Toasted Coconut Smoothie


This toasted coconut smoothie is like pillows of golden sunshine! Sugar-free, it’s sweetened with date and bananas. Turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla give it a hint of the exotic. Vegan and healthy – a happy start to your morning! 


  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 banana
  • juice of 1 orange (or sub the whole orange, or 1 cup pineapple)
  • 3 Medjool dates (pitted) 
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric root (or 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric)
  • 2 slices ginger (1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen (optional, for allergies, not vegan)
  • 1/2 cup nut milk
  • 2 cups ice


  1. Toast the coconut flakes in a dry skillet over medium-low heat until golden and fragrant. This is key.

  2. Place the banana, orange juice, dates, coconut, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and nut milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the ice, one cup at a time and blend unti smooth.

  3. To get smoothie to mound up like the photo, add 1/2 cup more ice.

  4. Pour coconut smoothie into a 16 ounce glass and top with toasted coconut.


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