This delicious Piña Colada smoothie is bursting with flavor, nutrition and makes a scrumptious breakfast option. Combining pineapple, banana, vanilla yogurt and coconut milk, the iconic flavor that we know and love is brought into a creamy, non alcoholic blended beverage that we absolutely love.
In this post we share our tips for getting the healthiest, creamiest smoothie possible; all of the best ingredients to select, and why this smoothie needs to be in your regular recipe roundup.
Smoothies are loved for their vitamin packed nutrition, it is easy to add healthier ingredients and even supplements to a blender, throw in some tasty fruit and blend it up into a cool, refreshing treat.
We have a great selection of other smoothies and juices for you to check out as well! Our favorites include the powerful peanut butter chocolate smoothie, our blueberry banana protein smoothie, and the Spring green breakfast smoothie.
What is a Pina Colada Smoothie made of?
Well, the traditional pina colada is a well known and loved blended tiki style alcoholic drink. It is made with coconut, rum, pineapple juice and ice. Our smoothie is definitely not an alcoholic pina colada, so it makes a fun option for anyone looking to enjoy the flavor free of alcohol.
We are using whole frozen pineapple pieces and bananas to add more fiber and nutrition, as well as a good quality vanilla yogurt, honey, coconut milk and ice. This smoothie is thick and creamy with a good amount of protein and fat.
Is coconut cream or milk better for Pina Colada smoothies?
When you’re trying to decide what liquids to use in your smoothie it mostly comes down to personal preference and texture. We use coconut milk in our smoothie because it is not as sweet and has a less intense flavor profile. Coconut cream will absolutely give you a thicker, creamier texture in your finished smoothie, however, it will add calories and intensify the flavor quite a bit.
This smoothie is high in carbs. The frozen pineapple chunks and banana have lots of natural sugars, the honey will also add carbs and while it is a phenomenal natural sweetener it can be optional if you would like. This smoothie makes an excellent breakfast drink because your body is best able to benefit from a higher carb meal early in the day.
That’s when your body’s metabolism is higher and ready to use those carbs.
This is an easy refreshing drink in the morning. Just prep your fruit and pop it the freezer the night before. Wake up and throw everything in your blender.
Are Pina Colada smoothies healthy?
The traditional alcoholic Pina Coladas are definitely not a healthy drink, they contain alcohol and lots of sugars from the juices used. Our Pina Colada smoothie is a bit better as it does not contain alcohol, it uses whole fruits and yogurt as well as coconut milk rather than cream. However, it is not a low calorie drink.
This smoothie is calorically dense, but it is important to consider where those calories are coming from. Yogurt can be a great source of protein if you opt for a Greek yogurt, whole fruits add fiber and natural sweetness, and coconut milk is a great option if you are looking to avoid dairy milk in your diet.
Some substitutions you could make with this recipes would be
- Using a plain Greek yogurt in place of the vanilla yogurt
- Use a coconut yogurt in place of the dairy yogurt
- Opting to not use honey and allowing the fruits and coconut milk to be the only sweeteners
- Adding a vanilla protein powder to bring the protein macros up
Making these substitutions will also make this smoothie vegan! There are lots of ways you can play around with the ingredients to make it work for your diet and caloric needs.
Your Printable Recipe Card:
Yummy Pina Colada smoothie that is bursting with flavor and nutrition! A Low-Sodium, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free breakfast!
- 1 Cup frozen pineapple, chopped
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1/2 Cup vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 Cup coconut milk
- 5-6 Ice cubes
- Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- I like to use frozen pineapple because they make the smoothie thicker.
- You can use fresh pineapple if you would like. but I recommend putting in more ice cubes.
- You can also use COLD pineapple juice if you also add ice to thicken the smoothie.
- if you like it with a stronger coconut taste I recommend throwing in a tablespoon of shredded coconut.
Amount Per Serving Calories 604Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 22gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 6mgSodium 97mgCarbohydrates 92gFiber 4gSugar 80gProtein 10g
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