HAPPY HOUR + ROASTED STRAWBERRY COCONUT SHAKE

roasted strawberry coconut shake - The First messpin it!
I get really impatient this time of year. I’m not like, a total saint when it comes to local and seasonal eating. I eat broccoli all year, use citrus like it’s my day job, love tropical fruits that would never stand a chance of growing in my area, and I get serious cravings for out-of-season delights like strawberries sometimes. The last week or so is one of those times. Strawberries usually arrive on the tippy tail end of Spring in my ‘hood. So I’m eating these imported ones to quell my craving and I mean, they’re fine. But a little roasting with maple syrup gets them to where they need to be in my opinion. Jammy, sweet, and a little more fragrant.

I know that pre-cooking fruit for a smoothie seems like a huge pain, but you could roast up a whole tray of berries and use them for granola bowls, mashing into a sauce for some sort of dessert, serving alongside on a (vegan or not) cheese plate etc. For a nice post-dinner treat, I think the effort is worth it–especially on the weekend. Cue the links! :) xo

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ROASTED STRAWBERRY COCONUT SHAKE RECIPE
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Serves: 1-2
Notes: I think a lot of roasted fruits would be delicious with this shake. Figs, plums, nectarines… You could definitely make it work for what you have. Also note: you’ll have to make ice cubes out of coconut milk before you start this recipe. I make a tray of these on a weekly basis for smoothies.

1 heaped cup whole strawberries, quartered
1/4 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1/3 cup full fat coconut milk, frozen into ice cubes
1 cup unsweetened plant milk
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Toss the strawberries with the olive oil and maple syrup on a small baking sheet. Slide the strawberries into the oven and roast for 20 minutes, or until berries are soft, juicy, and lightly caramelized. Set aside to cool slightly.

Combine the cooled berries, coconut milk ice cubes, plant milk, and vanilla in an upright blender. Blend on high until the shake is totally smooth. Serve immediately.

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  • Katrina19/03/2016 - 9:16 am

    The roasted strawberries in this with that coconut milk sounds amazing!! Love this!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full19/03/2016 - 9:51 am

    The Lisa Frank tarot deck OMG. The fourth grader in me is smiling <3ReplyCancel

  • Yum! With the spring finally here, nothing better than a strawberry coco shake :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well19/03/2016 - 12:39 pm

    I am so there with you on not being a saint when it comes to seasonal eating. 80% of the time, sure, but the rest? Give me them Mexican cucumbers and frozen berries please ;). And – freezing coconut milk into ice cubes?! You are brilliant girl. So stocking up for future smoothies. Also thank you for those gorgeous insta recs! Now following // now hungry. Happy weekend Laura <3 {Ps. That avocado allergy = suckiness}ReplyCancel

  • […] // Something I saw on Laura’s (of The First Mess) Happy Hour post… Lisa Frank tarot cards. These would have totally fit in with my trapper […]ReplyCancel

  • Keara McGraw19/03/2016 - 1:54 pm

    Oh my worddddd. This looks so heavenly, Laura! I’m totally tearing up over <3 Ina and Jeffrey <3 too ughhReplyCancel

  • Amy | Lemon and Coconut19/03/2016 - 3:16 pm

    Gorgeous, looks so good. Great tip to roast them with maple syrup I’ll have to try that. Yes I love that bit about being intentional about what you let into your mind, I wish I had been intentional for a long time y’know. My Mum always told me to be, not to fill my mind with things you can’t remove, they all make impressions. It’s so hard to change habits sometimes, but definitely possible :)ReplyCancel

  • renee (will frolic for food)20/03/2016 - 10:39 am

    legit clicked thru on every single link. free lisa frank tarot?? LIFE = MADE. and kayla itsines… now I’m totally fascinated by her stardom. Love those insta accounts too. So inspiring. And THANK YOU for linking to my lil bunnies! You made my day. love this series, as always. also i’m def trying this shake the next time i snag some strawbs. xoReplyCancel

  • Vale20/03/2016 - 2:40 pm

    this looks really tasty!!ReplyCancel

  • Gabriella21/03/2016 - 7:21 am

    Roasted strawberries? This sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Celeste | The Whole Serving21/03/2016 - 2:26 pm

    Love this, ironically I just used roasted strawberries in a soup, it adds a much richer flavor.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Knipp21/03/2016 - 4:08 pm

    Did you use frozen strawberries? This time of year, the only way to get fresh berries is to buy the imported stuff, which I try not to do. Or buy them frozen and thaw them out.

    Also, I wonder if it would be possible to get rid of the coconut milk and use H20 ice cubes to thicken it. Maybe increase the amount of plant milk and add fat in some other way, say with a handful of soaked/dried nuts.

    I’m just not a fan of full-fat coconut milk in smoothies. I’ve tried it and I think it tends to overwhelm the other flavors.

    But the roasted strawberry idea is very cool.

    Tell me if you think frozen strawberries thawed out would work ok. thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Laura22/03/2016 - 7:53 am

      Hi Donna,
      I used imported strawberries as mentioned in the post. You could certainly make ice cubes out of the same amount of other plant milk that you like. Or simply substitute ice as you’ve suggested and pair that with a scoop of cashew butter or almond butter. I’m not sure how well a thawed frozen strawberry would work since you’d be starting with a wet, slightly soft berry going right into the oven. Might be best to wait for the real thing if you strictly avoid imported goods.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Tally22/03/2016 - 3:38 am

    Oh damn. This sounds and looks so good.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi22/03/2016 - 7:49 am

    I always come for the drinks, but I stay for links ;) This post takes the cake, Laura, I clicked and read every one but – a book for Jeffrey?! How easy is that.

    bring on the berries! xReplyCancel

  • Donna Knipp22/03/2016 - 11:38 am

    Thanks, Laura, I see now that you say up top you used the imported berries.

    I’ll tuck this recipe away for later in the spring!ReplyCancel

  • Kate25/03/2016 - 12:21 pm

    We eat strawberries all the time….oops! But my kids absolutely love them and if we waited for our strawberry patch we might get some in July. :) This shake looks phenomenal.ReplyCancel

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