Berry and Toasted Coconut Smoothie from This Gal Cooks

Continuing our scheduled entertainment from my fellow bloggers while I’m away! Today, I am happy to present the amazing Julie from This Gal Cooks! (Wow, that made her sounds like a magician. She is not but she made some magic with this smoothie!)


Berry and Toasted Coconut Smoothie: This tasty smoothie is filled with blueberries, raspberries, toasted coconut and pineapples. No refined sugars or dairy in this morning treat!



Good morning, all! My name is Julie and I blog over at This Gal Cooks. I love to share semi-healthy and semi-sweet, mostly simple recipes that are perfect for any occasion. I love a good craft beer and can almost always be won over with a big ole plate of Mexican food or a huge scoop of peanut butter.

I’m so excited to be guest posting for Lyuba today while she’s off in busy busy land! I just love her drool-worthy recipes and her amazing space here in blog-land. I know how much Lyuba LOVES coconut so I wanted to make a tasty treat to share that utilized coconut. I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately so I was thinking hmm, how about a smoothie with coconut?



Typically I use almond or coconut milk in my smoothies. Dairy and I aren’t always the best of friends. But we won’t go into that fun stuff right now. Anywho, I knew I’d use some thick, rich coconut milk in this smoothie but I wanted to bump up the coconut flavor. I wanted this smoothie to scream from the rooftops “I’m full of coconut; drink me now you coconut lover!” So I grabbed some of my unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted it and used it in this smoothie.


You won’t find any refined sugar in this healthy smoothie. To sweeten things up a bit, I used the juice from some pineapples, along with a few pineapple chunks. If you’re into super sweet smoothies, I’d recommend adding a little honey to the mix. I prefer using frozen berries in my smoothies. It keeps things super cool, which is totally what you want on a blazing hot day. Plus, frozen berries are cheaper and they will ensure your smoothie turns out thick and smoothie-like. Cause it’s a smoothie so we want it to be smoothie-like, am I right? :)

This recipe will make approximately two 8oz smoothies, one for you and one for a friend. Or if you’re like me, two easy breakfasts for two days in a row. Enjoy!

Berry and Toasted Coconut Smoothie from This Gal Cooks

Berry and Toasted Coconut Smoothie from This Gal Cooks


  • 1 C frozen blueberries
  • 1 C frozen raspberries
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ C pineapple juice
  • ½ C pineapple chunks
  • ½ C coconut milk
  • ¼ C water


  1. Coconut: to toast the coconut, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the coconut on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 350 for 3-5 minutes or until lightly golden in color.
  2. Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend on the smoothie setting until well blended. Serve in glasses.
  3. Note: If saving one of the smoothies for later enjoyment, place in the freezer. Remove from
  4. freezer approximately 1 hour before consuming or place in the microwave for a few seconds at a time to defrost it a little.
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Thank you for letting me take over your blog today, Lyuba! It’s been a super fun time. I hope everyone enjoyed this tasty smoothie recipe. :)

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  1. All of my favorites in one, love this smoothie so much!

  2. Julie, I love that this is dairy free! And I especially like all the berries and the coconut. Mmm, what a gorgeous and refreshing drink!

  3. Hey Lyuba! Hope you are having loads of fun on vacation. Thanks for having me on your blog today! :)

  4. This smoothie looks delicious Julie! Enjoy your vacation Lyuba! This would be a great treat to whip up while relaxing by the pool!

  5. So nice to see you over here today Julie!! This smoothie sounds delicious – I actually have all of the ingredients except the pineapple chunks so I am going to have to try it. Love the idea of adding toasted coconut! Pinned!

  6. Julie, absolutely yummilicious! Lyuba sure does love her coconut… she got me hooked on it!

  7. Julie and Lyuba, this smoothie looks amazing and the color is beautiful! Thanks for sharing and pinned!

  8. Love this smoothie Julie and Lyuba – almost have all the ingredients at home – Pinning!

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