Piña Colada Smoothie

This Piña Colada Smoothie is a creamy dessert, healthy snack, or even a delicious breakfast option. You’ll love the flavors of coconut combined with pineapple. If you’re into smoothies, check out my Vegan Green Tea Banana Smoothie or my Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie.

A glass full of Pina colada smoothie has raspberries, coconut flakes, and a pineapple chunk on top. It sits in front of a pineapple.

I absolutely love the flavor of coconut and pineapple together. That must be why I made this piña colada cocktail. I decided a healthy smoothie version was also necessary.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Adding frozen banana adds natural sweetness and creaminess to this smoothie
  • Fresh pineapple is full of flavor and adds healthy nutrients to every sip
  • Coconut milk adds to the creaminess factor and contributes to the coconut (colada) flavor we’re after.

Ingredient Spotlight

The top and bottom of a fresh pineapple have been chopped off. A hand holds a knife, cutting down the outer edge of the pineapple to remove the outer layer.

What Pineapple is Best

Pineapples do not ripen after they’re picked so you’ll want to select one that delivers the best ripeness. Choose a pineapple with golden color on the bottom and or sides. You should be able to gently press the skin and it should give a little. You can also bring it to your nose and it should smell like pineapple. Frozen pineapple chunks are a great option if you can’t find a decent fresh one.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Frozen banana chunks — Take one or two ripe bananas, peel, chop, and freeze them. I prefer to freeze them on a pan lined with parchment or waxed paper. Once they’re frozen, I transfer them to a freezer bag.
  • Frozen pineapple chunks — Learn the best way to cut a pineapple or use frozen pineapple chunks in a bag.
  • Pineapple juice — I have used either pineapple juice or pineapple coconut juice and both work great.
  • Coconut milk — You can use lite canned coconut milk or full-fat canned coconut milk, depending on your preferences.
  • Plant-based milk — You can use your favorite vegan milk or use soy milk, cashew milk, pecan milk, almond milk, oat milk, etc.
  • Coconut extract — This is an optional ingredient in case you’d like to boost the coconut flavor. If you don’t have coconut extract, you can add more of the coconut milk.

How to Make Piña Colada Smoothie

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and let them sit for a few minutes to soften.
    Looking down on a blender full of pineapple chunks, banana chunks, coconut milk, and more.
  2. Blend on low speed until the frozen ingredients are broken down into smaller bits. Then gradually increase the speed. Add more juice or plant-based milk as needed to achieve the desired consistency.
  3. Pour into glasses and serve.

Storage Tips

To store, transfer smoothies to an airtight, freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 2 months. Allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes or longer to thaw.

Serving Suggestions

Here are my favorite ways to serve these smoothies:

  • Make piña colada “ice cream” — Keep the liquid limited to 1/2 cup of pineapple juice and 2 cups of soy milk and you’ll have a rich, thick ice-cream-like consistency. Spoon it out into bowls and add your favorite toppings like vegan chocolate syrup.
  • Protein piña colada smoothie — Add a tablespoon or two of vegan vanilla protein powder, add a little more plant-based milk, and serve this as a meal replacement for an on-the-go lunch.
  • Berry piña colada smoothie — Add 1/2 to 1 cup of frozen berries and watch this transform into a colorful smoothie. Be sure to add more plant-based milk to get the best consistency.
  • Smoothie bowl — Pour the finished smoothie into a bowl and top it with protein granola, chopped nuts, fresh berries, and more.

Here are more favorite toppings, however you serve your smoothie:

How to Cut a Pineapple

  1. Cut off the crown and bottom of the pineapple
  2. Slice down the outer edges to skin the pineapple
    The top and bottom of a fresh pineapple have been chopped off. A hand holds a knife, cutting down the outer edge of the pineapple to remove the outer layer.
  3. Cut the pineapple in half vertically
    A hand holds a knife cutting down on a skinned pineapple. There are pieces of the pineapple skins sitting around it on a cutting board.
  4. Quarter the pineapple by cutting each half in half
  5. Remove the core by cutting down each quarter
    A hand holds a knife cutting down on a quartered piece of a pineapple, removing the core. There are pieces of pineapple sitting next to it on a cutting board.
  6. Cut the remaining quarters in half and then cut slices to create chunks.
    A hand holds a knife cutting skinned pineapple strips into chunks. There are pieces of the pineapple sitting around it on a cutting board.
  7. Freeze pineapple chunks by placing them on a tray lined with parchment or waxed paper. Freeze the tray for at least 30 minutes then transfer frozen pineapple chunks to a freezer bag where they will keep up to 2 months.

More Smoothie Recipes

I hope you love this piña colada smoothie as much as we do!

A glass of pineapple smoothie has fresh raspberries, coconut flakes, and a pineapple chunk on top. It sits in front of a whole pineapple.

Piña Colada Smoothie

This Piña Colada Smoothie can be a simple way to eat your veggies with the added benefit of getting your fruits, like bananas and pineapples, at the same time!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 186kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen banana chunks
  • 2 ½ cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • ½ cup pineapple juice or pineapple coconut juice
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 ½ cups plant-based milk
  • optional: ¼ teaspoon coconut extract

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a blender and let them sit for a few minutes to soften.
  • Blend on low speed until the frozen ingredients are broken down into smaller bits. Then gradually increase the speed. Add more juice or plant-based milk as needed to achieve the desired consistency.
  • Pour into glasses and serve!
  • To store, transfer smoothies to an airtight, freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 2 months. Allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes or longer to thaw.

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Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 457mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 274IU | Vitamin C: 56mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2013 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

3 Responses to Piña Colada Smoothie

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDean Reply

    5 stars
    Well I do love Pina Coladas, maybe I should try have a healthy one for a change. Love the pics by the way, they all look really delicious.

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlynarf7 Reply

    I am just about to start experimenting on using homemade organic soymilk kefir to culture other milks and coconut milk/cream is my first experiment. That way the grains don’t get stressed out with an oily coating on them. I am trying to make something thick, probiotic and tangy like yoghurt which would go really well in a smoothie. Wish me luck 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Fingers crossed! Let me know how it goes!

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