Green pina colada breakfast bowl – this tropical bliss in a bowl tastes like ice cream and is as healthy, as it’s delicious.
This is by no means an Irish recipe, but it’s our small tribute to St. Patrick’s day (at least we got the color right), and I promise the little Leprechauns are going to lick their bowls clean!
This green pina colada breakfast bowl isn’t just healthy – it tastes like tropical ice-cream, or soft serve, rather. It’s denser than your typical smoothie, and creamier because of the cashews nuts. The color comes from fresh baby spinach, which is so mild it easily gets masked by the stronger pineapple and coconut flavors.
Spinach is a fantastic way to sneak greens into your kid’s breakfast. I mean, what child on earth will even think of trying a splotch of cooked limp greens, let alone eat it. What a preposterous thought! Not to mention that offensive, green color – the most unappetizing color of all! And it gets worse as kids get older. Or, I hope, it’s more of a bell-shaped curve, and at some point it will get better…
Spinach however, does the trick beautifully. And if you take some time to decorate the bowl with yummy toppings, it will get even easier. Once the little ones taste a spoonful of this tropical bliss, they might even forget to ask you ‘why is it green‘.
Nothing screams ‘tropical’ more than the combination of coconut and pineapple. That pina colada taste is enough to send you daydreaming of a nice hot beach, and stir some vacation ideas in your head (and it’s just about time to do so!) Not to mention that this bowl of green goodness is a great way to start your day. Due to the fiber, and good fat, it will keep you full and energized till lunch time.
I have made this with young coconut meat, but good young coconuts are such a hit or miss where I live, and I’ve had inconsistent results, so instead of young coconut meat, I started using dry, unsweetened coconut flakes. If you have a power blender like Vitamix or Blendtec, it will get pulverized into a fluffy cream. Because there isn’t much fluid, you will have to use your blender’s tamper to get it going, and process for a minute or so until super creamy.
I hope you sneak this treat as a breakfast, and enjoy it not just for St. Patrick’s.
Green pina colada breakfast bowl - this tropical bliss in a bowl tastes like ice cream and is as healthy, as it's delicious.
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup cashew nuts (soaked for at least 4 hours)
- 1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple
- 1/2 cup frozen mango (optional)
- 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
- 1 date , pitted
- 2 Tbs vanilla protein powder of choice
Place all ingredients in a blender (preferably Vitamix or Blendtec), and blend for a minute until all ingredients are pulverized into a thick cream.
Top with any combination of fresh fruit, nuts, granola, toasted coconut, etc. and serve immediately.