Summer season is upon us and so does a heat wave which makes me long for a tropical getaway. However, this homemade healthy pineapple smoothie is sure to satisfy my island cravings.
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Though we enjoy pancakes, waffles or oatmeals for weekend breakfasts, weekday mornings are for a quick grab and go breakfast or smoothies. They are more fun when made with interesting combinations! Who does’t enjoy a pina colada?
What is Pina Colada?
Originating in Puerto Rico, the name pina colada translates to “strained pineapple”. It is a cocktail made with pineapple juice, coconut cream and rum.
This banana pina colada smoothie is a healthier version of that, made with sweet fresh pineapple (instead of bottled pineapple juice), Coconut milk (instead of sugary coconut cream), banana for creaminess and sweetness along with a dash of honey.
Healthy Pina Colada Smoothie
Pineapple – Select very ripe, juicy yellow pineapple for the best tasting smoothie
Banana – A well ripened banana
Coconut milk – Canned variety works great
Honey – For additional sweetness
How to make a pina colada smoothie?
Step-1 – Peel and chop pineapple
Step-2 – Add chopped pineapple, banana, coconut milk and honey into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pineapple – Select very ripe, juicy yellow pineapple for the best tasting smoothie ( if you are new to chopping pineapple, then I’d recommend this helpful article from Jessicagavin.com)
Banana – Select a ripe banana with brown spots. This tends to be more sweet and makes the virgin pina colada smoothie even more delicious.
Coconut milk – We used canned coconut milk.
Frozen pineapple – Frozen pineapple can be used instead of the fresh. However, store bought frozen pineapple tends to be not as sweet, so we recommend using a freshly picked, well ripened pineapple. (Alternatively, you could freeze cut pineapple chunks in a ziplock bags for couple of months).
Canned coconut milk makes a delicious creamy addition in soups like Vegan Tomato Basil Soup, Thai Red Curry Chicken Soup or Thai Carrot Soup, even pasta dishes like Pasta with Tomato cream sauce or flavorful Coconut Curry Shrimp, Chickpea and Spinach Curry and Beet Curry.
Made with coconut cream, packaged pineapple juice and rum, a pina colada is packed with fat, sugar and calories.
They are usually made with light rum, however there are several versions that use dark or golden rum as well.
Commonly used ingredients are cream of coconut, pineapple juice, rum, coconut milk, fresh pineapple and ice.
More Smoothie Recipes
Black Forest Smoothie <— Healthy
Chocolate Banana Date Smoothie <— Very popular recipe
- Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
Pineapple - Select very ripe, juicy yellow pineapple for the best tasting smoothie.
Banana - Select a ripe banana with brown spots. This tends to be more sweet and makes the virgin pina colada smoothie even more delicious.
Coconut milk - We used canned coconut milk.
Frozen pineapple - Frozen pineapple can be used instead of the fresh. However, store bought frozen pineapple tends to be not as sweet, so we recommend using a freshly picked, well ripened pineapple.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 4gSugar: 41gProtein: 3g
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