One of the coolest things about being vegan would have to be the amazing, seemingly decadent and ridiculous things that you can have for breakfast that are actually so healthy, they will have you singing and dancing your way through the rest of your day   (NOTE: apparently all this frivolity can become annoying to non-vegans, so you might want to make them one too so they can share the buzz and not be tempted to stab you with their steak knives).  🙂

I love sipping on green smoothies before heading to yoga class.  They make me feel amazing and ready to get my yoga on, both physically and mentally.  It has become a little ritual that I really look forward to.

So imagine my distress when I went to the freezer the other morning to extract my usual pre-yoga-smoothie ingredients, only to discover…  there were no frozen berries left!!!  NONE!  ZILCH!  How could this BE?!!  I never run out of frozen berries!  EVER!

In utter denial, I scrounged around in the freezer until my arms turned blue and I almost fainted from the anguish.  Really, it’s a miracle I lived to tell the tale.

In the end, I had to admit defeat.  The frozen berries weren’t coming to the yoga party.

As I sat on the kitchen floor contemplating my next move, it was as though the voices of ancient Yogis were speaking directly to my heart…  In the distance I could hear inspirational music as the voices said: don’t give up!  Necessity is the mother of invention!  You will improvise!

And they were right!  Check this baby out – no berries required!

  • 250ml coconut water
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs
  • 1tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 frozen bananas (chopped before freezing)

It was so delicious, I might even choose it over a green smoothie one day!  Mayyyybe…..


16 Comments on Choc Banana Shake! Berries need not apply.

  1. thisismyeverest
    February 15, 2012 at 4:33 am (12 years ago)

    YUM! I just recently hopped on the green smoothie train. They’re awesome! But..this smoothie looks even more awesome!

    • vegansparkles
      February 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm (12 years ago)

      mmmmmmmm, smoooooothies….. 🙂

  2. An Unrefined Vegan
    February 17, 2012 at 12:24 am (12 years ago)

    Necessity truly is the mother of invention! Coincidentally, I just picked up a bag of cacao nibs…Hmmmm….

    • vegansparkles
      February 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm (12 years ago)

      It’s a sign! 🙂

  3. Rishma
    February 18, 2012 at 7:45 am (12 years ago)

    I love using coconut oil in smoothies! There’s an art to smoothie making and I think you have it down!

    • vegansparkles
      February 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm (12 years ago)

      haha, thank you! 🙂 I love coconut oil in smoothies too, especially in this one.

  4. pixv
    February 27, 2012 at 8:03 am (12 years ago)

    Sounds delicious! I’ve been stuck on peanut-butter-banana smoothies – sometimes adding cocoa powder. I’m kinda addicted. lol

    I enjoyed reading your post, too. It made me laugh. 😀

    • vegansparkles
      March 6, 2012 at 9:41 am (12 years ago)

      Woah! Peanut butter banana smoothies? I didn’t even think of that! I will get onto it pronto! YUM. 🙂

  5. Gabby
    March 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm (12 years ago)

    This sounds so creamy and delicious, especially with the coconut oil in there . I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately so will have to try this out 🙂

    • vegansparkles
      March 6, 2012 at 9:40 am (12 years ago)

      You will! I hope you like it as much as we did. 🙂

  6. selfpossessedvegan
    March 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm (12 years ago)

    what do you usually put in your green smoothies?

    • vegansparkles
      April 2, 2012 at 9:38 am (12 years ago)

      Usually I use spinach, spirulina, coconut water, frozen banana and mango/berries/pear and kiwi (whatever yummy fruit I have on hand). 🙂

  7. Em
    May 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm (12 years ago)

    Hello there Miss Sparkles,

    Where do you get your coconut water from?

    Love Olive on Blonde

    • vegansparkles
      May 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm (12 years ago)

      Hello hello! 🙂 I used to buy it from health food stores but I’m finding it in more and more shops and markets now. Nudie even make one that you can find in most supermarkets! Manna in Freo have it too, as well as lots of other goodies. nom!

  8. Michelle Connell
    November 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm (11 years ago)

    Are all these ingredients easy to come by? I havent heard of many of them.