Pineapple smoothie is a healthy, delicious, and easy-to-make vegan-friendly tropical refreshment. It is prepared with pineapple, banana, coconut yogurt, coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla essence that makes the smoothie insanely unique and amazing. This Pineapple smoothie has a lot of health benefits that are much needed for a balanced diet and it can be a perfect treat for the bright summer days. And it tastes like Pina Colada and can be an excellent smoothie for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack.
- What is best about Pineapple smoothie?
- Ingredients for Pineapple smoothie
- Interesting health benefits of Pineapple
- How to make a Pineapple Smoothie?
- Why Pineapple Smoothie tastes bitter?
- Storage suggestion
- Serving Suggestion
- Pineapple smoothie recipe video instruction
- 📖 Recipe
- Frequently asked question
What is best about Pineapple smoothie?
Pineapple smoothie is a rich and creamy drink that one could easily make at home. It is one of the ultimate easy drinks that requires only a few minutes to prepare. This smoothie is not only quick and easy but also has a lot of health benefits. The pineapple smoothie recipe shared here is an absolute vegan-friendly version that is dairy-free, and nut-free. This healthy pineapple smoothie is also a filling drink that is good for weight loss and keeps you full for long hours.
You could also easily customize your favorite pineapple smoothie according to your preference. Yes! we can throw in our favorite veggies or fruits to make different variations. Or do you want to make your own Pina Colada(the recipe includes rum i.e only for adults)? yes, even you can prepare that too!
Overall, this vegan pineapple banana smoothie is one of the easiest drinks that can be done in under 5 minutes. All you need is the main pineapple and supporting ingredients to enjoy the tropical flavor in each sip! It is an amazing drink that you could serve for your breakfast, grab-and-go lunch, evening snacks, after a workout, or even before going to bed.
Ingredients for Pineapple smoothie
The ingredients required for this vegan pineapple banana smoothie are basic and should be easily available in food markets around. If not I have also got perfect substitutes for the same.
- Pineapple Chunks - frozen pineapple chunks work best for this recipe which makes the drink smooth and creamy. You could also make this drink with fresh pineapple but make sure to add some ice cubes to get a similar result.
- Banana - I have used frozen banana here, but you can also use fresh banana that works perfectly well.
- Coconut Yogurt - it gives a nice rich flavor and taste to the drink and it's dairy-free. You could also use other vegan yogurts like almond and cashew milk. But to make a non-vegan version, feel free to add greek yogurt or vanilla-flavored yogurt. Even you could also totally skip the yogurt if it's not really handy for you.
- Coconut Milk - this diary free milk enhances the taste and flavor of the drink and you could also use almond, cashew, and soy milk as other vegan friendly alternates.
- Vanilla Essence and Maple Syrup - Vanilla essence delivers a nice flavor and aroma to the drink. And if you are using vanilla-flavored yogurt then you can skip the essence in this recipe. Maple syrup is a good alternative to any kind of refined sugar that slightly elevates the sweet flavor in the drink. Coconut sugar is also one of the best vegan-friendly sweeteners that can be a perfect substitute. You could also use honey if you are looking for a non-vegan substitute. You could also totally feel free to skip sweeteners in the recipe to make it more healthy.
This simple pineapple coconut smoothie has plenty of variations. And each variation is really simple, unique and most are healthy that makes your meal or snack special. I have listed some of the variations that you can easily modify to the recipe that I have shared below in the recipe card.
Pineapple smoothie with other fruits
We can use a combination of fruits to make this drink more flavorful and appetizing. It is not only flavorful but also it adds a lot of health benefits to the drink on the whole. You can always feel free to add other fruits to your pineapple smoothie. Some of them are,
The pineapple smoothie with strawberry, mango, and oranges are kid's favorite drinks and even adults could not resist enjoying it. And it is definitely worth trying and you could enjoy it without taking a tropical vacation.
Pineapple smoothie with vegetables and greens
Adding vegetables and greens to your drink is one of the best ways to boost vitamins and minerals in a single glass. Some of the vegetables and greens that are best for this pineapple smoothie are,
These vegetables and greens are best for making your drinks loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals especially when you are looking for something healthy to start your day.
Pina colada smoothie
Pina colada is nothing but a pineapple coconut smoothie that has a small amount of white rum. The ingredients are similar to the drink that I have shared below, but my recipe does not have rum or any alcohol in it. To make your own traditional pina colada, add half a cup of pina colada juice and reduce ½ cup of coconut milk from the recipe shared here below. Or if you want to use alcohol, then you can use 1½ ounce of white rum and reduce the 1 cup coconut milk to ½ cup as mentioned in the recipe card below.
Pineapple smoothie bowl
Are you looking for a filling meal with this pineapple smoothie? Then you could make a simple smoothie bowl that makes a wholesome meal for the day. To make a perfect smoothie bowl, pour the drink over a bowl and top it with your favorite veggies, fruits, and grains. Some of the toppings that you can include for these variations are,
- Coconut flakes
- Chocolate chips
- A scoop of ice cream
- Chia seeds
- Nuts of your choice
Interesting health benefits of Pineapple
We know usually fruits are rich in fiber that is good for our body but do you know pineapple has a lot of interesting health benefits on its whole. Researchers and scientists say pineapples are low in calories but rich in vitamins and minerals. Especially they are rich in vitamin c that is important for growth and development that develops a strong immune system. It also helps to absorb iron from your daily food intake.
Pineapples are not only nutrition-rich fruit but also they are rich in antioxidants. The antioxidants in pineapple may benefit the body from recovering from inflammations. Pineapple has bromelain, a digestive enzyme that helps in easy digestion. And studies also say it may boost immunity, ease arthritis, and reduce the risk of cancer. Moreover, it tastes really sweet and delicious.
How to make a Pineapple Smoothie?
The recipe I have shared here is an easy Pineapple banana coconut smoothie and the quantity yields 3 large glass serving or 4 medium serving. So let us check out how to make this vegan pineapple smoothie with detail step by step instruction that I hope it will make you prepare delicious creamy smoothie every time.
To make this drink, add the frozen pineapple chunks, banana, coconut cream, coconut milk, vanilla essence, and maple syrup in a blender. Close and start to process at medium speed for about 15 seconds. Now turn the speed to high and blend for 15 seconds or until the mixture turns nice smooth and velvety consistency. Feel free to add coconut milk to achieve the liquidy consistency and the quantity mentioned in the recipe card gives a thick smoothie that's not straw-friendly.
Finally, serve this pineapple banana smoothie chill for breakfast, lunch, outdoor party, or as an evening snack. And I believe you will try and enjoy this dish with your family and loved ones.
The frozen pineapples used in the recipe help the smoothie to blend smoothly and I suggest using the same to achieve the best results. You could also use fresh-cut pineapples to make this drink but make sure to add a handful of ice cubes to get a smooth, frothy, and thick texture.
To freeze the pineapple, place the parchment paper in cookie tray and place the cut pineapple pieces. Make sure the pineapple pieces doesnot touch each other. Now place the cookie tray and freeze the pineapple in freezer for 1 day. After a day, remove the frozen pineapple from the tray and store it ina freezer friendly bags and store upto 7 to 8 months. And always make sure to store it in separate bags so that you can use the portion that you really want to.
I have used coconut yogurt and coconut milk in the recipe that gives a delicious flavor to this pineapple smoothie. You could feel free to skip coconut yogurt if it's not really handy. But I recommend you to use coconut milk to relish a healthy pina colada flavor.
Why Pineapple Smoothie tastes bitter?
Even though some smoothies are prepared with milk, the bromelain an enzyme in the fresh pineapple tends to change the drink to bitter. So if you want to make your smoothie with fresh pineapple and milk, try adding the canned pineapples that have gone through the heating process. Or you can slightly heat the pineapples before adding them to your smoothies that destroys the enzyme.
An important fact is that you may not feel the bitter taste immediately and it is based on the pineapple that is used has a high amount of bromelain in it.
This healthy pineapple coconut smoothie tastes great when served fresh. But it also stays good for a day in the refrigerator in a closed container or a mason jar.
This vegan pineapple smoothie tastes great on its own and it can be perfect for breakfast, lunch, or as an evening snack. And you could also serve this smoothie for an outdoor party along with Strawberry Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Cake, or Banana Cake as a sweet treat. To make a filling evening meal, pair it with Bread Chilli, Masala Pasta, or Pizza Pinwheels.
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Pineapple smoothie recipe video instruction
I have also shared a detailed video of this pineapple banana smoothie that I hope will help you to make the rich and creamy drink at home. For a quick reference, you could also find this healthy Pineapple Banana Smoothie with coconut milk and coconut yogurt in a story format.
- 1½ cup Pineapple Chunks, frozen
- 1 ripe banana, frozen
- ½ cup Coconut Yogurt
- 1 cup Coconut Milk
- 3 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
To Prepare Pineapple Smoothie
- In a blender, add frozen pineapple, banana, coconut yogurt, coconut milk, and maple syrup
- Cover the blender with its lid and process them at medium speed for about 30 seconds
- The mixture turns smooth and frothy
- Now the delicious pineapple smoothie is ready for us to taste and enjoy
- Serve this refreshing tropical pineapple smoothie chill for breakfast, lunch, after a workout, or even before bedtime
- I have used frozen pineapples and banana here that helps to give a creamy, frothy and smooth texture to the drink
- This pineapple banana smoothie is made with coconut milk but you could also use other dairy-free milk
- I have used coconut yogurt here and you can also use greek yogurt for nonvegan friendly version
- This pineapple smoothie is a completely vegan recipe that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, or after a workout.
Nutrition InformationYield 3 Serving Size 1 glass
Amount Per Serving Calories 350Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 1mgSodium 36mgCarbohydrates 51gFiber 2gSugar 42gProtein 4g
Disclaimer: Nutrition information comes from third-party apps and calculators. The information is purely an estimate and provided for information purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Frequently asked question
A tropical refreshing drink prepared with fresh or frozen pineapples, milk, and yogurt. There are also so many variations made with other fruits and veggies and dairy-free products. Pineapple smoothie is one of the healthy drink served for breakfast, lunch and as evening snack.
Pina colada is a traditional pineapple cocktail made with pineapple juice, white rum and coconut cream and it has it origin from Puerto Rican.
Yes, pineapple smoothie can be made with milk, but make sure to use canned pineapple that has undergone a heating process which helps the smoothie to stay fresh without turning bitter. Bromelain, a digestive enzyme in the pineapples when mixed with milk gives a bitter taste that is not palatable. If canned pineapples are not handy, then feel free to slightly heat your pineapples and cool them down completely before adding them to your recipe.
Yes, you can mke this smoothie with fresh pineapples and make sure to add a handful of ice cubes to achieve a smooth and frothy drink.
I really hope you enjoyed the recipe that I have shared here and I would love to hear from you on how it turned out for you. Please let me know.
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