When I was in the third grade, I spent a lot of time dreaming about ‘Candy Land’. My school teacher was really into creative writing, so we spent a lot of class time sitting and writing about whatever we could think of. What was I thinking of? Candy (what else would I be thinking about?).
Nearly every single one of my stories was set in this fictional land, where the ground was made of marshmallows, it rained M&M’s, and all the houses were made of gingerbread. By the end of the third grade ‘Claudia’s Adventures in Candy Land’ had turned into quite the series. I covered many of the major issues facing the Candy Land population – who ate the giant cookie, which gingerbread house contained a witch, what to do when Candy Land’s rocket ships ran out of fuel…
Oh yeah, they used rocket ships in Candy Land – cars were too passé.
The Candy Land series was put on hiatus a few years later, after my love of creative writing was crushed by teachers who insisted my stories were ‘too farfetched’ and that everyone should only ‘write about what they know’. Where’s the fun in that!?
But my love of candy has certainly endured (even though I no longer eat bags of M&M’s and Peanut Butter Cups with reckless abandon).
And hey, maybe I’ll return to the Candy Land series. I mean, my teachers’ weren’t authors or publishers. Maybe they just didn’t appreciate my insane love of candy…
I first tried this smoothie using coconut and almond extract, except it just seemed wrong to me. For one thing, coconut extract always tastes so fake to me. Then almond extract always tastes really fake. Also, Almond Joys don’t have the almond taste the whole way through. So everything was just wrong.
Then I tried an extract-free version – and huzzah! – it was much, much better. Instead of using flavorings, I just blended some shredded coconut into the smoothie and used almonds as a topping. If you’re drinking the smoothie, you may wish to leave off the almonds (otherwise it may be very awkward). But if you’re like me and ‘eat’ smoothies with a spoon, then the more crunchy almonds, the better!
As Almond Joy isn’t sold everywhere in the world, let’s just make sure we’re all on the same page about what an Almond Joy is:
- An Almond Joy is a candy bar with a coconut center topped with whole almonds, covered in milk chocolate
- It’s a candy relative of Mounds, except Mounds doesn’t have any almonds and is covered in dark chocolate
- Bounty (sold outside the US) is the same as Mounds, except it’s typically covered in milk chocolate
Therefore, if you leave off the almonds you’ll technically be having a Mounds (or Bounty) Smoothie. Who knew candy could be so complicated?
It’s probably best not to think about candy too much. Just enjoy it!
- 2 frozen bananas
- ⅓ cup shredded coconut
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ cup almond milk
- ½ cup (120g) plain Greek yogurt
- Sliced or whole almonds
- Blend the frozen bananas, shredded coconut, cocoa powder, almond milk and Greek yogurt until smooth.
- Divide between two tall glasses, and top with some sliced or whole almonds.
Just leave off the almonds!
The almond milk can be replaced with any other milk of your choice (coconut milk - from the carton - would be great here)
If you have one of those individual tubs of yogurt, it's the ideal size (if they're around 5.3 - 6oz, or 120 - 170g). I used fat free Greek yogurt, but any fat percentage is fine. Try a coconut flavored yogurt (Chobani has one) for some extra coconutty flavor!