Coconut Milk Smoothie

This coconut milk smoothie is creamy and delicious! This plant based milk is the best way to make a dairy free smoothie.

Coconut milk smoothie

Looking for a great way to make dairy free smoothies? Try coconut milk! This plant-based milk is ideal for adding creamy body to smoothies without dairy. This Coconut Milk Smoothie is creamy and delicious, full of berry flavor with just a hint of a coconut nuance. We loved it so much, we’ve started to use this creamy liquid in many of our smoothies as a vegan alterative. In fact, it’s the perfect way to use up a can of coconut milk! Ready to get started?

Coconut milk smoothie ingredients

Here’s the thing: we usually use Greek yogurt in our smoothies to make them creamy and give us a protein boost. But what to do for dairy free? Coconut milk is a perfect stand-in for yogurt and milk in and vegan smoothies. It’s ultra creamy, and has a lovely coconut nuance to the flavor. If you’re worried about losing that protein from the yogurt, we have a few ideas for loading it on below!

This coconut milk smoothie is a spin-off on our perfect strawberry smoothie. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Frozen strawberries (or other frozen fruit: see below!)
  • Bananas (room temperature)
  • Full fat coconut milk
  • Water
  • Ice
Coconut milk

Fruity flavor variations

Now, you don’t have to make a strawberry coconut milk smoothie as we did here! The sky’s the limit when it comes to the fruit here. All you have to do is substitute the frozen strawberries with another frozen fruit. Here are some ideas for you…though we’re sure you probably have your own!

  • Blueberry: use 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • Raspberry: use 1 cup frozen raspberries and 1 cup strawberries
  • Strawberry blueberry: use 1 cup frozen blueberries and 1 cup strawberries
  • Mango: use 2 cups frozen mango
  • Pineapple: Use 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • Mango pineapple: use 1 cup frozen mango and 1 cup frozen pineapple

Add more protein to a coconut milk smoothie

As we noted above: we use Greek yogurt in smoothies to make a creamy base and load up on protein. But if you’re making a dairy free smoothie, where to get the protein? Here are some great ideas:

  • Chia seeds. Add plant-based protein and fiber with chia seeds! A quantity of 2 tablespoons chia seeds adds 4 grams protein and 11 grams fiber (see this Chia Seed Smoothie).
  • Nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter). A quantity of 1 tablespoon nut butter adds 4 grams protein. Almond or cashew butter has a more neutral flavor than peanut butter.
Coconut milk smoothie

Coconut milk nutrition

Coconut milk is a liquid that’s extracted from fresh coconut pulp. It’s got a very high fat coconut, which makes it super creamy and smooth. It’s great in smoothies, and so many other recipes: curries, soups, piña coladas, and more. Here are a few notes on the nutritional content of coconut milk (source):

  • Coconut milk is a high calorie and high fat food. 1 cup has 552 calories and 57 grams fat. However, it’s a plant based milk alternative that most professionals believe is part of a healthy diet.
  • Coconut milk has plant based protein and fiber. 1 cup has 5 grams fiber and 5 grams protein.
  • Coconut milk has lots of vitamins and nutrients. 1 cup has 110% of your daily manganese: it’s also got copper, iron and more.

Non dairy milks that work for smoothies

Looking for a lower calorie alternative to coconut milk in your smoothie recipes? No problem! There are several ideas that make great vegan and dairy free smoothies:

  • Oat milk. Oat milk is our go-to for smoothies because it’s healthy and has a great creamy texture. Try our Oat Milk Smoothie.
  • Almond milk. Almond milk is low calorie and makes a great smoothie! Try our Almond Milk Smoothie.
Coconut milk smoothie

This coconut milk smoothie is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Coconut milk smoothie

Creamy Coconut Milk Smoothie


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large or 2 small smoothies 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This coconut milk smoothie is creamy and delicious! This plant based milk is the best way to make a dairy free smoothie.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups frozen strawberries (or other frozen fruit: blueberries, mixed berries, pineapple, mango, etc)
  • 2 bananas (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, breaking the banana into pieces. Blend until creamy and frothy, stopping and scraping down the sides as necessary. 
  2. Eat immediately or store 1 day in a sealed jar; if it separates, shake to re-integrate it.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Smoothie

Keywords: Coconut milk smoothie

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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