Coconut Almond Butter Smoothie (aka “The Best Smoothie Ever Made”)

Remember “The Extra Mile” smoothie from Kure that I raved about the other day? Well, I (appropriately) re-named it “The Best Smoothie Ever Made” and successfully recreated it at home. Yay!

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The original list of ingredients included coconut meat, but I didn’t have any on hand, and I actually wasn’t sure how it would work””bust open a coconut and shave some off? I dunno, but it sounded like a lot of work, so I swapped the coconut meat (and coconut water) for coconut cream, which worked really well. It made the smoothie incredibly creamy and added a ton of wonderful coconut flavor to it. Mmm, coconut”¦

coconut almond butter smoothie recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 4 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 cups torn kale
  • 3/4 cup Silk coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 5 ice cubes

Directions: Combine ingredients in a blend until smooth.

Makes 1 serving

coconut almond butter smoothie (2)

As you can see this isn’t a low-calorie smoothie, but, instead, it’s more of a meal in smoothie form. With protein, healthy fats, and nutritious leafy greens, it’s the perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner, especially when it’s too hot to cook. I hope you guys love this smoothie as much as I do!

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Questions of the Day

Do you typically drink smoothies as a meal or snack?

In your opinion, is it possible to eat too much nut butter?

What are you drinking this 4th of July weekend?

107 Comments

  1. 1. Meal (breakfast or lunch)
    2. No. It’s a food group as far as I’m concerned!
    3. Possibly hot tea. It’s only about 65 degrees today in Madison and I’m wearing fleece!

  2. I think a 1/2 cup of coconut cream has about 200 calories – so this about a 600-700 calorie smoothie. Definitely a meal, but if you are working out a lot – this could be great fuel! It sounds delicious!!

        1. Definitely! It’s super filling! I’m already planning to make it for breakfast tomorrow morning since I have busy day!

          1. @Tina: I think this could definitely be a meal for me 🙂 I bet it tastes awesome with all that almond butter (my fav!) I usually like fruit smoothies with protein powder for a snack but I think this one would keep me going for hours!

      1. @Tina:

        Your scrambles, french toasts, etc. aren’t near 600-700 cals. I have hardly seen anything that high on your blog. So I’m not sure how you figure that. But this looks so delicious. Can’t wait to try it. I love smoothies that are this filling!!

        1. How do you figure? French toast scramble: Two eggs + a banana + 2-4 tbsp of nut butter is definitely around 600 calories.

          1. @Tina:

            I see. I was judging off the recipes/pictures I have seen in the past. None of them look like 4 tbsp nut butter! Wasn’t trying to be rude in anyway. I’ve been reading articles about how majority of people underestimate how much they eat when counting calories (even counting what the bag/restaurant says because they can have a certain margin of error) but some people also overestimate. So just curious!

          2. @Tina: I think the calories are fine. I’m just wondering if I can take all the fat at once.
            I’m definitely used to sandwiches with PB at 4 tablespoons though. when I was in hospital a long while ago and needed food/nutrition I regularly ate sandwiches with 4 tbsps. of PB and full fat milk and banana on side, so in the end, its all the same 🙂
            How are you finding fruit and rice on your colon Tina? I’m in a personal struggle/challenge myself and finding what works is difficult. I’ve developed food phobia/anxiety 🙁

  3. holy batman, there’s almost 1000 cals in that smoothie! I’m all for healthy fats but with almost 60 grams that might be hard on the digestive system. It’s sounds delicious but might be too much of a good thing!

    Regardless, with this heat smoothies are super yummy! happy holiday weekend 🙂

    1. I don’t care about calories, but how do you figure it’s close to 1,000? Maybe I missed something? Just curious! 🙂

      1. @Tina:
        Coconut cream (1/2 cup)= ~350 calories
        Almond butter (4 tbsp)= ~380 calories
        So just about 730 calories right there, plus the milk (maybe 60 calories) and the honey (another 20), it is around an 800 calorie smoothie. When people express that this seems like a lot and you say you eat a 700 calorie breakfast so you don’t care, you have to realize that sounds kind of ridiculous since 700 calories for one meal and 60 g fat is waaaaay too much for the vast majority of people.

        1. I guess it depends who you are. 700 calories is probably my typical meal size. Also, the coconut cream I buy has a lot less calories (200 for 1/2 cup), so I guess it just depends on the brand?

        2. @Shae:
          *shrug*

          It seems like she can’t win. Either she’s being restrictive and not eating nearly enough, or she’s eating things too high calorie/fat. I admit a lot of the stuff on Tina’s blog is a little…out there for my tastes, but I don’t get how she gets criticism from both ends of the spectrum. She’s very active and isn’t looking to lose weight, so who cares if she drinks a 700 calorie smoothie?

          1. @Krystina: I don’t care what Tina eats for her meals but just being like “oh well! this is what I eat all the time for breakfast” can be misleading to people who might be reading this blog for meal/fitness tips and trying to lose/maintain. That’s all. 700 calories is a lot for one meal, most people don’t train as much as Tina. Maybe saying something along the lines of “I live a very active lifestyle, and need a high calorie breakfast” etc. I know people have often gained weight from eating things on HLBs because they don’t realize how many calories are in popular ‘healthy’ foods (nut butter, coconut, etc.).

      2. @Tina: I dont’ think the calories are bad at all. I think the RD/blogger above was maybe referring to the overwhelming shot of fat (for most ..MOST being the operative word, ..that much fat at once would be detrimental to digestion/bowels)…

        1. @Dee:

          Have y’all ever eaten out and looked at the content of what you’re eating? You’d be surprised at the amount of restaurants that have over 60 g of fat per entree. At least nut butter is healthy fat. I wouldn’t advise it every day though.

  4. That smoothie looks fantastic! I think they make great meals, particularly breakfast. I can’t keep nut butters in the house anymore.

  5. Can’t wait to try this out! It looks amazing, and I looove coconut cream. It’s so tasty. I mean, it’s pretty similar to coconut butter – a tad different.
    I always drink smoothies as meals, for some reason I just pack in so much that they always serve as meals – and they make nice meal replacements if you put in a bunch of veggies, hemp or chia seeds, and some protein too.
    Nothing for my fourth of July, since I live in Canada:)

  6. I usually have a smoothie for breakfast, that’s about it I absoltely love almond butter and cannot get enough of it!!

  7. Yum! Sounds so amazing. I want to go try out Kure after all these raves from Fitbloggin’ bloggers. 🙂 Also–that cocktail looks amazing!

      1. @Tina: They sell young coconut meat in the freezer section of Whole Foods! I don’t buy it all the time but it’s a nice treat. I love making homemade coconut yogurt with it! Yummy!

  8. Coconut + almond butter?! two of my favorite things in one smoothie – can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    I find I’m never satisfied after a smoothie so while sometimes I’ll intend on it being breakfast or lunch, I usually end up eating something else too.

    Is there such thing as too much nut butter?! I sure hope not 🙂

    Have a happy 4th!

  9. I am making Sangria and chilling it with the blueberry and raspberry studded star shaped ice cubes . Happy Independence Day!

  10. As a dietitian, I hesitate to recommend coconut to patients or claim it is a “healthy fat”. It got glorified as a health food and everyone has jumped on the bandwagon. Not enough research to back that, in my opinion, and it’s still a saturated fat! The almond butter is healthy fat but the coconut cream is packed with saturated fat.

    http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/coconut-oil-and-health

      1. All saturated fats, when consumed in excessive amounts, have been shown to raise LDL(bad) cholesterol. There hasn’t been any solid research done that shows the effect of plant saturated fats (coconut oil, for example) is different than that of saturated fat from animals (lard, etc.) on LDL. Until there’s legitimate, repeated research to prove otherwise, coconut is like any other saturated fat and should be consumed in small quantities.

        You might dig into whatever article you read and research the sources used by the author. As I’m sure you’re aware, “research” can be spun many ways.

        Regardless, I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a healthy fat.

          1. You’ll note, however, and my initial assertion was, that nowhere in the article does the author call this a “healthy fat”. Nor did she say “eat more saturated fat”. I’d also like to point out that the author states she drinks 1% milk, which is still considered low-fat and acceptable even for the heart patients I work with daily. I think it’s dangerous to tout coconut as a healthy fat.

            In fact, most of the author’s case is against replacing saturated fat with carbs (which I agree with) and focusing on the healthier fats (unsaturated).

          2. My point was more that saturated fat doesn’t deserve such a bad-guy reputation. It’s not ALL bad.

  11. I had a smoothie similar to this at Juice Generation in NYC. The Joyful Almond has almond butter, almond milk, banana, frozen coconut milk, cacao nibs, raw agave, and ice. It pretty much changed my life.

  12. I’m not a huge smoothie person but I can do some serious damage to a jar of peanut butter in a very short period of time. Sure, nomming on nut butter and/or slurping back rich smoothies isn’t low calorie but at least the fat and protein keep you sated. Better than a ridiculous frozen coffee frappacino-coolata-type drink that leaves you hungry an hour after drinking it. I fully support your decadent smoothie movement!

  13. I definitely enjoy smoothies as a meal, unless it’s before a workout, in which case it’s a snack. I’m currently eating peanut butter out of the jar…so no, there’s no such thing as too much nut butter 😉 I’m probably just drinking beer this 4th of July weekend, although I was introduced to dill pickle shots and cheeseburger shots and they are amazing.

    Dill pickle shots: 1 shot vodka chased by 1/2 shot pickle juice (or a pickle).
    Cheeseburger shot: 1 shot tequila, chased by 1 shot tomato juice/pickle juice mix.

  14. Tina, have you seen Eat to Perform? It’s a site that focuses on nutrition for CrossFitters, specifically. I just thought of it based on the little calorie war going on up above. Haha! Paul (the owner of the company) really stresses eating enough to support our activity level as CrossFitters. For me, that means eating about 2500 calories a day (for my husband it’s more like 3700!). Anyway, you might find it interesting! And I fully support a 700 calorie smoothie. It’s an easy way to get some nutrition in when I can’t think about eating another plateful of eggs and avacado. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  15. That smoothie looks good! If it makes you commenters feel better, think of it as a healthier version of a milkshake. Milkshakes easily have that many calories, an I haven’t seen any with kale!

  16. If anyone is concerned about calories (or simply wants this as a snack instead), this is pretty easy to modify… You could use all regular or unsweetened vanilla coconut milk instead of the coconut cream and get a similar flavor profile, or even mix regular coconut milk with a little coconut cream or light coconut milk from Trader Joe’s. Cutting the almond butter in half would also do the trick. I will probably try it that way. It’s a smoothie so luckily it’s not hard to change what goes into the blender! 😉

  17. I think kale in smoothies can be such a great addition! And I like coconut flavor.

    I tend to eat smoothies as snacks, simply because that’s how it ends up going! I love almond butter-so yumm!

  18. I love green smoothies! I’ve found that they don’t fill me up enough, so they’re usually a post workout snack for me, but not a meal replacement. I’ll be drinking something sparkling, fruity and cold tomorrow!

  19. 1. Not normally. I typically try to limit how many liquid calories I consume because they don’t affect my hunger, but I recently bought a berry berry smoothie from Whole Foods that was delicious.

    2. Absolutely. It is very calorie dense and goes down a little too easy. I enjoy nut butters, but I try to find less calorie-dense protein sources.

    3. A lot of water. I’m pregnant, so I’ll be avoiding beer this time around.

  20. That smoothie looks delicious!

    I usually have smoothies as a meal. If the smoothie is just greens then I consider that a snack, but when I load it with protein (Vega One) or nut butters, etc….I consider it a meal.

    This 4th of July weekend I’ll be having a few drinks…a dirty martini or 2 🙂 and maybe some red wine. My favorite is Pinot Noir.

  21. I’ve eaten entire jars of nut butter by myself before. Entire 2 L tubs of ice cream etc….trust me…I don’t judge. My 8 pm dinner meal included a giant-assed salmon burger, salad, coconut oil, and a ton of avocado, side of brown rice. Dessert shortly after included a chocolate bar and nuts and yogurt and fruit…and I DO NOT work out…so no judgment here.

    Pretty smoothie.

  22. I think this smoothie looks fantastic, regardless of calorie content! It’s not like I would drink it for every meal, every day!

    And yes, nut butters, there’s never enough! Almond is my 2nd favorite after cashew.

  23. I can’t remember the last time I had that much coconut anything! Usually my smoothies are around 300-400 calories, so maybe a small meal replacement. I really like having a smoothie for breakfast since it’s a meal on the go.

    No plans for the 4th, but the fireworks start here in about a half hour!

  24. 1. Smoothies are snacks for me. My fave is chocolate peanut butter with frozen bananas and vanilla almond milk.
    2. I think it is possible to eat too much nut butter. I like it but I need to watch my calories.
    3. I’ll be kicking back on the beach tomorrow with Angry Orchard Crisp Cider. I can’t wait!!

  25. Hi Tina,
    Long time reader. First time commenter.
    Looks like a good smoothie and another reason why I enjoy you. I too would have no time or desire to hack into a coconut. Keep it simple – go for the practical choice. I like that. It can be trying when I see many bloggers using recipes where things become time consuming or different or different/expensive to buy. So I like the idea of just using basic, fine things. A can of coconut cream seems simple enough!

    On another note, I too struggle with health things quite similar to yours, though I’m a private person and rather not get into it. But wondering (since I’m at my wits end with food) if you could email me with what is working for you so far? I’ve had things like Practical Paleo mentioned to me, but I’m not sure. Ironically I feel I need a cleanse of sorts to alkalize my body (i.e . more alkaline foods and a “lean toward” plant based approach ). However, this also goes against my habit, willpower, and stuff. I’ve read some of the “Purely Twins” who have taken..interesting …approaches to gut and other healing. It is terrificially draining and frustrating to figure it out and personally all these issues have disabled me from exercise and left me a body of fatigue.
    I know you are busy and have a million readers emailing you. But I think you also get tips or exchange emails with other bloggers too, etc. So please, if you can spread the wealth and email me with any advice, websites, blogs, Meal plans (I want someone to tell me what to eat, ha), much much appreciated.

    Or maybe you can put a pinterest board up on “food for when I need to be kind to my behind” 🙂

    I have problems with breakfast too; not wanting anything heavy heavy, but also guess I need something…so thinking of smoothies maybe…I just bought a “hemp pro 70 ” protein powder to try out…I might try whey isolate, or sunwarrior or Garden of Life RAW or something next…not sure if a vegan or whey is better to try out or what would be a “good” smoothie. I noticed a smoothie recipe from the “clean” Andrew Junger guy was a cup of nondairy milk, banana, 12 cup blueberries, 1 scoop protein, and 2 tsps. of apple cider vinegar…I ‘ll see. Other smoothies use more flax/chia/nut butter and no protein powders, etc. Again, the options !

    Are your smoothies thick or thin? Mine always come out thin and I think perhaps I need a more “spoonable” thick smoothie to try because sometimes thin drinks can “slosh” in my stomach, another non-plus.

    Anyway, thanks for anything. Above all, cool blog 🙂

  26. We all are counting calories like crazy. However, we can afford something tasty. I like that smoothie it is so delicious. As long as I’m not making a gallon of it, it’s all good. Thanks for sharing!

  27. I typically prefer to eat my meals as opposite to drinking them but a smoothie would definitely make a lovely & satisfying snack especially during summer.

    Re calories, this particular one would be a bit high for me especially as I would be having it as a snack but like someone previously said it would be easy enough to modify and lighten up without changing the taste/texture so much. Anyway, I don’t get why people get so upset, if it’s too high/you’re on a low cal diet then just don’t have the darn thing!

  28. You can also get fresh coconut meat in the refrigerated section of Whole Foods (at least in Newton). I love to have it in my fridge….although it never last long….

  29. Hi Tina. I have only commented one other time. I enjoy reading your blog, even though I eat and exercise in a different way. I am probably 80% plant-based and try to limit the amount of fat in my diet. But, then I am middle aged! I have 3 young adult children. My 24 year old son is an avid weight lifter and just completed his first tough mudder. I’m sure he would find the above smoothie delicious and energizing for his workouts.

    A question for you….my husband and I are spending 3 days in Boston this August. Our first time vacationing with 3 grown children and we’re looking forward to it! Do you have any sites that you would recommend to us. Do you know of any restaurants that would satisfy both the meat-eaters and the vegans in our family?

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