Shake Up Your Wake Up with this fun and fruity Blueberry, Banana and Coconut Smoothie.
Jon has been trying to get me in to smoothies for as long as I can remember. Back in the noughties, when he was at uni, a smoothie bar opened up on campus. He became obsessed with their “breakfast smoothies” which were made with oats and yogurt as a base, the fruit then thrown on top. I could never really get behind them. I just wasn’t a huge fan of thick, creamy drinks. But, since whipping them up myself that has all changed.
It being that time of year where we all talk about how we are going to eat better, trim down and be healthier I thought I would get the blender out again and start whipping up smoothies for our breakfasts. I updated my Raspberry Smoothie with some flash new photos (check it out here) and posted a new recipe for Raspberry, Mango and Chia Seed Smoothie earlier this month. After a couple of weeks drinking the bright pink drinks in place of the pastries and chocolate I’d enjoyed over Christmas, I found myself feeling a lot more energetic in the morning.
I soon, however, found myself getting a bit bored and that’s when I remembered a Banana and Coconut Smoothie I first made back in 2013 which was lurking somewhere on the blog. I made a tweak here and there and now had a third, delicious, fruit filled smoothie recipe to enjoy in the morning.
Blueberry Banana and Coconut Smoothie
I wanted to start with that same yogurt and oat base that the smoothie bar used all those years ago. It’s important to have dairy in your diet to get enough calcium which the yogurt dutifully provides here. Beyond that, natural yogurt is also fantastic for your digestive health. Without going into the gory details it provides good bacteria which help your gut. It’s also full of protein which will help to satisfy your appetite along with the filling oats.
I then add a few splashes of coconut water not only for that tropical taste, but to improve the consistency of the drink. Bananas are included for the many varied nutrients and vitamins contained within, not to mention the fantastic silky texture they add to the drink. Finally, blueberries provide sweetness as well as fibre, potassium, folate, vitamin C and vitamin B6.
A whizz up in a good blender will produce a delicious, creamy smoothie full of goodness which will help keep you full until lunchtime.
- 100ml coconut water
- 100ml natural yogurt
- 2 bananas (sliced)
- 150g fresh blueberries
- 4 tbsp rolled oats
- (Extra blueberries and coconut flesh to garnish)
- Pour the coconut water and natural yogurt into your blender.
- Next add the sliced bananas, blueberries and rolled oats.
- Blitz the mix on high until smooth.
- Pour into the glasses of your choice and garnish with blueberries and coconut chunks.
If you prefer your smoothies a little thicker then simply add more yogurt. If you prefer them thin, like I do, then add a splash or two more of coconut water. It’s up to you! If you find yourself with a bunch of incredibly sour blueberries (like I often have) a spoon of honey will help sweeten up the drink.
So there we have it, a quick and easy recipe for a breakfast smoothie. Can you think of a better way to start the day? What’s your favourite fruit to use in a smoothie? Let me know in the comments below.
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I’m sharing this recipe as part of #BrilliantBreaksfasts with Andrea from Made with Pink. Click the image below to find the linky.
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