When it comes to a breakfast smoothie that makes our palate sing and dance, we first reach for a can of coconut milk, and then we open the freezer door and let the cold air wipe the sleep out of our eyes as we reach for a mix of frozen berries, and a frozen banana. But, to fully round out all of the flavors we love, we also reach into the crisper for a handful of baby spinach, or even peppery arugula to really wake us up.
And then we wander over to the cabinet where we pull down our favorite cannister of protein powder.
Smooth and creamy coconut.
Sweet and tart berries.
A kiss of savory flavor from the greens.
And then, a titch of protein to really get us up and running to meet the day.
Bonus! It comes together in less than 5 minutes!
Happy, happy, joy, joy!
Coconut milk smoothie ingredients
- Light coconut milk. (You can also use full-fat, but I went for light so I could still move after I’d finished eating my smoothie.)
- Almond milk. I like the nuttiness that almond milk adds, and because it’s thinner than coconut milk, your smoothie will still be quite liquidy. You could easily sub in your favorite alternative nut milk (cashew milk or oat milk are always good options).
- Frozen fruit. Here’s where you can get REALLY creative in playing around with flavors. You can interpret “mixed berries” to be just about anything – I enjoy a frozen blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry mix, but you could mix in frozen strawberries, mango, kiwi, cherries, peaches, really whatever works. (For this recipe, I did frozen mixed berries and half of a banana.) I’d generally recommend trying to get a good balance of sweet and tart, but really it’s whatever you prefer. This is a forgiving recipe that easily incorporates lots of different flavors.
- Greens. The great thing about this recipe is that the complex fruit flavors cover up the taste of even something as strong as kale, while green leaf vegetables provide lots of extra fiber and some thickness. This is where a lot of the health benefits come in, so don’t skip!
- Protein powder. This will be important for keeping you full until lunch! Generally I recommend unflavored or lightly flavored so you are getting your flavors from the rest of the smoothie, but feel free to do something different! If you’re looking for a pretty neutral protein powder that’s organic and vegan, here’s a good brand.
Absolutely! Frozen mango would pair amazingly with the coconut, as would blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, raspberries, pineapple, cherries, and even peaches! Just try to keep the same ratio from individual fruits to the mixed berries. The proper smoothie is all about impeccable flavors and ratios! Also, we really enjoy the combination of coconut milk and almond milk in our smoothies, but plain milk, Greek yogurt, or oat milk would also be fabulous in this delectable beverage.
Yes, coconut milk in smoothies is good for you. Because it’s so thick and nutritious, coconut milk provides a great creaminess and lots of protein and healthy fat to keep you full for longer.
Generally, the best fruit for coconut milk is tropical – think apricots, bananas, kiwi, oranges, papayas, mangoes, and pineapples. But I also love figs, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries.
Tip: I love plain coconut milk for this, but coconut cream would be even more decadent! And who doesn’t want to feel doubly pampered in the morning? Or after a trip to the gym. Or, after a good long walk with the dog. Smoothies are pretty much the perfect gift to yourself, from yourself, for any occasionPrint
Coconut Berry Smoothie
This coconut and mixed berry smoothie is the perfect decadent thing to start the morning off with! (Or after heading to the gym. Or walking the dog.) It’s loaded full of sweet and savory flavors!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
1/2 cup light coconut milk (Full fat is fine too.)
1/2 cup almond milk
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 large frozen banana, lightly thawed and roughly chopped
1 cup fresh spinach, arugula, or destemmed kale
1/2 scoop protein powder
Place all of the ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.
Storage: If you’d like to double the smoothie so you can have it on hand for later, simply put the remainder in a large glass or mug in the refrigerator until you’re ready to drink it. You can store it for up to 3 days. Note: It may separate during storage, so you’ll want to shake it or stir it until it reaches the desired consistency.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 548
- Sugar: 30.5g
- Sodium: 146mg
- Fat: 31.8g
- Saturated Fat: 26g
- Carbohydrates: 55.5g
- Fiber: 11.9g
- Protein: 17.5g
- Cholesterol: 32mg