Food Storage & Other Adventures in Motherhood

Pina Colada Smoothie- Creation from the Bountiful Basket Tropical Pack

by heather

The Bountiful Basket offers many ‘extras’ with your co-op produce basket. One of my favorites has been the tropical pack. This weekend it included one pineapple, one coconut, six limes, one mango, six kiwis, two vanilla beans, two sugar sticks and one plantain. In the past I have gotten papayas and more mangoes, but no kiwis or coconut. What you get will vary. We decided to turn a good part of the contents into fresh tropical smoothies. It was kind of time consuming, but a fun activity for the family.

Pina Colada Smoothie

one fresh pineapple, peel and core removed, cut into chunks and frozen for at least a few hours
one coconut
2 limes
2 bananas, peeled
1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
2 teaspoons vanilla

1. Make a hole in the coconut. Pour ‘milk’ into a blender. 2. Smash coconut and remove about half of the flesh. Puree with coconut milk. It won’t get “commercially smooth”, but you can get it to a drinkable consistency. 3. Add juice of 2 limes, vanilla, agave, bananas and pineapple chunks. 4. Add tiny umbrellas if you have them, to really feel like you’re on a tropical getaway. :)

If you don’t want to bother with fresh coconut, about a cup of coconut milk will do. And yes I suppose a can of pineapple can replace a fresh pineapple, but it’s not nearly as tasty.

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