This Pure Fruit Pineapples, Bananas and Coconuts smoothie blend is my favourite Innocent Smoothie. I first tried it last year during the summer and it's the perfect flavour for a delicious cooling drink in the sun.
Innocent smoothies are fairly expensive especially in comparison to other smoothie brands but I do think they are worth it for the flavour and texture. This particular carton cost me £3 for 750ml. It's a smaller carton size than most other drinks I buy but I would say it's big enough for this drink because it's a drink you probably only want to drink a few times as a treat rather than for everyday.
This particular combination of fruits is quite creamy and thick. It's a pale yellow colour and it has a wonderful aroma of fresh coconut and ripe banana when you pour it out. It's so thick that it coagulates in the dispensing nozzle neck and you may need to scoop out the thickest cream with your finger or the end of a knife.
The flavour is quite mild and I would say that banana is the most obvious flavour. There are hints of pineapple which come through and the coconut milk is detectable in the aftertaste. The drink actually contains a small amount of pressed apple, orange and lemon. There are no other ingredients. The fruits used are shown in photo form on the side of the carton. There is also an easy read nutrtional chart which shows me that the product contains a great deal of vitamin C as well as fibre and protein.
The smoothie is very filling, more so than other fruit drinks probably because of the flesh of the banana is quite bulky and coconut milk is quite heavy too. Therefore this is a drink I often just have on it's own rather than with food. It's delicious and refreshing.
I would definitely purchase this drink again as it's very good quality and has a flavour which I love. It's also unique as I have found no other smoothie blend which uses this particular combination of ingredients. You can find the drink at selected supermarkets in the UK.
I first tried an Innocent Smoothie after I came out of hospital after having my first baby. My mum came round to visit with bags of supplies including some fab home cooked food and several cartons of these smoothies. She was quite insistent that I drink some and get some goodness back into me..... ah makes me feel all warm and gooey remembering that!
Anyway I had never really taken any notice of them in the supermarket before, any curiousity I had, had been completely erased when I had seen the price. They really are very expensive costing over £3 for a 1 litre carton. At this time they were on some kind of offer - buy one get one free I believe and although you don't see them that cheap anymore they are frequently on buy 2 for £4 at Tesco's. Until I'd tasted them and knew what they were all about I found it impossible to entertain the idea that a fruit smoothie drink could actually warrent such a huge price.
Anyway it all changed when I actually tasted them... and this flavour Pineapple, Banana and Coconut was one of the first ones that I tried. Now I wouldn't have acutally picked this one for myself as I am really not a fan of coconut, I just don't really like the flavour... love the smell but not the flavour. It was therefore a good thing that my mum bought this for me as I absolutely loved it, the combination of flavours works incredibly well and it results in a mellow tropical tasting drink of gorgeousness. The bananagives it a thickness and creaminess and the pineapple and coconut just complement each other brilliantly. It tastes like something you would drink on a tropical island while relaxing on the beach.
Once I tasted the Innocent Smoothies I was completely won over and it was only after having had a good look at the packaging that I realised what you were paying for. They contain 100% fruit - no concentrate, no rubbish they really are just the real deal with nothing added. While I could never afford these at full price on a regular basis, I do now stock up if they are on special offer and I always buy a carton if I am feeling run down or as though I am coming down with something. Just gorgeous!