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Raspberry Smoothie : Coconut Shortcake


Who says you can’t have dessert for breakfast? This gorgeous Raspberry Smoothie is a family favorite because it tastes amazing and is loaded with spinach (yet no one notices!).

Bright, tart raspberries are blended with creamy coconut milk, sweet coconut water, iron-rich spinach, and a spoonful of flax seed. It’s just the thing when you’re craving something fruity, sweet, and healthy.

You can also use our coconut milk smoothie cubes in this recipe.

Health benefits of raspberries

The deep red color of raspberries means that they are high in antioxidants which can help prevent cancer and other diseases.

Raspberries are also naturally lower in sugar than many fruits, yet high in fiber and nutrients.

It’s also important to include lignans in your diet, and flaxseeds are an excellent source. Lignans may reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. So drink up and reap the benefits of starting your day the healthiest way possible…with a delicious green smoothie.

Raspberry smoothie using spinach and flaxseeds
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Raspberry Coconut Green Smoothie

Raspberry Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks
  • Method: blending
  • Cuisine: healthy

Description

Start your day with this ruby-hued “green” smoothie loaded with iron-rich spinach, antioxidant-rich raspberries, flaxseed (healthy fats and lignans), and coconut (healthy fats and fiber). Also great for dessert! 🙂


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 3 cups raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

OPTIONAL

  • garnish with coconut flakes or flax seed

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach and liquid until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Garnish with coconut flakes and flax seed if you’d like, and enjoy!

Notes

*Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

Keywords: raspberry smoothie

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  1. Vanitha

    January 11th, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Day 2 of my smoothie challenge. My smoothie did not have the gorgeous colour that yours had. In fact, it doesn’t have a very appetising colour at all…but still drinking it.

  2. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    January 27th, 2015 at 6:15 am

    Cheers! 🙂

  3. courtney m.

    January 16th, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I couldn’t find the nutritional facts for this. Would you mind helping me out? Love the smoothies!

  4. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    January 27th, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Hey Courtney!

    We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data and the phone apps My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

  5. Kelly

    February 20th, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I substituted the raspberries for strawberries added two bananas as well as sub the coconut milk with coconut water and added a tbsp of shredded coconut. Came out delicious. Thanks.

  6. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Wonderful, great substitutions!

  7. Kerry

    May 1st, 2015 at 8:20 am

    This sounds great, but it will have to wait until raspberries go on a sale. Those suckers are expensive!

  8. SGS Rawkstar

    May 1st, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Hi Kerry,

    Cherries + strawberries make a great replacement in the meantime. Or frozen fruit is always available!

    Cheers 🙂

  9. Djam FR

    May 31st, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Hi,
    I leave in Switzerland and in Europe cups are not a reference we are used to deal with unfortunately!
    Any chance you’ll ever consider also using other measurements ?? Such as ml or grams?
    It is difficult to find the right weight for different type of ingredients listed in your recipes…
    That said love your recipes … But had sometimes to improvise the quantities !!

    Thanks in advance
    DFR

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    June 1st, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Hi Djam,

    Thank you so much for reaching out + your suggestion! I’ll forward it to our team. In the meantime, here are our suggested measurement conversions…

    Spices | Proteins | Superfoods:

    ½ tsp = 2mL
    1 tsp = 5mL
    2 tsp = 10mL
    1 TBSP = 15mL
    2 TBSP = 30mL

    Fruits:

    Mango | Pineapple | Strawberries | Beets | Carrots | Blueberries | Raspberries | Leafy Greens

    1 cup = 250mL
    1 ½ cups = 375mL
    2 cups = 500mL

    Liquids:

    Water | Coconut Water | Coconut Milk | Almond Milk | Fresh Squeezed Juice | Rice Milk

    ½ cup = 125mL
    1 cup = 250mL
    1 ½ cups = 375mL
    2 cups = 500mL

    Grams:

    1 cup of leafy greens = 30g
    2 cups of leafy greens = 60g

  11. Djam FR

    June 1st, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Rawkstar,

    You rock!
    This answer is the bomb !!!
    Thank you ever so much for these lists of conversion!!!
    I’ll copy paste it straight away in a safe & easy place for my next smoothie trials !!!
    Me and my husband are addicted to them and I’m now converting my friends as well !!
    PS: I froze my fruits because they were perfectly ripe and did not want to waste them (had too much). Then used my frozen fruits for smoothies. Result is just delish! With summer approaching I’m going to have lots of fun making smoothies for my parties !

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    June 2nd, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Hi Djam,

    Yeah! We’re so happy we could help! And great call! We love freezing our own fresh fruit! It’s a great way to prevent waste, and to stock up when our favorite items are on sale or in season! 🙂

  13. Regina

    September 10th, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Hi is there any difference between the grounded flex and the hold?

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    September 11th, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Hi Regina!

    Thank you so much for reaching out! Both ground and whole flax seed provide our bodies with a healthy dose of insoluble fiber. One of the bonuses of ground flax seed, however, is that, since it is broken down, our bodies can benefit from the insoluble fiber of the outer shell PLUS the soluble fiber that’s contained inside the seed. When eating whole flax seeds, they tend to pass right through the digestive system without being broken down, so we eliminate the soluble fiber. If you have whole flax seed on hand and want to add more soluble fiber to your diet, you can always grind the seeds in a coffee grinder!

    Hope that helps :). Happy Blendin’!

  15. Elizabeth

    September 23rd, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    When you list coconut milk are you referring to coconut milk from a can or in a container in the refrigerated section of the grocery store (like cow’s milk or almond milk)? Is there a difference?

  16. SGS Rawkstar

    September 24th, 2015 at 5:03 am

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Great question! The container doesn’t matter, as much as, making sure you’re reaching for coconut milk + not coconut creme. Coconut creme is higher in fat + has a custard like consistency…reach for coconut milk which is lighter + has a more milk like texture.

    Hope this helps!

  17. Regina

    October 14th, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Hi have have grounded flex seed is that ok to put in a smoothie? Is there any difference in the ones that are not grounded?When will your book be coming out?I have lots of bananas in my freezer and they are change color to like a brown look is it ok to still use them in a smoothie?

  18. SGS Rawkstar

    October 14th, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Regina,

    Great questions! Ground flaxseed is a great choice! Adding flaxseed in ground form to your green smoothie helps your body absorb all of its nutritional benefits!

    We’re so excited! Our book hits shelves on November 3rd! You can pre-order our book online now, and get rawesome bonus goodies! Or pick it up in Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, or Sam’s Club!

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/book

    Bananas changing color in the freezer? No worries! It’s a natural reaction to freezing, the taste + nutrition is still there!

    Cheers to health, happiness, + leafy greens! 🙂

  19. Nickie

    October 29th, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Hi! I absolutely love so many of your recipes! If I don’t have flaxseed is there a good replacement? Thanks!

  20. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    November 1st, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Nickie,

    Yes! Swap in another healthy fat you love. Some of my favorites are coconut oil and avocado. Learn more about our favorites here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/healthy-fats

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