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Author:           March 29, 2019
Categories: Smoothies    

This vibrant smoothie tastes ultra rich and luxurious. The fresh blueberries are super healthy. If you use both coconut milk and shredded coconut, it gives a lovely tropical taste to this very simple to make smoothie.

Fresh blueberry and coconut smoothie in a glass garnished with blueberries, shredded coconut and fresh stevia leaves
Image by: Thora Toft

Prep time: 10 to 20 minutes Makes: 2 servings Difficulty: Easy

Gluten free Dairy free option Egg free Grain free Soy free

Smoothies are a great breakfast alternative to eat when you go gluten free and additive free, and need to avoid cereal.

Avoid commercial juices. Most of them are actually cooked, so won't qualify as raw food at all. Also, many are actually not even remotely fresh, and can be as old as a year old. The manufacturers are also allowed to use flavorings in these juices that do not need to be listed on the label.

Optionally you can sweeten this with stevia. The stevia I'm referring to is the concentrated stevia extract or powder with absolutely no other fillers or ingredients, preferably organic. This is a processed product, and some people get a negative reaction to it, or don't like it. But it's worth trying it if you're looking to reduce your sugar intake. Avoid using the stevia blends that are popular, as they contain a lot of fillers, additives, flavorings and sugar, that can cause digestive upset.

You can also use organic dried and ground stevia leaf, or make a sweet water with it by brewing it like coffee and then reducing the liquid by boiling it.

All ingredients should be organic, and packaged items should be labeled gluten free, and contain no food additives.

See Notes section below the recipe for some ingredient substitutions, and instructions on how to make some of your own ingredients from scratch.

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Ingredients:
2 cups Milk of choice
1 cup Fresh blueberries
1/4 cup Shredded coconut
Optional Ingredients:
1 tablespoon Honey, raw and unfiltered
  OR
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon Stevia extract powder or liquid (no fillers or additives)
1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
Coconut cream, to drizzle
Directions:
  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender, and blend on high speed until smooth.
  • Top with a drizzle of creamed coconut and sprinkle with some shredded coconut.
Substitutions and Notes:
  • Milk: For the milk, you can use any of the following. Each one will provide a bit different taste, so try several to find what you like the best, or simply switch them around to get a variety of nutrients over different days:
    Milk
    Cream
    Plain yogurt
    Fresh coconut water
    Fresh coconut milk
    Fresh nut milk
  • Berries: You can use any berries you want, such as strawberries or raspberries or mix them up.
  • Coconut: I'd recommend using fresh coconut and make your own shredded coconut. I'll discuss two ways of preparing it for this smoothie.
    • Cut the coconut meat out of the coconut. Use a grater or mandolin to shred the coconut. You can use is just like that on your smoothie. This gives a lovely fresh coconut crunch to your smoothie.
    • You can also lay the shredded coconut on a cookie sheet and put it under the broiler in the oven. Stir it occasionally, and watch it very closely. It will take 2 to 6 minutes to toast, depending on your oven. This can be sprinkled on fruit or even on a stir fry. Keep both types of shredded coconut in a sealed jar, and store in the fridge, and use within about 3 to 4 days.
  • Dairy free: Choose a non dairy liquid to use in place of the milk.
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