In an attempt to get healthier I pretty much cut out all alcohol several years back except when I use it in my cooking. One of my favourite drinks was a piña colada and I got to thinking why I would deprive myself from that when I could easily make a virgin version at home. Well, it was a big hit so now I make it quite often.
Essentially, the drink is made with coconut milk, pineapple and rum. Take away the rum and you are left with the basics. It is a slushy drink but my version is more like a juice. I also found that just using pineapple and coconut alone did not work well. It definitely needs a bit of sweetener and I added some mango which made it taste just right.
Like all the other juices and smoothies, it is very quick and easy to make.
Start with 2 C of frozen mango and 2 C of frozen pineapple. If it is mango season, feel free to use 2 fresh mangos instead.
To sweeten I add 4 Tbsps of maple syrup which is all it really needs because the fruit makes it sweet enough.
Additionally, I use a 400 mL can of coconut milk. Give the can a shake before using so the creamy parts of the coconut milk blend with everything else in the can. I love a good coconut milk because it is like fresh, whole milk. There is often a top layer of coconut cream at the top. Yum!
I then add 1.5 litres of coconut water and blend well. This, like the other juices keeps for a week in the fridge (although mine lasted 2 days). If you serve it right away you can get a froth on top from the blending. It looks nice when serving.
Piña Colada Lite
2 C frozen mango
2 C frozen pineapple
1 400 mL can coconut milk
4 Tbsps maple syrup
1.5 litre coconut water
Protein 3.1 g