Coconut Milk Smoothie Recipe
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A good coconut milk smoothie is a blend of coconut, creaminess and sweetness in perfect balance.
A smoothie with coconut milk is a great option for dairy free folks. But a smoothie that is focused on featuring the actual flavor of coconut is a whole experience on its own.
Coconut Smoothie Additions
If you want to add other flavors to your coconut milk smoothie, here are some suggestions for “spicing things up” in the blender!
Mango Coconut Milk Smoothie
To the recipe below, add 1 cup fresh or frozen mangos.
Strawberry Coconut Milk Smoothie
To the recipe below, add 2 cups whole, fresh or frozen strawberries. If the berries are chopped, add 1 1/2 cups.
Avocado Coconut Milk Smoothie
This is a great option for those who eat low carb or keto. To the recipe below, add 1 avocado (flesh only). And this version is also a great time to add some fresh baby spinach. The color is beautiful!
Pina Colada Smoothie
This is very much like a Pina Colada in flavor. It’s delicious and a totally healthy option for breakfast! Simply add 1 1/2 to 2 cups chopped, fresh or frozen pineapple to this recipe. You can also thing this smoothie out a bit with a little bit of pineapple juice if you wish.
For those who can have dairy, a little bit of Greek yogurt will not only help thicken up this version, but will also give it a little extra tang that’s really delicious against the pineapple.
Green Coconut Milk Smoothie
To the recipe below or to any of the versions listed above, you can add in 1 cup raw spinach (or more if you wish!) to up the nutrition content of the smoothie without changing the flavor.
What You’ll Need
1 cup light coconut milk – Avoid the stuff you purchase in the refrigerator section of the grocery store. You want the canned stuff that has no sugar added.
1 large banana – The riper the banana, the heavier the banana flavor will be. So if you really want just the coconut flavor, use a just-yellow banana. If you prefer the banana flavor, then use a riper banana with spots.
1 tbsp. sweetener – This can be any sweetener you prefer. But if your banana is on the riper side, you may want to taste the smoothie before adding sweetener and then only add enough to suit your tastes. If your banana is very sweet, you may not need any sweetener at all.
1 tbsp. shredded, unsweetened coconut – This is really just used for a garnish, though you can certainly blend some in if you prefer. Just be aware that if you do, your smoothie won’t be as smooth as you might be hoping for. Dry coconut doesn’t always blend in completely. Particularly in a smoothie.
How To Make A Coconut Milk Smoothie
The process is pretty simple! Just put all the ingredients into your blender, secure the lid and turn it on.
Blend until everything is silky smooth.
Poor into a glass and enjoy.
How Long Will A Coconut Milk Smoothie Last?
If you keep this in the fridge, it will last up to about 2 days. But you’ll most likely have to blend it up again in the blender to “freshen it up” a bit.
Can You Freeze A Coconut Milk Smoothie?
Yes you can! In fact, this makes lovely popsicles!
However, I do not recomment thawing this in the hopes of drinking it as a smoothie. The texture won’t be the same.
But you absolutely could blend this up in the blender for a slushier smoothie if you freeze it in ice cube trays.
Here are some suggestions for a good blender and some fun smoothie cups!
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Coconut Milk Smoothie Recipe
Coconut Milk Smoothie
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- 1 cup light coconut milk (canned, no sugar added)
- 1 large banana
- 1 tbsp. shredded dry coconut
- 1 tbsp. sweetener (optional)
- Blend and serve.
Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted on 9/2/10.
Mmmm. That does look good. I haven’t gotten the coconut milk to whip yet so this will have to wait. Of course I could do it with silk or milk.
=/ … sooo, you can’t taste the spinach? I mean I’d LOVE to start eating raw spinach, but MAN do I hate it. I’m ok with, say, cooked spinach in pasta or something, but raw spinach just isn’t my thing. I think I will trust you and give this a try though 🙂
Catherine – If you are really worried, start with a smaller amount and build up to the 2 cups. I personally can’t taste it. But I don’t dislike it that much either. Most people I know say they cannot taste it. I guess it all comes down to your taste buds. Start with a cup and add a little each time you make it.
I’ve been making this everyday and I love it
Roshan – Fantastic! So happy you’re enjoying it! 😀
Thumbs up on this smoothie! Love it!
Ruth – Fantastic!
YUM!! I added some frozen pineapple and blueberries to mine. Turned out yummy. Even my 4 year old liked it. A sneaky way to get him to eat spinach, love it!
Denna – I get my little guy to eat spinach all the time this way. Works like a charm!
made this for my kids today, added blueberries to it. They loved it!! I never would have thought to put them together. I put 2 handfuls of spinach in and they were none the wiser. Thanks!
Maria – You’re welcome! I love a recipe that can sneak in an entire serving of veggies!
Mmmm, this sounds so good. I can’t wait to try it. I’m new to clean eating and just discovered your site and your recipes look great and easy to make. I look forward to trying many of them.
Sharbysyd – Welcome! I’m so happy to have you as a reader! I think you’ll really like this smoothie. It’s a staple around here!
I was standing in the kitchen thinking I need a snack and presto you tweeted this. I was skeptical but had the ingredients so I gave it a try. Yum!! I’m off to check what else is on the smoothie page. Thanks!!
Kcascio – Wonderful! So glad I could help in the snack department! Enjoy!
My son (4y) and I are enjoying a bit of time together while his sister is at art camp today. I wanted to use my coconut milk in a smoothie and did a search…I am SO GLAD that this came up! It’s a lot better tasting than I thought it was going to be AND it got the approval of my 4y old son! 🙂 WOOHOO! Praise the Lord for good, clean eating recipes!
Jenn – Ha ha!!! Glad you enjoyed it!!
Jess – Any kind of coconut milk will work so long as the only thing listed in the ingredients is coconut milk. Typically, I find that in a can. I have yet to find the carton variety that doesn’t have a bunch of garbage added to it.
There are a ton of reliable web sites that have info on the benefits of coconut. Just google “benefits of coconut” and start reading. It really is pretty impressive!
I made this and after adding another bananna it still just takes like spinach. The texture is very weird too. Me nor my 4 year old twins liked it. Not sure what I can do to salvage it….
Cathy – Interesting. Did you use fresh spinach? You shouldn’t be able to taste it at all.
I love green smoothies, I ALWAYS use spinach and was surprised the first time I made one, that I couldnt taste the spinach. My son didn’t want to taste it because of the spinach, but when he did, now I have to make it in batches and it never last long:)
Yea – Haha!! That’s great!
Nikki – Oh, that DOES sound good!
I was thinking of adding protine powder to some of your shakes, would that work out? And instead of spinach have you tried kale? Would it taste different?
Spinach you can’t taste. Kale you can. So depends on how much you like kale. Yes, you can add protein powder to any smoothie. Enjoy!
ok thanks for the info! btw, i love your site, so easy to understand and really informative! keep up the great work!!
I’m trying to eat more green veggies and this was a really yummy way to have them at breakfast. These ingredients are going to have to be in the house at all times now. Loved it.
Clare – Haha! Fantastic!
I’ve ben making green smoothies for my 1 yr old, she loves them I use my homemade yogurt, but coconut milk sounds good. might have to try that tomorrow.
Tracy – awesome! Just don’t give her too much. Coconut milk can be a stomach irritant. That’s what happened to me anyway…
Add a little bit of ginger and it is delicious!
Andrea – I’m sure! 😀
Can I sub something for the banana? My daughter is allergic to them as well as soy, dairy, wheat, peanuts and treenuts.
Jennifer – I haven’t tried it myself, but I have read that the best sub for banana is mango. Worth a shot!
I didn’t have coconut flakes, but put some chia in and added lime juice after the first tasting. to me the lime made a world of difference.
Johanna – Fantastic!! 😀