Lately I’ve been intrigued by plantains (check out these plantain empanadas!)—how neat that they can be used at most any stage of ripeness. I recently had a very, very ripe plantain just waiting to be used, so I decided to whip up a sweet plantain smoothie. It’s fun to switch things up sometimes since I drink a smoothie for breakfast every morning (click here for a few varieties).
I kept this sweet plantain smoothie fairly simple, but let me tell you, it’s definitely tasty…almost like a yummy dessert! I used a few dates to naturally sweeten the smoothie, but if your plantain is extra ripe, you could probably skip the dates. Plantains are kind of like bananas—in the sense that the riper, the sweeter, so just keep that in mind.
Typically I use almond milk for smoothies, but I had some extra coconut milk, so I used that instead. Plus, I tossed in a little bit of shredded coconut to play up the flavor a bit more. You can use whatever milk you’d like and just add extra shredded coconut if you so wish. That’s why smoothies are so great…mix & match, do your thing. :)
I also added a heap of pecans because they are amazingly delish and pair very well with sweet plantains—as does cinnamon, which is why I added in a generous pinch. And let’s not forget the greek yogurt for a bit of protein. This simple smoothie can be made in like 2 minutes flat and is full of flavor!
This sweet plantain smoothie is also healthy considering plantains are a great source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and so much more. I know coconut milk contains a fair amount of saturated fat, but it also contains some good-for-you vitamins and minerals. So hey, everything in moderation.
Whip it up and enjoy. It’d be a great post-workout breakfast! Or, after an intense yoga practice—speaking of…I just completed day 10 of my 30-day yoga challenge. Going strong thanks to smoothies like this one, along with my No-Bake Energy Bars with Dates & Nuts. You can sign-up for the challenge anytime, you know. :)
- 1 very ripe sweet plantain (I used a black plantain)
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp. pecans (a small handful)
- 1-2 pitted dates
- 1 tbsp. shredded coconut
- 1 tsp. ground flax
- ¼ - ½ tsp. cinnamon
- 4 ice cubes
- Add all the ingredients to a single-serve blender cup, or to a blender. Blend until completely smooth.