A simple Blueberry and Coconut Smoothie that will have you thinking you are on a tropical beach somewhere. It's quick and easy to make and is perfect sunny morning breakfast. Thick and creamy, and bursting with flavour, it's easy to make vegan too.
We can never have too many smoothie recipes in our life, and hopefully you agree too. This blueberry and coconut smoothie is an easy breakfast or light snack option that has a few ways to adapt it. Kids will love helping to make this super purple smoothie.
If you're looking for more smoothie recipes, try our Frozen Fruit Smoothie, Pear Smoothie, Blackberry Smoothie, Grapefruit Smoothie or Peach Smoothie.
Why you will love it
- A deliciously sweet smoothie
- Thick and creamy
- Kids love it
- Just 241 calories per serving
- Almond milk - Any milk will do, but we used nut milk to keep it vegan.
- Coconut milk - Try to use a light coconut milk.
- Maple syrup - You can use honey, but maple syrup keeps it vegan.
- Blueberries - The fresher, the better.
- Frozen banana - The bananas don't need to be frozen, but it makes it nice and cold. You can use fresh bananas and some ice cubes if you like.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
Step by step
One: Add all of the ingredients to a blender.
Two: Blend until smooth.
How to make a thick smoothie
I think the key to making a thick and creamy smoothie is using some frozen fruit, so we used a frozen banana. I keep a bag of frozen banana slices in the freezer, to add to smoothies and also to make our Banana Nice Cream. You could also use frozen blueberries too if you like.
Using frozen fruit makes it really thick and creamy, as well as cool, without having to use ice which can water it down. The coconut milk also makes it nice and creamy too. You could also add a spoonful of coconut yogurt for some extra thickness and coconut flavour.
What to add to this smoothie
Once you have the basic blueberry coconut smoothie made and poured into your glass, I suggest that you really go to town when it comes to decorating your coconut smoothie. Throw some chunks on coconut on top and a few whole blueberries to make it looks even more appetising.
You could even turn this in to a smoothie bowl and eat it with a spoon. That way, you can pile the toppings high! Add a little less skimmed milk, so it's thicker and then pour it in to a bowl.
Coconut milk is a great way to make vegan smoothies, however it isn't the only milk we have used here. We have used some almond milk too, to thin it out a little. You could use any of your favourite plant based milks - cashew milk or even tiger nut milk would work really well.
Frozen banana and blueberries add lots of natural sweetness to a smoothie, however we have added a little bit extra with some maple syrup. You could swap this for honey, or your favourite liquid sweetener.
If you don't like sweet smoothies, that you could easily leave it out and just have the sweetness from the fruit.
This is such a quick and easy recipe, so it's always best to make it fresh. However, if you have made too much or you want to make it ready for an easy breakfast the next day, then you can store it in the fridge. It will be fine for 24 hours - just make sure to give it a really good stir before serving.
• If you don't have frozen bananas, you can just use unfrozen ripe bananas. Add a couple of ice cubes if you want it nice and cool.
• You can swap the skimmed milk for your favourite milk, or plant based milk if you want to make this vegan.
• You can turn this in to a smoothie bowl by making it a little thicker. Pour it in to a bowl and then load it with toppings.
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Blueberry and Coconut Smoothie
- 500 ml (2 cups) Almond milk
- 200 ml (1 cups) Light coconut milk
- 2 tablespoon Maple syrup
- 150 g (1 cups) Blueberries
- 1 Frozen banana
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- If you don't have frozen bananas, you can just use unfrozen ripe bananas. Add a couple of ice cubes if you want it nice and cool.
- You can swap the skimmed milk for your favourite milk, or plant based milk if you want to make this vegan.
- You can turn this in to a smoothie bowl by making it a little thicker. Pour it in to a bowl and then load it with toppings.
Yummy! This smoothie looks amazing and so delicious! My teens are going to be all over this recipe! Excited to try this tonight!
Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
How can "barleycup" be gluten free? When I lived in Korea, they drank barley tea. It was really refreshing and I loved it. I am assuming they drink that for the same reason this product is made? This smoothie looks amazing.
This looks amazing! I just LOVE coconut and the colour of this smoothie looks so refreshing.
This smoothie looks so good. And blueberry and coconut is such a yummy combo!
Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy
I'm seeing Chicory root in more and more things lately.... Barley cup sounds fascinating! I'll be keeping an eye out for it at the supermarket!
This looks so good! I have never tried Barley Cup but it looks great for smoothies or in my cereal!
Yum! That's exactly the kind of breakfast I like. What great colors and flavors.
kate @ VeggieDesserts
I love the sound of this refreshing smoothie. Barleycup is great. I started drinking it when I was pregnant and desperate for something to stop my caffeine addiction - it worked! I still have it in the afternoons when I need to stop drinking coffee or I'll be up all night.
Another fab smoothie recipe! I am luckily in that my kids love smoothies so it's easy to get them to eat fruit. More smoothie recipes are always welcome xx
I love blueberry smoothies but I haven't tried it with coconut. It sounds very tropical.
Where can I buy barley cup from? My husband needs to drink less coffee and this would help.
Hi Kellie, you can buy Barleycup from Holland & Barrett stores as well as independent health food stores nationwide and online :)
Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
I'm a fan of smoothies for breakfast too! I like starting my day packing a lot of nutrition into one glass, and I always use banana. Blueberries are one of my favorites to add to cereal, yogurt, and smoothies - especially this time of the year when they start to be really in season in the U.S.!
This is so new to me and loved the recipe! Thanks for info!
Thanks for all the information about Barleycup, had not heard of it. Love that there is no added sugar and caffeine free !
Thanks for this idea! I'd never heard of Barleycup but it sounds like a great way to boost a smoothie!
Kim @ Three Olives Branch
This looks delicious! And the Barleycup sounds amazing, such a great idea!
I've never seen or heard of Barley Cup. Sounds interesting- I'll look for it to try.
Looks a unique and tasty smoothie! This is so interesting for me and I would love to try this at home.
My blueberry smoothies never turn out this colour :(
I made this for the whole family alongside some cereal this morning and they all drank it with no complaints. The coconut milk in it is great.
We didn't have any of the barley cup, but I am going to look out for it as I drink way too much coffee.