Banana Nut Butter Smoothie from The Harmony Hotel in Costa Rica

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My friend, Nathalie, who happens to be one of my favourite yoga teachers, just returned from a yoga training in Costa Rica where she stayed at The Harmony Hotel. Nat and I are always talking and sharing juices and smoothies. I walked into the studio and was greeted by Nat. She extended one arm out over the reception desk, mason jar in hand. “Kieran, you need to try this”. It was a smoothie she had discovered at The Juice Bar at at the Harmony Hotel.

After checking out their website a little bit I can safely say The Harmony Hotel in Costa Rica is my kinda place. It pretty much sounds like paradise. Eat. Sleep. Relax. Play. “They say The Harmony Hotel is the perfect place to get in tune with your natural rhythm.” Yes please.

If this smoothie is the type of fare they are serving up at The Harmony Hotel in Costa Rica, then I would be more than happy to eat there. I can only imagine what other amazing food and drink they have to offer. Local, seasonal food. 80% of the foods served at their Juice Bar are from their very own farm. Now that is fresh at its best.

More about the smoothie at hand. I don’t know how close this is to the exact recipe they use at The Harmony Hotel Juice Bar but it is Nat’s version inspired by her amazing experience. It contains raw cacao nibs, banana, coconut milk, coconut water, dates, and raw almond butter.

I have made smoothies similar to this one in the past but not with coconut milk and coconut water. There are so many amazing different combinations you could come up with. Raw cacao truly is amazing. It is so good and so good for you. If you didn’t know, now you know. Raw cacao can be very expensive to buy, but if you are lucky enough to live in the US you can get a great deal on amazon.

Banana Nut Butter Smoothie

3/4 cup coconut milk
1 banana
2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
1/4 cup almond butter (raw if possible)
1/4 coconut water
1 cup ice cubes

dates to to sweeten (amount will depend on type of dates used and personal taste)
1 medjool date should be enough

Combine all the ingredients together in a blender and blend until almost smooth but still a little crunchy. Do not over blend.

Enjoy the sweet rich goodness.

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