I know what you’re thinking. Cinnamon? In my tropical smoothie? I just got used to the idea of making all this healthy stuff drinkable, and now you want me to combine island fruit with cinnamon?? Yes. Yes I do. Trust me on this!
Adding cinnamon to my smoothie happened completely by accident, although I’m not quite sure how exactly the accident came about. I might have been in a rush one morning and accidentally added it to my smoothie. I might have read about the health benefits of cinnamon and the suggestion to add it to smoothies and decided I’d try, even though the smoothie I’d made that morning wasn’t exactly conducive to cinnamon’s spice. Or I might have just thought, I wonder how this would taste…
However it happened, one morning I surprised myself with the unexpected flavor of cinnamon with my pineapple and mango. But I surprised myself even more by falling in love with it! It soon became one of my favorite smoothies. And, my friends, the rest is history.
The banana and coconut milk in this thick smoothie give it a creamy and velvety texture. The warm, sunny flavors of the tropical fruits combine perfectly with the warm, spicy flavor of cinnamon. It all blends up quick to bring a nutritious, sweet start to your morning that is surprisingly tasty! I also recommend sipping this drink outside on a hot day! (Propped up feet are optional.) This smoothie tastes just like a luxurious summer escape. 🙂
- 1 c. coconut milk
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 ripe large banana, peeled
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds, optional (omit for AIP)
- Notice how the ingredient list above creates an awesome accidental cascading thing.
- Add all ingredients to a blender jar. Cover and blend on medium speed until smooth and combined, about 3 minutes. Pour into a drinking glass and enjoy!
I’m sharing this delicious cinnamon tropical smoothie at the 33rd Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable!