Here’s how to make the best pineapple smoothie! It’s got just the right creamy texture and is bursting with sweet fruity flavor.

Pineapple Smoothie

Calling all pineapple lovers! There’s not much better than slicing up cubes of a juicy fresh pineapple to snack on. The sweet tropical flavor is simply irresistible. So here’s a smoothie recipe that captures all that beauty: this perfect pineapple smoothie! All you need is a handful of ingredients make a smooth, frothy yellow puree with the best fruity flavor. Here are all the tricks to making this tasty tropical drink.

Ingredients in this pineapple smoothie

This healthy pineapple smoothie has just a few ingredients, and it’s mostly fruit! There are no added juices or sweeteners. Here’s what you need to make this creamy puree:

  • Frozen pineapple: Use frozen pineapple to get that perfectly icy texture. You can use fresh too, but we prefer using that for snacking. Frozen pineapple is easy to find and store for whenever you have a smoothie craving.
  • Banana: The banana helps to make a creamy texture and accentuate the sweetness.
  • Water & Milk: A combination of water and milk together makes just the right creaminess. You can use any type of dairy or non-dairy milk (more on that below).
  • Ice: Ice makes the perfect frothy texture.
  • Fresh lime juice: The citrus amps the flavors! You can also use fresh lemon juice.
How to make a pineapple smoothie

Amp up the protein

This pineapple smoothie is mostly fruit! If you’re looking for a smoothie that’s packed with protein, here are some ideas:

  • Greek yogurt: Yogurt adds quite a bit of protein and probiotics for a healthy gut. Try blending in ¼ cup to ½ cup, to taste. If necessary, add a few splashes of water to get it to blend.
  • Cashew butter. The cashew flavor goes well with pineapple. Use about 1 tablespoon, 2 tablespoons for a stronger flavor. Keep in mind this addition will also dull the color a bit.
  • Protein powder: Of course, you can also throw in some protein powder! Our top choice is Greek yogurt for the flavor.

How to make it plant based / vegan!

You can make this pineapple smoothie into a vegan smoothie by using your favorite non-dairy milk instead of dairy milk. Here are the types of plant-based milk we like to use:

  • Oat milk: The flavor is sweet and it has a nice creamy texture; it’s ideal for smoothies.
  • Almond milk: A little closer to water in its texture, but it’s popular and easy to find.
  • Coconut milk: It’s super thick and adds a strong coconut flavor (it would be especially delicious here!).
  • Soy milk: It has a nice sweet flavor and thick texture; we use it less than the other three.
Best pineapple smoothie

More flavor variations!

Want to vary your pineapple smoothie? Here are a few more flavor ideas to mix in:

  • Coconut. Use coconut milk, or throw in a handful of coconut to the mix (or toasted coconut). It will taste like a piña colada!
  • Vanilla. Use ¼ to ½ teaspoon vanilla to add complexity.
  • Mint or basil. Add a few fresh mint or basil leaves for an herbaceous spin.
  • Mango or peach. Substitute 1 cup of the frozen pineapple for 1 cup frozen mangos or peaches.

Pineapple nutrition facts

Pineapple is full of nutrients and fiber! When you blend up a pineapple smoothie, here’s what you’ll be slurping down (source):

  • Pineapple is low in calories. 1 cup pineapple chunks has 80 calories.
  • Pineapple is especially rich in Vitamin C: 1 cup provides 131% of your daily value.
  • Pineapple contains disease-fighting antioxidants that may reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Can you store this pineapple smoothie?

This smoothie is best eaten immediately. But you can store this pineapple smoothie for about 1 day refrigerated. Store it in a sealed container or a mason jar with the lid on. It may separate, which is perfectly normal! Just shake it up and you’re good to go.

Pineapple smoothie

This pineapple smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, use dairy-free milk.

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Pineapple Smoothie

Perfect Pineapple Smoothie


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small smoothies 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s how to make the best pineapple smoothie! It’s got just the right creamy texture and is bursting with sweet fruity flavor.


Ingredients

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  • 3 cups frozen pineapple (or fresh, peeled and cubed)
  • 1/2 banana
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup milk (or almond milk or oat milk)*
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice (or lemon juice)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except 1 cup frozen pineapple in a blender. Blend until smooth, stopping and stirring as necessary.
  2. Add the final cup of frozen pineapple and blend again. Eat immediately or store in a sealed jar for 1 day.

Notes

*To amp the protein, use ¼ to ½ cup Greek yogurt instead of milk. If necessary, add a few more splashes of water until the smoothie blends.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Smoothie

Keywords: Pineapple Smoothie, How to make a pineapple smoothie

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Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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3 Comments

  1. I made the recipe to a T and, yet, it was pretty bad. I had my doubts whether including 1/2 banana to 3 cups of pineapple was a good idea, but I continued anyway. Turns out my doubts were justified. Adding the banana made it so there was absolutely no taste of pineapple whatsoever. Correct me if I’m wrong but this isn’t a banana smoothie. It also canceled out the lemon juice. I’m sure your recipe would have been great if not for the amount of banana you say to use. Caution to anyone looking at this recipe: do not add the amount of banana they say if you want a pineapple smoothie, because it’s terrible and will waste your food.

    1. Hi there! Thanks for letting us know. To us, 1/2 banana is just enough to help provide a smooth texture and we like the flavor notes that it adds to compliment the pineapple. Feel free to make this smoothie without the banana if you prefer: simply increase the ice or milk to adjust the texture accordingly.

  2. Delicious! Made it as written with lemon juice. Has a lovely, mild flavor. Loved the froth! The pineapple really shines.