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Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothie

Posted Dec 14 2011 8:58am

I can’t get enough slurpy goodness here in Aruba .

When it’s hot and humid and I’m literally a hot mess these go down so well.

I try to take inspiration in what I eat and drink based on the local surroundings.  Most of the U.S. is cold right now and I know that drinking a cold smoothie in Minnesota in December may not be on your to-do list.

But since I’m on the Equator, I may as well lots of smoothies and enjoy the flowers.

They’re real.

I picked them from a flowering shrub in my front yard.

Please don’t ask me what the name is.  I have no idea other than to call them pretty.

And very, very orange and very, very vibrant!

I almost need sunglasses looking at the pictures of them.  Sorry about that.

But better than looking at icicles, right?

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Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothie

1 banana (previously frozen is ideal but not essential)

1 c pineapple (I used canned in juice, but fresh would be great)

1/2 c coconut milk (canned, fresh, cream of coconut , or coconut creme concentrate )

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 c ice cubes

1/4 c sugar, optional or to taste (or honey, agave, sugar, stevia, vanilla NuNaturals stevia drops to taste)

The remainder is optional:

1/3 c additional fruit (such strawberries, mango, peaches, plums, nectarines, papaya, honeydew, cantaloupe, etc.)

1/4 c yogurt

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 scoop neutral or vanilla flavored protein powder

top with a handful of coconut flakes, granola, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, raisins

For a pina colada add 1 to 2 ounces rum (dark rum, light rum, Malibu )

Blend everything in Vita-Mix , Magic Bullet, or blender until smooth.

Yields: Approximately 12 ounces.  Store extra in the freezer and remove from freezer long enough to soften before drinking the leftover portion.

Note: if you are not a ‘coconut person’ or don’t have it on hand, simply use regular milk, cream, vegan milk, nut milk, soy milk, etc.

 

If today’s smoothie recipe looks similar to the Peaches and Coconut Cream Smoothie I made last week, it is.

I just swapped out the peaches for pineapple.

Not rocket science but I’m on vacation.

I pleased to report that the Peaches and Coconut Cream Smoothie   I posted last week was the Foodista Drink of the Day for December 13, 2011

Thanks for the award, Foodista

And now, I need some more of the pineapple smoothie.  It’s so creamy and sweet and coconutty and just slurpable.  Basically a virgin pina colada.

I may twist Scott’s arm and add some rum to our smoothies after we put Skylar to bed.  We’re living on the edge with homemade pina coladas.  Don’t you know it.

And after one smoothie spiked with rum, you could put me straight to bed.  I have become the quintessential lightweight that can get drunk from one pina colada.

I used to laugh at people like me.

Questions:

Do you drink smoothies in the winter?  Or hot coffee or hot tea in the summer? 

How “seasonally appropriate” are you when it comes to your beverage choices?

In the winter in cold climates, I am not big on cold beverages because I just get so chilled (for hours) after drinking them.

But on vacation when I’m sweating buckets like when I made Crack , yes, bring on the cold smoothies to cool me down.

And I can chug hot coffee, year round.  I don’t have any issue with that.  Even if it does mean I am pouring sweat in the summer.  That’s what deodorant is for.

Winner of the Chobani Yogurt Giveaway announced next post

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