Restricted Diets: Strawberry Coconut Smoothie

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This post is part of our restricted diet series from Beth of Tasty Yummies!

I love spring so much. It means things are back to growing again, the trees are blooming, fruits and vegetables start sprouting. Since moving to California last month, I am pleasantly surprised at how much earlier this process starts here. Strawberries have been everywhere for weeks and I even got a bunch in our CSA this past week. I was craving a delicious smoothie featuring my favorite berry combined with some creamy coconut milk. This smoothie is simple to make and so full of flavor, plus it is quite satisfying and filling. Of course it is also gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, sugar-free and nut-free, the perfect treat for anyone and everyone!

BONUS: This mixture also makes great frozen fruit pops. Instead of enjoying as a smoothie, after blending just pour the mixture into your popsicle molds and chill for a minimum of 4 hours or until completely solid.

strawberry smoothie

Strawberry Coconut Smoothie

makes 1 large serving or 2 small

1 cup fresh organic strawberries, hulled

1 frozen organic banana

3/4 cup organic coconut milk, canned (light or full fat)*

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1/2 cup ice cold cold water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Unsweetened shredded coconut for sprinkling on top

Add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

*Note – Look for a non-BPA containing canned coconut milk, if you can.

strawberry smoothie

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Comments

Meghan -May 2, 2013, 9:29AM

The funny part of this is that I’m allergic to strawberries ;)

fp julia -May 2, 2013, 9:49AM

Awww! well you could substitute the strawberries with another fruit and I’m sure it would still be delicious!

Beth @ Tasty Yummies -May 2, 2013, 11:08AM

Meghan! Bummer on the strawberries, but yes as Julia said, you can definitely use other fruit. Mango, pineapple, peach, etc – Or you could just go without and have a coconut banana smoothie.

Anais -May 2, 2013, 1:14PM

Julia, what’s “non-BPA”? Sorry I’m French !

Beth @ Tasty Yummies -May 2, 2013, 2:09PM

Anais – BPA, is Bisphenol-A, is a chemical that is primarily used in the production of plastics but is also found in the linings of many canned goods (among other things) here in the US. I am not too sure about the cans in France, however. You’ll want to look into that. Research has suggested a link with BPA to both breast and prostate cancer. It’s also been linked to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, behavior problems and reproductive disorders (like miscarriage and birth defects). This chemical is a known endocrine (hormone) disrupter. Basically: BPA is bad stuff. I for one try to avoid it whenever possible.

Olivia -May 2, 2013, 6:49PM

I didn’t have any coconut milk so i used vanilla coconut milk ice cream and 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla extract and it was fantastic! I will definitely be making this again!!

Anais -May 2, 2013, 7:03PM

Ah thanks Beth! I actually live in Ireland now, but I know it’s the same thing in Europe…Very bad stuff in plastic and canned goods. I don’t about BPA here though, I should look it up. It is bad!!

Tiara -May 2, 2013, 8:11PM

Looks so yummy and healthy.. I will try to make it some time.

Lia -May 3, 2013, 4:11PM

Love coconut milk, but sadly I am allergic to strawberries. I created a sort of a spin-off version of this smoothie, substituting almond milk for coconut and blackberries or blueberries for the strawberries. Since these berries are a bit tarter than strawberries, I added 1/2 a tbsp of light agave nectar to sweeten.

Beth @ Tasty Yummies -May 7, 2013, 8:34PM

Olivia and Lia – so glad to hear you guys enjoyed this recipe, even with your substitutions and tweaks. Love a recipe that can be versatile and work on lots of different levels. Thanks so much for sharing!

Annamarie -June 3, 2013, 10:20AM

I used raspberries instead of strawberries and the smoothie was absolutely delicious!

topdiablo3 -July 2, 2013, 4:22AM

Since these berries are a bit tarter than strawberries, I added 1/2 a tbsp of light agave nectar to sweeten.

kayla -July 10, 2013, 12:49PM

I tried this for myself, my toddler and 9 month old. It was delicious!!! I did change it a tad and used ice cubes rather than ice cold water, didn’t add the vanilla (though I wish I had now!) And put in about half a cup of cabbage (magic veg!!). It was amazing, couldn’t even taste that there was cabbage in it ;). Thanks for the great recipe!! (I might even try making it for my husband when he’s not looking lol)

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