TROPICAL COLADA: JAMBA JUICE COPYCAT

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Somehow it seems we have reached the end of summer. My Instagram and Facebook are full of friends sending their kids back to school. Although I’m not sending any kids back to school quite yet I am still grasping for the last little bit of summer we have left. It must be the teacher in me. I thought today even though the school year may be rolling in for some I’d share something to keep summer around for the rest of us. 

A not so well known fact about me is that one of the jobs that put me through college was working at Jamba Juice. I worked with my best friend and made so many more friends, that between working with friends and drinking smoothies it hardly seemed like a job at all. So I know all about Pink Star and White Gummy and all of the secret menu. However what may surprise you is my favorite was not the rich and creamy Peanut Butter Mood or anything loaded with sherbet like most of the secret menu is. My favorites were light and loaded with fruit and yogurt.

Just as I left Jamba Juice they introduced their coconut water and since leaving they’ve added even more coconut to the menu. I went to Jamba a few weeks ago and had their Tropical Colada. Absolutely delicious and it tasted like summer. The only problem was since I wasn’t working there I couldn’t get them at a discount to frequently curb my cravings. I wanted one all the time!

The Jamba employee in me knew about what should be in the smoothie, so I came home and started making my own. I don’t have the wall of juice flavors to choose from (chances are you don’t either) but the combination I’ve put together tastes really similar to the Tropical Colada I had that day at Jamba Juice.

The ingredients are easy to have on hand, just buy one frozen Pina Colada Bacardi drink mixer and you’ll have enough for 8 smoothies. I buy my fruit when it is on sale and cut it up and freeze it so I always have some on hand. You can buy a bag of tropical fruit or play around with different combinations. Pineapple would be great in it! I’ve also tried lime yogurt instead of vanilla. I use regular water when I make mine but if you have access to coconut water it really is a boost to the smoothie. Really the options are pretty limitless in what you can add!

Yield:  2 servings (roughly 14oz each)

Time:  5 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 c frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 c frozen mango
  • 1 c ice
  • 1/4 of a can Bacardi Pina Colada drink mixer
  • 6oz vanilla yogurt
  • 1 c water (or coconut water)

TOOLS:

  • Blender

DIRECTIONS:

  • Step 1

Add fruit, ice, yogurt, and water to the blender. Spoon out 1/4 of the Bacardi concentrate into the blender. Don’t mix it with water or anything like that, you want it’s full strength! You can save the rest of your Bacardi for another smoothie day! 

Blend until smooth. Add extra water or ice as needed to reach your desired consistency.  Serve and enjoy the last little bit of summer!

I could seriously eat this smoothie every day! 

Here’s to the last of summer! Cheers! Looking for other smoothie recipes? Check this one out!  

Enjoy,

Larisa

Larisa

Here’s a little about me: I usually don’t buy things that I could make. I like to read and learn. I have dreams of being a mom, living in foreign countries, and trying new things. I take a ton of pictures. I collect rocks from the places I’ve been. I’m trying to learn French. I like to eat. I’m a Mormon.

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