I am on a coconut kick lately. While there is still debate over the extent of health benefits that coconuts provide, I think studies linking coconuts and improved cardiovascular health, thyroid function, and disease-fighting properties are promising. I have just begun to incorporate coconut oil into my baking and other cooking, swapping out less nutritious fats and oils for this omega-3 rich oil. This smoothie has a double dose of coconut in creamy coconut milk and coconut oil. Sweetened with maple syrup, thickened with blended frozen banana, and seasoned with warming spices, it’s a delicious way to start a healthy week after Thanksgiving. Enjoy!
Spiced Coconut Cream & Banana Smoothie
(Adapted from the Swirls and Spice recipe for Soothing Spiced Smoothie with Turmeric — try this turmeric-infused one for an anti-inflammatory boost!)
- One banana, peeled and wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen in freezer for at least one hour
- 1 cup creamy coconut milk (with some coconut solids & oils, or, alternatively, use pure coconut cream)
- 1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 heaping tablespoon maple syrup, or more to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves (more for garnish or to taste)
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
Directions: Remove the banana from the freezer, unwrap and break into 2 or 3 sections; place in blender. Add coconut oil & maple syrup and blend. Taste and add more sweetener if desired. Add spices and mix. Garnish with more cinnamon and cloves if desired. Makes one glass.
December 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm
This is gorgeous and I’m craving it now x
December 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm
Beautifully shot! Thanks for the mention!
December 3, 2013 at 11:42 am
Thank you for the inspiration. Yours is absolutely gorgeous (all your photos are!) and I love the idea of turmeric in it, it’s such an incredible spice with lots of healing power, from what I can gather. Looking forward to trying your version too.
December 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm
Yum! This sounds so good! My only fear is that I won’t be able to find coconut oil here. Did you find it at a grocery store or specialty store? And where did you get that straw? Nika would love it! She’s really into straws lately…
December 2, 2013 at 3:55 pm
Thanks, Sar. I ordered the coconut oil online (amazon). The straws were a gift from my mother-in-law — aren’t they pretty? I’ll try to find some for Nika.
December 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm
OMG. That looks so delicious. I’ve made the turmeric one before and it’s incredible, but I’ve been using yogurt and not coconut milk. Anything with cardamom in it is my kind of drink.
December 3, 2013 at 11:45 am
Me too – I just love cardamom! I enjoyed this so much yesterday I think I will try to make variations of this every morning, changing up the spices for variety. Just refreshed my banana stock in the freezer 🙂
December 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm
What a tasty smoothie!
December 3, 2013 at 4:00 am
My daughters and I love smoothies. This sounds and looks wonderful. We’ll have to give this a try!
December 5, 2013 at 11:52 pm
Thanks, Lidia, and hope you and your daughters enjoy it. I’m not usually into coconut but lately I’m craving it and I love this comforting spice combo.
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