Saturday, September 12, 2009

Coconut Island Smoothie--A Healthy and Tasty "Simple Saturday Sipper"

When I have leftover coconut milk and don't want to waste it, I freeze it in ice cube trays. I find that if you reheat it after freezing, it separates and takes on a slightly funky texture but ice cold, it works perfectly in a smoothie, giving it a nice texture and a touch of coconut flavor. It is especially nice in this Coconut Island Smoothie, this week's healthy "Simple Saturday Sipper". Delicious and full of good-for-you fruit like mango, pineapple, papaya and kiwi, plus a bit of tangy lime juice, it works for breakfast or for an afternoon treat. 


Coconut Island Smoothie
by Deb, Kahakai Kitchen
(Makes 2 Servings)

5-6 coconut ice cubes (or 1/3 cup coconut milk and 4 ice cubes)
3/4 cup chopped mango (fresh or frozen)
3/4 cup chopped pineapple (fresh or frozen)
1 small-medium papaya, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 kiwi, peeled and chopped
juice of 1 lime

Put everything on blender and blend until smooth. If you need to add additional liquid for it to blend properly add water or fruit juice until desired consistency. Pour into two tall glasses and enjoy.


Notes/Results: Cold, creamy and delicious, this one is a keeper. You can swap out the fruit for what you have on hand and use either fresh of frozen fruit. (I used a combo of both, fresh papaya from my CSA box and fresh kiwi with some frozen mango and pineapple chunks). To give it some "staying power" as breakfast and get some Omega-3s in my diet, I sometimes add a tablespoon of ground flax seed per serving to my smoothies--when blended, you don't even notice it is there. Healthy, good and a nice alternative to your favorite smoothie place.


Happy Weekend!

19 comments:

K and S said...

yummy!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

You freeze your leftover coconut milk in ice cube trays! Brilliant!!
I love the sipper, remind me to steal those glasses when I come to visit. ;-)

Donna-FFW said...

Oh this sounds so very tropically magically delicious. Freezing coconut milk in ice cube trays.. brilliant!!

Kim said...

I'm so glad you mentioned freezing the coconut milk. I love this smoothie. Do you freeze any leftover smoothies you have? I always have the problem of having leftovers and not know what to do with them. Thanks.

Kristen said...

That sound wonderful, I'll take one right now!

Joanne said...

I always wondered whether or not coconut milk would freeze well. Thanks for answering that question!

This looks absolutely delightful. I imagine that to me it would taste like Hawaii feels.

Danielle said...

as usual, another beautiful drink / smoothie. And one I'm sure my little healthy-eater daughter would love.

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Deb, this sounds so cool and refreshing. I sure would love a sip of this now.

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

I bet this is so creamy from the coconut milk. I'd love one for breakfast tomorrow!

Sara said...

This sounds amazing!

Andrea said...

Oh this looks delicous, love the freezing coconut milk idea, and the combo of fruits sounds just perfect :)

Mary said...

What a wonderful, creamy cooler. I know I'd love this, Deb.

Sweet and Savory said...

I am not sure what I appreciate more, the coconut milk frozen to preserve or the recipe. Both are great.

girlichef said...

Oh, it's so pretty in that glass! And it sounds amazing. So amazing! And yes, I will be taking the ice cube technique :) YUmMy!

Lori said...

What a great idea to freeze the coconut milk. I hadn't thought of that. This sounds so great. I love the combination of fruits.

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

Yes, thanks for the freezing coconut milk trick!

I am picturing myself on a tropical sipping away at this, heavenly!

5 Star Foodie said...

Frozen coconut milk ice cubes is a great idea! I would love the tropical flavors of this delicious smoothie!

Debinhawaii said...

Hey Everyone--one tip, when freezing your coconut milk just make sure it starts out well mixed and not separated--it will do it slightly as it freezes but you want to start out with it mixed.

Kim, when I freeze the extra smoothies it is usually as popsicles as sometimes the texture when the re-frozen smoothie thaws out isn't so great.

southern Grace Gourmet said...

I love tomato soups! I preferred them as a kid over chick noodle any day. Great recipe, I will have to try.