Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Funky Monkey Cacao Smoothie – Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O’Connor

Happy Wednesday! I have a new book to share this week along with a newly discovered delicious smoothie!


This recipe comes from a book I’ll be reviewing later on. So far, the book is amazing and I’ve enjoyed a few recipes which will be keepers. If you’d like to add this book, you can find it on Goodreads, Amazon, and many other retailers. Mine is the hardcover edition.

Healing Tonics, Juices, and Smoothies

100+ Elixirs to Nurture Body and Soul


Find it on Goodreads and Amazon

I decided to make this Funky Monkey smoothie because I absolutely love Cacao!


For those of you who don’t already know, cacao beans are fully raw cocoa beans. It’s the purest form of chocolate that you can consume and it’s delicious! It’s truly one of my favorite raw foods. We are using the nibs and powder in this recipe.

The Ingredients:

1 cup mylk (how it’s spelled in the book)

1 1/2 frozen bananas

1 Tbsp raw cacao powder

2 Tbsp almond butter

1 Tbsp Raw Honey or other liquid sweeteners

1 Tbsp raw cacao nibs

Here’s a picture of the ingredients and directions:


Here’s what I did:


I added in my soaked almonds for the milk and the frozen banana.


I added in the cacao powder. I can’t give you a brand because my label is gone, but there are many brands online. I picked mine up from a health food store.



I added in the almond butter.


I just found this new raw honey at Costco. Great price!


Blend it up well.


Then, I added in the nibs and blended for just a few seconds to crunch them up a bit. You want the smoothie to be a little chunky. Here’s the brand I use.




This week’s book is…

Paw Tracks in the Moonlight

by Denis O’Connor


Blurb: The heart-warming story of one man and his cat

When Denis O’Connor rescues a three-week-old kitten from certain death during a snowstorm, little does he know how this tiny creature will change his life forever. Against all odds the kitten – who he names Toby Jug – survives and forms an unusually strong bond with his rescuer.

Set against the rural splendour of Northumberland, “Paw Tracks in the Moonlight” charmingly chronicles the adventures of one man and his Maine Coone cat. From an invasion of bees at Owl Cottage to the case of the disappearing tomatoes, life with Toby Jug – who believes himself to be human – is never dull. Nevertheless, it is only when Denis and Toby Jug embark on a summer camping trip on horseback in the Cheviot Hills that a new world opens up for them both.

Cover illustration: Richard Morris

*I was lucky enough to find a signed copy by the author. I’m so excited to read this. I noticed that one of my friends was reading it on Goodreads and when I started to check it out, I noticed that Luis Carlos Montalvan had rated and reviewed it highly. I knew that I had to read it. I love animals and this is a true story about a cat who was rescued from the winter at about 3-weeks old. I’m already enjoying it and the copy that I have has a few illustrations which I appreciate. There are two other books after this one that I recently ordered as well. I hope to have this read by the weekend, but I’m taking  my time this week. *

You can find this book on Amazon and Goodreads

I hope you enjoyed reading this week’s Breakfast and a Book! Please feel free to comment below with thoughts and suggestions! Enjoy the rest of the week!

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14 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Funky Monkey Cacao Smoothie – Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O’Connor

  1. Nel

    Breakfast, cat themed, love this whole post!!! I need to pick your brain about vitamix containers one of these days cause I read that there are different ones depending on what you’re making. That smoothie looks delicious despite the banana! Thanks for sharing, Mischenko. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Nel! You can get a dry container if you want to for making flour. Technically you can make flour in the standard container, but the dry container is best.

      I always think about you when it comes to adding banana, lol. Funny because banana is like a staple for most of my smoothie recipes. I’ll try to share an avocado one next time. 😉

      Hope all is well with you and enjoy the rest of your week. 💜😁

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  2. Hi M! I loved this post so much! I am adding this smoothie to the list. I, too, am loving cacao these days. This book sounds like a treasure and love that Luis loved it too. Can’t wait to read your full review. I owe you an email. One of my cats has been ill, and I have been, too, so just running around like a crazy person, but I will get back to you soon! ❤️

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    1. Oh no! I hope you both are better soon. No rush getting back. 💜

      Let me know what you think about this smoothie. I love it so much! I’m already planning on having it again tomorrow, lol.

      This book is really good so far. I hope to have it done soon.

      Chat later and get well soon! Give your cat a squeeze for me! 💖


  3. Yum! Looks good. 🙂 I love making smoothies and protein shakes in the morning. Eating in the morning just usually isn’t appealing whatsoever to me, so these kinds of breakfasts are always nice. Especially when paired with a good book! 😀

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