Banana Blueberry Coconut Smoothie – Vegan + Gluten-free

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Banana Blueberry Coconut Smoothie  - Vegan + Gluten-free

I am still on a huge smoothie kick right now and I see no end in sight. For me, smoothies are the perfect after-yoga snack/breakfast that keeps me pleasantly full and satisfied until lunch. Plus I love having fun playing with different ingredients and flavors.

I definitely have my go-to ingredients when it comes to smoothies that I always seem to gravitate to, like almond milk, bananas, ground flaxseeds and/or coconut oil. I was excited to receive an email from Tropical Traditions a few weeks ago, asking if I would be willing to give their coconut oil a try, so I, of course, graciously accepted this offer. It was delivered very quickly and I immediately opened it to add to this smoothie and was very impressed with the flavor. I cannot wait to cook and bake with it more and report back my thoughts to you guys. I am also excited to host a giveaway for some of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, so look for that soon. If you are interested in purchasing coconut oil from Tropical Traditions, visit this link here. If you order by clicking on that link and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you. Oh and through midnight EDT today, Monday, July 23rd only, enter coupon code 23127 into your cart before checking out to receive a 10% OFF discount! (Coupon does not apply to Healthy Buyer’s Club discounted items. Minimum purchase of $16 applies.) Look for the giveaway very soon.

Ok, back to this delectable smoothie. This satisfying and tasty drink was so smooth and creamy from the banana and coconut oil. The blueberries gave the smoothie a really nice bright and tart flavor and a really beautiful color. I really love the great texture from the shredded coconut flakes and ground flaxseeds, I have found that I like a little bit of texture in my smoothies, feel free to leave either or both of these out, if you wish.  Besides the texture, ground flaxseeds are great in smoothies because they work as a thickener and the bonus is all of the added benefits of flaxseeds, like the Omega-3 essential fatty acids. These “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s. Plus of course, the wonderful fiber. The list of benefits goes on and on too, what more can you ask for in a little seed? I tend to find smoothies that I add flaxseeds to, also tend to keep me fuller and satisfied a bit longer.

I personally found this smoothie to be plenty sweet on it’s own with no sweetener, I just added 3 drops of liquid stevia to offset some of the tartness from the berries. If it isn’t sweet enough for you, feel free to add any sweetener of your choice like maple syrup, medjool dates, raw honey, etc. If you wish, you can top your smoothie with a small sprinkle of shredded coconut, I actually had meant to, but totally forgot. Definitely would have been nice in the photos, but by the time I remembered, I was halfway through the smoothie, oh well.

What are your favorite things to add to smoothies?

 

Banana Blueberry Coconut Smoothie  - Vegan + Gluten-free


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1 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free July 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I always add some sort of green to my smoothie! it’s just a great way to put some veggies in my diet :D and tasty!

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2 ingrid July 24, 2012 at 3:51 am

The purple colour is so nice! Love love love smoothies. I also add grounded flax seeds or chia seeds. I recently discovered the goji berry powder, so i add that one. Basil, mint leaves.

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3 tastyyummies July 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Yum, I forget about adding basil and mint, both of which I have a ton of growing in my backyard. Ooh I also need to try goji berry powder, too. Never bought it before. Thanks for sharing.

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4 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy July 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

that looks SO delicious and refreshing! i loveeee smoothies:) I’ll have to try it with coconut oil next time! great post!

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5 tastyyummies July 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Thanks Caralyn, I have been smoothie obsessed. The last two days I made this smoothie but since I am out of berries I added in 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder instead. Chocolate Banana Coconut. Soo sinful. Soo yummy.

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6 Allen November 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I like to add lots and lots of stuff to my smoothies – definitely always spinach or kale plus the superfoods – usually acai/flax/chia. I want to add as much as I can without changing the taste of the smoothie :)

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