Kailua Monkey {Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie}

Kailua Monkey Smoothie from Lanikai Juice | www.nutritiouseats.com

Dear Summer,

I have thoroughly enjoyed you. You have blessed us with lovely sunny days, 70-80 degree temperatures and lots of time to play outside with friends. We have successfully crossed off the following: a trip to visit family in Texas, learning how to swim (both kids went life-jacket free the last few days in Texas and started lessons again soon after), basketball camp, ballet camp, the Children’s Museum, the zoo, several dates with Dad to the pool, several park play dates with friends and a few home organizational projects among other things. Although the kids have loved you summer, they are still eagerly counting down the days until school starts. Thank God they are excited about it. The next year is going to be very tough for me. Having another baby in 4 1/2 months among other things previously mentioned here on the blog will certainly test my sanity. I am a bit scared, but I am also trying to remain positive as we go through all of these changes. I just wanted to say thanks summer, I will look back to these great days spent as a family and smile. I have gotten to see the joy in my children’s faces as they play all day with the neighborhood kids, running around barefoot with the remnants of popsicles on their faces; the way I remember summer as a kid. I hope Fall takes care of us as well as you did. So cheers- I know very soon I will be bidding adieu to smoothies and salads for dinner in place of soups and stews! Here’s to hoping the next year flies bye (at least for my family).

Love, Melanie

Lanikai, Hawaii | www.nutritiouseats.com

P.S. My friend from Hawaii send me this recipe from Lanikai juice in Oahu, one of my favorite places to go for a snack when we lived Kailua (above shot of Lanikai, a neighborhood within Kailua).  I adapted the amounts to my liking.  P.S.S. Although I wish the smoothie photo was better, I have not the time nor expertise to make a beige colored smoothie look pretty. Sorry!


Kailua Monkey (Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie)


  • 4 ounces organic soy or almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder (vanilla or other flavor such as sweet cream)
  • 1 scoop peanut butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup crushed ice


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.


Adjust ingredients to meet your preferences.

Adapted from Lanikai Juice, Oahu, Hawaii

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  1. OMG YESSSS BRING ON THE FALL FOOD!!! I cannot cannot cannot WAIT for Thanksgiving! :D Roasted Chestnuts, Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts with lots of garlic! And then of course, THE TURKEY!!!
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Mmm, now you have ME hungry for fall foods! If only I could turn on my oven to roast some stuff, but still a little to warm without AC!

  2. I always look forward to fall because the weather will finally cool down. I love a peanut butter smoothie! This sounds delicious.
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Yes and it always seems to happen overnight (the weather change that is)! Thanks for your comment!

  3. I am not looking forward to Fall although it feels like it’s already here. The air has turned crisper in the morning and evening. Boo!

    And this drink….sounds delicious. I mean it has PB in it so what’s not to love?
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      I have mixed feelings. I feel ready for it now but I am sure I will regret saying that once the rain starts up. :)

  4. You had me at PB Banana ;)

    I can’t believe the fall is almost here!
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  5. banana peanut butter is always a great combo!!
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      It is, isn’t it? I think this is the simplest (fewest ingredient) smoothie I’ve ever made but it was tasty!

  6. Amy says:

    Ahhh, the smoothie of my post-running dreams!!! I too am looking forward to enjoying a real Fall this year! It’s been forever. I’m sending big hugs to those Popsicle faced kiddos :) we sure miss you.
    Now, time to go lace up my tennis shoes so u can hurry home to my smoothie!! Love you Melanie!

  7. I want this. RIGHT NOW. So tasty looking!

  8. Yum- that smoothie looks delicious! My favorite ingredients. :) Can’t believe how quickly summer is wrapping up already!
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      I know! You definitely have had a busy one though. And you get a true fall this year, not just a Texas fall. ;)

  9. Ahh, you can’t get much better than Peanut butter and banana! The smoothie looks fabulous.
    I feel the same way about summer–it’s been amazing and a learning experience for all. Best of luck for what’s to come this school year!
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Thanks so much Alison. I am going to try to enjoy our remaining weeks of summer break because I know I will miss it once the Washington rain starts up again. ;) Thanks for visiting!

  10. I’m not a huge fan of pb in my smoothies, but this looks delicious! I just went through your site…I’m subscribing. Haha. Everything looks delish!
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Aww, thanks Melissa! I’ll have to admit I’m not a huge fan of PB in smoothies either (I don’t like it with any other fruit, especially berries) but since this one is so simple with just banana it works. Thanks for visiting!

  11. Helen says:

    I can’t believe that fall is almost here! I can’t wait for the fall foods.
    And, the smoothie looks delicious! I love the banana and peanut butter combo. =)
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      I know! As much as I’ve enjoyed my cooking break, I am craving soup and roasted veggies! Just can’t turn on the oven quite yet as we have no AC!

  12. I love the addition of honey in this shake, it sounds great!
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  13. Pretty or not, it sounds yummy to me!
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  14. Ana Gaze says:

    WOW!!! It sounds delicious!!! I will try to do it!! Do you recommend any special protein powder? Thanks and congratulations for the nice content here!!!

  15. This is a really nice way to get a lift after a walk or exercise, my partner whipped up a couple after our sunday ride and we both enjoyed them plus this smoothie is healthy, what more can you ask :)
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