Coco-Berry Layered Fresca
2/3 frozen banana, pre-peeled & cut into half
½ cup frozen blueberries
½ cup coconut milk (plus an extra splash)
¼ cup plain coconut yoghurt
2 tsp maple syrup
½ tsp vanilla essence
Optional Superfood Power-up: 1 tsp acai OR maqui powder
Optional to garnish: Fresh blueberries, coconut flakes, edible flowers and extra dollops of coconut yoghurt
There are two ways to make this smoothie. The first way is to simply blend all ingredients together and serve straight away. Quick, easy and totally tasty! We don’t think you need instructions on how to do this method 🙂
The second way is a little bit more involved but fantastic if you wish to impress breakfast or brunch guests. It creates a multi-layered affect in your glass that is nothing short of stunning. Here’s how to do it:
Start with your lightest coloured layer (this will saving you needing to wash your blender between layers). Put one of your banana thirds and roughly 1/3 of your yoghurt and milk into the blender. Whizz until light and fluffy. Set mixture aside into a small pouring canister.
Put half of your remaining coconut yoghurt, all of your coconut milk, all vanilla, 1 tsp maple, splash coconut milk and roughly 1/3 of your blueberries into the blender. Blitz together until smooth and pour into another pouring canister.
Put all remaining ingredients into the blender and combine well. Pour this layer into the bottom of a tall clear glass or mason jar. Carefully pour the lighter purple layer on top. Finish your last third layer with the white mix (you may like to softly decant this with the help of a teaspoon). Garnish with fresh blueberries, coconut flakes and a dollop of yoghurt if desired.
Don’t alternate the layers. They are designed to be increasingly heavy and will mush together more easily if the heaviest mix is put on top.
Frozen berries can seem expensive and used in large quantities, they are. Depending on which brand you buy, a half cup of frozen berries will only set you back 50 cents to $1. The bigger bags are generally better value but check the ‘/100g’ price in small print on the ticket – this will help you make the most cost-effective decision.
Use less ripe bananas! They are lower GI and higher in resistant starch.
This smoothie is higher in total and saturated fat. If you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or any form of heart disease, substitute the coconut yoghurt for a low fat and unsweetened greek yoghurt (I love Jalna and Chobani). You can also switch coconut milk for skim milk and simply add coconut essence for the coconut flavour.