basil coconut shake


Happy Friday! I hope everyone is well! I have a yummy recipe for you this afternoon that I am sipping right now as I type this. It is definitely one of my favorite shake recipes to date. Basil and coconut go so well together. This shake is surprisingly light considering how my coconut is in it. I used quite a bit of fresh Thai basil. You can use other varieties and adjust the flavors to your liking. You can also add a few drops of basil oil for an even bigger flavor kick.

I used homemade almond ice cream in this shake – I’ll be posting the recipe for that next week ;) Feel free to use whatever vanilla ice cream you like here. If you are using commercial ice cream you can omit the dates. Lime zest would also be awesome in this!


Basil Coconut Shake

serves 1


Ingredients //

  • 1 c. coconut water
  • Meat from 1 coconut
  • 3 pitted dates
  • 3 big pinches of dried, unsweetened coconut
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 t ground vanilla
  • 1 handful fresh Thai basil leaves
  • 1.5 c. almond ice cream


Method //

  1. Blend the coconut water, meat, dates, dried coconut, salt, vanilla, and basil  in a high speed blender until smooth.
  2. Add the ice cream and blend for a few seconds until incorporated.
  3. Serve immediately. Enjoy!




  • meighan

    Ashley, this looks so good! Question for you: I have seen suggestions to use cold pressed coconut oil in smoothies…do you recommend this? And if so can you recommend smoothies for it? Or can I substitute any of the above ingredients with it? Thanks!

  • ashley

    Thanks Meighan!

    Yes, you can use cold pressed coconut oil in smoothies. I’d use 1-2 Tablespoons. It’s great in most smoothies, works well with greens and fruit too, especially citrus and tropical fruit. You can add it to the smoothie above but you can’t really sub it because it’s an oil. I use it as an addition to get more fat into my diet and make the smoothies richer.

    Let me know how it goes and as I think of suggestions I’ll let you know.


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