This post is sponsored by the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission. I received a gift card and accessories as reimbursement for ingredients and time. I told the story of my berry-filled history on Monday when I shared my recipe for Raspberry Poppy Seed Dressing. I spent a lot of time around them, and should probably not want anything to do with berries anymore. Quite the opposite is true. I live in berry country, and when the 4th of July arrives, I start scoping out berry stands and farms, watching for the first “Raspberries” sign to pop up. Fortunately, one of the local farms I can always count on was ready with juicy raspberries and blackberries when it was time to pick up my ingredients for this smoothie. My daughter was with me, and it was all I could do to keep her from eating them all on the way home.
When the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission talked to me about making a smoothie, I almost immediately decided it was going to contain coconut. I had originally planned to also use pineapple, but I wanted the flavor of the berries to shine, and not be overpowered by the tropical fruit. In the end, I went simpler than I thought I would, but I’m telling you, it was the right call. This, paired with the salad, made for a perfect summer evening.
Berry Colada Smoothie
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries or blackberries
1 cup coconut water ice cubes (coconut water frozen in an ice cube tray)
1 tablespoon cream of coconut
6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt
Blend together in a blender until smooth. I made one raspberry and one blackberry, and swirled the two together in one glass.
Both of my kids happened to be around (because they heard I was making smoothies) and they gave these a thumbs-up. Did you know raspberries and blackberries are good for you in all kinds of vitamin and antioxidant-filled ways? You can feel good about giving them to your kids, whether they’re little ones or big, giant ones, like mine.
The best part about this smoothie is that you can enjoy it any time of the year. As a former cannery employee, I can tell you with certainty that you can find Oregon raspberries and blackberries in the freezer case year round.
Raspberry week isn’t over quite yet – come back for Friday Favorites this week! Any guesses what the topic might be?