Coconut oil is a great addition to your favorite beverage recipe! You can add it to smoothie recipes for a quick healthy breakfast, an energy boost, a pick-me-upper, or a snack. It fills you up and gives you extra energy.
Coconut oil can be used in many different beverages though, not just smoothies. Some use it in their coffee in place of cream while others add it to tea, hot chocolate, juices, lattes, you name it! I love adding a tablespoon or two to a cold blended drink during the summer before a workout or riding lesson for energy or a hot drink during the winter to wake me up and keep me energetic throughout the whole workout.
The biggest problem is: how does one add coconut oil to a cold beverage? If you just throw it into a smoothie, it clumps up into little white balls. If you try stirring it in, it solidifies. The solution however, is actually quite simple.
For hot drinks, simply stir in the desired amount. True, water and oil do not mix so if you don't want a layer of oil at the top of your drink, simply stir it back in before taking another sip. For cold drinks, melt the desired amount of coconut oil and place the drink into a blender. While blending on medium speed, slowly add the coconut oil in, starting out with drops and working up to a steady stream until all is well blended. The oil will not clump and will give you a frothy top when finished. If you're making a smoothie, wait until it is fairly smooth and not so chunky before adding the oil.
So there you have it! The smoothie recipe below is simple, quick, easy and delicious and makes a great "energy drink". Enjoy everyone!
Banana Orange Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup orange juice more or less, depending on how thick or thin you want it
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Cream Concentrate
- 3 tablespoons organic whole milk vanilla yogurt
- 3 ice cubes
- 3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil - liquefied
Blend all ingredients except coconut oil in blender. Slowly add coconut oil, starting out with drops and working up to a steady stream. This is also good by adding 5 frozen strawberries. Enjoy!
As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me a comment below.
Posted by Sarah Shilhavy
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