I’m not gonna lie, I love me a good blended cocktail. They are so fruity, so refreshing, and so deliciously decadent. What I don’t love about blended cocktails? THE SUGAR. So. Much. Added. Sugar. Not only is that much sugar just not good for you, but I find that when I mix that much sugar with booze, it’s a recipe for a hangover. Yuck.
You guys know that I’m not a hard-core sugar hater (life is too short to not have birthday cake, amirite?), but when you don’t *need* to add sugar to something—and can make it plenty sweet with fruit—I’m all about cutting out the white stuff. This Light Piña Colada is a perfect example of that. My recipe only has three ingredients, no added sugar, and is still super delicious!
Just to give you an idea, one three ounce serving of off-the-shelf piña colada mix registers a whopping 31 grams of added sugar. That’s 62% of your recommended daily allowance of sugar! Psh. Save your sugar from some awesome, fudgy brownies – I promise you don’t need to add it to your cocktails.
I tend to like a less sweet cocktail, but if you like a dessert-like piña colada, there is a simple (and still healthy!) fix for this—just toss in a frozen banana. The banana meshes well with the tropical flavor of the pineapple and coconut, and adds just a bit of sweetness. Don’t like bananas or are allergic to them? I gotcha covered. Toss in one or two pitted Medjool dates to up the sweetness. Read the post »