Recipe Difficulty: Easy
History of Pina Colada
The Pina Colada is a tropical cocktail that is believed to have originated in Puerto Rico. The exact history of the drink is somewhat disputed, but it is generally agreed that it was first created in the 1950s or 1960s.
One version of the history of the Pina Colada is that it was invented by Ramon "Monchito" Marrero, a bartender at the Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the early 1950s. He is said to have spent three months perfecting the recipe, which was originally served in a pineapple and called the "Piña Colada" (strained pineapple in Spanish).
Regardless of its origin, the Pina Colada quickly became a popular drink in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean. In 1978, the Puerto Rican government declared the Pina Colada the official drink of Puerto Rico.
The traditional Pina Colada is made with pineapple juice, coconut cream and white rum. However, there are many variations of the drink, including the addition of other fruits and flavors.
Healthy Pina Colada Smoothie Bowl Recipe Notes
Take yourself to the tropics with this tasty smoothie bowl. The flavours of a Piña Colada blended together for a healthy breakfast treat! Frozen Pineapple and Banana are blended together with the cream from a can of coconut milk. It's rich and delicious, but if you wanted to use coconut yogurt you could definitely do that with yummy results. I always add 1/2 - 1 scoop of my vegan vanilla protein powder to my smoothie bowls. It's a no brainer, adds a lot of good for you things and imparts a flavour that I find enhances the sweetness of the fruit. Even though I don't typically consume alcohol, my brain can't help but think RUM, probably not a smart breakfast idea....but if I was drinking, I would probably want to make a boozy version of this some hot summer evening and have it in a nice glass, garnished with the same things.
For the garnishes, a couple of fresh cherries, coconut chips, fresh banana, mint, and a scoop of frozen Coco Whip. I buy the So Delicious Brand of Coco Whip in the organic freezer section at Super Store. It's a product I love because you can scoop it out frozen to garnish whatever you'd like, or thaw and use a substitute for whipped cream. It's delicious, versatile and you can thaw and refreeze with no trouble.
Pina Colada Smoothie Bowl Recipe
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