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 in the United States that needed to make the traditional colada morada…so improvised and did my own take on a colada morada recipe.
This smoothie uses many of the same flavors as the original drink such as 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!
Colada Morada Smoothie
- ¼ cup quick cook oats
- ½ cup non-dairy milk
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- ¼ teaspoon clove
- ½ teaspoon orange zest
- ¼ cup pineapple
- ¼ cup strawberries
- ¼ cup blueberries
- ¼ cup blackberries
- Add oats, ½ 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.*
PLEASE NOTE: Nutritional information data is computer generated and only an estimate so it should be used only as a guide.
Mary Ellen Valverde MS, CNS, LDN is a Licensed Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist who empowers vegans to feel confident in creating sustainable habits that align with their values and health goals. She shares easy gluten-free plant-powered food to nourish your body + satisfy your tastebuds. Mary Ellen’s recipes and nutrition info have been featured on Yahoo News, Parade, VegNews, LIVESTRONG, Dr. Axe, Greatist, LIVEKINDLY, Brit+Co, Well+Good, and more.