coconut oil in smoothies

Coconut Oil in Smoothies

POSTED ON 2.19.2021

If you want to have more energy, stay full longer and get glowing skin, a coconut oil smoothie is a great way to go!

Coconut oil has some amazing health benefits such as increasing metabolism and endurance— which is great if you need clean fuel while on the go. Coconut oil in smoothies is a quick + easy way to give your body these incredible benefits, and it also helps your body process the other whole food ingredients in smoothies as well.

Once I started adding coconut oil to my smoothies… I never turned back.

coconut oil in smoothies

Healthy Benefits of Coconut oil

Adding a tablespoon of coconut oil to your smoothie can help curb your appetite. I use coconut oil smoothies in my 21-day cleanse program and the results are incredible. Not only does it help clear up my skin, help keep me regular, plus keep my hair shiny – it also balances out the carbs in smoothies, and helps the body absorb the protein. Coconut oil helps all those precious vitamins and minerals from the plants absorb into your body.

Non-food uses for coconut oil

I use coconut oil for much more than just smoothies. It’s the main ingredient in my natural deodorant and toothpaste recipes, a great + simple furniture polish, anti-chaffing ointment before a long run, as well as a great eye make-up remover. Seriously, coconut oil works on everything

Did you know that you can even make your own coconut oil? Just follow this fun recipe by BlackFoodie.Co to learn how. If you’d rather go the store-bought route, don’t let the price tag on those fancy little boutique jars fool you. I get my organic, virgin coconut oil from Costco in a giant tub for less than $20. The same coconut oil in smoothies can be used all over your home as a natural solution.

Boosting smoothies with superfoods

Coconut oil belongs to the superfood family, because of its health benefits in cooking, baking, and in smoothies. This healthy fat actually helps your body process the carbs from that smoothie you just drank, for longer lasting energy, without the sugar crash.

I love boosting smoothies with a few superfood ingredients, especially those high in healthy fat and/or plant based protein. Chia seeds, hemp hearts, flaxseed, avocados, and almonds are all easy boosters with incredible health benefits.

Plant powered protein

Because plant powered energy is so important to me, I created Protein Smoothie Boost, the cleanest + best complete plant protein that can be added to smoothies. This super charged superfood blend gives any smoothie an extra 10 grams of protein and 4 grams of healthy fat. If you’ve been adding coconut oil in your smoothie for a while now, I recommend you give Smoothie Boost a try, and take your smoothies to the next level.

Coconut in smoothies

Smoothies benefit from coconut in a variety of ways:

Coconut water is nature’s gatorade, and a great smoothie liquid base. Blend your next pre workout smoothie with coconut water to give you a great electrolyte boost.

Fresh (or frozen) coconut flesh is a delicious smoothie ingredient, while dried coconut flakes can be added as a pretty topping for serving. Add some coconut flakes to your next smoothie bowl too!

Coconut milk is also a delicious smoothie liquid base, with a completely different flavor profile, as well as healthy fat benefits too.

Coconut oil in smoothies is obviously a fav ingredient as well. If you don’t like the taste of coconut oil, yet still want its benefits, then try adding MCT oil to your next smoothie. Just remember, a little goes a long way!

With the 4 different ways coconut can be added to smoothies, it’s not a shocker that we’re a little crazy for coconuts here at Simple Green Smoothies!

coconut oil in smoothies

Tropical smoothie recipes

Looking for a tropical way to start your day? Check out some of these fun creations:

While these delicious smoothies feel like they’d be best sipped on a beach during summer, many tropical fruits are actually in season during the winter months! So next time you’re at the grocery store, grab some oranges and pineapple, and don’t be afraid to add a little sunshine to your wintery day.

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Healthy Coconut Oil Smoothie with pineapple and banana

Coconut Oil Smoothie


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Try this nutrient-packed green smoothie with fresh cut pineapple, kale and coconut oil. Coconut oil has some amazing health benefits such as increasing metabolism and endurance— which is great if you workout or are running after little ones all day. // serves two


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup kale (fresh)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tablespoons coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Blend kale, water and coconut oil until smooth.
  2. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again.

Notes

*Use one frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.
*Can use a refined MCT coconut oil that will blend easier too.

  • Category: smoothies
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: coconut oil smoothie

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Candice Rodriguez says:

    Smoothies to lose weight

  2. Suzette says:

    That would explain how I could sleep in the bed next to my fiancé who had COVID and work as a nurse exposed daily and never test positive. On the weekend I always added coconut oil to my coffee twice a day! Who knew! Now it’s going in my smoothie

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      What a testament to the powers of coconut oil Suzette! Stay healthy and thanks for caring so well for others. We’re grateful for you!

  3. Dani Mitchel says:

    The kale was a bit strong to me— so I’d swap with spinach next time. Yet overall I did enjoy the smoothie and appreciate getting in more healthy fats to help with my skin. Can i swap with mct oil in this or would it mess it up?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      You can swap the coconut oil for 1 tsp of mct oil since it’s more concentrated. If you’re not used to mct oil you might start even smaller since it can irritate your digestive system if you use too much.

  4. Gina says:

    Can the pineapple be substituted for something else

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      For sure Gina! I’d suggest mango or frozen peaches… with a squeeze of lemon to still add some sweetness and cut back the kale taste. Citrus helps the kale flavors not be so strong, yet you can def modify like I mentioned above. Cheers girl!

  5. LeAnn says:

    Super good, this will definitely be one of my go-to’s!
    I made a few alternations:
    > 1/2 water & 1/2 oat milk (I wanted to see if I could make it creamier, either way I’m sure it’s fine)
    > I also added juice from half of a lime and 1/4th tsp of vanilla extract (I got this trick from another smoothie recipe, I had my boyfriend try it with this addition and without, and he really enjoyed the lime and vanilla, it helps bring out the coconut-pineapple flavor!)
    > 1 tsp of ground flax seed and 1 tsp of ground chia seed (for the added nutrition)
    Thank you for this recipe!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Those sound like great tweaks, LeAnn! I bet it tastes awesome. Thanks for the tips! 🙂

  6. Julia says:

    This is one of my favorites! Sometimes I use almond milk instead of water and it’s the most indulgent, healthy smoothie.

  7. M Gill says:

    Do you need to make the coconut oil liquid? The solid oil I can’t get to blend well.

  8. Anette Stahl says:

    Day 7. Still my fav!
    #simplegreensmoothies #simplegreensmoothies30daychallenge

  9. Bonnie Good says:

    The coconut oil takes this smoothie over-the-top. So delicious

  10. Anette Stahl says:

    Today I changed kale to spinach leaves because the “airy” reaction yesterday. Still the best!

  11. Bonnie Stockard says:

    My friend had to stop using coconut oil because it increased her cholesterol. Her Dr. said not to use it.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Bonnie,

      I am sorry to hear about your friend. Depending on your specific health issues you have to watch how much fat you put into your body. Wishing her all the best!

  12. ward_on_simplegreensmoothies says:

    32 grams of sugar in 2 cups of fresh pineapple… not sure how often you would want to indulge in this…

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Feel free to add less pineapple if you prefer it to be less sweet!

      Enjoy!

  13. Dawn Sloan says:

    I cut the recipe in half and substituted 1/4 C. water for a berry Naked juice. It came out to 333 calories. It was delicious and very filling.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Dawn,

      Thank you so much for that tip! I am so glad that you made it into your own and enjoyed it 🙂

  14. Tina G says:

    How do you get your coconut oil from solidifying in the smoothie. When I make a smoothie with coconut oil I melt it into a liquid then pour it in with all the ingredients but it still makes tiny little clumps all throughout the smoothie! Help!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Tina,

      I’ve got you covered!! First, blend your green smoothie. Then once everything is nice + creamy. Melt your coconut oil, not hot, just melted. Then set your blender to it’s lowest setting and slowly pour in your melted coconut oil. This will help ensure everything blends smoothly – no chunks!

  15. Lula says:

    Amazing! Very delicious- thank you! I added a spoon of turmeric and it was yummy:)
    Love your website!

  16. Veronica says:

    This was AMAZING ! Thank you so much LOVE your website

  17. Clare says:

    I just tried the recipe and it is delicious. I made a second batch and tried it with some ginger and that was great too. Thank you for the recipe. I really like adding the coconut oil, it will keep you feeling full longer. Similar to adding an avocado. This will be my “go-to” smoothie recipe.

  18. Olivia says:

    Hard to find kale here.If do..Super expensive.

    Can I replace with watercress/spinach/bokchoy/lettuce.. If yes, how much should I replace it with?

  19. Amber says:

    When i was a child my parents and i lived in Jamaica. They made their own coconut oil. They use it in their cooking a lot.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Amber,

      That’s awesome! We’d love to be able to make our own coconut oil!

  20. C. Demarais says:

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but coconut oil, and no oil, for that matter, is “health” food. I’m not sure where coconut oil’s reputation as a “good fat” started, but it’s hogwash. If you don’t wish to research it yourselves, start with this video. Ain’t science grand?
    https://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-coconut-oil-good-for-you/

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi C. Demarais,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share nutritionfacts.org’s video.

      We personally love coconut oil because 90 percent of coconut oil is composed of medium chain fatty acids (or Triglyerides), which are easily digested and sent right to the liver for energy production. By traveling directly to the liver, it is not stored as fat and actually can help boost your metabolism. These triglycerides also help keep skin smooth and moisturized by trapping the escaping moisture from pores.

      Most of the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are lauric acid, which is only found in as high a concentrate in human breastmilk. This powerful acid actually helps increase immunity and fight infections, which makes it essential to our daily diets.

      In addition, it’s antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties make it ideal for a facial moisturizer, deodorant and for soothing sunburns.

      Learn more about why we think coconut rawks at the links below…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/plant-based-diet/coconut-oil-benefits

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/plant-based-diet/coconut-oil-benefits

  21. Sade says:

    If you want to save one serving for the next day what is the best way to store it?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Great question, Sadie! We suggest storing your remaining green smoothie in an airtight container with a little bit of lemon juice to help preserve all of the green goodness! Your green smoothie will keep in the fridge for up to two days! 🙂

  22. Roely says:

    What fruit can I use to make smoothie sweeter but not affect blood sugar?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Roely,

      We prefer to sweeten our recipes with natural sweeteners like honey, dates, bananas, and maple syrup.

      Worried about those natural sugars and your blood sugar? We suggest reaching out to your physician to decide what’s best for you and your body.

      Cheers 🙂

    • Jacked Beanstalk says:

      Honey and maple syrup are VERY high glycemic index sweeteners. Dates aren’t so great either.

      Cane sugar is every bit as natural as maple syrup or honey and it also jacks your blood sugar.

      Artificial sweeteners are shown to increase insulin levels despite having no sugar – they not only fool our taste buds but our entire body into reacting as if they are actually sugar.

      The only lasting solution is to stop eating sugar and thus retrain your taste buds to appreciate a lower level of sweetness.

    • Marcene says:

      This recipe really needs no sweeteners other than the fruit in it! I used a 20 ounce can of pineapple (more than 2 cups) and it was sweeter than I wanted. Next time I’ll use an 8 oz can of pineapple with its juice – it’s sweeter than raw and easier on the mouth. Also, adding more coconut oil would help slow the absorption of sugars, and the fiber in the kale assists as well, so you could add more kale. Also next time I’ll use about 2 frozen bananas (cut in pieces and frozen quite ripe, making them sweeter) which will change the flavor balance to more like a pina colada.

  23. Arielle says:

    I just had this and it was great! Thanks for the recipe. One question, 2 cups of water is listed twice. Should we be adding 4 cups of water?

  24. Amy R. says:

    Do you ever make any kind of smoothies with Star fruit?

    • Jen H says:

      Starfruit is so yummy and great in smoothies! Just wash it and throw it in for a mildly sweet treat. I love that there is no peeling required. I think we are gonna have to share a starfruit green smoothie on here— thanks for the inspiration. Do you have a favorite recipe with it, Amy?

  25. Andrea says:

    Sounds great! Will try it! I’m also going to make the cold and flu remedy. Since it lasts several months, I think I’ll make some for my parents and sister as well so they can have for the upcoming winter season.

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