By posting this Wild Blueberry Coconut Cream Swirl Smoothie, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.Wild Blueberry Coconut Cream Swirl Smoothie. Creamy, sweet, tart and packed with intense Wild Blueberry flavor.
Are frozen Wild Blueberries a staple in your freezer? They are in ours. Lucca loves to eat them thawed and straight up (he gets a cute purple mustache and little blue dyed fingers to go along with them), but we also use them often in overnight oats, pancakes and, our favorite use, smoothies. Frozen Wild Blueberries are used in pretty much all of the smoothies we blend up. They are so sweet, packed with intense blueberry flavor and up the tastiness of every smoothie.
Even though current temps are cold (ahem…freezing!), winter is actually the prime smoothie making and drinking season. Which makes sense as most of us are trying to eat more healthfully and include more fruits and veggies in our diet during the post-holiday months. And smoothies tend to be an easy, quick and delicious way to add nutrition into busy days. Frozen Wild Blueberries are a natural sweet addition and provide a powerful nutrition punch to any smoothie.
This is one of our favorite smoothies: Wild Blueberry Coconut Cream Swirl Smoothie. Perfect to jump start your day as breakfast, but also rich, sweet and creamy enough for dessert, especially with the coconut cream swirl stirred in (YUM). I love my smoothies creamy vs icy/frosty, so always have some sort of milk (dairy, soy or coconut) or coconut cream in them. Feel free to skip the coconut cream if you want a lighter smoothie.
We also love using nuts in our smoothies, to add richness, nuttiness plus healthy fats, protein and fiber for hunger satisfying power.
This smoothie is packed with good-for-you ingredients, including:
• Kefir: rich in probiotic cultures (beneficial bacteria), protein and calcium
• Walnuts: rich in heart smart omega-3 fatty acids (ALA), protein and fiber
• Chia seeds: rich in heart smart omega-3 fatty acids and fiber
• Whole milk: rich in protein, calcium and Vitamin D
• Frozen Wild Blueberries: twice the antioxidant capacity of larger cultivated berries. Emerging research shows that Wild Blueberries may play a role in gut health, diabetes, cancer and brain health.
Wild blueberries have a more intense blueberry flavor than cultivated blueberries, as they occur naturally (grow wild) in barrens and fields in Maine (oh, how I love Maine) and Eastern Canada, and are genetically diverse, which gives them their complex tart and sweet flavor. The vast majority (99%) of Wild Blueberries are frozen (quick flash frozen) at harvest, locking in flavor and health benefits. So, when you’re looking for Wild Blueberries, look for them in the frozen fruit section of your local grocery store. Look for Wild on the packaging.
Here’s how to make this Wild Blueberry Coconut Cream Swirl Smoothie:
- • ¼ 14 oz can coconut cream (We used Trader Joe’s brand)
- • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp frozen Wild Blueberries, divided (plus a few additional for garnish, if desired)
- • ¼ cup whole milk
- • ½ cup plain low-fat kefir
- • ¼ cup raw walnuts
- • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- Add coconut cream to a medium mixing bowl.
- Using a handheld mixer, beat coconut cream for 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Add 1 Tbsp frozen Wild Blueberries to the bottom of each of 2 glasses.
- Top Wild Blueberries with 2 Tbsp coconut cream in each glass.
- In a blender, combine remaining frozen Wild Blueberries, milk, kefir, walnuts, chia seeds and maple syrup.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour equally into 2 glasses.
- Top glasses with remaining coconut cream.
- Using a spoon or straw, give the coconut cream a swirl into the smoothies.
- Top with a few additional frozen wild blueberries for garnish, if desired.
Note: you can also blend the full 14 oz can of coconut cream to make a large batch of coconut whipped cream and keep it in the fridge for a few days to use in other smoothies, coffee or as a dessert topping.
Disclosure: I serve on the health professional board for the California Walnut Board and Commission, however all opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this post. I just love walnuts and include them in our daily snacks and meals.