I’ve been to Hawaii exactly twice. The first time, I was 11 or 12 and I went with my Aunt and Uncle. I remember sharing a hotel room with my cousins, and I remember the food. The wonderful food! The second time was several years ago. We took our kids and went on a cruise around five of the islands. Of course, there were beautiful beaches, hot, muggy days, brilliant blue water, geckos and snorkeling! No hotel room this time. (Does the room on the ship count as a floating hotel room?) The food onboard was Ok, but when we were off exploring the islands…. oh man! There were the same great flavors from years ago. Classic “tropical” flavors of coconut, pineapple and bananas, all fresh and delicious! To celebrate those memories, I came up with this Tropical Smoothie! If I close my eyes while I sip it, I can pretend I’m sitting on the beach in Kauai, enjoying the sun and surf!
The great thing about most smoothies (besides the health benefits) is they are mostly one pot wonders. Or in this case, one blender wonders. You simply dump everything into the blender, press a button and you’re done!
The flavor of this tropical smoothie starts with Coconut milk (which is my new obsession!) It continues with plain yogurt, chunks of fresh pineapple, a frozen banana, Organic Girl Baby Spinach and a few tablespoons of shredded coconut to complete the drink. How easy is that?
Can you tell I was totally getting into the whole tropical vibe with the bamboo place mat and the little umbrella? Sometimes I can be such a dork! C’mon! Doesn’t every tropical smoothie needs a little paper umbrella?!?! I think it does!
Create your own sunshine, with tropical versions using mango or papaya. Replace the plain yogurt with fruited yogurt for more flavor! OR make it dairy-free, by taking out the yogurt and adding more coconut milk! Which, in my opinion, is never a bad thing! Lastly, if you don’t have a frozen banana, use a fresh one and add ½ to 1 cup of ice to make it thicker!
Once you make this, see if you don’t find yourself pretending to be in Hawaii too. I’ll meet you on the beach!
- Put all the ingredients together in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
To make Dairy Free, increase Coconut milk to 1 ½ cups, omit yogurt and add ½ cup ice.
If using fresh banana, add ½ cup to 1 ¼ cups ice, depending on how thick you like your smoothie.