I want to let you in on a little secret. Smoothies alone can change your health. It is so simple, it tastes yummy and it can be the difference between your system working and not.

I notice such a difference in my body and day whenI have one for breakfast, or as a snack.

Are you willing to give it a try?

Give yourself 2 weeks with adding in a smoothie and let me know how you feel.

Heres a recipe that allows you to add anything.

Monkey Milk

Monkey Milk is just bananas and non dairy milk whipped up in a blender. It’s simple yet so delish. The first time I had it was at small little raw cafe in California and I was hooked. Being that we always have bananas in Hawaii, it is a staple at breakfast and it serves as the base for endless smoothie possibilities. Sometimes I add Kale, other times, berries. I also add cocoa powder to make it chocolatey and no one has ever been mad at me for adding in peanut butter…

Make 16 oz.

2 minutes total time

1 cup organic sliced frozen bananas

1 cup non dairy milk

In a Vitamix or blender mix bananas with milk, starting on slow gradually taking it to high.

Bananas are powerhouses containing:

  • Potassium: 9% of the RDI.
  • Vitamin B6: 33% of the RDI.
  • Vitamin C: 11% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium: 8% of the RDI.
  • Copper: 10% of the RDI.
  • Manganese: 14% of the RDI.
  • Net carbs: 24 grams.
  • Fiber: 3.1 grams.
  • Protein: 1.3 grams.
  • Fat: 0.4 grams.

Total nutrition for you and your monkeys!

Coffee Frappe (vegan)

Coffee Frappe (vegan)

I hope you don’t mind my short blogs but if you’re like me you just want to get to the recipe, right!? So know that I always aim to help a girl (or guy) out by making the recipes quick and to the point. I hope you share and come back often! 😉

This will make you feel like you are a barista!

Make your coffee as usual and add in…
2 teaspoons of maple syrup
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Non-dairy creamer
1 teaspoon coconut oil

Mix all the ingredients in a blender, and slowly bring to high. Make sure you careful as coffee is hot. As you blend it, it will become whipped!!

I Heart Blueberries

I Heart Blueberries

I really do love blueberries. Whether enjoying them fresh or in this delightful smoothie, they are a norm in my life and self care. You see, blueberries are full of antioxidants and they give me a burst of energy. Try it for yourself and see. I also drink a lot of smoothies and I love to have ones that are creamy without the bananas. This has become my favorite creamy bananaless (yes that’s a special Hollan word) smoothie and it’s in the cookbook!  You can preorder that HERE.


In a blender add:
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 frozen coconut cubes
1 date (not frozen)
1 cup non dairy milk

How to Make:

In a Vitamix or blender, add all ingredients and blend for about 45 seconds.  Enjoy right away. At the cafe we also remove half of the milk and blend it. We use this as the base for our Blueberry Acai Bowl and top with fresh bananas and granola.

Do it Yourself Granola (Vegan & Gluten Free)

We eat it as a snack, on acai bowls, with almond milk and sliced banana almost everyday. Granola is often pricey at the market but it is very easy to make, so there is no reason not to make your own.

2 lb bag of gluten free organic oatmeal (not instant)
1 cup brown rice flour
¾ teaspoon salt
⅞ cup of maple syrup
⅔ cup olive oil
½ cup brown rice syrup

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and transfer onto two baking sheet pans. I line mine with parchment. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes, mix it around and increase temperature to 315 and bake until golden, about 10-15 minutes. Depending on how you like your granola (crunchy or softer) play around with cooking time.

Optional – add one cup dried fruit or chocolate or your favorite nuts.

Recipe is featured in my cookbook which you can preorder HERE!

Remember during the month of December we are offering a giveaway if you make any recipes and post them on social media using the hashtag #hollanhawaiiholiday



Oui Oui French Toast (Vegan)

Oui Oui French Toast (Vegan)

Say yes to french toast and no to the eggs and cream. I read somewhere once that french toast was originally vegan, because we didn’t always have an abundance of eggs, and cow’s milk. I don’t know if it’s true but this recipe never has me missing french toast or feeling like something is missing. Best part is you probably have all the ingredients in your cupboard.

Serves 4

1 loaf of bread. Use a bread you enjoy french toast with sourdough, baguette, whole wheat – your preference
½  cup of all purpose flour
⅛ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon plus more for dusting
1 cup almond or any non dairy milk
Earth Balance Vegan Butter
Maple Syrup

How to make:
Cut bread as desired. In a pie dish, whisk flour, milk, cinnamon, and maple syrup together.  On medium low heat in a large skillet, melt 1 teaspoon of butter. Dip bread into batter and cook for about 3 minutes per side until a golden crust is attained. I dust mine with cinnamon before I flip because of my love for the spice, add it if you like take away if you don’t. Flip and cook until other side is golden as well. Repeat until bread or batter are gone.  I serve french toast traditionally, with butter and maple syrup. If I am trying to be fancy, I top it with fresh berries.

Good news…THIS recipe is also in Good Food Gratitude which you can preorder HERE!



How To Make The Perfect Acai Bowl

How To Make The Perfect Acai Bowl

Acai is one of the top superfoods. Look below for the amazing list of health benefits.  This is an easy recipes that anyone can make and feel like they just ordered one from that cute vegan cafe that wows everyone and is Instagram pic worthy.  Acai degrades very quickly once it is picked from its palm tree so you normally find it in frozen puree packets or dried (Costco carries it too). We use the packets. I am lucky we have a company here in Kauai, Tambor Acai that brings it in from Brazil.

What you need:

1  ½ frozen acai packets cut in ½
1 cup frozen sliced bananas
½ cup non dairy milk (we use homemade Mac Nut Coconut Milk)


Place all ingredients in Vitamix and add lid and tamper attachment (stick). Slowly start to blend on low and gradually bring it up to high using the stick to move ingredients around until it resembles sorbet consistency. I use a silicone spatula to  transfer it to a bowl and then I top it with sliced fresh banana and ¼ cup of homemade granola (see recipe). You can make so many variations by bringing in toppings or adding to your base.

Additional Add-on Ideas:  Goji Berry, Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds, Mac Nuts, Fresh fruit, Chocolate chips, Cacao Nibs, Peanut Butter, Almond Butter and more as toppings
Blend-ins:  Chlorella, Kale, Greens, Maca, Peanut and Almond Butters.

Health Benefits of Acai:

  • Promotes Heart Health
  • Stops Bad Cell Proliferation
  • Aids Weight Loss
  • Promotes Skin Health
  • Helps Digestion
  • Reduces Irritation
  • Improves Cellular Health
  • Immune System Booster
  • Has Anti-Aging Effects
  • Boosts Energy
  • Encourages a Healthy Libido
  • Improves Mental Function

Enjoy!  Hollan

Pic by Bryce Johnson

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