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Minty Tropical Smoothies

Want to feel like you’re sitting ocean side with a cool breeze fluttering across your face? Well, I can’t exactly fly you all to Bermuda, but these Tropical Mint Smoothies might be the next best thing!

Tropical Mint Smoothies combine pineapple, spearmint, and coconut milk for a refreshing summer drink.

I don’t know what it’s like in your corner of the world, but Ohio just got the memo that it’s summer. Until this point, we’ve had a gloriously mild summer characterized by low humidity, temperatures in the mid-70s, and partly cloudy days. It’s been wonderful and baffling in equal measure. I’m used to spending most of July and August with a humidity-induced fro, rosy cheeks, and sweaty knee pits.

Unfortunately, this week Ohio received a stern talking-to about appropriate summer behavior and quickly got itself into gear. The weather now can best be described as “walking into a high school locker room after a basketball game.”

As unpleasant as it’s been, I’m also kind of grateful. This cloud of mugginess they call “Ohio weather in August” has made fall seem vastly more appealing. Suddenly flannel shirts and boots sound rather wonderful, actually.

But until the weather turns, I’m beating the heat with these Minty Tropical Smoothies. These smoothies are the definition of refreshing. The creamy combo of pineapple, frozen banana, coconut milk, and fresh mint will transport you far, far away from humidity’s sticky clutches. They’re so good, you may even forget you’re sweating standing still!

Pineapple and mint make the ultimate refreshing summer smoothie.

At first I thought adding mint to a smoothie sounded a bit odd, but after discovering this recipe, I’m never going back. Each sip is sweet and fruity with a minty fresh finish. (And yes, as a matter of fact I would make an excellent toothpaste spokeswoman).

This lovely little smoothie recipe came from The Part Time Vegetarian (PTV) Smoothies and Juices recipe book. This cookbook is jam-packed with recipes to shake up your smoothie routine. I’ll admit, I tend to get in a rut with the same old banana-spinach-berry routine. I was amazed at the number of delicious and unique recipes in this book. I can’t wait to try the Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie, and the Butternut Squash Smoothie is going to be my new best friend come October.

These Tropical Pineapple Mint Smoothies will cool you down on a hot summer day.

Today, I’m so excited to be offering one of you your very own copy of the Smoothies and Juices cookbook. If you’re looking to incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies into your diet, or if you just love a good refreshing smoothie every now and then, this book is for you! Entering to win is simple. Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite smoothie is, then come back to the Rafflecopter and let me know you commented. You can earn extra entries by liking Carrots n Cake, Cider Mill Press, and Neighborfood on Facebook. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will close on September 1st at 11:59 PM, so get your entries in now!

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Minty Tropical Smoothies

Prep Time
Preparation 5 mins Cook Time
Total Time 0:05 Total Time
Serves 2     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 10 fresh spearmint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 4-6 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine all the ingredients, blend on high until smooth. Serve immediately.

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Recipe from The Part Time Vegetarian (PTV) Smoothies and Juices

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  • foody schmoody August 25, 2014, 8:52 AM

    I love the mint addition. I think a little mint adds just the right freshness to things.

  • A Family Feast August 25, 2014, 9:54 AM

    Looks delicious and refreshing!

  • claire August 25, 2014, 10:23 AM

    Perfect end of summer smoothie!!

  • Back For Seconds August 25, 2014, 11:08 AM

    This sounds like vacation in a glass! I’d love one of these right now!

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 25, 2014, 12:47 PM

    I love any smoothies with pineapple in them! Also love blueberry smoothies 🙂

  • Angie August 25, 2014, 1:18 PM

    I’ve never put mint in a smoothie, what a great idea!

  • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons August 25, 2014, 2:35 PM

    Ugh. I know. THIS HUMIDITY. I’ve just been running the AC for the last week and a half, because I haven’t wanted to deal with it. Seems so strange though, but it’s not in the 90’s or anything like that. Well, when I do get the courage to finally turn the AC off, I’ll keep this recipe in my back pocket. I love how the mint gives a cool, refreshing finish. I’ve never tried mint in a smoothie, but I always seem to buy mint for savory recipes, and then the portion I don’t use always just goes to waste. No more!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood August 25, 2014, 3:41 PM

      Mint has always been a weird one for me too. I used to only use it to make spearmint tea, but I’m trying to branch out and find other uses for it. It lends itself well to sweet and savory recipes. It actually is hitting 90 around here. I was in an outdoor wedding this weekend and was sweating just standing there. Sexy.

  • Nancy August 25, 2014, 3:08 PM

    Thank the lawd that I don’t live in a place with humidity. You need to post some photos of this crazy ‘fro you keep talking about 😉 Great idea putting the mint into the smoothy. That sounds refreshing and delicious. These photos are gorgeous too – I’m always in awe of people who take such beautiful photos of drinks. It’s a skill I don’t possess.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood August 25, 2014, 3:39 PM

      I’m glad you like the photos, because they were a royal pain. I also hate photographing drinks. What with glare and shapeless liquid and lack of color…the whole thing is just a photographic disaster waiting to happen. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the humidity. I was in an outdoor wedding this weekend and I had sweat dripping down the back of my leg just from standing. It was disgusting.

  • Amanda ( The Kitcheneer) August 25, 2014, 5:29 PM

    I hear ya, Virginia is SO humid! But, this smoothie looks like it would take some of the uncomfortableness away! This smoothie looks delicious!

  • bellalimento August 25, 2014, 6:55 PM

    This smoothie is my favorite of course ; )

  • casaflamingos August 25, 2014, 7:44 PM

    My favorite smoothie is a peanut butter and banana smoothie.

  • STARLETTA S August 25, 2014, 9:09 PM

    Strawberry honey and kefir

  • Melanie Tucker August 25, 2014, 11:36 PM

    That smoothie looks amazing!

  • Ginny McMeans August 26, 2014, 1:45 AM

    Wonderful mixture. I love the addition of spearmint!

  • Renee Goerger August 26, 2014, 9:06 AM

    These sound delicious! I love all the ingredients you’ve used.
    Renee – Kudos Kitchen

  • Paige c August 26, 2014, 11:06 AM

    I love banana and berry and pb smoothies!

  • Lynda M. August 26, 2014, 11:25 AM

    Looks delish! I love green smoothies with spinach, banana, almond milk, hemp seed and a few blueberries.

  • Carpe Diem August 26, 2014, 11:51 AM

    Wow! Some great ideas here!

  • Carpe Diem August 26, 2014, 11:52 AM

    I love Kiwi-Mango smoothies!

  • Mrs_Bosslady August 26, 2014, 12:16 PM

    I’m so glad NYC hasn’t had too many humid days. My hair actually droops in humidity, so I look constantly wet. It’s awful, really. I love your drink, that minty freshness calls out to me.

  • Nutmeg Nanny August 26, 2014, 12:32 PM

    Yum! This looks fantastic! I would love to start my day like this 🙂

  • Angie | Big Bear's Wife August 26, 2014, 1:32 PM

    I wish I had one of these! I could use a little backyard trip to Bermuda!

  • The Noshery August 26, 2014, 1:33 PM

    I love tropical smoothies! Gimme!

  • savoryexperiments August 26, 2014, 5:24 PM

    I just got a new blender…. looks like I know what I’ll be blending up! Yum!

  • Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos August 26, 2014, 6:08 PM

    This looks like the perfect way to beat this humidity that’s blanketing Philly!

  • valeriemabrey August 27, 2014, 2:10 PM

    Spinach and peanut butter protein powder!
    yum
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  • Kellie - The Suburban Soapbox August 28, 2014, 7:41 AM

    I have everything to make these in my house right now! Breakfast in minutes!

  • Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic August 28, 2014, 1:33 PM

    Hello, lunch! I love everything about this smoothie. I love a slushy yogurt smoothie with whatever frozen fruits I can find in the freezer.

  • DeeG131 August 31, 2014, 3:34 AM

    I love my kale, spinach, and pineapple smoothie! 🙂

  • Nikki August 31, 2014, 3:58 PM

    triple berry smoothie!

  • Barb August 31, 2014, 6:21 PM

    strawberry banana

  • Birdiebee August 31, 2014, 8:29 PM

    My favorite is a fresh huckleberry smoothie.

  • Daniel M August 31, 2014, 9:26 PM

    actually don’t have a fav yet

  • Gwen September 1, 2014, 11:17 AM

    My favorite smoothie is a strawberry banana, greek yogurt, almond milk with spinach – although now I really want to try a smoothie with spearmint leaves!

  • Christine September 1, 2014, 11:08 PM

    frozen fruit, spinach, almond milk

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