conkie smoothie
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“A conkie, paime or blue drawers is a steamed pudding made up of Calabaza squash, cornmeal, sweet potato, coconut, sugar and spices. It is traditionally steamed in banana leaves and consumed at certain times of the year. You can use butternut squash if you cannot find Calabaza squash. This is so beautiful I am going to stop writing about it and just share this amazing recipe.” – Taymer Mason, Caribbean Smoothies


Caribbean Smoothies: Conkie Smoothie
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Caribbean
Author: Taymer Mason
  • ½  cup cooked sweet potato cooled and drained
  • ½ cup cooked squash cooled and drained
  • 2 dates
  • ¼  cup grated coconut
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. cooked cornmeal
  • (made by mixing ¼ cup of cornmeal with ¼ water
  • and cooking on low heat for five minutes)
  • 1 generous pinch of pink salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp. of agave nectar
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • ⅛  tsp. grated nutmeg
  • 1 ½  cups coconut milk
  1. Blend sweet potato, squash, dates, coconut, almond and vanilla extract, cooked cornmeal, salt, agave nectar, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk for 40 seconds until smooth. Chill and serve ice cold.


This recipe was excerpted from Caribbean Smoothies by Taymer Mason. Copyright © 2016 by Taymer Mason. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the author.
Caribbean Smoothies Cookbook
Taymer Mason

Vegan Chef

Author of three cookbooks and a bilingual globetrotter, hailing from Barbados.

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