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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.