My friend Caroline – who authors the lovely blog Chocolate & Carrots – is having a baby!!!
I’m so happy to celebrate this exciting news by participating in a virtual baby shower – put on by Erin from Texanerin Baking – along with a bunch of other talented bloggers.
I opted for a beverage (alcohol-free for the mom-to-be, of course) and came up with this frosty drink that combines flavors of a pina colada and carrot cake.
I know it may sound a bit strange, but trust me when I tell you that this refreshing drink is deeeeelicious!
The smoothie component of this colada is comprised of coconut milk, frozen banana, shredded carrots, and the warm spices found in carrot cake. The frozen banana gives the colada a thick consistency, but the banana flavor is out-shined by the other ingredients.
As for the whipped coconut cream, well… it’s exactly what it sounds like! Simply chill a can of full-fat coconut milk until the cream rises to the top, and whip it with a bit of vanilla and sugar until light and fluffy. Voila! Vegan whipped cream.
There may not be any chocolate involved, but I bet Caroline would enjoy this Carrot Cake Colada with Whipped Coconut Cream =).
Congratulations Caroline and Logan!
Carrot Cake Colada with Whipped Coconut Cream
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Keywords: beverage dessert vegan coconut carrots smoothie
Ingredients (1 serving)
for one Colada (can easily be multiplied):
- 1/2 cup chilled coconut milk beverage (from a carton, not a can), well-shaken
- 1 large ripe banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
- 1/2 cup finely chopped ripe pineapple
- 1/2 cup shredded carrot (about 1 large carrot)
- ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to taste
- 3-4 ice cubes
Whipped Coconut Cream:
- 1 can full fat unsweetened coconut milk, well-chilled
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tsp unrefined granulated sugar
Chill the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator until very cold; preferably overnight.
Open the can and scoop out the solidified layer of coconut cream on top; place in the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl). Whip coconut cream using the whisk attachment (or using an electric hand-held mixer) until soft peaks form. Whip in vanilla extract and sugar. Set aside.
Combine all ingredients for the colada in a blender and blend until well-combined. Serve in a tall glass topped with a bit of the whipped coconut cream.
Be sure to check out all of the contributions to Caroline’s virtual baby shower by visiting these links!
Healthy Food For Living – Carrot Cake Colada
Bran Appetit – Strawberry Mint Sparkling Lemonade
Baked Bree – Pancetta and Chive Quiche
Simply Whole Kitchen – Mini Quinoa Bites with Goat Cheese Pesto
Food Doodles – Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Filled Whole Wheat Cream Puffs
Kevin & Amanda – Baby Cinnamon Buns
Baked by Rachel – Mini Lemon Lime Cheesecakes
Bake Your Day- No Bake Lemon Cheesecakes with Lemon Blueberry Sauce
Eat Good 4 Life – No Bake Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes
Fearless Homemaker – Angel Food Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Cream
Itzy’s Kitchen – 10 Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies
Texanerin Baking – 100% Whole Grain Chocolate Carrot Cake Cupcakes