Piña coladas are my summer-time splurge. I love the combination of coconut and pineapple — it’s just so delicious. Even if I’m not on a tropical island or on vacation, this drink helps me pretend that I am!
I thought I’d try my hand at a piña colada-like smoothie — or what I like to call my Tropical Thai Coconut Smoothie!
I recently discovered young Thai coconuts, and I thought they would be perfect for my concoction. In addition to the Thai coconut water and pulp, I incorporated frozen pineapple, some honey (for sweetness), vanilla extract (to mimic the flavor of vanilla ice cream) and a hint of lime. And, voila, my version of a piña colada (a healthier version) was born!
You can modify the recipe by adding half of a frozen banana or one cup of kale. You can also add some rum! (which REALLY made it taste like a piña colada).
We used a Coco Jack opener to help us dismantle our Thai coconut. If you don’t have a Coco Jack opener, you can certainly use coconut water. In fact our favorite brand of coconut water can be found in our shop!
2 cups of fresh Thai coconut water (which seems to be the standard yield from a fresh Thai coconut), plus the pulp of one Thai coconut
1 cup of frozen pineapple
1 cup of ice
1/2 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon of honey
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Some optional ingredients:
1/2 frozen banana (please note, bananas are very sweet and potent, so use sparingly)
1 cup of fresh kale
Add all of the ingredients to the base of a blender (I used a Vitamix) and blend until smooth. Portion into glasses, or back into the Thai coconut, and enjoy!