Tropical Vegan Smoothie and a Giveaway! {closed}

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Tropical Vegan Smoothie from @KatrinasKitchen

I was recently contacted after being listed on’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Mommy Food Bloggers to be a blog tour stop for a new cookbook, Vegan Family Meals. I was given a complimentary copy of Ann Gentry’s new cookbook and have enjoyed reading every bit of it.

And I’m pleased to tell you that I have a copy for one lucky reader! While my family is not vegan, as a mom I am always striving to offer my family healthy, wholesome, and flavorful meals. This book is filled with beautiful pictures and easy recipes that your family will love. As Ann says in her introduction to the book,

“It’s not necessary to become vegan or vegetarian to enjoy the benefits of eating plant-based meals.”

The first thing I made when I opened my copy was Ann’s Tropical Smoothie. I had frozen papayas and mango chunks in the freezer so I knew it was the perfect choice. I was not disappointed. I am listing the recipe as it is in Vegan Family Meals but I did make one change. My grocery store does not carry coconut water so I substituted Silk PureCoconut milk. I love coconut milk and at only 80 calories per serving it is a guilt-free treat!

Tropical Vegan Smoothie from @KatrinasKitchen

Tropical Vegan Smoothie Recipe

Mango, Papaya, and Pineapple vegan smoothie


  • 1 11.2 oz container coconut water
  • 1 ripe banana peeled
  • 1 C frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 C frozen papaya chunks
  • ½ C frozen mango chunks
  • 3 T soaked almonds


  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately.

You will be entered to win a copy of Vegan Family Meals: Real Food For Everyone by leaving a comment below. {One entry per person, open to continental US residents only.} The giveaway ends Sunday, June 26th. You can also purchase Anne’s cookbook at Amazon. At the time of this post it is listed for $16.50 (a savings of $8.50 off of the list price!). Also please take a look around Anne’s blog and tell her congrats on the release of her 2nd cookbook! This giveaway is closed! Congratulations to Kate of Diethood!

- Katrina

64 Responses to “Tropical Vegan Smoothie and a Giveaway! {closed}”

  1. #
    Mother of 2 Lover of Shoes — June 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    What a great giveaway plus I am trying to introduce vegan meals to my family. We are trying to incorporate meatless Mondays at our house. This cookbook would be great for us.

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    Baked by Rachel — June 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    My brother use to be vegan – it's a lot harder than some think depending on where you live. Plus you've got to really be open to trying new things. Probably easier to try out on unsuspecting people lol

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    Wendy Irene — June 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    This book is right up my alley 😀 I don't have many Vegan cookbooks yet. Thank you for sharing that smoothie recipe. I would love to give coconut water a try. I love how you took the picture of the smoothie on the wood. It looks so beautiful seeing the wood grain in the background. You are a great artist. Have a great day! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  4. #
    Shawn — June 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Sounds absolutely yummy! Also, I would have intentionally substituted coconut milk for the coconut water.

  5. #
    Carolyn — June 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Yum, what a lovely smoothie. I had to turn down the opportunity to be a blog stop for Ann Getty's book, as I am just too overloaded right now. But glad they asked one of my favourite blogger!

  6. #
    Erin @Dinners Dish.. — June 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    This smoothy looks creamy and delicious! Almost like you are on a tropical beach somewhere!

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    [email protected] — June 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Mango and papaya in a smoothie…. drool!! I wish I could pick up that glass and go at it.
    I'm hearing these voices telling me, "jug-a-lug, jug-a-lug"!

  8. #
    Shabs — June 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Wowowo,the vegan smoothie looks and sounds delish but too bad I don't live in the US 🙁 . The pics look gorgeous too .

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    Roxana GreenGirl — June 20, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I saw coconut water at my grocery store and always wondered what it could be good at. Now I know. Thanks for the recipe Katrina, sounds great.

    P.S. I have a copy of the book, don't count my comment

  10. #
    Megan @ Pip & Ebby — June 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    This looks fresh and just fantastic! One of those drinks I would slurp down quickly on a hot summer day.

  11. #
    Deb — June 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Oh how I love coconut water, YUM. I don't live in the U.S. so I can't enter, but just wanted to post and say the smoothie looks and sounds so good, and I also love using wood in the background of photos! Will definitely check out the cookbook the next time I'm at the bookstore. Just to make sure though, do you use whole almonds, or sliced or slivered, or…?


  12. #
    Maris — June 20, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I like coconut water alot! This smoothie is now on my to do list!

  13. #
    Bake Your Day — June 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I love cooking (and eating) vegan and vegetarian meals, this sounds great too, I love fresh mango and I've been practically living on fresh pineapple!

  14. #
    twicecookedhalfbaked — June 20, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I must say that I have been visiting your page a lot lately. Just made preztel dogs on Friday and was just trying to come up with a mostly-vegetarian menu this week, so this is great! Cross my fingers I win the cookbook!

  15. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — June 20, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I really need to get my hands on some coconut milk. This looks dreamy!

  16. #
    Anne — June 20, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    This looks super refreshing! I love the combo of coconut and pineapple! I will definitely give this a whirl! : )

  17. #
    weekendgourmet — June 21, 2011 at 12:47 am

    I'm not vegan either, but I love any kind of food that tastes great! The fact that it's healthy is a bonus. I do have a vegan family member, though…so always looking for things she can enjoy at dinner.

  18. #
    Pretend Chef — June 21, 2011 at 1:18 am

    This smoothie sounds dreamy. I love tropical flavored food items because it takes me back to my favorite vacay spot… the beach!!! Such a great flavor combination. Healthy too, it's a winning recipe. Yummy! What a great giveaway and so very generous.

  19. #
    Marla — June 21, 2011 at 1:28 am

    That book sounds awesome as does the smoothie 🙂 Great giveaway.

  20. #
    Jeff — June 21, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Beautiful picture! I won't lie though… all I want is a pina colada now… The soaked almonds are a really interesting addition! How long do you soak them for?

  21. #
    Mbb — June 21, 2011 at 2:30 am

    smoothie with almonds? yum!

  22. #
    BigFatBaker — June 21, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Oh my gosh, I love coconut water! This sounds like an amazing (and healthy!) smoothie!

  23. #
    Apron Appeal — June 21, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Not only do I want this cookbook. I NEED this cookbook. With the dietary restrictions in my family, I need all the help I can get..

  24. #
    Sunny — June 21, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Holy cow, does this look good!?! I have recently heard a lot about coconut by products. My brother is swearing by coconut oil. Have you ever used it? Apparently it looks a lot like Crisco but melts like butter in a hot pan. Coconut is supposed to be good for you and contain a lot of healing properties but I haven't read much in the research. Have you? Isn't there a men's tennis player who drinks coconut water to replenish after a match? Thanks for the smoothie post. It looks delicious.

  25. #
    @lyndacooks — June 21, 2011 at 4:06 am

    We are a family of four and two of us are vegetarian and two are omnivores. We would like to incorporate more vegan recipes into our diet but have struggled finding recipes that were both nutritious and tasty. This recipe book looks like it would answer both problems. I would love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway.
    [email protected]

  26. #
    Lindselicious — June 21, 2011 at 4:52 am

    This sounds great! I love the adding in of some almonds too. I need to go buy some frozen mango so I can make this soon too. Love smoothies in the morning for summer!

  27. #
    Kim - Liv Life — June 21, 2011 at 5:16 am

    I used to pass up vegan recipes… however… my son recently became lactose intolerant and I've been turning to vegan meals and recipes as it is guaranteed to have no dairy. If we stick to vegan he is OK! And in the process I've been finding that vegan recipes are pretty darn goon! Love the book… I'll definitely be checking this on out!

  28. #
    kankana — June 21, 2011 at 5:39 am

    This looks so creamy and refreshing 🙂 Coconut water is always there in my refrigerator and i drink them almost every day during summer.

  29. #
    [email protected] — June 21, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I love coconut water, that's too bad you aren't able to find it near you. I'm sure it was just as delicious with the coconut milk and a little more decadent!

  30. #
    Becky — June 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

    This is a great looking smoothie. what's not to love with all the fruit and coconut milk. Yum. We ahve a vegan family member as well, so the cookbook would come in handy for sure.

  31. #
    Charlie — June 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Hi: I don't think I'm eligible as I live in Canada.
    However I just wanted to say congratulations.
    How wonderful to meet the author!

  32. #
    Parsley_Sage — June 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Mmm! Great looking smoothie! Anything with mango tho and I go a little bonkers. I've got a US address so if you're feeling generous please include me in the draw even tho I live in Cayman 🙂 Great giveaway, thanks for sharing your swag!

  33. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I didn't even think to post the soaked almonds recipe! duh me! Soak them in a mason jar w enough water to cover by an inch for up to 24 hours before draining and replacing with clean water. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks 🙂

  34. #
    kitchenarian — June 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I love coconut oil and use it often, but I have not cooked with coconut water before. This recipe sounds great. I am always looking for healthy recipes; this book sounds great.

  35. #
    Lauren @ KeepItSweet — June 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Great giveaway! What a refreshing smoothie.

  36. #
    [email protected] — June 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I actually think coconut milk is the way to go! It looks so creamy and delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  37. #
    Georgia — June 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    What a lovely smoothie! I've never made my own but definitely want to try after seeing this recipe. Thanks for sharing, Katrina!

  38. #
    Giovanna — June 21, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Oh my gosh that looks SO good! I've been wanting to be a vegetarian for awhile but I'm always afraid I'll run out of things to make and eat, but I'll have to try this. That cookbook would be fun to have.

  39. #
    Eftychia — June 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Delicious smoothie. I am not living in the USA but if I win I will give the book to a dear friend who lives in Los Angeles.

  40. #
    caroline — June 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    This smoothie sounds fresh and delicious. Congrats on being chosen to be featured in this cookbook. 🙂 I would love to make some recipes out of this book, I'm sure they're all fantastic!!

  41. #
    ChocolatePriestess — June 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    if there are chocolate recipes then I do want to enter to win a copy myself.

  42. #
    pureandyummy — June 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    This smoothie sounds delicious and the book sounds wonderful! I could always use a cookbook that helps me incorporate more plants into my family's diet!

  43. #
    Maureen — June 21, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    wow, that smoothie looks delicious. I don't think I've seen coconut water in the stores though. Coconut milk, coconut cream yes but not water. Obviously I haven't been looking in the right spots! 🙂

  44. #
    Lori — June 22, 2011 at 1:55 am

    I once had a vegan strawberry smoothie, but it was made with soy milk. I didn't like the soy flavor so much. This one with coconut milk sounds so much better!

  45. #
    Betty — June 22, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Mmm…I love smoothies in the summer. 🙂 We're not vegan, but do try to eat lots of veggies!

  46. #
    Not Rachael Ray — June 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Looks like a great smoothie! Thanks for the fun giveaway! 🙂

  47. #
    Holly — June 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    This smoothie sounds heavenly! So refreshing.. YUM!

  48. #
    Lindsay Roberts — June 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Sounds delicious!!

  49. #
    Nivedita — June 23, 2011 at 1:13 am

    First time here !!!! Love this recipe … coconut water is a plus in this recipe !!!!!

  50. #
    Sarah @ pao e queijo — June 23, 2011 at 1:58 am

    I'm a vegetarian and need new recipes for quick(ish) dinners with my family and by myself. I hadn't seen this book before but it looks great! So does the vegan smoothie– mango is my fav! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  51. #
    Sandras Easy Cooking — June 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Great idea and nice giveaway Katrina..coconut water is so nutritional and refreshing! Pick me up drink:))

  52. #
    katherine — June 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I hope I win!

  53. #
    Susie — June 24, 2011 at 1:40 am

    I'm trying this! Thanks for posting.

  54. #
    Julia — June 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I love eating vegan occasionally. I would LOVE a copy of the cookbook!

  55. #
    momgateway — June 24, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I cook a lot with coconut but mostly main dishes and not smoothies. I love the creaminess of coconut milk and the refreshing flavor of coconut juice.

  56. #
    Sue — June 25, 2011 at 2:58 am

    This smoothie sounds fantastic!

  57. #
    Cee — June 25, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    What a great giveaway! We tend to get stuck in a rut with the same meals over and over (not that I don't love baked falafel or hummus pizza!), so I am on the lookout for good recipes!

  58. #
    Maria S. — June 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Love the smoothie recipe! Ann Gentry's new cookbook looks amazing…can't wait to try the recipes! Pace e bene

  59. #
    Armando Ozuna — June 26, 2011 at 12:14 am

    My wife uses cocconut milk alot in her baking, and makes the BEST tapioca with it. Now we have to try some of these smoothies too. They look so delicious !

  60. #
    Pam — June 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    You pictures are beautiful! Sounds delicious : )

  61. #
    Dee — June 27, 2011 at 12:23 am

    My hubby and I have contemplated going vegan lately. That smoothie would be awesome with some rum – just saying! Great pictures as usual 🙂

  62. #
    Kim - Liv Life — July 22, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I missed this post, but just stumbled across it, and I'm loving everything about it! We are in full smoothie mode, this one is ideal for Liv's busy dance days. Thanks!

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