It’s time to blend….a COCONUT SMOOTHIE that is! Hope you are in a tropical mood! If you’re not…you’re gonna be!
VIRGIN PINA COLADA COCONUT SMOOTHIE!!
This coconut smoothie tastes a bit like a virgin pina colada (per my sister Heidi anyway). I never was a big fan of coconut, but in the past couple years the dang thing has grown on me! Maybe it has something to do with the mass marketing of the coconut these days…coconut water, coconut flakes, cans of coconut milk, coconut yogurt, dried coconut, and the heavyweight…coconut oil. I am just seeing coconut milk being sold like almond milk. It’s beckoning to me from every aisle…buy me, drink me, taste me Heather!!! I guess it was time to jump on the bandwagon and get my coconut fix too.
FALLING IN LOVE WITH A KITCHEN APPLIANCE BEGINS AND ENDS WITH THE VITAMIX!
About five years ago, I was lucky enough to save up my pennies and buy a Vitamix. A pricey investment sure, but worth it’s weight in gold in the kitchen. This little baby gets used at least once a day. I use it for smoothies of course, but it does so much more. I use it to make extra creamy soup purees, parsnip pureed potatoes (I will have to share the recipe for parsnip puree soon…it’s stellar), nut butters, hummus, almond milk…and no I’m not selling them, I just happen to appreciate a good appliance! It’s super sturdy, boasts a crazy couple horsepower (like a little lawnmower), it’s super easy to clean, and they have like a 10 year warranty. I recommend them to everyone and everyone that actually buys one, comes back raving to me. I love my Vitamix and use it to make this smoothie, but any powerful blender will do for sure!
The color of this coconut smoothie is not the bright white of a pina colada, but it packs just as much of a tropical punch…BONUS: THE OILS IN THE SMOOTHIE MAKE YOUR LIPS SUPER SOFT AND DELICIOUS FOR A COUPLE HOURS AFTERWARDS..lol. Maybe a good time for some smooching…hint hint.
BANANAS ARE THE ANSWER!
Since I haven’t seen the tropics in a while…I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE FOLKS! A lot of the creaminess comes from the frozen banana. If you’ve never frozen bananas before, here are some good tips. First off, let your bananas ripen on the counter until they are really spotted. The spottier the banana, the more sweet. Once spotty, peel those babies and place them in a freezer bag (I have been able to fit 20 at a time 🙂 and that’s it. They add a sweetness and creaminess to a smoothie that is hard to achieve otherwise (frozen mango chunks also work well). You can also throw a couple frozen bananas in your high power blender with a scoop of peanut butter, or a scoop of cocoa powder and make a simple little ice cream.
If you want to read about the benefits of coconut, I suggest reading here while you sip your smoothie and feel great about yourself! It was pretty cool reading about all the ways coconut can benefit our bodies, especially lowering cholesterol, improving blood pressure, and preventing stroke. I didn’t know any of that before and feel like a coconut expert now 🙂
That’s it for me. Let’s get to blending! I really hope you enjoy this recipe!! Feel free to make it your own. Sometimes I tend to like things a little sweeter than my husband and you may too, so tweak this recipe and make it yours!
The photos from this smoothie day also show a carrot/apple/mango smoothie we were testing out. It was equally delicious, if you’re into delicious things that is! I will post that one soon. Happy drinking!! Here’s to your health!!
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 cups frozen pineapple
- 2 large chunks frozen mango (if desired-extra creamy)
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
- 1 Tbsp honey or sweetener of choice
- **tips below
- Place ingredients into the blender in the above order and blend on high for 1 minute, tapping down the ingredients into the blade with your tamper if you have one. Pour, sprinkle with more coconut flakes if you'd like (they add some extra chew to the drink..I kind of like it), and get tropical!
- **If you like a thinner smoothie, add 1/4 cup more coconut milk.
- **If you use sweetened coconut milk, you probably won't need any sweetener.
- **You can use 1 whole frozen banana in place of the mango.