This pineapple smoothie is healthy, refreshing and tastes downright tropical! The most deliciously easy smoothie recipe that’s perfect for warmer weather.
Favorite tropical smoothie
We love to make healthy smoothies around my house and are always in the kitchen blending up new recipes. My son loves to experiment with making his own smoothies and sometimes they turn out completely amazing…especially this pineapple smoothie recipe!
He is obsessed with mango, so frozen mango is usually always a must when throwing together a smoothie. This recipe is unbelievable and tastes like a drink straight from Hawaii! It’s so smooth and creamy and has the perfect amount of sweetness. Believe me when I say you’ll be making this refreshing drink all summer long!
Fresh or frozen pineapple?
To get the ultimate creamy texture, I recommend using frozen pineapple (as well as frozen mango and frozen banana). It blends up so nicely and makes the consistency super smooth and thick, almost like pineapple Dole Whip. You can definitely still use fresh cut pineapple, I’d just recommend adding in a handful of ice to thicken it up a bit.
Pro Tip: Have leftover pineapple? Freeze it for later! Simply add it to a parchment lined baking sheet and place in the freezer until it hardens. Then add the frozen pineapple to a zip top bag and store in the freezer until ready to use.
Tips for the best pineapple smoothie
- Frozen fruit. As mentioned above, using frozen fruit instead of fresh gives this smoothie the perfect creamy consistency. Trust me, it makes a big difference!
- Blend the coconut milk. Canned coconut milk tends to separate into cream on top and liquid on the bottom. So you’ll want to blend the two together until there are no lumps and the mixture is smooth.
- Add liquid first. Pour the pineapple juice and coconut milk into your blender first, and then add the fruit. The smoothie will blend easier this way.
- Consistency. If the consistency is too thick, add in more pineapple juice or coconut milk. If it’s too thin, blend in more frozen fruit.
- Greens: Smoothies are a great way to pack in lots of healthy greens like spinach or kale. The taste won’t change much, however the color will turn green, just like my favorite green smoothie.
- Extras: Feel free to add in extra mix-in’s, like a scoop of vanilla protein powder or a Tablespoon of chia seeds or flaxseed.
- Lighten it up: You can use lite coconut milk instead of the full fat variety for less calories.
- Sweeten: For a sweeter smoothie, mix in a Tablespoon of honey or maple syrup.
- Fruit substitutes: Feel free to include other fruit that goes well with pineapple, like swapping mangoes with strawberries.
- Juice: Orange juice would make a great replacement for pineapple juice if needed. The pineapple flavor won’t be as strong, but the orange citrus flavor will still taste tropical.
- Bowl: Instead of serving in a glass, make a smoothie bowl with all your favorite toppings like granola, shredded coconut and freshly sliced fruit.
Meal prep smoothie bags
Smoothies are the perfect healthy, easy and delicious option for a quick grab and go meal. When I’m super busy or honestly just don’t feel like cooking, I love the fact that I can throw all of the ingredients in the blender and it’s ready to drink in a matter of minutes!
That’s why I love to make meal prep smoothie bags. Simply portion out the fruit into zip top bag and then place in the freezer. Then when you’re ready to make a pineapple smoothie, just pour the fruit in the blender and add pineapple juice and milk. So, so easy!
More healthy smoothie recipes:
- Pina colada smoothie
- Strawberry banana smoothie
- Mango smoothie bowl
- Acai smoothie
- Watermelon smoothie
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 3/4 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 frozen banana
- Pour the pineapple juice and coconut milk into the blender.
- Next add the frozen mango, pineapple and banana. Then blend until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy!