Lori’s “I Wish I Were On the Beach” Smoothie

Or, you could just call it a Pineapple, Coconut, Almond Smoothie…but that isn’t much more efficient word-wise, is it? So why not name it after a person I like?

Let’s just say that this tastes quite like a piña colada, but it is slightly more virtuous. The first time I wrote down the precise ingredients was to give the formula to my friend, Lori, who is, well…not on the beach right now…mostly because getting sand in a cast would be gross. This is the Lori of my Italy…La Tavola Marche expedition. In the five carefully chosen words of my daughter, Lori is “kind, awesome, loving, caring and happy.” Even if this were not so, which it certainly is, she would be worth knowing simply for the food that happens around her (by her, for her, and merely near her). Lori’s predicament caused me to write this down, which caused me to finally take a few photos of it, and share it with you…so there. Good food things always happen around her, incidentally and otherwise. She has good food karma, if you will.


This is not exactly health food. But, then again, it is pretty neat. There is a lot of sweet stuff in this drink, but there is also a lot of Vitamin C and a lot of protein, thanks to the almonds. This has become a morning snack for me. I’ve been running around like the proverbial beheaded chicken and sometimes I find myself not having eaten until din din. Not smart. But, my mother, also an angel of a human, gave me a VitaMix blender, because she is, again in the words of Lily, “smart, strong, smiley, happy, and super.” This has upped my smoothie game considerably. In this recipe, you first blend the almonds with the coconut water to essentially create almond and coconut milk. Then you add the other things and run it through the “smoothie” cycle twice. If you don’t have a VitaMix, just process it for a nice long time until it is smooth. You will not really know there are almonds in this. If there is still almond grit, blend a little bit longer.

Recipe for Lori’s Smoothie: (2 servings)


½ cup blanched and peeled almonds
½ cup coconut water
1 banana
¾ cup pineapple chunks
½ cup orange juice
1½ cups ice


1. Place the almonds and the coconut water in the blender and process for 2 minutes, occasionally stopping it and scraping down the sides of the pitcher with a rubber spatula. When the almonds have broken down considerably and the liquid is the texture of chunky milk, add the banana, pineapple, orange juice and ice.

2. Blend until the drink is frothy and smooth, an additional minute or so. If you have a VitaMix, run it through the smoothie cycle two times. Perfect.


[My Lily...proof that this one is not just for the grown-ups.]

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