ZOLA x VITAMIX

If you've never tried Zola Coconut, you're seriously missing out on one of the tastiest drinks out there. On top of the original and pulp flavors, they also carry chocolate and coffee flavors as well. (And yes, they're as delicious as they sound.) You can imagine my joy when Zola approached me about doing some fun recipes with their açaí and flavored coconut water.

Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel with some crazy recipe, I really wanted to share recipes I use all the time, and incorporate Zola's tasty drinks.

Chocolate Banana Breakfast Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 8oz Zola chocolate coconut water
  • 2oz vanilla almond milk (can use soy/dairy)
  • 1tsp chia seeds
  • 1tbsp peanut butter
  • 1tsp protein powder (as needed)

The first recipe up is a new take on an old favorite of mine and it turned out delicious. It's perfect for a morning treat because it's got heavier ingredients and you can even add protein powder to really give you the morning boost. It's perfect to fill up one 12oz mason jar or just double up if you're making it for two. Simply blend all of the ingredients above (omit or add as you please) and top with your favorite toppings. I'm a big fan of toppings that show the ingredients used, so in this case I used fresh banana, toasted coconut flakes and Zola's chocolate covered bananas.

Mango and Chia Açaí Fruit Bowls

  • 12oz Mango/Chia Açaí juice from Zola
  • 4oz fresh coconut water (save the coconuts for bowls)
  • 5oz frozen organic mixed berries (1/2 package; can sub fresh, but will need to add ice)
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Your favorite toppings

The coconut bowls are clearly just for show, but if you have them available, why the heck not? The Zola brand açaí juice already has amazing flavor and tons of good for you benefits, so they make a great base for your bowls. I like to add frozen berries and banana to help bind everything together and toss in some fresh spinach just to add more greens. You can substitute with any other leafy greens or omit, it's totally to your liking. For the toppings, I used berries, toasted coconut and granola. Again, feel free to use what you love or have on hand.

Açaí Popsicles

  • Popsicle molds
  • Leftover açaí bowl mix

This one is a super easy one—just use your leftover açaí bowl mix from the previous recipe and add it to popsicle molds. Easy peasy! They're great as a snack (especially in the Summer) but also to use as the "ice" for future smoothies whenever you need it.