I was so very excited to hear of a smoothie contest by Kathy over at lunchboxbunch. It’s one of my fav blogs. She always has awesome recipes and her pictures are absolutely gorgeous. And my all time favourite smoothie creation is one of hers (Spirulina Shake). The contest sounds fun on it’s own – making a smoothie recipe, taking some fun pics and sharing it. But there is a super fantastic grand prize!!! A vitamix! I’ve had my eye on one of these beauties for several years, I’ve really been wanting one.
So I thought it would be fun to enter the contest and I quite like the way my smoothie came out!
It’s not a green smoothie. I love my green smoothies, but I wanted to come up with something a little different. Enter coconuts! They are a lot easier to come across now that I live in Northern California so I thought I would take advantage of it =)
1 coconut (pour out the juice & spoon out as much of the meat as possible)
1/4 cup of cashews (soaked for an hour)
2 tbsp of cashew butter
2 tbsp of shredded coconut
1 banana (frozen if you want it thicker)
the juice of half of a lime and some of the zest (1/2 tsp)
1 tsp of lacuma powder
1 vanilla bean (scrape the inside of the bean)
**Side note – I recommend pouring the coconut water into a bowl before pouring it into the blender on the off chance that you knock your blender over while trying to scoop in coconut meat… *sigh*
Mmmm coconut-y deliciousness.
It was pretty fun getting the smoothie ready, using an actual coconut instead of just buying pre-packaged coconut milk proved to be a bit of work, but it’s totally worth it!
It was such a beautiful day today, that I thought I’d pack up my smoothie and enjoy it by the beach!
I kind of made it a Hawaiian theme. My hubby and I were supposed to take a trip there last year for our honeymoon (we’ve been postponing it for a few years now haha), but we moved to California instead. So I thought I’d bring a little Hawaii to me =)
I like this little collage – but here are the pics in case you can’t see them all that well in collage format.
Well, wish me luck! I would love to win the vitamix… especially since I sadly broke my blender a few months back
Have a great rest of the weekend!
A big thanks to Bill & Di for helping with the picture taking!!