Exotic, earthy and healthy, this coconut sunrise smoothie will boost your day!
I know it’s been a while since my last smoothie post, but I was over my head with recipes I wanted to try and other obligations which needed my attention. Luckily, while In the middle of all those things, I had the chance to push up my energy levels with this coconut sunrise smoothie. Of course, the name comes from the well known cocktail “tequila sunrise”, only in this situation some coconut cream is used instead of tequila. Now, if someone feels the need to add a splash of tequila and turn this into a cocktail, please let me know of the results! 🙂
Actually, some time ago I was thinking of posting one smoothie recipe per month, preferably each with a different color and I’d thought of naming them accordingly. So I would have the red smoothie, the green, the yellow, and so on. But, I got a little behind, because most of the times I needed a smoothie, I ended up making my world’s best smoothie or my green smoothie that tastes good. You see, up until know, these two are my favorites due to their awesome taste!
I also wanted to make a smoothie with an earthy taste which would have some sweet potato and chestnuts as the main ingredients. After several tries I didn’t find a combination to my liking 🙁 , so I guess I’ll give this a rest for now. Though, you could say that today’s coconut and orange smoothie recipe has a certain earthy/exotic note! You see, I always try to incorporate some very healthy ingredients to my smoothies and one or two “super foods” to make them energy boosting, revitalizing and super nutritious. If you want the same thing, matcha tea, ground cinnamon, cardamom, flax seeds, nuts and oats are excellent ingredients for this job! Today's recipe has some maca powder, flax seeds and brazil nuts. Maybe that explains the earthy note I was telling you about!
This recipe uses a couple of dates for a little sweetness. I’ve noticed that if you soak them in a little hot water for 15 minutes, they blend much more easily. You can also soak them in tap water overnight.
I’ve made this smoothie several times and had some friends taste it. Some of them liked it with the mint added, and some of them liked better without it. I would suggest you first try it without the mint and then add some to see whether you like it more.
If you use a normal can of coconut cream, you’ll probably have some left. If you don’t have any other use of it, stay tuned for a delicious thai chicken recipe following!
Coconut Sunrise Smoothie
- 2 bananas
- 2 oranges, peeled and pits removed
- ½ cup coconut cream
- 2 brazil nuts
- 2 tablespoons flax seed
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 2 teaspoons grated ginger
- 2 dates, pitted and soaked in hot water for 15 minutes
- 2 tablespoon oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 5-6 fresh mint leaves, optional
- Blend all ingredients on high until very smooth
- Serve immediately
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