butter blended with dried dates. dates are so amazing to use in this kind of recipe or in breakfast bars when you’re trying to keep it naturally sweet! :)

    http://quinnsplace.com/blog/2016/1/7/fruit-greek-yogurt-breakfastdessert-bowls

  28. this sounds great! i’ll have to try it

    I do:
    1 cup almond milk
    1/2 cup berries
    2 tbsp. rice protein powder
    2 tbsp. flaxseed meal
    1/2 banana
    1 packet of collagen powder (optional, but makes a difference for my skin!)

    leslie
    http://www.alifewellconsumed.com

  29. Lauren

    Sounds yummy! Question for anyone: Is there a difference between cocoa and cacao?

  30. Kashuen

    What blender do you use? Thanks!

  31. Krista

    This isn’t a shake recipe, but when I’m craving ice cream, i just blend up 1-1/2-2 frozen bananas and add a couple”globs” of peanut butter and sometimes a tsp of cocoa powder. I make modifications as I go, but it really does help with the sugar cravings!

  32. Mindy

    i love the girls who created simplegreensmoothies.com you can find them on instagram too. i have had one of their green smoothie recipes every day for two weeks and LOVE them! my teen daughter likes them too. :)

  33. Mum2Three

    Mmmmm!!! We make one just like this and add hemp and chia….soooooo good and filling!!

  34. Morgan

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

    Our staple smoothie in our house (which also functions as my dessert most nights!) is this (for 2 people):

    2 cups unsweetened plain almond milk
    2 large frozen bananas
    A glob of organic peanut butter
    1-2 tsp raw cacao powder (more or less depending how chocolatey you want it…)
    1 Tbsp raw shelled hemp hearts (SO good for you and add an amazing nutty flavour! I add them to everything and to my sons oats everyday!)
    1 cup kale
    6 ice cubes

    Blitz it all together and indulge!

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  36. Meghan

    Totally off topic for this post, but – I absolutely love your hair and was wondering how much maintenance/styling it takes to have bangs? I haven’t had bangs since I was a little girl and yours make me want to get them… but I also like to pull my hair back in a pony a lot of the time.

    p.s. I also love your blog and your sweet family!

  37. Kerli

    I think I need to be honest here and admit that I was staring the first photo for a few minutes, your body is in PERFECT shape! You look amazing! So fit, so strong mama!

  38. Lena

    Great smoothie recipe! Where is your pink t shirt from?