Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie

When in Rome, do as the Romans.

When in the Caribbean, consume as much coconut and as many cold creamy beverages made using coconut as possible.

Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Tastes like a slice of coconut cream pie! Creamy, smooth, & no sugar added!

I really liked the Cinnamon Raisin Bread Smoothies using graham crackers blended into them, and figured what the heck, let’s try it again.

This time, graham crackers are the ‘pie crust’ of a coconut cream pie.

Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Tastes like a slice of coconut cream pie! Creamy, smooth, & no sugar added!

A stretch? Maybe a little but not really.

I happen to love coconut cream pie and wanted to recreate it without turning on my oven. Baking pie crusts and pies and messing with meringue is not something to do on vacation.

Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Tastes like a slice of coconut cream pie! Creamy, smooth, & no sugar added!

With this smoothie I focused on the natural wonderfulness of coconut and coconut milk and the smoothie turned out so creamy and rich and it’s vegan.

Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Tastes like a slice of coconut cream pie! Creamy, smooth, & no sugar added!

There’s a time and place for Creamy Cookie Butter White Chocolate Banana Smoothies and Chocolate Cake Batter Milkshakes, but feeling like you just drank your dessert and 789 calories in 3.7 seconds is fun of course, but not something you’d probably want to make a habit of for breakfast or for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Tastes like a slice of coconut cream pie! Creamy, smooth, & no sugar added!

And in Aruba, I have a tendency to chug-a-lug at warp speed and try not to drink my desserts on a daily basis because I’d rather eat them. Malibu Rum Fruit Loops Treats anyone?

It’s just a wee bit toasty here in August, or really, any month of the year. Aruba is just north of the Equator so it’s really not much hotter in August than it is in December and staying hydrated, preferably with lots of coconut beverages, is key.

Aruba - Palm Beach

This smoothie hit the spot after a day at the beach. There was a bit of texture retained from the graham crackers and coconut flakes blended in and the bananas added perfect creaminess, and I loved every coconutty second while I was guzzling.

And convinced myself, without much effort, that I was indeed drinking a coconut cream pie.

Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Tastes like a slice of coconut cream pie! Creamy, smooth, & no sugar added!

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Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free)

Tastes like a slice of coconut cream pie! Creamy, smooth, & no sugar added. Refreshing and just hits the spot after a workout, for a snack, or for a quick and easy breakfast.

Yield: About 12 ounces

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes


2 ripe small/medium or 1 1/2 large bananas (previously frozen in chunks is ideal so you don't need ice)

1 standard full-size graham cracker

1/2 to 2/3 cup chilled coconut milk (or substitute with almond, cashew, soy or rice milk, etc.)

1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut flakes

sweeter, optional and to taste (zero-calorie, stevia, etc.)

1/2 teaspoon coconut or vanilla extract (or both)


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. (Nabisco Honey Maid Original Graham Crackers are ‘accidentally vegan’ or use gluten-free graham crackers as necessary)

Garnish with a sprinkle of coconut or graham cracker crumbs. Serve immediately.

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Cinnamon Raisin Bread Smoothie (vegan, GF) – like drinking a slice of cinnamon raisin bread

Chocolate Coconut Princess Smoothie

Caramel Maple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Do you like coconut or coconut oil?

I know some people don’t like it and it’s definitely one of those flavors that you either do or don’t like, with very little middle ground.

The older I get, the more I just love coconut and coconut oil. I didn’t bring any coconut oil with me because I didn’t want to deal with the glass jar and with it liquifying and possibly breaking or leaking in my suitcase and they don’t sell it here, but I miss it.

Here are my coconut and coconut oil recipes

Thanks for the Vegan a la Mode Cookbook Giveaway entries and have a great weekend!


87 Responses to “Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie”

  1. Jess — August 10, 2012 at 12:25 am (#

    Wow I LOVE coconut! Amazing! I am very keen to make one Or ten of these!!! :)

  2. Erica — August 10, 2012 at 1:49 am (#

    LOVE coconut! This looks so creamy and delicious. A dream drink!

  3. Melissa (Better Fit) — August 10, 2012 at 3:05 am (#

    I definitely love coconut. I love using it in curries. Unfortunately my husband doesn’t agree, so when we make it at home we don’t tend to use coconut milk in curries.

    Looks like a fantastic smoothie- and definitely appropriate to your surroundings!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 10, 2012 at 5:50 am (#

      My hubs says he doesn’t like things or that he’s not the biggest fan and then I just serve it and half the time he’s like oh this is great! And I just smile. I do make so.many.things that he can’t even keep it all straight and has learned to just partake and enjoy…ha!

  4. Aimee @ ShugarySweets — August 10, 2012 at 4:49 am (#

    Looks gorgeous. The drink and the beach!!

  5. Paula — August 10, 2012 at 5:18 am (#

    I have a little love affair with all things coconut. Homemade coconut butter is on my to-do list this weekend so shredded coconut is on the grocery list. It is cool today for August and it is supposed to rain. I think I’ll make this smoothie and stay in this afternoon! Bummer that you can’t get some coconut oil in Aruba.

  6. katie @ KatieDid — August 10, 2012 at 5:34 am (#

    I’m surprised you didnt suggest throwing some of that leftover malibu in there!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 10, 2012 at 5:48 am (#

      I just edited to add :) Normally I rattle off a laundry list of optional ideas and realized I didn’t do that on this one so just put rum as an optional tweak (but a fun one!)

  7. Heather (Where's the Beach) — August 10, 2012 at 6:25 am (#

    I’m really not a coconut fan – except for in those darn Girl Scout cookies LOL. But I find that I can handle it more now than when I was a kid as long as it’s not overpowering.

  8. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — August 10, 2012 at 6:44 am (#

    Coconut drinks at the beach…does it get much better than that? I don’t think so. I’ll trade you my front porch for your beach ;)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 10, 2012 at 10:30 am (#

      I still drool over your tack-sharp images They are so light, airy, just perfect! Never change your camera body, lens, or lighting conditions – you have the equivalent of your Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe for photography :)

  9. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — August 10, 2012 at 7:12 am (#

    I’m a die hard coconut fan… And now you’re telling me I can drink it! HALLELUJAH!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 10, 2012 at 10:29 am (#

      you’d be happy with this one and yesterday I made some Malibu Rum Fruit Loops bars and was thinking of your Kahlua RKTreats the whole time!

  10. claire @ the realistic nutritionist — August 10, 2012 at 7:29 am (#

    I’d love like 10 of those cute little shooters, please! so perfect for the Caribbean!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 10, 2012 at 10:30 am (#

      I found those glasses for $1 each at a little grocery store here! Perfect for photography!

  11. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy — August 10, 2012 at 8:36 am (#

    my mouth is watering. literally watering! it looks so creamy and delicious! genius idea with the graham crackers! so glad you’re having fun on your trip!

  12. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — August 10, 2012 at 8:50 am (#

    I want to dunk my head in this RIGHT NOW! How luscious is that smoothie!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 10, 2012 at 10:31 am (#

      I want to dunk my head in your whole roundup – and thanks again for the linky love!

  13. Terry (My Journey With Candida) — August 10, 2012 at 10:02 am (#

    I am at some point going to try this recipe. I need to find or make graham crackers without sugar in it.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 10, 2012 at 10:25 am (#

      there are lots of DIY graham recipes floating around – you need to buy graham flour (Bobs Red Mill makes it) and it’s usually an online-only purchase and then just doctor that up with an egg, water/milk, cinnamon & spices, roll out your dough, bake off!

  14. Alex @ Smoothie Maker — August 10, 2012 at 10:11 am (#

    That coconut smoothie looks good enough to be used in a commercial, the real question is does it taste as good? I guess I’ll have to find out ;)

  15. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — August 10, 2012 at 10:26 am (#

    This looks delicious! Pie in a smoothie? I’m in!

  16. Laura Dembowski — August 10, 2012 at 10:53 am (#

    I have been wanting to try coconut oil, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. This smoothie looks so yummy and sounds super healthy, always a bonus. I haven’t had a smoothie in years, but you’re making me crave one.

  17. Angela / Canned Time — August 10, 2012 at 11:07 am (#

    I just made a glass of this up for lunch……would it be too much to have it again for dinner? Awesome. I used Almond Milk but will try it soon with the coconut. Love it!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm (#

      Love that you made it so fast! Thanks for the quick field report and glad you loved it!

    • Angela / Canned Time — August 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm (#

      Yea, you know it’s a fantastic recipe when you get up from the computer and go make it right then
      I never would have put shredded coconut in a drink like that but it was perfect. Really creamy mixed with the banana and then you get little bits of the coconut. Loved it!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm (#

      exactly! ‘Really creamy mixed with the banana and then you get little bits of the coconut’ — glad you liked it so much and got right up from your computer!

  18. Meghan — August 10, 2012 at 11:14 am (#

    I love coconut anything! I could happily drink this everyday!

  19. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 10, 2012 at 11:52 am (#

    Oh my, this looks like heaven!

  20. Jennie @themessybakerblog — August 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm (#

    I’m going to need one of these coconut cream pie smoothies. They look so good. I can hear them calling my name.

  21. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — August 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm (#

    Oooo yum. Coconut Cream Pie is my all time favorite :) I make one every Thanksgiving – my mom’s recipe! I always add a little nutmeg to the mix. I think that would work here as well!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm (#

      And if I had any, I was going to use it – then right after I made it, I thought well cinnamon would have worked, but I was so thirsty I chugged before thinking the minute the pics were done :)

  22. Jolene ( — August 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm (#

    I like coconut and coconut oil a lot but always forget to use my coconut oil for cooking/baking etc..

  23. Hannah — August 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm (#

    Those shakes look SO rich and creamy, it must be like a little island getaway in a glass. The only thing missing now is my gorgeous beach view! ;)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm (#

      and congrats on the Top 100 list – saw your name on that earlier today!

  24. deirdre — August 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm (#

    Most of the time when I read your blog posts I think, “Oh No She Didn’t!” That is one of my all time favorite desserts…and in drinkable healthy form. Oh Yes Please! Glad that trip is doing you well and many thanks for sharing your temptations!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm (#

      Oh yes I did :) And glad this is one of your fave desserts (in a cup now!)

  25. Jen @ Savory Simple — August 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm (#

    Anything with coconut milk is an automatic winner for me!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 10, 2012 at 8:19 pm (#

      and i saw your drunken shortcake bars on every food site, pinterest, etc and am thinking about those things – love cherries!

  26. Marina@Picnic at Marina — August 10, 2012 at 8:17 pm (#

    Surprisingly yes, I love coconut water, milk,and coconut in general. I guess because it’s a nut, not a dessert :) And I am nuts about nuts, any nuts except peanut. Although, peanut technically belongs to legumes species.
    Funny how I fell in love with coconut water: I was after workout, all thirsty, in the store to pick up something, and there it was, a carton of coconut water staring at me, asking me to give it a try… :) I am sure that coconut water from fresh coconut is much better, so enjoy! :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm (#

      crazy that you love all nuts except peanuts and they are my #1 nut! I like raw/unbaking with cashews but for eating, peanuts lead the way. Well I didn’t have fresh coconut water for this smoothie – but have had it in the past – super good!

    • Marina@Picnic at Marina — August 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm (#

      I love cashews too, although my #1 is walnut. Just love it! Then “naked” almonds: I soak raw almonds in the water overnight, and in the morning the skin pills off easy: those almonds are the best! Have a good weekend, well, you are on vacations, so have a good time off… :)

  27. Michele Sparrow — August 10, 2012 at 9:15 pm (#

    Oh wow! I absolutely love all things coconut. And I love that you put graham cracker into the smoothie so it’s floating around in the shake – PERFECT. There should be texture in all yummy desserts, and this is definitely dessert in a glass! This is definitely going on my list of treats to make my family, soon! The pics of that smoothie are outstanding, too, btw!! :-)

  28. Monet — August 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm (#

    Beautiful! Not only do I want to go to the beach, but I also want to make one dozen of these smoothies! I love coconut (in all forms) and I can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing!

  29. vanillasugarblog — August 11, 2012 at 9:24 am (#

    I LOVE using coconut juice in smoothies.
    It is so good for you, especially after a workout.
    I am addicted to pure coconut juice and water.

  30. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — August 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm (#

    The only thing more beautiful than your pictures of San Diego are pictures of Aruba! Love coconut cream pie — it’s one of my all-time favorite desserts! I love the smoothie idea, so much less fuss than an entire pie!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm (#

      awww you’re too sweet re my pics! If you like Coc Cream Pie, then this is for you!

  31. absolute health fitness — August 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm (#

    Great idea! Coconut is delicious and it has lots of health benefits!

  32. Tamara — August 12, 2012 at 6:38 am (#

    Oh, yes please! I’ll be making this asap!

    • Tamara — September 2, 2012 at 11:35 am (#

      Finally made this! I don’t know what took me so long. It is SO good! Even yummier than the raisin bread smoothie (although they’re both divine).

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 2, 2012 at 11:51 am (#

      That’s so good to hear you liked it and yes, very different than the raisin bread smoothie (which is more fall-like) to me; depending on my mood, I dig them both!

    • Tamara — September 2, 2012 at 11:55 am (#

      Agreed, on both counts! I liked this one so much I had to share it on FB while I was still sipping. ;)

  33. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — August 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm (#

    I heart coconut like nothing else!! Keep on bringing the fun coconut recipes!!! I so wish I was on a fun island drinking this yummy smoothie!!! It looks so awesome!!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 12, 2012 at 5:16 pm (#

      I posted the coconut blondies today too – I am just in a big coconut-love fest :)

  34. sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm (#

    PLEASE please please please please do NOT stop the coconut recipes from coming ok?!?!? I love baking with coconut and until recently, I had never used toasted coconut in a recipe before. My tropical granola is overloaded with the stuff and it is, by far, the BEST part of the granola! And coconut oil is another all-star for me! CCK posted a 3 ingredient chocolate bar recipe using it and I remade it… phenomenal. I’m sure you’ve seen it on SBA but it’s cocoa powder, coconut oil, and some sweetener. AMAZING. Dark, rich chocolate and so creamy. I’ve never had or cooked with coconut milk before, Averie! I am intrigued.

    I feel like my coconut-baking-world is opening up lately by reading about all your Aruba recipes!!! LOVE it.

  35. Amy @ fragrantvanillacake — August 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm (#

    This smoothie sounds wonderful! I love coconut cream pie, but don’t always want to go through the work of making one, so this would be perfect :)!

  36. Jessie — August 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm (#

    Have been dreaming about this since I read about it and just made it. So good! Thanks for sharing the great recipe!!!

  37. marla — October 28, 2012 at 5:13 pm (#

    Love this! Linking back to this post in an upcoming FFC post :)

  38. Betty A Callahan — April 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm (#

    I love both, coconut and coconut oil. I make soaps, lotions etc as gifts for people in need, and use coconut oil in them, plus I like a bit of the oil in my cereal in the mornings, it is good from our bodies and brains.

  39. Mrsobbg — April 2, 2013 at 10:52 am (#

    I love your drinks! I also go to Aruba :). Where exactly is this beach?

  40. Liz — September 28, 2013 at 6:34 am (#

    Love this drink and this is what I would make for my concoction. I’d add some rum for something a little special.

    • Averie Sunshine — September 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm (#

      Glad to hear you love this one! Rum sounds perfect in it :)

  41. Avra-Sha Faohla — July 17, 2014 at 11:59 am (#

    This was great! I used regular milk and vanilla extract, and there was still a good amount of coconut flavor. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Laura — January 1, 2015 at 6:19 am (#

    Hi! This looks delicious! I just have one problem; I live in Belgium and we don’t have Graham Crackers here. Is there anything I can substitute them with?
    I always feel sad when I find a delicious-looking recipe and it turns out we don’t have the ingredients over here (or they’re exceptionally expensive).

    • Averie Sunshine — January 2, 2015 at 1:53 am (#

      Any sweet cracker/biscuit will be fine and if you don’t have any, you can omit in this recipe.

  43. Diane Weiss @ Pick My Roaster Oven — May 13, 2015 at 6:53 am (#

    Summer the season of coconut inspired recipe. But this baby will always hot. And i love it. Coconut cream pie smoothie, definitely going to make it!

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