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Vegan coconut blood orange lassi with cardamom - The First Mess

Coconut Blood Orange Lassi with Cardamom

This creamy, vegan coconut blood orange lassi features a warm sprinkle of cardamom and a little bit of natural sweetness from dates.
Cuisine Dairy-free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Oil-Free, Paleo, Plant-Based, Sugar-Free, Vegan
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword all seasons, blood oranges, cardamom, coconut yogurt, fall winter, medjool dates, non dairy yogurt, non-dairy milk, pear, smoothie, vanilla
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2



  • 1 ripe pear, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 small-medium blood oranges, peeled and chopped
  • 2 soft medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cultured coconut milk/coconut yogurt
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk
  • pinch sea salt


  • In an upright blender, combine the pear, blood oranges, dates, cardamom, vanilla, coconut milk yogurt, non-dairy milk, and salt. Blend on high until completely smooth. Enjoy!


  • The ripe pear really makes this drink work. I freeze chunks of peeled pears all the time for my shakes. It's great when I want something thick and lightly creamy, but without the distinctly banana-ish taste.
  • I find an alternative lassi is most successful when you incorporate some type of less acidic fruit as the base--ie banana, mango (the original!), papaya etc, so the pear really does need to be ripe here.
  • I used coconut yogurt for this, but if you aren't dairy-averse, feel free to use whatever you like.