Coconut Smoothie, Two Ways

Breakfast, Drinks


I dig it in my desserts, pancakes, drinks – with or without a lil’ alcohol. I kinda like it a whole lot.

And I’m pretty sure it didn’t even start with me eating coconut one day and loving it; but actually began with that scene in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ when Young Mary tells Young George that she doesn’t like coconut, and him totally appalled at such an ignorant statement, retorts with, “Say brainless, don’tchu know where coconuts come from?” He tells her how they come from Tahiti and the Fiji Islands, and goes on about how when he grows up he’s gonna go exploring and travel the world and go to islands that no one in Bedford Falls had ever even dreamed could exist. And with that nerdy response about coconuts, Young Mary falls in love. If I remember correctly she even whispers her sentiments for him in his “deaf” ear. I think–as a nine-year old in my Christmas PJs–I fell in love with him a little, too.

So yeah, basically the whole reason I love coconut–and this blog post exists–is thanks to Young George Bailey.

I think we should start with the most annoying thing about handling a young coconuts: opening it…

It’s actually pretty easy. I’ve seen it done a few ways but I think this is the easiest–at least for me anyway.

Step #1: You have your coconut! Kewl. Next, grab a sharp knife.

Step #2: Put the coconut on its side and cut off the skin, slicing toward the top of the coconut, until you reach the shell (like pictured).

Step #3: Not really a step. Just a picture of what you’re gonna use next – the butt of your knife.

Step #4: With the butt of the knife, hit the coconut (kinda hard!) at a 45 degree. Do this a couple of times all the way around the coconut. Open the “lid” using your knife and….

It’ll look like this:

Easy enough. Moving on…

The first juice I’m sharing today was inspired by a coconut carrot juice I had from Pressed Juicery–so good!

I actually have no idea what they put in theres but I figured I’d make mine this way.

Just some fresh carrot juice, coconut water, the meat from the coconut, vanilla extract and cinnamon.

Creamy, delicious, healthy and sweet. It’s awesome.

I’ve been making this kale and coconut smoothie for a few weeks now. I’m so in love with it. There’s a good amount of banana–which makes it nice and thick–agave, coconut water and meat, ice and a bunch of kale. When I drink this I imagine my hair looking prettier and skin glowing. I’m kinda positive that kale is the “make you pretty” vegetable. So drink up!

Coconut Smoothie, Two Ways

Print this sorta recipes!

Coconut Kale Smoothie

1 1/2 cup kale, chopped
2 bananas
2 teaspoons agave syrup
1 young coconut, meat and juice
Handful of ice

1. Place everything in a blender and process until completely smooth, about 2-3 minutes. (My blender is kind of crappy and I literally had to run it this long to get everything smooth–yours might not take as long.)

Coconut Carrot Juice

1 cup fresh carrot juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 young coconut, meat and juice

1. Place everything in the blender and process until completely smooth, about 1-2 minutes.

Yields 1 big Smoothie and Juice

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  • Reply Hither and Thither Girls April 13, 2012 at 2:11 am

    When I move to hawaii and have fresh coconuts to batter and eat greedily, this recipe will be top of my list! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 13, 2012 at 4:15 am

    I need to find me a young coconut!!

  • Reply Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau April 13, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Since you make it look so easy, I’m willing to have another go round with those coconuts. The last time I tried opening one, there was a lot of hacking and cursing going on in the kitchen. I’ve seen that carrot coconut juice and been intrigued, so that’s the motivator. Crossing my fingers that I keep them all!

  • Reply chefroommate April 13, 2012 at 5:03 am

    I love the idea that kale is a “make you feel pretty” kind of vegetable! These smoothies sound lovely and deliciously – I’ll have to give them a good try soon!

  • Reply Andrea April 13, 2012 at 6:35 am

    I LOVE that scene! Oh, George Bailey. Thank you for the lovely smoothie recipes!

  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks April 13, 2012 at 6:53 am

    I love coconut and your smoothies look so refreshing and lovely!

  • Reply Callie April 13, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I don’t mean to be the annoying commenter that asks about substituting a crucial ingredient buuut… what would you suggest to sub out the young coconut (seeing as I live in Canada and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a young coconut)? A combination of coconut flakes and coconut milk? Or would it just be kind of waste to even try?

    • Reply Adrianna April 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

      Canned coconut milk could work. You could also buy coconut water–which comes in a can or package!

  • Reply Emily @ She Makes and Bakes April 13, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Not really a fan of coconut, but I love that you explained/showed how to open it. From everything I’ve seen, it’s not an easy task…although you make it look that way!

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou April 13, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Coconut + Kale: that’s’ the way to go!!!!
    One of my fav smoothie. I also like to add a bit of spirulina to enhance the green.

  • Reply Dana B @ thebakingbooth April 13, 2012 at 8:31 am

    My 6 yo just pointed out the cylinders and cubes in your post πŸ™‚ Thanks for the math reinforcement and great recipes!

    • Reply Adrianna April 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Ha! Glad I could help. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Carissa April 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Those both look delicious. We had a regular coconut that I bought with great intentions, but it sat on our counter for maybe 4 months. It dried up inside & when we cracked it open it stank horribly. Can’t wait to try again with a fresher coconut!

  • Reply Lauren Bux April 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Something I learned on the beach in the Caribbean…those young coconuts are pretty yummy filled with a little rum after you drink the milk out of them πŸ˜‰

    Your juices look incredible! So vibrant and fresh – they’re screaming get ready for summer!

    • Reply Adrianna April 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Pro-tip alert! πŸ™‚

  • Reply kale @ tastes good to me! April 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Beautiful! The combinations are so original. Way to work that young coconut!

  • Reply Margarita April 13, 2012 at 11:31 am

    You are lovely! I grew up in the Philippines and we always had fresh coconut there. Nothing beats fresh coconut juice right out of a nice coconut! I love that you are using a real coconut!!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Elizabeth April 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I love coconut and kale! I bet this was delicious.

  • Reply mellissa @ ibreatheimhungry April 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I LOVE young coconuts! I love drinking the water, and I love making all kinds of treats with the meat! When I was doing raw years ago I would make ice cream with it and even noodles for pad thai which I really want to do again for my low carb thing but I live in rural SC and a young coconut is about as easy to find as a baby seal steak. Totally jealous of your smoothies, they look awesome and super healthy!

    • Reply Adrianna April 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Noodles from coconut? That’s way interesting. I’m super intrigued.

  • Reply erin @WELL in L.A. April 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you for the coconut juice inspirations! Carrot juice + fresh almond milk + chai spices is divine, btw. I had no idea that spices & carrots could be such a wonderful pairing.

  • Reply Leisa April 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I applaud your use of coconut!!

    The best coconut I’ve ever tasted was in Costa Rica–we had just trekked through the jungle and come out onto the beach at the edge of Manuel Antonio national park, and there was a man selling coconut water straight from the coconut. Nothing tastes quite like the water from a freshly-opened coconut enjoyed in the hot sun… but these recipes may just come close!! I’m looking forward to trying them out soon!

    • Reply Adrianna April 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      I’m pretty sure you just described heaven.

  • Reply Megan @ Culinary Chops April 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Wow. I must say that I’m pretty afraid/kind of want to try some smoothies made with coconut! and I agree with the kale comment. I would love to see you share more kale recipes here!

    Great post!

  • Reply Barb Bamber April 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Well done, today! I love your photos and the explanation for opening up coconuts and your refreshing smoothies! Do you do something with the meat of the coconut as well?

    • Reply Adrianna April 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Oh the meat is thrown into both of the smoothies! I use everything!

  • Reply Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb April 14, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Thats an ecellent idea!! Cant wait for more tender coconuts in the next days to try your carrit coconut smoothie

  • Reply The Improvinista April 14, 2012 at 11:48 am

    What a great twist on the coconut smoothie + love the photos! I’m off to the store to get my paws on some coconuts. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply Elizabeth April 14, 2012 at 11:56 am

    This looks great, I’m not a big fan of coconut but you make it look really good!
    I might just try this. =)
    GB2 God Bless, Go Bake!!!

  • Reply the wanna be country girl April 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Great looking smoothies, and your photos are wonderful. I love those chunky ice cubes too. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ashley M April 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Off topic but… you have picture perfect ice cubes.

    • Reply Adrianna April 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      The ice cube tray I use is appropriately called: The Perfect Ice Cube. They’re pretty!

  • Reply The Cozy Herbivore April 15, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Wow, these look delicious and so beautiful! In addition to being incredibly yummy, coconut is also super good for you– all of that healthy fat makes my skin glow. I’m a coconut fiend myself. I can’t wait to try these smoothies, they look just the thing for a bright spring morning!

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) April 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    YUM! This looks so good! Makes sense that carrot and coconut would work wonders together–think of carrot cake πŸ™‚

  • Reply Martha @ Weekend Doings April 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Those smoothies look delicious. I grew up drinking coconut water and eating the meat with lemon sea salt and pepper flakes. Very tasty!. So this is a new way of using young coconut meat. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Marie April 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Yum…I love coconut anything! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rachel @ The Avid Appetite April 17, 2012 at 8:47 am

    these are beautiful! I’ve never even thought about working with a real, whole coconut. Perhaps something I need to add to my repetoire!

  • Reply Let Me Eat Cake April 17, 2012 at 10:33 am

    i’ve always been too scared to crack open a coconut but you make it look so easy! carrot coconut smoothie sounds super yum!

  • Reply M.K. April 19, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I bought a young coconut from my favourite donut place last night (they also have tortas, tamales and Chinese food…i.e. heaven is real) and made the carrot/coconut smoothie. THANK YOU for introducing me to this, one of the best things I’ve ever had in liquid form, seriously.

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