This healthy Pineapple Smoothie recipe is easy to make with only 5 ingredients in 5 minutes! One sip of this pineapple banana smoothie will make you feel like you’re on a tropical island, it’s like a beach vacation in a glass! Plus it’s dairy-free!
When I am seriously jonesing for warm sandy beaches and calming ocean tides, I head into the kitchen and make this Pineapple Smoothie! It tastes like a healthy, kid-friendly pina colada and it’s like a beach vacation in a glass!
It’s easy to make with only 5 ingredients in 5 minutes! One sip of this pineapple banana smoothie will make you feel like you’re on a tropical island! Plus it’s dairy-free!
Pineapple Smoothie: Ingredients & Substitutions
The first step to making any recipe is to make sure you have all the ingredients on hand! So let’s chat about the ingredients in this pineapple banana smoothie, as well as possible substitutions!
- Lite Coconut milk. Something I love about this pineapple smoothie recipe is that it’s best when made with canned coconut milk. This means I always have some on hand in the pantry to make this smoothie! I use a lite variety, but any canned coconut milk works well. You can also substitute an almond/coconut milk blend for a lighter version! I personally think the coconut milk adds a special tropical flare to this pineapple smoothie recipe, so while you can use almond milk or another non-dairy milk, coconut is by far my favorite.
- Frozen Banana. It’s no surprise I put banana in this healthy pineapple smoothie! Adding frozen banana to smoothies is my favorite way to sweeten a recipe and impart an irresistibly creamy texture. Using frozen banana means that you don’t need to add ice to make it thick and cold!
- Frozen Pineapple. I always keep frozen pineapple on hand in the freezer (to make this green smoothie recipe and of course, this pineapple banana smoothie). It’s convenient (like the canned coconut milk), and frozen fruit is always picked and frozen at the peak of ripeness, so it’s super sweet and full of nutrients. You can use fresh pineapple if you have it on hand! Or you can buy fresh pineapple, cut it up, and freeze it!
- Honey. This is optional but recommend for the best flavor. You can also use pure maple syrup to keep this recipe vegan!
- Vanilla extract. The addition of pure vanilla extract takes this pineapple smoothie recipe to the next level. The rich vanilla flavor makes the flavor of the pineapple pop!
How to make a Pineapple Smoothie
Ok, now that we’ve chatted about the ingredients in this pineapple banana smoothie, let’s move on to discussing the process. It’s super simple, so this will be short and sweet!
Use a Vitamix Blender
For ultra-creamy smoothies I recommend using a Vitamix blender. If you’ve been around my blog for a while then you know my love for my blender runs deep. Check out this Vitamix Buying Guide to learn why I chose Vitamix 10+ decade ago and never looked back!
Add ingredients to blending container
Begin by adding all the ingredients in the order listed in the pineapple smoothie recipe to the container of a Vitamix blender (or another high-powered blender). It’s important to add the coconut milk first, then add the frozen fruit, for easy blending. I like to add the honey on top of the frozen fruit to ensure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the blending container!
Can I make a spinach pineapple smoothie?
YES! If you want to make this a spinach pineapple smoothie simply add 1-2 cups of fresh or fresh-then-frozen spinach on top of the frozen fruit before blending! Check out my Green Smoothie post for tips about freezing spinach!
Next, secure the lid and blend the pineapple smoothie until it’s smooth and uniform throughout. As you can see in the video, I used tamper to press the ingredients to the blades, which I recommend doing if you’re using a Vitamix!
Pineapple banana smoothie add-ins
If you’d like to add some nutrition boosters to this pineapple smoothie, here are some suggestions!
- Spinach. As mentioned above, adding 1-2 cups of spinach won’t effect the taste or texture of this pineapple smoothie at all. It will change the color, but it’ll taste great AND have a bonus serving of veggies!
- Kale. If you’d like to add kale, I recommend adding 1 cup. Kale has a stronger flavor than spinach and could effect the taste!
- Protein powder. Adding a scoop of vanilla protein powder will both enhance the flavor AND give you a healthy dose of protein! I love adding protein powder to my smoothies and do it all the time. This Vanilla Protein Powder is my favorite (and it’s plant-based)!
- Chia seeds. Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse that can be added to this mango smoothie. I recommend adding 1-2 TBS and drinking the smoothie immediately.
Pour into two to four glasses and enjoy!
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Pineapple Smoothie Recipe
- Place ingredients in order listed into the container of a Vitamix blender (or another high-powered blender).
- Blend, starting on low speed and increasing to high, using the tamper to push the ingredients into the blades.
- Blend on high speed for 30-60 seconds, or until the ingredients are blended and the mixture is smooth but thick.
- Serve immediately!
• Lite coconut milk: You can also substitute an almond/coconut milk blend for a lighter version! I personally think the coconut milk adds a special tropical flare to this mango yogurt smoothie recipe, so while you can use almond milk or another non-dairy milk, coconut is by far my favorite. Regular coconut milk can be used in place of lite too.
• Frozen pineapple. I suggest using frozen fruit in this pineapple smoothie recipe for the creamiest texture and best flavor. You can buy fresh pineapple and freeze it to use in smoothies!
• Frozen banana. Frozen banana is the key to naturally sweet, ultra creamy smoothies. I don't recommend making substitutions!
• Honey. I personally like the little extra sweetness from the honey. Feel free to omit it or to use a different liquid sweetener like maple syrup, agave, etc.
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