Carob-Almond-Banana Smoothie

Carob and banana smoothie that is vegan and dairy-free delicious
Almond milk smoothie with carob and banana.

It's the little things in life. So they say. And today I would agree- wholeheartedly, in fact, with every rebel piece of my dairy-free chocolate verboten heart. The heart that beats without the comfort of gluten, without the silky swirl of cream, without the sexy burn of Tapatio sauce and raw red onion. The heart that misses Penne Arrabiata and roasted tomato salsa. The pragmatic heart that now beats on a mission, to quell this monkey gut of mine long enough to heal a stubborn duodenal ulcer.

And that is why, Babycakes, no chocolate will grace my tongue. Or peppermint tea (which I drank by the gallon to calm said monkey gut). Apparently chocolate and mint exacerbate little things like hiatal hernias. And, oh yeah. Holes in your duodenum. 

The things you learn. Better late than never.

So one particularly soft and balmy day last week I thought of carob powder- that earthy crunchy nutty substitute for chocolate those of us old enough to remember the counter culture in fond and vivid flashbacks recall with a surge of bedeviled hippie affection.

And I started dreaming of smoothies and cupcakes and all sorts of carob infused possibilities.

Are any of you allergic to chocolate? Or do you row the same ulcer healing boat that floats my world? Speak up. Encourage this trend. Because I have an inkling there will be more carob recipes in the near future.

Carob is slightly sweet and nutty and has a warm, friendly taste not unlike a mild mocha or chocolate with barley malt (barley is off limits to those of us gluten-free). And as a bonus- it has a few nutrients, too, for those interested; Rebecca Wood states it contains calcium and potassium, is low in fat (compared to cocoa powder) and has zero stimulants (caffeine being yet another ulcer-aggravating culprit). And- it's an age old tonic for upset tummies.

Paired with almond milk and a frozen banana with a kiss of vanilla, the carob powder made a luxurious smoothie.

It's hard to miss chocolate when you can indulge like this.

 A smoothie made with carob powder looks like a chocolate smoothie

Carob-Almond-Banana Smoothie Recipe

Pacific Almond milk makes deliciously thick and creamy smoothies. Lucky for us it's gluten-free and dairy-free (always check labels on your particular brand).

Chill a glass with a few ice cubes as you whip up this yummy smoothie.

For a single smoothie you'll need:

1 sliced frozen banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 rounded tablespoon carob powder
1 rounded tablespoon Nutribiotics Vanilla Rice Protein Powder
Pinch of Authentic Foods Vanilla Powder
Pinch of stevia, to taste


Combine the ingredients in a sturdy blender or Vita-Mix and whip on high till smooth and creamy.

Pour into a chilled glass and sip. Luxurious.

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Cassandra said...

I'm not allergic to chocolate, but I love carob. So I will fully enjoy seeing and trying your carob recipes!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

That really does look luscious. What's to miss???

Busy Lizzie said...

Yaay I have just bought some Carob. I have always known chocolate to be a bit of a problem, because I seem to get heartburn with it. Also have just realised that coffee is causing me a lot of problems. Im new on this gastro train, so am discovering lots of things that dont like me!

Valerie at City|Life|Eats said...

I am supposed to limit chocolate so often use carob as a substitute. Thank you for a delicious recipe :) I too am on a mission to heal myself of various health issues, so fully understand that feeling of "no matter how much I crave this I will find a substitute."

Gluten Free Goddess said...

This sounds so good! I too have an ulcer and have had to give up everything on your list including soy and peanuts. I LOVE your recipes so please keep these delicious tummy friendly recipes coming! Speedy healing to you:)

elizabeth winsby said...

I have a hiatal hernia and loads of stomach issues and I never knew that about the chocolate!! You learn something new everyday. This smoothy sounds amazing and I am definately going to try it. I just found out I have lupus so there are many foods that I have to avoid. I also and intolerence to wheat, dairy, soy, and sugar..I think I will be a frequent visitor to your blog!! Thank you for this amazing resource!!

MJ said...

I'm gluten-free (since last fall), very lactose-intolerant, no soy, on the GERD diet (hubby also) b/c of hiatal hernia, erosive esophagitis and 2 healing ulcers (hubby has ee and 1 ulcert). I also don't like peppers and onions, never have. Sigh.

I like the Nutribiotics powder and am also liking Olympia Labs vanilla pea protein - I use a mix along w/ my quinoa flakes, chia seed, almond milk and blueberries in my hot cereal.

I have bad memories of carob from old independent health food stores in days of yore. But if you say it's yummy, I will have to try it again. I never knew anyone could be allergic to chocolate until a friend of mine finally got diagnosed after a horrible couple of years - and felt so much better after, she didn't even care.

Glad you're on the mend.

Heather said...

I've just started putting carob powder in my smoothies only because I bought a canister of it last year and just found it at the back of my pantry. Poor forgotten carob. I forgot how subtly delicious it is. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It's similar to mine, except I put a dollop of peanut butter in it. Yummy.

Rach said...

I love carob - can't wait to see what else you create with it! ♥

courtneymunson said...

Try this smoothie:
1/2 avocado
1/2 cup coconut water from young coconut (or canned coconut juice)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/8 cup carob powder
1/4 cup young coconut flesh, chopped (fresh or frozen)
It's delicious!!!

Sabrina said...

due to gastro-esophageal issues, I can't have chocolate, either. adding that to my long list of hands-off ingredients makes me wanna cry sometimes. thanks for the reminder of carob. :)

The InTolerant Chef said...

Oooh, I love carob. The Easter Bunny used to bring me carob eggs when I was little. I still love it today and have hot carob drinks over winter.. just remember to rinse the residue out of the cup or it STICKS.

Nancy Curtis said...

I am allergic to chocolate and love carob! Thanks for the recipe-I love everything used in this recipe!

Makin' Unsweetened Lemonade said...

For years soy, wheat, dairy, eggs, and sugar have made me sick. It took me a while to figure out that sugar was a big culprit until I ended up so fatigued I couldn't get out of bed. The doctors prescribed an antidepressant, which i tried for a little while, but I knew in my heart that was not getting to the root of the problem. Finally, through a friend i've found some resources to help me. I now believe my problem to be a bacterial one and am finally starting to be able to enjoy eating and feel like there is something for me to eat. I am now a believer in raw milk (I'm drinking goat's milk), fermented vegetables (full of good bacteria), and soaking nuts, seeds, grains, and flours before eating or cooking with them to make them easier for the body to break them down. I also pay attention to what the animal whose meat I am eating has been fed and make my own bone broths from pasture-fed chickens. I really believe at least some of these things can help you Karina, and I'm certain if they are helping me they can help others.
I haven't used carob yet-excited to try it, because I miss chocolate like I would miss a dead husband.:-)

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Sounds luscious! I learned the hard way about peppermint tea (and chocolate, and coffee, and all of those irritants) when I was having bad GERD before I went gluten-free. Ginger tea is a great remedy though. And this? This sounds like heaven. You've reminded me to throw some carob in my green smoothies for next time!

... said...

I am allergic to chocolate and remember carob fondly from when my mom gave it to us as kids as a healthy alternative to chocolate. I'm not certain if it's allowed into my current diet at this point (I've been doing a long-term cleanse, adding new foods slowly...have to wait until August to try again on the ones I tested sensitive to), but I'm excited that there's an alternative (and now recipes to use it) to chocolate for the future! :-) Thanks so much!
Also, I thought you were unable to do almonds and almond milk. Did something change for the positive in the midst of all these other dietary changes? Almond milk is the only milk I can have, so I'm happy to see it, but was perplexed to see it in one of your current recipes :-)

Anonymous said...


I've never tried carob, but now I'm experiencing my very first (and very intense) urge to try it! I'll definitely be whipping this smoothie up in my vita-mix!

Thank you :)

~M said...

Yum! I make a smoothie with almond butter, coconut milk beverage, toasted carob powder, and raw honey. I don't view carob as a chocolate sub; I just like the taste. I also make a raw carob pudding with an avocado, a banana, carob powder, and a bit of raw honey in the food processor. Feel better, Karina!

Mrs. C said...

I am very excited to explore your site more. I am subscribing to your site for an RSS feed. The recipes all look great! As a mom and a teacher, I concerned more now than ever about teaching healthy lifestyles to my daughter and my students. Thank you for creating a site like this!

Jennifer Cardenas

I Am Gluten Free said...

This looks perfectly quench-di-li-icious (sorry, I just saw Wicked on Broadway and am adding suffixes to as many words as I can!!!). Any particular carob powder? Are they all gluten free?

Cheryl S. said...

I's a big chocolate fan, don't have any particular problems with it but am going to try the carob because of its healthy properties! The smoothie recipe looks yummy. I've yet to try rice protein powder, but since I'm laying off the dairy and won't consume soy regularly, I do see rice protein powder in my future!

Mrs. D's DeLights - Promoting Personal Wellness said...

I'm a huge fan of carob and have been for years, especially when I found that my body no longer agreed with chocolate treats. hooray! I make carob cookies with chewy ginger bits mixed in. :) yum!

Deb Smith said...

Just tried this - it's delicious!

quick easy said...

Oh, what a lovely dishes, am loving it. I loves to do this in the weekends. Nice recipes

Rachel said...

Thanks for the inspiration :) My household is gluten/dairy/soy/green bean/coconut free and it gets hard to come up with special treats for ME. Its my children who have these allergies, and I nurse the baby soooooo this smoothie is QUITE a delight for me. I recently tried the same concept on quinoa flakes for our breakfast. Neither of my boys wanted anything to do with quinoa flakes until I added carob powder, a little vanilla, and a smushed banana!!!

andrea said...

@ Making Unsweetened Lemondae ~ your story sounds similar to mine. I just finally figured out it's all the complex carbs (including gluten free ones like corn, and processed sugar) that were doing me in! I have been on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet SCD, and finally understand the whole relationship of good/bad bacteria in my gut, and how much damage can be done when the bad bacteria thrive. Anyhow - right on for finding a diet plan that works - just for kicks, have you checked out SCD:
- I ♥ it because it took away all the guess work of figuring out what the heck I can eat (I was developing so many food intolerances from my damaged leaky gut the way I was going) - and one month on SCD and I can already tell you it's really working!

dreaminitvegan said...

Even without those things you mentioned, this carob almond banana smoothie looks delicious! You still accomplish many pleasantries even under uncomfortable tummy issues. good for you!

jen said...

carob is the new chocolate in our kitchen, that's for sure. except when it comes to cocoa, i'm a little bit of a cheat there. this is one of my favorite morning treats but haven't made it for a while. love to your stomach holes.

Warm n Wonderful said...

I just tried it, and it is deelish!

Birth Stories said...

Mmm looks divine! I must see if I can find that rice protein powder in New Zealand, I often think my girls don't get enough protein - they can't have dairy or egg.

Now to try the smoothie...


Kate said...

I tried this out yesterday and it was delicious! Thank you! :)

Anonymous said...

I made this tonight and it was delicious!! Very yummy, fulfilling midnight snack with all nutrients:) Thank you!

Marcia G said...

Does anyone know of an android app used to scan bar code to determine if a product is gluten free?