Friday, February 17, 2012

Berries and Cream Vegan Smoothie

Coconut milk is a staple in our teeny tiny little pantry.  As I've written about before, it's hard to find coconut milk free of sweeteners, preservatives and thickeners.  Comfy Belly has a helpful post on different coconut milk sources, including how to make your own.  For this recipe I used Trader Joe's Light coconut milk which contains only coconut and water.  Since it's light, it's not always suitable for all recipes, but for this smoothie it was perfect.  Because it is canned there is a higher risk for ingesting BPA, since cans are lined with it and high fat foods cause BPA to leach from the lining. It's definitely something to use sparingly because of that risk.

This smoothie is creamy, sweet, fruity and rich tasting.  I had some as a quick afternoon snack before a run, but it's also a good breakfast and dessert option.  Serve it with these adorable paper straws and it's a perfect party or child pleaser. 
Here are some other berry smoothie recipes that look really tasty: Super Berry Smoothie from Hunters Lyonesse that uses raw local honey, acai and maca powder and Grain Crazy makes a Green Berry Smoothie using flax, chia and spinach.  Elana's Pantry has a showstopping Breakfast Power Smoothie using protein powder, almond butter and vanilla creme stevia as a sweetener. 

Berries and Cream Vegan Smoothie

1 can coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
2 T raw honey (taste for sweetness and add more as desired)
1/2-1 C frozen organic mixed berries (add more if you want more of a berry flavor, less if you want a thicker shake)

Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth and creamy.
If you have a Vitamix, blend on High at the end for 1 minute to grind up the seeds- they don't dissolve completely, but it does help.  They smoothie will also be much thicker with a creamier consistency.


UPlife said...

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stampmonkey said...

This looks delicious! Looking forward to trying it, though I may opt for almond milk instead of the coconut. Either way, I'm sure it's wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Mollie Frances said...

I'm sure it will be delicious with almond milk!
Have you ever made your own?