This blue butterfly pea coconut shake with macadamia nuts is a creamy, naturally sweet drink full with healthy fats and nutrients.
The beautiful blue color comes from South-East Asia’s native butterfly pea flower. A plant with blue flowers that is mainly used to make herbal tea. It is rich in antioxidants and caffeine-free.
While it’s been used in that region for centuries, it is relatively new in the rest of the world.
Recently it has become very popular to naturally color food and drinks blue.
Depending on the concentration, you can get different shades of blue ranging from soft baby blue to a deeper blue.
You might have seen the rainbow and unicorn food trend with naturally colored smoothies, ice-cream, toast, noodles, cakes and more taking over Instagram.
The beautiful natural blue in these foods comes from either Butterfly pea of blue spirulina.
I also used butterfly pea flower to make these rainbow bounty bars.
Both the liquid tea from butterfly pea flower as well as the powder can be used. The power is the most versatile to use, because liquids don’t mix with all (solid) food.
It is fairly neutral in taste, a bit like very light, unsweetened green tea. It can be flavored with a sweetener, ginger and lemon.
The lemon will actually change its color from blue to purple which is beautiful!
1 cup coconut milk
2-3 pitted medjool dates
1/4 cup pecan nuts
2 tbsp butterfly pea tea
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tsp pink pitaya juice or beet juice
Use chilled coconut milk from the refrigerator.
Homemade coconut milk is by far the best, but a natural brand of coconut milk is also good.
Blend the coconut milk with the medjool dates.
If you don’t have medjool, you can use different dates, but they tend to be less soft and juicy.
Soaking them in a bit of water for a few hour helps soften them.
If you use soaked dates, you can also use some of the soaking water which adds sweetness.
Mix in the pecan nuts and vanilla extract (optional)
The bright blue dried Butterfly pea flowers can be used either as tea or as powder.
Just add a bit to your coconut shake to give it a cute blue color.
To make the pink coconut topping:
Mix the shredded coconut with the juice of a pink pitaya or beet and sprinkle it on your butterfly pea coconut shake.