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Cacao Nib Banana Malt Oat Smoothie

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~ raw, vegan, gluten-free ~

I have been challenged to create some raw “fast food” for a dear friend of mine.  Her family hasn’t focused on a raw food lifestyle in the past but is now looking for ways to add healthier choices into their diets.  Yay!  I couldn’t be more tickled to take on such a challenge.

raw vegan Cacao Nib Banana Malt Oat Smoothie


Overwhelmed with their chaotic mornings rushing to get out the door, a morning energy booster was in need.   So, I got out my pen and pad (AKA Mac Laptop haha) and got busy creating some smoothie recipes that would be energy creating, great-tasting, belly sustaining, and easy to prepare.

Now I realize that there are hundreds of formulas that can be used when creating smoothies.  But this one and a handful of others that you will find here were designed for their health benefits and your taste buds.

I also designed this recipe so that it can be made up ahead of time and kept in the fridge for up to 2-3 days, or it can be frozen for 2-4 weeks.  So, keep in mind that you can make as many of these up ahead of time in freezer-proof mason jars, which will give you raw “fast food” for breakfast!  Just mix up the flavors to create variety.

Have a long and busy day planned tomorrow?  Take one out of the freezer and place it in the fridge.  Come morning, grab the one out of the refrigerator to drink for breakfast, and then grab one out of the freezer to take with you.  By the time noon rolls around and you start to get those hunger pangs or a simply a drop in energy level… your smoothie will now be defrosted and waiting for you.  Give the jar a shake and slurp up!  Enjoy!

close up raw vegan Cacao Nib Banana Malt Oat SmoothieIngredients:

Yields 3 cups


  1. In the blender combine the almond milk, oats, banana, chia seeds, cacao nibs, maca, cinnamon, and stevia.
  2. Blend on high 30 seconds.
  3. Pour and drink!
  4. You can make this smoothie in advance and store it in the fridge or freezer.  I used a quart mason jar.  If you want, you can create 2 smaller smoothies by splitting them into 2 / pint jars.  Put the lid on tight and freeze.  Just double-check that the jars are freezer-safe.

Learn how to design your own smoothies by reading through my Template for Designing Smoothie Recipes.

20 thoughts on “Cacao Nib Banana Malt Oat Smoothie

  1. ValeriaVine says:

    Wow! That’s so similar to what I’ve been making lately in fact I as drinking one as I read the post! 1 x T cocao, 1 x tsp maca, 250ml almond milk, 1 x banana then blend. I reckon mine’s even faster than yours. It has been a life saver for me in my premenstrual time. Sometimes the only answer is chocolate!

    • amie-sue says:

      Thanks for sharing Valeria… goodness, anything to help us through premenstrual times. hehe Have a great evening, amie sue

  2. kelly says:

    why is it pink?!

  3. Julia says:

    Love the quick recipes like this

    • amie-sue says:

      Me too Julia… not only do we need a balance in foods we eat but also in the complexity of recipe techniques. hehe Have a wonderful evening, amie sue

  4. Mellisa says:

    Can you tell me where the pink comes from. Thanks

  5. Denise Walden says:

    Just a question about the oats. I have never used oats and am almost 80% raw. I would like to use them but I do no know which to use.

  6. Christi Weiner says:

    Looks delicious ! Can whole raw oats be used or do you need to use rolled or oat groats?

  7. Jackie says:

    I just made this smoothie. Wow is it delicious!! Thank you!!

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you so much Jacki for letting me know how it turned out. I really appreciate the feed-back. :) Have a glorious evening, amie sue

  8. Angie says:

    I’m SO making this… but wouldn’t the chia seeds make it too thick? I remember that’s what happened to another recipe… I left it in the fridge and then I had to eat it with spoon! :P

    I’d probably do my own substitutes and use raw milk and dates, instead of almond milk and stevia :)

    Thanks for all your wonderful recipes, Amie-Sue…

    x Angie

    • amie-sue says:

      Your welcome Angie… I didn’t seem to have the problem, but by all means, use less if you wish too. Enjoy and be blessed! amie sue :)

  9. Louise says:

    Hi Aimie-Sue,
    This recipe looks great and I love the fact it can be made ahead for convenience. I was wondering if your other smoothie recipes could be frozen or refrigerated for a ready made grab-and-go breakfast option?
    Many thanks :)

  10. Michelle says:

    Hi Amie-sue,

    Would I be able to substitute a different sweetener for the stevia, such as honey, raw sugar or dates?? If so, how much should I use??

    Thankyou :)

    • amie-sue says:

      You sure could Michelle. It will all depend on how sweet you like your smoothies so just add a little and taste test till you reach the level that you like. amie sue

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