This Peach Coconut Water Smoothie has been my summer smoothie obsession ever since I first made it last week. I’m pretty sure I have made it once a day since then.
This coconut water smoothie blends up frosty and light, super hydrating with a sweet and bright flavor. This is the perfect hydration beverage for when you feel a bit drained or just want something cool and refreshing and fruity to sip on.
Coconut Water Smoothie
I love that it is made with coconut water because that adds electrolytes, natural sweetness and keeps this smoothie super light. Sometimes you just don’t have the hunger for a richer, creamier, heavier smoothie — you want refreshing, yet still fruit-packed! This is that smoothie!
But this Peach Coconut Water Smoothie has one very important rule that you simple cannot skip to make it the best ever…..
Sometimes a recipe just sticks to me. I cannot get it out of my head and the flavors cling to me and call out day after day. Well, as a peach lover, this recipe absolutely did that for me!
I absolutely love how hydrating and refreshing this recipe is. But since it’s made using real fruit, it also adds loads of fiber. You can easily pack 2-3 servings of fruit into this smoothie.
The One Smoothie Rule You Cannot Break
So I did say there was a rule. And there is. It’s about those peaches. The secret trick to making this smoothie both super healthy and super delicious is all about the peach skins! Yup, peach skins.
The secret to the deliciousness of this coconut water smoothie is: peach skins.
Pretty much all frozen peaches in stores remove the peach skins before freezing. Like, what’s up with that anyways? Why? If you know anything about nutrition, you know that most of the nutrients and good stuff about fruit is in the skins. Berry skins, apple skins, peach and plum skins. I have even heard of people who add the banana peel to smoothies because it is so healthy for you. Now I haven’t gone that far, but peach skins, yes.
But since this smoothie needs frozen fruit to blend up all frosty and light, you have to do one thing…
Freeze the peaches yourself.
How to Freeze Your Own Fruit
Freezing your own fresh, in-season summer fruit is actually really easy and makes a huge difference in terms of flavor in your smoothies. When you freeze sweet, ripe, local fruit yourself, you capture all those flavors in your smoothie!
So all you do is wash, dry and slice up your fresh and ripe peaches. No hard or green-ish peaches allowed! You want sweet and tender peaches that would be ready or even over-ready for eating.
Then you load your sliced peaches into a freezer bag or container and freeze. That’s it. You can do this the day before you want to make this smoothie.
The skins of the peaches add these tiny little red specks that are just lovely. And you can really taste the tartness from those skins!
Coconut Water Benefits
So now that you have your freshly-frozen, skin-on peaches, let’s talk coconut water. Because a coconut water smoothie starts with fresh, yummy coconut water!
I first got into coconut water in 2007 while living in NYC. I loved it! It was hydrating and sweet, packed with electrolytes. Fresh young coconut water was always better than shelf stable. And the same is true today.
Coconut water is rich in electrolytes like potassium, which makes it a great hydration beverage for working out. It is naturally sweet, which makes it perfect for coconut water smoothies like this one!
If for some reason you do not like coconut water or do not have any on hand you can use this easy substitute..
Coconut Water Sub for this Recipe
Sub every cup of coconut water with ¾ cup water and 2 tablespoon maple syrup.
Don’t Forget the Date!
I love that is coconut water smoothie recipe contains one medjool date too! That tiny little date is packed with nutrients and fiber, natural sweetness and stickiness to give your smoothie a bit more body!
And for even more sweetness, I have added in maple syrup, which just makes this recipe so cravable. Maple and peach go really well together.
Pinch of Salt too
I add in a pinch of salt – about ⅛ teaspoon or a bit less. Why? Well it mimics sports drinks a bit more to help you stay hydrated. Plus, that contrast of saltiness really brings out all those sweet flavors. The salt is optional, but give it a try and see what you think..
Want More Smoothie Recipes???
Oh, I have plenty for you! You can browse my smoothie section, right here on the blog. Or for serious smoothie aficionados, snag my cookbook 365 Vegan Smoothies. It even comes in Italian, if that’s your style.
Peach Coconut Water Smoothie
- 2 cups peaches, sliced, frozen — skin on!
- 1 ⅓ cups coconut water
- 1 Medjool Date, pitted
- 1-2 tablespoon maple syrup
- ⅛ teaspoon salt, or a bit less
- ½ – 1 cups ice
- Add all the ingredients to a blender (except for the ice!) and blend from low to high until frosty smooth. You want those peach skins fully blended! Add in the ice, one half cup at a time until you reach your desired frostiness consistency. Serve!