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Raspberry Coconut Smoothie

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Raspberry Coconut Smoothie

Raspberry Coconut Smoothie Recipe.

© 2012 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

This smoothie is one of my all-time favorites; it's rich, creamy, flavorful, and so lovely and bright. And healthy, too; prepared with fruit, coconut yogurt, nut milk, and just a touch of optional sweetener. And, it's suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan diets. Pretty great.

Feel free to add some protein powder (make sure it's vegan, dairy-free, or gluten-free if these are important to you) for an after workout snack, or toss in other berries, an extra banana, or even a bit of cocoa powder or dark chocolate shavings to change things up. Check out some of the suggested variations below if you're interested in add a little more to your smoothie!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 generous smoothies

Ingredients:

Preparation:

1. Place the raspberries, banana, and coconut milk yogurt in a blender an blend well. Add in the coconut or almond milk, a little at a time (and adding more than the 1 cup if desired), until the smoothie is as thick or thin as you like it! Add the sweetener to taste and serve immediately, garnishing with shredded coconut.

Suggested Variations:

  • Amazing Chocolate: Add a swirl of Chocolate Syrup after you've blended everything in the blender. Top with a few tablespoons of dark chocolate chunks.
  • Cashew-It: Add 1/2 cup of finely ground raw cashews to the mixture and blend it in until creamy.
  • Go Bananas: Add in an extra banana or two to add in even more banana flavor and sweetness to the smoothie. Add in a bit more almond milk or coconut milk to the desired consistency.
  • Mix it Up: Use only 1 cup of frozen raspberries, and add in 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries and 1/2 cup frozen blackberries.
  • Protein Punch: Add in a scoop of dairy-free, vegan protein powder, such as Spiru-Tein Vanilla Soy Powder. If you use an unsweetened variety, sweeten accordingly. Add in a few extra tablespoons of almond or coconut milk to keep the smoothie smooth!
    • **This recipe is suitable for dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, vegan, and gluten-free and wheat-free diets, but as with any recipe intended for persons with allergies or dietary restrictions, make sure to read all nutritional labels carefully to make sure that there are no hidden dairy-derived ingredients (or gluten, egg, soy or wheat ingredients, if these apply to you) If you decide to go with the protein variation above, pay close attention to ingredients in the protein powder.
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