My first post in the New Year is this amazingly creamy and dreamy Piña Colada Smoothie (sans rum – sorry!). I spent most of my holidays this year in the magical land of Hawaii and I must admit I am having a bit of a hard time adjusting to minus 30 degree weather here in Winnipeg. This smoothie I created over a month ago foreshadowed some of the delicious fresh fruit (pineapples, bananas, coconut) and Piña Colada’s that were to be enjoyed under the warm sun and towering palm trees and alongside white sandy beaches with the most beautiful ocean water I have ever experienced. Needless to say I was dreaming of these wonderful days spent in Honolulu when I re-made and perfected this smoothie this past weekend.

There are a few secrets to make this smoothie all it can be, in both taste and nutrition. First, use frozen fruit if you can; either buying frozen fruit or freezing fresh. Blending frozen fruit will create a much better texture and provide extra Piña Colada vibes. The second secret is the ingredient…cauliflower! I realize adding cauliflower to your smoothie may feel strange, but trust me, you will not taste it and your body will reap it’s many health benefits. I steamed the cauliflower and then froze it. But again, you can buy already frozen cauliflower too. Since cold smoothies may not appeal to you in the cold winter months I added cinnamon and vanilla for a hint of warmth. Bananas are not a traditional Piña Colada ingredient either but they add wonderful creaminess and sweetness to all smoothies.

You can easily turn this smoothie into a smoothie bowl by topping it with extra fruit of your choice and dried coconut shavings.

I hope you give this one a try and let your taste buds transport you to a tropical place.

Ciao,

Sarah

Piña Colada Smoothie

Serves: 1
Prep/Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 small ripe banana, preferably frozen
1 cup pineapple, preferably frozen
1 cup cooked cauliflower florets, frozen or cold
1/4 cup canned coconut milk, full fat (add more if desired)
1/4 cup plain Greek yoghurt
1 date
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

Note: If using fresh (not frozen) fruit, add ice cubes until you reach your desired consistency.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Combine all ingredients into blender and blend at high speed until smooth and creamy.

Note: Turn this smoothie into a smoothie bowl by topping it with extra fruit of your choice and dried coconut shavings.