Skinny Coconut Daiquiri

by on August 30, 2013

I’m not sure if mentioned it or not (probably not), but while we were on our honeymoon in St. Croix this summer I became the resident mixologist. We had a blender at the villa so just about every morning I woke up and made some sort of concoction. If it was really early I would make a non-alcoholic smoothie to sip, but once mid-morning hit island life kicked in and I started adding a little rum.

Given that we were on an island in the Caribbean, we had a ton of tropical fruit to work with, Cruzan rum at our disposal (it’s made on the island) and nothing on our agenda besides sitting on the beach all day…

St. Croix View

Obviously mid-morning cocktails were necessary. ;)

coconut cocktail

Groceries were outrageously expensive on the island so we ate out for most meals, but one of the few items I bought was a container of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze. I wanted to have it for overnight oats and smoothies, but it also came in handy with all the cocktail making.

coconut meat

As did this freshly chopped coconut we picked up from the St. Croix farmers market.

coconut meat

One drink I became particularly fond of was my lightened-up coconut daiquiri. It tastes just like the beach!

Almond Milk Coconut Daiquiri

Almond Breeze Island Style = fully equipped with shades and rum. ;)

Most of the coconut drinks made at the restaurants and bars we visited were made with Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut, which btw, has 130 calories and 20 grams of sugar in a 2 Tablespoon serving! No wonder one frozen coconut drink typically has upwards of 500 calories.

Since I was making this cocktail myself, I was able to keep it creamy, but on the lighter side (less calories and sugar) using unsweetened almond milk. I used a frozen banana for sweetness and texture — frozen bananas make the best smoothies! For the coconut flavor, I added fresh coconut meat (you can use unsweetened dried coconut for the same effect) and Cruzan coconut rum. You can always leave the rum out for a non-alcoholic version. Without the rum, this “daiquiri” would be great as a breakfast smoothie or an after dinner treat for the kids.

Skinny Coconut Daiquiri

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Skinny Coconut Daiquiri
 
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
  • 1 medium-large frozen banana, chopped into chunks before freezing
  • ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut or chunks of fresh coconut meat
  • ½ cup (4 oz) coconut rum (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smoothie. Pour into two glasses and drink up.

I figured since it’s the Friday before a long weekend, today would be the perfect day to share the recipe. Enjoy!

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Danica @ It's Progression August 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm

yum!! This drink just screams summer to me…love coconut AND daiquiris :)

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Carissa August 30, 2013 at 4:07 pm

That looks fantastic! I’m ready for one now…perfect for Labor Day weekend sipping!

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Josie August 30, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Have to try making this drink sounds amazing.

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Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves August 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Ahh I would totally make this virgin for my mom and myself! We love all things coconut and all things tropical :) All we need is a beach!

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Amie @ coffeeandcoconuts.wordpress.com August 31, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Omg this looks amazing! I have been on a total smoothie kick lately so I’m going to try this next. Plus this is my favorite almond milk! Yum yum

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Gwen August 31, 2013 at 5:10 pm

I love that this is a “skinny” cocktail without any artificial sweeteners!

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Julia @ Basket of Juls August 31, 2013 at 9:06 pm

What a great idea, and a great way to savor the end of summer! :)

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jodye @ chocolate and chou flier August 31, 2013 at 9:27 pm

This drink sounds amazing! I’m such a fan of creamy coconut drinks, and I love how you lightened this version up. I’ll have to try it out when I get my hands on some fresh coconut meat!

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Daniel September 1, 2013 at 1:45 am

Yay !!! This drink is amazing. I am going to try with fruit juices substituted for the almond milk next. But I do love, love, love me some almond milk.

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Brittany Mullins September 2, 2013 at 11:07 am

Thanks for trying it!

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Tara | Treble in the Kitchen September 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm

OMG! This looks absolutely amazing!!! I can’t wait to try…luckily Brian doesn’t like coconut so I will get this treat all to myself!

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Joyce September 2, 2013 at 1:51 am

You have to see if Almond Breeze has ever marketed themselves “complete with shades”. They need to send you several cases and a stipend to be a mixologist for them. :). Too cute!

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Joyce September 2, 2013 at 1:54 am

Oops. Just saw your disclaimer about your partnership. :)

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char eats greens September 2, 2013 at 9:33 am

Sounds delicious!

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Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet Stuff September 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

This looks so refreshing! Can’t wait to try!

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Stephanie @cookinfanatic September 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm

this looks so so good!!! and morning beverages on vacation esp by the ocean are TOTALLY necessary, just sayin ;)

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alex clarkson September 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

This drink looks simply delicious, will try it soon.

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe September 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm

This looks perfect – normally I’m turned off by the richness of coconut drinks, but this one looks to be right up my alley! I love the creaminess that the frozen banana adds!

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