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
  • ½ 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

Questions: Have you had a good summer? Are you ready for fall food yet?

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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!

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

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

    • 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. :)

    • 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!

  1. 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!

    • 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. 😉

    • 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!

    • 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!

    • 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!

  2. 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!!!

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