This pina colada smoothie is a tropical mix of frozen pineapple and coconut milk blended into a refreshing drink! Made with 3 simple ingredients, this healthy smoothie recipe is a creamy, cool and satisfying way to begin the day.
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Healthy Pina Colada Smoothie
Today I wanted to share one of my favorite things in the summertime…pina colada smoothies! Something about the blend of coconut and pineapple and creamy goodness just screams SUMMER to me. Along with my favorite Orange Julius recipe it’s the perfect refreshing treat to cool off on a hot summer day and has all those classic tropical flavors that make you feel like you’re at the beach similar to this green smoothie recipe!
This mocktail recipe is super simple and only takes 3 ingredients (plus ice) and 5 minutes to make. As is it is both vegan and gluten-free! There are plenty of ways to make it your own, like adding in a frozen banana and strawberries, or using coconut cream to make it a bit sweeter and thicker.
Serve it in a glass with a fun straw, a fresh pineapple wedge and even a dollop of whipped cream if you’re feeling fancy. Or make a smoothie bowl with all your favorite toppings. Either way you’ll have an easy breakfast or healthy snack idea that’s ready in no time!
Simple and wholesome ingredients combine together for a smoothie with the most delicious creamy texture!
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
- Milk: Coconut milk is best for a tropical taste. Canned coconut milk will give the creamiest results, but feel free to use your favorite non-dairy milk.
- Pineapple: Frozen pineapple will make the smoothie thick and creamy.
- Sugar: Just a small amount of granulated or coconut sugar brings out the natural sweetness of the fruit.
- Ice: You will also need 1 cup of ice.
- Swap the sugar for honey to keep it healthier.
- If you’d like more fruit, mix in 1/2 banana and 1 cup strawberries (I recommend both frozen).
- For more protein, add a scoop of vanilla protein powder (this will change the flavor a bit, but will still taste delicious).
- Substitute the coconut milk for coconut cream for a thicker and sweeter smoothie.
- Serve as a smoothie bowl with toppings like shredded coconut, more fresh fruit and chia seeds.
How to Make a Pina Colada Smoothie
My kids LOVE this piña colada smoothie and beg for me to make them all summer. It’s the perfect healthy snack idea to cool off with after playing in the hot summer sun.
- Combine. Stir the coconut milk, then combine it with sugar, pineapple chunks and ice in a blender.
- Blend. Blend on high power until smooth adding more milk or frozen pineapple if needed to reach desired consistency.
- Serve. Pour into 2 glasses and serve with fresh pineapple garnish if desired.
Tips for Smoothie Success
- Frozen pineapple. This creates the perfect creamy consistency. You can buy bags of frozen pineapple at the grocery, or cut a fresh pineapple into cubes and then freeze them yourself.
- Stir the coconut milk. Coconut milk tends to separate in the can (solid cream on top and liquid on bottom). So before using the milk, make sure to give it a big stir to combine the 2 layers. You can definitely use your blender to do this, just make sure to pour it back in the can and then measure out 3/4 cup.
- Liquid first. As with most smoothie recipes, pour the liquid (coconut milk) into the blender first, then add the remaining ingredients. Not only is this gentler on your blender, but the smoothie will blend more easily this way.
- Consistency. After blending together the ingredients, check out the consistency. If it’s too thick, add in a bit more coconut milk. Or blend in more frozen pineapple or ice to thicken it up.
This pina colada smoothie also doubles as a great recipe for homemade popsicles! Pour any leftovers into a popsicle mold and freeze for about 4 hours, or until solid. Then run warm water on the bottom of the mold to release the pops.
You can also pour the leftover smoothie into an ice cube tray and then use the cubes to make my favorite pineapple smoothie.
Garnish your glass with a fresh pineapple wedge, whipped cream and a cherry for an even more tropical island feel! Other garnish ideas include coconut flakes, fresh mint leaves or sliced strawberries.
While you could use dairy milk or other dairy-free milks like almond or oat, coconut milk is really what gives this the tropical taste.
Smoothies are best fresh as they start to lose some of their nutrients after that but if needed you can store leftover smoothie in the refrigerator and drink it within 24 hours.
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Pina Colada Smoothie
- ¾ cup coconut milk
- 2 to 3 cups frozen pineapple
- 1 Tablespoon granulated or coconut sugar , more to taste
- 1 cup ice
For serving (optional): fresh pineapple slices, whipped cream, cherries
- Combine the coconut milk (stir first), sugar, pineapple and ice in a blender.
- Blend on high power until smooth. Add more milk or frozen pineapple if needed to reach desired consistency.
- Pour into 2 glasses and serve with fresh pineapples if desired.
- You may omit the sugar or substitute for honey.
- If you’d like more fruit, you can try adding 1/2 banana and a cup of strawberries.
- For a sweeter and thicker smoothie, use cream of coconut.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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