Peach Banana Colada Smoothie

When weather is warm I crave fruit more so than other times of the year.

And it’s plenty warm here in Aruba.

So fruit smoothies have been in full swing.

They’re also easy, fast, plant-based, naturally vegan and gluten free.

And kiddie-approved, too.

She begs me for smoothies.  There are far worse things she could beg me for.

This is an easy request:

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Peach Banana Colada Smoothie (non-alcoholic)

2 small/medium bananas (previously frozen is ideal but not essential)

1 c peaches (I used canned peaches in light syrup, but fresh would be great)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 c ice cubes (use your judgment)

1/4 c white sugar (or sweetener to taste such as honey, agave, sugar, stevia, vanilla NuNaturals stevia drops.  Some may find sweetener optional but I don’t)

The remainder is optional:

1/4 c milk (nut milk, vanilla flavored nut milk, milk, cream, or peach mango milk)

1/3 c additional fruit (such strawberries, mango, pineapple, plums, nectarines, papaya, honeydew, cantaloupe, etc.)

1/4 c yogurt

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 scoop neutral or vanilla flavored protein powder

top with a handful of granola, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, raisins

For the adults: 1 to 2 ounces rum (dark rum, light rum, Malibu)

Blend everything in Vita-Mix, Magic Bullet, or blender until smooth.

Yields: one hearty portion or two more moderate portions.  Or, double the recipe, pour into plastic glasses and freeze, and pull out of the freezer as needed over the next few days to save time.

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Add everything to the Magic Bullet.  I left the Vita at home. Blend and enjoy!


These have been great in the mornings…

…and also in the afternoons after the beach when we’re hot, tired, need something but don’t want to eat anything too heavy before dinner.

And maybe just maybe Scott and I may have been spiking ours with a little rum.  Maybe.

It was awesome reading over the comments on my last post, Local Aruba Sights, about your traveling adventures and whether you like to see the local sights when you travel and just how many “touristy” things you do.  Or avoid.

And please keep the comments coming on both the Business Cards Giveaway

And my post on Career Fantasy & Doing What You WantI love these!

Questions:

1. Do you like pina coladas?  Or peach coladas?

Yes, both.

But I like peach pina coladas better.

Something about the peach and the pineapple really hits the spot for me.  Vintage pictures, 2009

2. How’s your week going?  Anything exciting going on?

Being on vacation has been fabulous for me.  It’s given me some time to recharge my batteries and do some major thinking, soul searching, and pondering.

And it also has given me time to take care of some blog housekeeping details.  Like, I updated my Beverages/Smoothie Recipes Tab so you an find some recent hits more easily.  Thrilling, I know.

What’s been going on with you?

56 comments on “Peach Banana Colada Smoothie”

  1. mmm, this looks wonderful! I’m digging the idea of a peach colada. I used to be a pineapple fiend but sort of outgrew it…so sweet! I think rum is more than appropriate for a cold smoothie while sitting on the beach, though ;)
    I’m glad being in Aruba for a break has given you time to think and recharge. Nothing exciting going on here except trying to break a new record for most tissues used in a week ;) I think I’ve already broken it…

  2. Your sunny and beachy Aruba photos make me so happy! Lounging around on vacation is a good time to soul-search isn’t it?!
    I crave fruit and fruit smoothies like crazy when it’s hot. Last summer I ate an entire cantaloupe in the span of about thirty minutes. They are just too good!

  3. Perfection. Simply perfection. And I LOVE that it’s in a jar! ;-)

  4. i never understood the meaning of “it is TOO HOT out” til i went to aruba. honestly, between 2-3 pm it is even too hot for me, and i adore sun and heat…the reason for siestas – i get it!
    not a fruit flavour fan…chocolate or vanilla, yes. so have never tried a pina colada or any other fruity beverage (and please no fruit in my ice cream).
    enjoy your relaxation time, and hope those ideas and a-ha’s keep flowing (like the rum!).
    have a great day – you sure have lucked out with better weather than in december!

  5. Hi love!

    I am just enjoying all the beautiful pics : ) you guys are for sure having a beautiful vacation!

    I love this smoothie! Sounds so yum and refreshing! I do like Pina Coladas, I dont drink them much, but when on a beach, I have had one before! Love it!

    Katie xoxo <3

  6. smoothies are my daily fix during the summer. those sound right up my alley, maybe a little rum too.
    hehe.

  7. averie, i just found your blog and wanted to say i love the vibe with which you go through life :) aruba looks like a blast and i’m feeling more relaxed just checking out your posts. as a new-ish yogi, i am also inspired by your workouts (and poses! amazing!) + balanced approach to exercise.

  8. mmmmm this sounds fantastic! Gotta love the magic bullet!! I definitely like every colada I’ve ever tried ;). I actually prefer them sans alcohol (so…really a smoothie).

  9. Ugh, I have been a smoothie monster lately!!! This one sounds delicious!

  10. Smoothies sound absolutely perfect in Aruba on vacation! Skylar’s lucky to have a mom who knows her way around the Vita-mix or Magic Bullet. ;) Cantaloupes are a perfect add-in, and so is the rum for the over-21 crowd haha.

  11. What a perfect beach drink. I made a healthier pina colada last year using bananas, coconut rum, and pineapples. The sweetness from the rum was all you really needed.

  12. The smoothie looks delicious — I’m not a huge pina colada fan (I’d never order one but I’d drink one!) but it sounds very refreshing right now!

  13. Now a peach colada sounds right up my alley! Yum!

    No exciting plans this week, just more doctor’s appointments. Not looking forward to today! Although the results of my bloodwork came back, ugh hypothyroidism. Considering every woman in my family has it, I really shouldn’t be surprised, but what a pain!

  14. This smoothie looks so refreshing, especially on the beach! I’m bringing my Magic Bullet with me on vacation this summer so we can whip up some smoothies in the hotel!

  15. omg that looks so good. i can’t wait for smoothies this summer! anything with peach in it is fine by me!
    what’s new with me? i put in my notice at my law firm and my last day is tuesday. i’m taking the summer off to reflect and figure out where i want to take my career and life next (i bookmarked your dream job post). oh, and i got my first tattoo on monday night! durga. i love it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durga
    http://tinyurl.com/3rhpsb7

  16. you have the best smoothie creations! I get blender happy and just throw in anything I think might “work” in a smoothie and the flavors tend to get lost. I think I need to start picking a theme for the flavors and cut down the number of things I throw in so that the flavors meld together better. Glad your enjoying your vacation and getting time to just breathe.

  17. Peach and banana just scream summer! It sounds like the perfect antidote to all of this rain and cold we’ve had in the northeast. You always have great sweet and savory treat ideas, so I thought I’d share one for Pesto Popcorn. Happy snacking!

    http://bread-n-chocolate.blogspot.com/2011/05/whats-your-pop-secret.html

  18. I’m not a huge smoothie person, but I do like a good mango-banana smoothie every once in awhile. I’m so happy because the sun finally came out after a week+of rain and cold, and I think it’s supposed to stay sunny for awhile! I can believe how much the weather affects my moods.

  19. Oh I totally agree, a child that’s begging for smoothies is PERFECT! I love homemade pina colada’s but the stuff they serve at resorts is so full of sugar and garbage, I just can’t handle it.

  20. I made this smoothie today for my morning snack since we FINALLY have sun andwarm weather in NH. Delish!

  21. Oh my kids beg for smoothies too! Well the 1 year old just grunts and yells when he sees his brother enjoying one! lol I just started sweetening mine with Stevia in the Raw. It’s been yummy! Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog and for your very very generous compliments. You are an encourager! Thank you!!

  22. I love anything Pina Colada tasting, but they clearly taste 100 times better on the beach!

  23. I have tried cantaloupe in smoothies and I just can’t get into them. There’s something funny about it. Peaches too.

    I guess I’m not much of a tropical girl. Pina coladas…meh. But I’ll drink pretty much anything else!

  24. I am a huge peach lover. Fresh, canned, blended, smoothie-fied. I’ll eat them any way. Will have to try some peach coladas. They look & sound great.

    Monday I blended up some cranberries (thawed), bananas and ginger with some water to make a wonderfully refreshing smoothie stash to take to the paintball field. So good!

  25. It’s finally warm enough out to be smoothie season! And this looks wonderful! Yum!

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