Celebrate the Day of the Dead with this healthy re-make of the popular Ecuadorian drink, Colada Morada! My smoothie version takes only minutes to make but keeps many of the same flavors as the original.
I’m not sure if I’ve talked about this before on the blog but my father is originally from Ecuador. I also have Ecuadorian citizenship so I love getting into Ecuadorian culture and celebrations.
I was talking to my cousin Paola and she was telling me how everyone will be celebrating the Day of the Dead (All Souls Day) with a special Ecuadorian drink called Colada Morada.
Ecuador’s Dia de los Difuntos
In Ecuador, the Dia de los Difuntos (Day of the Deceased) is a day to remember loved ones who have passed. People visit cemeteries and bring food and drinks with them including Colada Morada and guaguas de pan (sweet bread shaped like babies). You can learn more about the traditions here.
Colada Morada, which means “purple strained” in Spanish, is a thick purple drink traditionally made with purple corn flour, spices, sugar, and many fruits like naranjilla, pineapple, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries.
As much as I wanted to make the drink, I couldn’t find a number of ingredients needed to make the traditional colada morada…so improvised and did my own take on a colada morada recipe.
My colada morada smoothie takes many of the same flavors as the original drink like blueberries, strawberries, pineapple and blackberries.
I couldn’t find naranjilla or lemon verbena leaves so I used the zest of an orange. I also substituted oatmeal for the purple corn flour because I couldn’t get my paws on that either.
Colada Morada Smoothie Nutrition
My smoothie version is a little healthier than the traditional drink because I do not include the panela (sugar) that is traditionally used. I think the fruit (especially the pineapple) makes the drink sweet enough.
The oats make the smoothie thick and keep you full for longer along with adding extra protein, carbs and fiber as well as a good dose of magnesium. And of course all the fruits add fiber and nutrients as well!
Do you have any traditional foods you celebrate with?
Colada Morada Smoothie
- 1/4 cup quick cook oats
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp clove
- 1/2 tsp orange zest
- 1/4 cup each of pineapple , strawberries, blueberries & blackberries (I used frozen)
- 1/4 or more of non-dairy milk
- Add oats, 1/2 cup of milk, spices, and orange zest to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend again until smooth.*
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Mary Ellen Valverde MS, CNS, LDN is a Licensed Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist helping people thrive on a plant-powered diet. Mary Ellen offers a completely holistic and science-based approach to designing a healthy, plant-based life.
When she’s not working with clients or creating new meals for her blog, you can find Mary Ellen doting on her two rescue shih tzus, creating the perfect vegan mac & cheese, or exploring the world with her husband.