Pineapple Smoothie

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

Are you a pineapple lover? For us, there’s not much better than slicing up cubes of a juicy fresh pineapple to snack on. The sweet flavor is simply irresistible (and typically we eat it all in one sitting). So here’s a smoothie recipe that captures that beauty: the perfect pineapple smoothie! Just a handful of ingredients transform it into a beautifully creamy 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 handful of ingredients, and it’s mostly fruit! No added juice or sweeteners. Here’s what’s in it!

  • Frozen pineapple: To get that perfectly icy texture, you’ll need frozen pineapple. You can use fresh too, but we prefer to use that for snacking raw. 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 little creaminess is helpful for the overall texture, so we’ve used a combination of water and milk together. 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

As is, this pineapple smoothie is mostly fruit and liquid. 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 1/4 cup to 1/2 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; we prefer it to peanut butter. Use about 1 tablespoon, 2 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!

How to make it plant based / vegan!

You can make this pineapple smoothie plant-based or vegan 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.
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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 1/4 to 1/2 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.

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


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  • 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.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 3 cups frozen pineapple (or fresh, peeled and cubed)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk*
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 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 1/4 to 1/2 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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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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