This coconapple smoothie recipe — inspired by one of the LEGO Mixels’ favorite mixed-up foods — is a fun way to to get kids cooking and eating healthy! With a little prep work by me — and supervision, of course — my four-and-a-half year old can make it “by himself”. And it’s the perfect way to get kids drinking green smoothies. After all, the spinach needs to be in there to make the smoothie green like a coconapple!
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As a parent, I love that the LEGO Mixel sets, for their low price, add many interesting pieces to our Lego collection and demonstrate a variety of building techniques. It’s fun to watch my son master those techniques and go on to build his own Mixes and Maxes and Murps, as well as invent new Mixel tribes of his own.
One of the things in the Mixels’ world we think is particularly funny is the mixed-up food that the Mixels love to eat: cookieronis, hamlonga sandwiches, and — as you’ve guessed — coconapples. When we started making fun Mixel foods of our own, one of the first things we wanted to do was a coconapple smoothie.
I took some liberties in translating the coconapples — which look like the top halves of green apples stuck onto the bottom halves of coconuts in the cartoons — into smoothie form. In our recipe, the “-apple” half of the word shows up as both apple and pineapple. And as I mentioned above, we used spinach to make the smoothie nice and green like the apple half of a coconapple.
Here’s my son, demonstrating how to make it with some of his Mixel friends — this is a fun way to bring a little play into cooking!
Coconapple Smoothie Recipe for Kids
Note: halve the recipe for a smaller blender or fewer smoothie drinkers
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2-3 tablespoons agave nectar or other sweetener of your choice, to taste
- 2 cups of chopped ripe pineapple (about half of a medium pineapple)
- 1 apple, cut into eighths
- 1 cup regular coconut milk
- 2 cups spinach, loosely packed
- Layer the ingredients in the blender, first the pineapple, apple, coconut oil, and agave syrup, then the coconut milk, then the spinach, and then ending then the ice on top.
- Pour and enjoy!
- In our area, Trader Joe’s has the most reliably ripe and delicious pineapples. You want your pineapple to be really, truly ripe for this to taste its best.
- After trying it both ways, I don’t advise using light coconut milk in this recipe. The flavor is so, so much better with the regular coconut milk. I’d advise cutting the coconut oil before substituting light coconut milk for the regular stuff.
- If you have a Blendtec blender (we love ours), a demonstration guy I chatted with at Costco advised me to always use the ice cream button for smoothies. It seems to work well for us.
- You could use kale instead of spinach — that’s usually our preferred smoothie green — but spinach gives it that bright, (cocon)apple-green color.
Mixels shown in these photos and the video (click on the photos to see them at Lego.com!):