Smoothies and Shakes/ Southern Inspired Recipes

The Hummingbird Smoothie

A light, sweet and delicious drink that reminds me of all the delicious flavors found in a popular Southern cake known as the hummingbird cake, including the warm cinnamon spice, except it’s in a chilled SMOOTHIE!

The very first time Liz and I tried a slice of this delicious southern classic was here in Charleston, while Liz came down for a visit.

We went shopping in this amazing gourmet store called Southern Seasons, here in Charleston, and we stumbled upon the bakery department which is the one place Liz couldn’t pass up.  They were offering samples of their cakes and one of them was the Hummingbird cake.

We couldn’t resist tasting everything.  We had so much fun!  When we arrived home, we were so thirsty and needed something quick and refreshing.  I told Liz I wanted to try and duplicate all the wonderful flavors of that cake in a cold smoothie!  And, think I came pretty close to it.

Also, while Liz was down in Charleston, we received an unexpected gift from the sweet people at Epicurex LLC.  They contacted us and asked if we would like to review their Coconut Water, Cocozia.  We said, absolutely! 

We tasted the coconut water, and noticed it was very refreshing and hydrating, with a fresh clean taste of coconut.  We also liked the fact that Cocozia is 100% pure organic coconut water, that contains no sugar, no preservatives and it has a natural abundance of potassium and magnesium as well as other electrolytes.

This smoothie turned out to be so delicious! Quick and easy to make, we used some coconut water, a small banana, a few chunks of pineapple, crushed pecans, ground cinnamon and almond milk.  It turned out to be satisfying and thirst quenching!  It was a perfect treat after a long day shopping spree.  OH,  I also added some whipped cream on top and pretended it was the icing on the cake!  ENJOY!

 

The Hummingbird Smoothie

  • 1 small banana
  • 3 chunks of fresh pineapple
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped pecans
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cocozia coconut water
  • 1/2 cup Almond milk, original
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • whipped cream, as garnish

Place the first 8 ingredients into a blender, and puree for about 2 minutes.
Pour into a tall glass or 2 six ounce glasses.  Garnish with whipped cream on top and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.  Optional: for some extra crunch, garnish with some crushed pecans as well!  Place a straw in each glass.  Serve immediately.

Serves 2

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Dan from Platter Talk
    October 8, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    It's been years since I've had hummingbird cake, probably since my days at the Med U in Charleston. These smoothies sound like a must-try as well. Thanks for the great recipe, and memories!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      October 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks Dan! We have fun making crazy smoothies- and we never heard of a hummingbird cake before and it's fabulous!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    October 8, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    What a great idea to make a smoothie with the hummingbird cake flavors! I will have to look for that coconut water next time I shop.

    • Reply
      annaliz
      October 16, 2014 at 2:41 am

      Thanks so much Sue. 🙂

  • Reply
    Joanne
    October 9, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I've never had a hummingbird cake, but with all these awesome flavors I know I'd love it AND this smoothie!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      October 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      Hey Joanne, we never heard of the hummingbird cake either! First time ever – and it was wondeful! I have to bake this cake and post it for everyone up North to try. Have a great week!

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