This tropical smoothie recipe makes a fruity, creamy puree! Coconut, mango and pineapple come together in perfect harmony.

Tropical smoothie recipe

Here’s a bright and beautiful smoothie: try this Tropical Smoothie recipe! This bright yellow puree tastes like a bit of sunshine, starring the juicy flavors of mango, pineapple, banana and coconut. It’s simple to blend up and the flavor is just what you need on a gray day: or even better, as a tasty sun-drenched breakfast on the patio. We’re big fans of smoothie recipes and this one has become a favorite in our arsenal (our son can’t get enough of it). Here’s how to blend up this tasty tropical drink!

Ingredients in this tropical smoothie recipe

This tropical smoothie recipe brings together sunny, tropical fruits into an irresistibly creamy puree. Unlike many of our smoothie recipes, this one uses coconut milk as part of the liquid elements to bring in a floral and fruity undertone. Here’s what you’ll need for this smoothie recipe:

  • Ripe banana: room temperature, no need to freeze!
  • Frozen mango
  • Frozen pineapple
  • Canned coconut milk
  • Orange juice (or pineapple juice)
  • Ice

Simply blend the ingredients until creamy! You can adjust flavors to taste: add a handful of coconut flakes for more coconut flavor, or a bit of honey for more sweetness. Pineapple juice adds a nice sweetness if you happen to have it on hand.

Tropical smoothie recipe

Coconut milk and a few substitutes

Coconut milk is a liquid that’s extracted from fresh coconut pulp. Canned coconut milk has a very high fat content, which makes it super creamy and smooth. The 2/3 cup of canned coconut milk in this recipe adds 240 calories and 24 grams fat. If you prefer using a substitute, here are a few ideas:

  • Boxed coconut milk also works. Boxed coconut milk is more diluted than the kind that comes in a can.
  • Or, use oat milk or almond milk and raw coconut. You can also use another non-dairy milk like oat milk and almond milk. Add in a handful of coconut flakes to get that tropical, fruity flavor!
  • Dairy milk also works! It adds protein as well. Make sure to add raw coconut if you’d like a coconut flavor.
Tropical smoothie recipe

Adding protein to this tropical smoothie recipe

Because it doesn’t use dairy-based milk, this tropical smoothie recipe doesn’t have much protein on its own. Protein makes it a more filling drink, suitable for a breakfast or post-workout snack. Here are the best ways to add protein here:

  • Add yogurt or dairy milk. Use a combination of yogurt and milk (or just milk) in place of the coconut milk. Greek yogurt is very high in protein, which is why we use it in many smoothie recipes.
  • Add protein powder. A scoop of vanilla protein powder adds loads of protein and a bit of sweetness.
  • Add chia seeds. You can add plant-based protein and fiber with chia seeds: 2 tablespoons chia seeds add 4 grams protein and 11 grams fiber.

More tropical smoothie recipes

There are lots more smoothie recipes that riff on the flavors of mango, pineapple, banana, and other tropical fruits! Here are a few ideas that you might enjoy:

This tropical smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Tropical smoothie recipe

Tropical Smoothie Recipe


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

Description

This tropical smoothie recipe makes a fruity, creamy puree! Mango, pineapple and coconut come together in perfect harmony.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 ½ cups frozen pineapple
  • 2/3 cup canned coconut milk
  • ½ cup orange juice (or pineapple juice, for a sweeter smoothie)
  • 6 ice cubes
  • Coconut flakes, for garnish (or to blend)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, breaking the banana into pieces. Blend until creamy and frothy, stopping and scraping down the sides as necessary and adding a splash more coconut milk or juice if necessary.
  2. Taste and adjust flavors as desired (blend in coconut flakes for a more coconut-forward flavor, or add a bit of honey for more sweetness). Serve immediately or store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for 2 days, shaking if the smoothie separates.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Smoothie
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Tropical smoothie recipe

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

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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