Sometimes I like to put simple ingredients in my blender to see what whips up. This delicious, raw energy drink was the result of my latest “throw things in a blender” experiment. This is not a smoothie, but a thick, milk-like energy drink with coconut, banana and ginger. It is perfect if you are looking for a raw vegan version of milk, or simply want a spicy-sweet drink on a cold day. It is a perfect, all natural energy drink. It does have lots of carbohydrates and almost 400 calories, so it might not be the best for weight loss. Add a little protein powder for a meal replacement shake.
I used one teaspoon of ginger, then I added a tiny bit more. You can also mix other spices into this like clove, cinnamon, nutmeg or even cacao. There are a lot of variations you can do. Add some powdered maca for even more energy!
You don’t have to put greens in everything, but this recipe is also good for sneaking those extra leafy greens. Banana and ginger will mask just about anything you put in there, I added spinach, but you can add kale instead.
Coconut-Banana-Ginger Energy Drink
- 1/2 cup young Thai coconut meat (or 1/4 cup shredded coconut)
- 2 bananas, peeled
- 1 teaspoon ginger (more or less for taste)
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 8 ounces of coconut water
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
For a colder smoothie, either add a couple ice cubes or use frozen bananas.
Folate: 230.3 mcg
Calcium: 12% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
This drink is rich in vitamin B6 and is also a good source of copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, vitamin C and B vitamins including folate, niacin, riboflavin and B5.
Serving Size: One.
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.