14 March, 2016

Piña colada Smoothie (Vegan)

When the mercury is rising, there's nothing better than a nice drink to chill and feel better.

And what could be nicer than a tropical holiday drink that instantly conjures up an image of relaxing under the coconut palms, with the mesmerizing sounds of the waves.....






If you like coconut and pineapple, then this is just the smoothie to try.



In a healthy avatar (and vegan, to boot!) this uses freshly prepared fruit without any added ice.


A fresh and seasonal burst of energy-giving nourishment for those young minds of kids who might be slaving away for their exams, which are going on right now in my city. ;)



But if you wish, feel free to use ice or frozen fruit (frozen banana slices will make it creamier in fact!). Add before the blitz.



Replace the tender coconut water (and/or flesh) with coconut milk for an even richer version!



Ingredients (For two large servings):

Fresh, tender-coconut flesh*  – 1/2 cup (I used the entire contents of one medium-sized tender coconut)
Fresh, tender-coconut water – 1 cup
Fresh Pineapple pieces – 1 cup
Fresh Banana – 1, sliced
Honey – 1 Tablespoon, or to taste (not required if the ingredients are quite sweet)

*(locally referred to as "malai" - the creamy, solid part from a medium tender coconut.)



Tender coconut water.


Method:

Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend till creamy. Serve immediately.
Note:  Do not store. (The tender coconut is very perishable, flavour-wise, and of course, nutritionally speaking, as well). 


Enjoy!

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