I am a walking cliche. It’s a brand new year, I have vowed to eat healthier, cleaner, less overall, and just plain better this year. I’ve re-joined a gym, I’m ready to start up Couch to 5K (ahem, again), and, boy. Am I ever on a serious smoothie kick.
After enjoying smoothies that are every color of the rainbow (and loving every second of it), I think this pure white Toasted Coconut Smoothie is oh-so refreshing. Both in the looks department and in the taste department. Is there a taste department? If there was, I’d totally go there. Except then I might have a problem with my 2014 resolutions.
Anyway. This super-simple smoothie boasts only five ingredients, but the the coolest part about it is that it within all that toasted coconut smoothie goodness hides a full serving of heart-healthy flaxseeds. But you totally wouldn’t know, because it just looks like more toasted coconut.
Oh, and it also tastes like a creamy, coconutty milkshake, so there’s that, too.
I officially resolve to enjoy one another of these again, very soon.
Toasted Coconut Smoothie
- 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut plus a little more for garnish (if desired)
- 1 cup lite coconut milk
- 1 large banana (frozen (it's easier when you slice the banana before freezing))
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Toast the coconut. Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and spread coconut on a cookie sheet. Place in oven and toast, stirring every couple of minutes, for 5 - 6 minutes, until fragrant and golden. Watch closely! Coconut can turn from perfectly toasty to burned in a matter of moments.
- Add 1/4 cup of the toasted coconut plus the remaining ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with a little additional toasted coconut if desired, and serve with a straw.
I think I could be satisfied with the smell of coconut flakes toasting in the oven alone. And THAT would be the best way to lose weight, right?! Like those little nasal sprays that smell like cupcakes and are supposed to make you not want to eat cupcakes?
There’s no way a nasal spray that smelled like cupcake would make me NOT want a cupcake! I’m laughing. 🙂 Though I do think there’s merit in the idea that if you smell peppermint essential oil, it may suppress your appetite. Is it peppermint oil that does that? Makes sense to me because it would remind me of having just brushed my teeth, and nothing tastes good for a few minutes after that.
I know it sounds crazy, but I swear these existed! Because I was a chubby 10 year old at the time and I was convinced if my mom bought them for me, I would lose weight. Alas, she did not buy them for me.
Mom probably knew best. 😉
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Mmm I LOVE toasted coconut, and this sounds like it would end up being some amazing sort of coconut milkshake sorcery…which I totally need. Pinned!
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This recipe is amazing I did add ice. It was a little thin for my liking. Over all it it way good. 10/10 recommend it for anybody who likes coconut.
I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks Kyrie.
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I made this and it came out alright, but I was hoping for a more stronger coconut flavor. Is it because I omitted by vanilla extract?