My #GMOfreefriday Breakfast? Cacao Hemp Seed Smoothie

With today being #GMOfreefriday, I wanted to use a product whose company has demonstrated an amazing commitment in the fight for GMO-labeling.

And that company is Nutiva.

Not only is Nutiva a massive supporter of California’s Proposition 37 but they were one of the very first sponsors of our GMO-labeling fundraiser in NYC a few weeks ago, they sponsored last night’s Yes on 37 event in Berkeley, CA, and they also sponsored the showing of the MUST-WATCH movie Genetic Roulette, Jeffrey Smith’s documentary on GMOs, so that the general population could see it for free.

I spent a good amount of time with John Roulac, Nutiva’s founder and CEO, at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore last month and he is a great, great guy. His unwavering resolve to protect organic is a true inspiration.

Not only is Nutiva a brand that I am very happy to support because of the company’s activism, but the products totally rock. Nutiva’s hemp seeds are the only ones that I buy.

So, for today’s #GMOfreefriday smoothie, I used Nutiva’s hemp seeds as my base.

Organic ingredients used:

– One 16 oz. glass of hemp seed milk. (See video below for how to make nut (seed) milk. I used 3 cups of cold filtered water and 3/4 cup of shelled Nutiva hemp seeds.  If possible, soak the seeds overnight in a covered glass of filtered water in the fridge)

– 1 banana

– 1 teaspoon of raw cacao powder

– 3 dates, pitted

– Dash of cinnamon

– 1.5 tablespoons of Boku’s protein powder

Finally, put all of the organic ingredients into the blender for 20 seconds.

I love starting my day with this drink, and I think you will too!


If you are having this smoothie for breakfast and want it cold right away, be sure that you put the filtered water in the fridge the night before, so it is sufficiently cold when you make the smoothie in the morning.

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  • Ben says:

    Hi Max. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I tried this smoothie last weekend and it was so yummy.

  • Laurie says:

    I’m allergic to dates. Do you have a suggested substitution? Thanks!

  • Charity says:

    I love the idea of this smoothie. But I’m a little worried about hemp seed milk. I tried to make flax seed milk. The directions I followed said to soak them overnight….but after being soaked they became a disgusting, gooey mess. I couldn’t drain them, and putting them in the blender didn’t work at all. If hemp seeds (or any other seeds) are supposed to be soaked, how do you fix that problem? I’d really love to make it and get all the health benefits. I’ve been making my own almond milk for quite awhile now, so at least I know that works. 🙂

  • Rebecca Johnson says:

    Hi Max,
    Your posts are so informative! I have all these ingredients so I am going to try this in the morning for my breakfast, super tasty sounding. I love nutiva hemp seeds, I use them on my salads too!

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Rebecca,

      Thanks so much!!! I love this smoothie recipe and am curious to know what you think of it. And, yes, Nutiva is an excellent brand!!!

      Live well,

  • Great looking recipe, I’m going to use Cacao Hemp Seed Butter when I make mine. Thanks for the idea 🙂

  • Food Babe says:

    Great post Max – I Love Nutiva! I am totally going to make this smoothie too!

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