PAPAYA COCO BERRY STACK
Ok ya'll, I hope you had a merry Labor Day holiday and a nice long weekend to get outside and enjoy nature. We've had beautiful albeit dry weather here on the East coast, with temps in the 60's, but over these last few days the heat of summer has returned. I have no complaints. I love the sun, and its an excuse to cool off with a fancy smoothie if nothing else. My daughter and I shared these fun smoothie stacks outside on the deck this morning for a cheery breakfast. This stack will quench your thirst and satisfy your sweet tooth. I talked about the benefits of coconut water in last week's post, and today I've included it as the base for this recipe. Between the coconut water, berries and papaya, this smoothie is super hydrating, while the coconut flakes and chia seeds round out the recipe for a bit of healthy fat and protein. Wherever you may be, I hope the sun smiles on you too today.
Papaya Coco Berry Stack
1 1/2 frozen bananas
1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp chia seeds
enough coconut water to blend
Blend the ingredients above in your blender until you’ve reached a thick smoothie consistency. Set aside 1/3 of the mixture above to later use as your white layer. Use the remaining mixture as a base for the papaya and strawberry layers...
Papaya layer (bottom):
add 1/4 cup papaya to the base mixture
Blend the papaya layer in your blender until you’ve reached a thick smoothie consistency. Pour the papaya layer into the bottom of your drinking cup. Slowly pour 1/2 of the remaining base mixture on top of the papaya layer to create your middle white layer. Rinse the blender to prepare for making the strawberry layer.
Strawberry layer (middle):
add a handful of strawberries to the remaining base mixture
Blend the strawberry layer until you’ve achieved a thick smoothie consistency. Slowly pour the strawberry layer on top of the white layer to top off your stack. Enjoy!
You can always add coconut water as needed, but you cannot remove it! Go easy at first adding just a little coconut water at a time so you can achieve a thick enough smoothie to layer easily.