Strawberry, Coconut & Lime Smoothie

Strawberry, Coconut & Lime Smoothie
I have no words to express how excited I am that locally grown organic strawberries are starting to pop up around where I live! My farmers market is loaded with the bright colors, fresh scents, and the delicate greens of spring right now, which has me swooning and pouring out my wallet at each booth I encounter. I think I need a farmers market shopping buddy to hold my wallet while I’m there. Seriously, I cannot be trusted! I often come home loaded down with more produce than the four of us can eat in a week and I find myself having to carefully plan out clever ways to use it all up before it goes to waste. That is where this smoothie comes in.

Faced with an overabundance of strawberries that could only last so long in my fridge, I knew that simply snacking on them wouldn’t be enough. I peered through my cabinets and decided that a smoothie would be the best way to not only be sure those beautiful berries wouldn’t go to waste or wind up chilling out in the freezer. (Not that I have anything against the freezer!)

Strawberry, Coconut & Lime Smoothie
During my pantry hunt I found a few cans of light coconut milk, raw cashews and shelled hemp hearts. There were some limes hanging out in the fruit bowl and I knew there just happened to be a few bunches worth of bananas in the freezer for quick smoothies like these.

The first time I whipped one of these up for myself and the kids we were all hopelessly hooked. The blender has been whirling now every morning and afternoon for days now. If you’re as excited about spring strawberries as I am, you’ll want to add this smoothie to your must-make list immediately!

Strawberry, Coconut & Lime Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 smoothies

Strawberry, Coconut & Lime Smoothie

Have an abundance of strawberries in the fridge? No worries! This smoothie is the perfect way to use them up.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup canned light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for 2-4 hours, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon hemp hearts, optional

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in your blender in the order listed above. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides of the blender if necessary. Pour into two glasses and top each with 1/2 teaspoon of hemp hearts, if desired.

Notes

If your blender seems to be struggling to blend the ingredients you can add more coconut milk 1/4 cup at a time until it runs smoothly.

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About Meg

Meg van der Kruik is the blogger, photographer, and recipe developer behind Beard & Bonnet, a gluten-free vegetarian blog that celebrates style, design, food, and family.   Read more from Meg →

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Comments

  1. says

    I need to get into using coconut milk in smoothies, it just adds that tropical feel to them! I also have some hemp hearts waiting to be used, but I’m afraid to use them, so this seems like the perfect way to start : )

    • Meg van der Kruik says

      Abby, you are going to love the hemp hearts in this smoothie. They add such a great little nutty bite:)

    • Meg van der Kruik says

      Yes Alexis, SLURRRRRRPPPP!!! I have been slurping on these smoothies for days now and I cannot get enough.

  2. Julia Mueller says

    I’m psyched about all the farmers markets opening up for the season, too! There’s nothing like a sweet, juicy strawberry, and I always have to pick them up from the market. Like you, they tend to end up in my mouth before I can do anything with them, but this smoothie looks so tasty, I’ll definitely have to snag some extra strawberries to stick in it! I’ve still never put cashews in a smoothie and I love the idea. Protein for bk? Don’t mind if I do! Everything about this smoothie is sublime, my dear!!

  3. says

    Ooooh this sounds wonderful! I have been on a smoothie kick recently, and have been trying out lots of different ones, this sounds lovely and refreshing. I am so jealous you can enjoy local strawberries, I hope to someday grow my own! Yum yum! So good for you too, and they taste incredible when they are fresh.

    • Meg van der Kruik says

      I hope the fruit starts rolling in for you here soon! Although this works great with frozen berries too that have been thawed slightly.

  4. says

    This screams summer deliciousness! I have yet to try coconut milk in my smoothies. I currently use unsweetened almond milk, but the extra fat would be good for me, and you can never go wrong with coconut. ;)

    • Meg van der Kruik says

      I used to only use almond milk in my smoothies too, but I am so grateful for the happy accident of purchasing a few cans of light coconut milk by mistake. Its a must now in my morning smoothie.

    • Meg van der Kruik says

      Lily, I don’t know why, but sometimes my blender goes into hiding too. It’s like I forget about it ir something. I finally just gave it a home on the counter and now I use it all of the time.

  5. says

    The best is when you walk into a supermarket and can smell the strawberries from across the room!! That’s how you know they’re good. I just bought some this week as well and now I can wait to get all smoothie on them! these flavors sounds so perfect together.

    • Meg van der Kruik says

      It’s smoothie time Joanne!!! I totally agree, there isn’t anything better then the scent of fresh strawberries wafting across the room.

  6. Robin says

    The organic strawberries are on sale multiple places here this week, so I can’t wait to make this! Ever since I saw a Vitamix person make a smoothie with lime, I do it his way now. If you’ve got organic limes, just take a tiny wedge, flesh and rind and throw it in! Now, I keep a lime in the freezer and cut off a sliver and add it to my smoothies whenever I want limey flavor. You get a big lime taste and it’s so easy! No more leftover limes getting pushed to the back of the fridge getting moldy (or is that just me?)

  7. jackie says

    Are the medjool dates a staple for this smoothie or just for added sweetness? I’d love to try it STAT but the dates are the only ingredient I don’t have on hand.

    • Meg van der Kruik says

      Jackie I add the dates for sweetness so feel free to leave them out. You can always add another banana if you would like your smoothie a little sweeter as well.

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