02 February 2014

It's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club! The Secret Recipe Club is a group of food bloggers who secretly make one of someone else's dishes and post them all on the same day at the same time.  It's really fun, choosing a recipe to make, making the recipe, then reading about everyone else's recipes.  It's a great way to "meet" other bloggers and check out some great blogs that you never knew about before.

Secret Recipe Club

This month I was assigned Jessie's blog, Vanderbilt Wife.  I have been following Jessie's blog for quite a while now.  Not only does she post yummy recipes, she is also quite the writer and she likes writing about her life. I find I can really relate to her perspective as a Christian woman and mama to little ones.  She also participates in What I Wore Wednesday, which I think is really cool!

As far as choosing a recipe of hers to make, my first choice was her Garlic Naan.  My husband and I love naan and I was so excited to try it.  But then I realized that it was off-limits because it was a previous SRC pick that she chose from another blog.  Bummer!  I am still definitely going to make that though, soon!

I ended up going in a completely different direction.  I saw her Vegan Blackberry Coconut Smoothie and thought it sounded delicious.  And who can resist that beautiful purple color?  Not me!  It's made with coconut milk instead of regular milk which is perfect for us as I am lactose intolerant and one of my daughters is allergic to dairy.  

Blackberry Coconut Lime Smoothie

1 lime
1 (13.5 oz.) can regular coconut milk
1 pint blackberries 
4 handfuls ice cubes
Honey, optional

Cut lime in half.  Cut a small section for garnish, if desired, and set aside.  Juice half of remaining lime into a blender container.  Place coconut milk, blackberries, and ice in blender container and puree until smooth.  Give it a taste; adding more lime juice or honey if desired.  Run it through a fine mesh sieve to remove seeds, if desired.

Makes 4 (8 oz.) smoothies.

The only thing I changed was to add a little bit of honey.  It wasn't quite sweet enough for me; maybe because blackberries aren't in season right now and aren't as sweet?  I don't know.

My blender did not grind up the seeds.  And I didn't feel like straining it, so we drank it with the seeds.  Next time I might try using my immersion blender instead; I think it might do a better job on the seeds.

My kiddos and I really liked this smoothie.  I love the combination of the blackberry and hint of coconut flavor.  Super yummy.

Thanks for a great recipe, Jessie!

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  1. Mmm, with a drink like that, I'd feel like summer was already here.

  2. Jane, The Heritage CookFebruary 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Wow, blackberry, lime and coconut would be such an interesting and delicious combination! Great choice for SRC and I love your photo!

  3. Lesa, Glad you enjoyed it! I think I need to make this again soon now that I have a Vitamix to grind up all the seeds.

  4. That is one awesome looking smoothie, with coconut milk too :-)

  5. That looks delicious, Lesa. I'll definitely try that when I see blackberries come back in season.

  6. Thanks Jane! Spent a lot of time using the "shine reducer" function on PicMonkey to reduce the glare on the left side of the glass!

  7. I never would have bought it for myself, but my mom bought me one for my birthday + our anniversary last year. I love it and use it a TON.

  8. Mmm...delicious and the colour is gorgeous!

  9. Those flavors sound really great and that color is spectacular .... I need to try this before the weather starts cooling down. :)

  10. I never would have considered blending coconut and blackberries together, although it sounds like a nice combination. I like your idea to sweeten the smoothie with honey. Without that suggestion, I would have used ice cream, which probably defeats the purpose of a smoothie...

  11. What a wonderful healthy choice. I just love the color!