This is taking breakfast snacks to the next level of breakfast snacks.

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You don’t do breakfast snacks? You should.

Oh! Guess where I got these childlike straws? I’m sure you don’t even need to guess. Target owns my soul. I swear that they sprinkle pastels and neons and glitter and black and white pillows in the middle of the aisles along with a few mirrored vases and new papyrus cards to entice me further and further into the store. I never grab a cart and then end up dumping my pile o’ crap-I-don’t-need (almost always including straws of some sort) on a shelf while I go back to the front of the store to grab said cart and probably grab a scarf along the way.

At least it’s a good workout.

I don’t care if these straws make me look five or fifty-five (and I can’t really decide either) because they distract me from real life. Need a boost? Put a kid straw in your drink.

And I’m not just saying that because the Full House episode with the Beach Boys is on.

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These little layered glasses of goodness are a cross between a smoothie and a slushie, mostly because it’s pureed fruit and a little icy. I adore the frozen coconut meat I find at whole foods and it’s something I throw in my smoothies regularly… but the frozen watermelon makes it scream OMG SUMMER! It’s a combo that I just cannot get enough of.

The only way it gets better is with a little splash of coconut rum in the coconut layer. And maybe even some watermelon schnapps in the watermelon layer… but you know how weird the faux watermelon taste can be.

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Ah and the salty sugar? It’s the best of both worlds in my opinion because I live for the salt on margarita rims and like it even better with a hint of sweetness. But still salty. You get me?

So yes, breakfast snacks. Just do it. It’s a thing.

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Layered Watermelon Coconut Shakes with Salty Lime Sugar.

Yield: serves 2

Total Time: 10 minutes


3/4 cup frozen coconut meat, slightly thawed (I find mine at whole foods)
1/2 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1 1/2 cups frozen watermelon chunks (I keep mine in the freezer for at least 2 hours+)
1/4 cup coconut water
2 tablespoons honey

salty lime sugar
1 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon flaked sea salt
the zest of one lime


Begin by making the salty lime sugar. Once made, slice the lime and use it to rim the edges of 2 glasses. Dip the glasses in the sugar and coat them thoroughly.

You can layer the shake however you'd like, but I prefer to start with the coconut so I don't have to wash out the blender (you don't need to anyway, but it will tint the white coconut pink). Add the frozen coconut, milk and extract to a blender and puree until thick and creamy. Pour evenly between two glasses. Add the frozen watermelon, coconut water and honey to the blender (if the lime still has some juice, I'll also squeeze the rest in here) and puree until smooth and frosty. Pour on top of the coconut layer and garnish with limes!
Note: if you can't find frozen coconut meat, you can freeze young coconut meat or use it raw with a few ice cubes. Instead of either of those, you can swap the coconut meat entirely for a coconut ice cream!

salty lime sugar
Combine ingredients together in a bowl and mix with your fingers until the lime zest is evenly spread through the mixture.

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And I’d totally buy these if Target sold them.

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67 Responses to “Layered Watermelon Coconut Shakes with Salty Lime Sugar.”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — June 27, 2014 @ 7:15 am

    Um yes. I may be a breakfast snack convert,
    How-ev-er, I think I might add your coconut rum idea.
    Because it’s Friday. And, because I can.
    Love these! Pinned!


  2. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 27, 2014 @ 7:18 am

    Four kinds of coconut in one shake recipe – now that’s my kinda recipe! And the watermelon…I have bought my weight in watermelon already this summer and it’s only June! LOVE THIS one! Pinned


  3. #
    Bri | Bites of Bri — June 27, 2014 @ 7:19 am

    These are perfect for summer! I bought straws at Target yesterday. My 4 item list morphed into approximately 20 things. Always.


  4. #
    Tom @ Raise Your Garden — June 27, 2014 @ 7:20 am

    I’m loving that salty lime sugar. The kind of drink you pay 10 bucks for in Key West, FL… sitting back sipping one of these watching life go by.

    And the fact that I noticed the pinwheels on top. Those are kind of fun.


  5. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — June 27, 2014 @ 7:29 am

    Oh my gosh! This look so good and refreshing!!! I need to find that frozen coconut meat.


  6. #
    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — June 27, 2014 @ 8:09 am

    Love this combination of sweet watermelon with salty tart lime! Yum!


  7. #
    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — June 27, 2014 @ 8:14 am

    Never too much coconut for me. This is simply the pretties slushie shake I have even to date. Would it be wrong if i tried to argue to this into my breakfast?
    I think not!


  8. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — June 27, 2014 @ 8:15 am

    You know Starbucks will want this ! Or is this Dunkin Donuts?
    So where is the Coconut,Bacon and sprinkles recipe?
    On another note, I will definitely buy your book ,but I want it signed by the wonderfully talented author! How am I going to do that?


  9. #
    Athena @ Maple & Brick — June 27, 2014 @ 8:19 am

    WHOA. (Pumps hand in validation and agreement over this recipe). Making this weekend.


  10. #
    Rachel — June 27, 2014 @ 8:26 am

    Thought of you Jessica!


    • Caitlin — June 27th, 2014 @ 10:23 am

      hah! i was just going to post that too :) it’s so true!


  11. #
    Kelly Jo — June 27, 2014 @ 8:27 am

    Those straws are cute cute cute. I want one for my vodka tonight!

    That episdoe of full house was one of my faves. And that’s when my love for the Beach Boys started, I totally thought Uncle Jesse was an actual memeber of the band.


  12. #
    Molly @ Doughvelopment — June 27, 2014 @ 8:32 am

    I just went to target and got sucked into buying colorful burger baskets! I want all of their summer stuff! And all of the Oh Joy stuff, especially the picnic basket, but I don’t usually go on picnics so yeah…
    anyhoo yay breakfast snacks and second breakfasts! I’ll need to keep searching for that frozen coconut meat because these look delicious!!


  13. #
    courtney — June 27, 2014 @ 8:43 am

    all right. please tell me what kind of booze i can put in this amazing-ness!!!


  14. #
    Amber — June 27, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    Pulled this up at work, and before I read anything said to a co-worker–I want those straws! Wonder where they came from…from reading her regularily, I’m gonna guess Target. Then I read. Then I laughed!


  15. #
    Molly @ Yes to Yolks — June 27, 2014 @ 8:57 am

    You may have just answered my no-booze-this-summer-because-I’m-knocked-up dilemma! These sound like the PERFECT margarita alternative for the summer! I LOVE rimming margarita glasses in both salt and sugar…it’s the perfect combo. Plus, I cannot get enough watermelon in my life. Also, totally feel ya on the Target obsession. The papyrus cards are the only ones I buy, and everything in the “home” section must be sprinkled with magic dust. It’s the only explanation.


  16. #
    Nicole — June 27, 2014 @ 9:13 am

    My Pinterest boards are starting to look like a re-creation of your blog. This one will definitely be in my kitchen this weekend!


  17. #
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — June 27, 2014 @ 9:54 am

    Beautiful photos! I also prefer my breakfast snacks to have a little rum in them….:-)


  18. #
    Tracy | PeanutButter and Onion — June 27, 2014 @ 10:00 am

    Love this, I’m a sucker for Target as well.


  19. #
    Sandy — June 27, 2014 @ 10:17 am

    The next time my uncle comes over to cut some coconuts from our tree I will make sure to freeze some of the meet :D.


  20. #
    Jenni — June 27, 2014 @ 11:24 am

    I think you forgot the booze, but it’s all good. Salty/sweet is my weakness!


  21. #
    Alex @ Kenzie Life — June 27, 2014 @ 11:31 am

    Never heard of breakfast snacks but I am totally on board!


  22. #
    Nicole — June 27, 2014 @ 12:08 pm

    I want to go on a tour of your kitchen and see ALL the amazing supplies and foodie decor stuff you have!! Love the pinwheel straws!


  23. #
    Julia — June 27, 2014 @ 12:17 pm

    You just described my average Target trip! Target is the best for straws. And sparkles. And things I don’t need/MUST HAVE! I love the watermelon-lime combo. These look great! And beautiful photos btw!


  24. #
    Heather — June 27, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

    I am doing a staycation soon and these will most definitely be by my side at the pool! Looks so good!!


  25. #
    tara — June 27, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

    I went to Target the other day for the first time in a long time (which is really sad, I know) and I was so excited to just buy all the things that I almost bought baby clothes. I don’t have a baby. And I’m not pregnant.

    Anyway, I’ve never heard of breakfast snacks, but I’m totally on board, these straws are adorable and a lime rim is genius. As is this drink.


  26. #
    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — June 27, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

    I’m all about this. Looks fabulous.


  27. #
    allie @ sweet potato bites — June 27, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    I’m definitely making the rum version of this – delicious!


  28. #
    Our Food Stories — June 27, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

    such a great combination!! looks so good!


  29. #
    Gemma — June 27, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

    As soon as I read the title of this post my mouth started watering! The perfect summer snack, I will definitely be testing this one out, thank you!

    Gemma x


  30. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — June 27, 2014 @ 6:05 pm

    OMG that episode is one of my faves!! And those straws….Target thinks of everything. You know me and watermelon – I’m 100% sold on these!


  31. #
    Larry — June 27, 2014 @ 6:24 pm



  32. #
    Lokness @ The Missing Lokness — June 27, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

    It is so refreshing just by looking at these! Love the colors and layers. That flavor combinations sound like a party in the mouth!


  33. #
    Julianne — June 27, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

    This looks so good! I’m all about snacks pretty much anytime of day, but especially in the morning. I’m definitely going to try this!

    Xo Julianne


  34. #
    Macy — June 27, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

    Mmm! How yummy!


  35. #
    Marsya — June 28, 2014 @ 1:38 am

    Totally drooling over these! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Great post as always <3 xo


  36. #
    Millie// addalittle — June 28, 2014 @ 2:05 am

    SO pretty omg these looks gorgeous Jessica!


  37. #
    Anna @ dashdrizzledollopdevour — June 28, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

    Wow! These look so beautiful. I make loads of watermelon slushies over summer, can’t wait to try with a coconut layer too!


  38. #
    dervla — June 29, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

    watermelon is my heaven at the moment … CANNOT STOP eating it. And plus coconut too?!? Amazing


  39. #
    Brittany — June 29, 2014 @ 9:38 pm

    We have so much coconut rum leftover from our honeymoon. This needs to happen!


  40. #
    Amanda - A Cookie Named Desire — July 1, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

    Now, I DO partake in breakfast snacks. It is a part of my daily routine. I am so definitely making this. I mean, I am halfway out the door to get the ingredients. And those straws… oh those straws. I need them too!


  41. #
    Bea — July 6, 2014 @ 10:15 pm

    OMG, you had me at coconut. I am such a fan of the tropical flavors as I call them. I had to go back and look to see what was the deal on the straws.. .lol noticed the contents of this glass and the name. They are cute little straws once I went back and actually looked at them. I can’t wait to try these and the watermelon everything. Thanks!


  42. #
    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine — July 27, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

    Those are beautiful. I love coconut. And watermelon. And salty rims.

    Why is it so much more tempting to throw alcohol into our drinks in the summer?? It just feels like the right thing to do.


  43. #
    Ester Perez — August 30, 2014 @ 1:43 am

    This looks wonderful! I am a smoothie fanatic!!! I will have to try it! I have the coconut meat, now I better go get some watermelon tomorrow! Ps. I love the straws too!! So cute!!!



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