Second Wind Smoothie

Second Wind Smoothie

You can make a Second Wind Smoothie in less time than it takes to make a piece of toast and butter it.  And it’s gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free, getting it’s sweetness from frozen bananas and dates.  Topping the smoothies off with cacao nibs adds crunch and flavor.

Second Wind Smoothie   Second Wind Smoothie My favorite time of day is when the sun is just coming up and all is very quiet.  It’s a habit that started when we were raising our active family of 4 kids, just so I could get in some much-needed quiet reflection time.  Fast forward 36 years and I still treasure that early morning reflection time.

But getting up early on some days feels like I’ve already put in an 8 hour day by 10 am.  Like this morning when I was feeling suddenly sleepy during one of our Pastor’s insightful sermons. We promptly came home, made lunch and made one of these Second Wind Smoothies.  My husband raved about it.

Maybe you’re an early riser too that faces the same challenges, or you just like smoothies.

So here’s a quick treat when you need that second wind because your day started at the crack of dawn.

Happy Monday to you!


2 frozen bananas

2 dates

4 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 cup almond milk

1 cup cold brewed coffee

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup ice

cacao nibs (optional)


Place the first 6  ingredients in your blender or Vita-Mix.  Blend until well combined and smooth.  Add ice and blend again.  Top with cacao nibs, if using.

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7 Comments on “Second Wind Smoothie”

  1. Debbie, I use dates to add sweetness to avoid the use of refined sugar. Inspite of dates and bananas in this recipe, it’s mildly sweet instead of syrupy sweet like the commercial mocha frappe sold at Starbucks.

  2. Hi Amy,

    With the three kiddos, I try to keep grocery store trips to a minimum. I want to try a few of your recipes (I’m SO intimidated but I’m going to do it anyway!) Where do you suggest I shop? Trader Joes? Rosaurs? I’d like to find these ingredients on the North end if possible! Thanks SO much!

    Also, I would LOVE to see picture of how you organize your kitchen/pantry/jar/dishes supplies etc. I feel like this would help me tremendously! I am really visual. Do you use mason jars for everything? I am about ready to update some of my baking/cooking ware and supplies so I’d love any suggestions you might have re: the essentials!

    Thank you!


    1. Hi Angela, thanks for your questions! As far as intimidation goes, I have been intimidated on many occasions in my journey of preparing healthy food. Simple things like roasting veggies and making pesto totally intimidated me. That’s why I teach to bridge the gap of intimidation to ” I can do this”!! You are so right on to just jump in!
      As far as shopping goes and stocking and storing your food check out the tab Resources on my blog. There is a tab for Stocking your Healthy Pantry as well as a Shopping Guide. On the north side you can find many products at the Fred Meyer at Wandemere. I hope this helps. Again, thank you for asking. It helps others who might be asking themselves the sane questions. Blessings, Amy

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