This pina colada smoothie is packed full of summer flavours and is naturally sweetened with pineapple, banana and coconut. It resembles your classic pina colada without all of the added sugar and is a good source of vitamin A & C! The perfect refreshing tropical smoothie recipe for a hot summer day! (Vegan, dairy-free & gluten-free)
1medium over ripe bananacut in half or into smaller chunks
1 1/4cupscoconut milk
1scoop protein powder(optional)
Top with sprinkle of unsweetened coconutoptional
Add all ingredients to a high power blender. Gradually turn the blender up to high speed and blend until smooth and creamy.
You may wish to add the frozen fruit in small batches and/or add some additional liquid if the blender is having trouble breaking down the fruit. For best results, serve immediately topped with a sprinkle of coconut if desired.
I highly recommend using frozen pineapple chunks rather than pineapple that's thawed or at room temperature. The frozen contributes a nice thickness to the smoothie that mimics that classic refreshing pina colada taste.
You don't have to use a frozen banana, but you can if you'd like. If using a frozen banana, I suggest cutting it into smaller chunks as it may be tough to blend otherwise.
Use an overripe banana since it will contribute more sweetness. There is no added sugar in this smoothie, so you'll want as much sweetness as possible coming from the fruit.
I recommend using canned coconut milk in this smoothie. I used the light canned coconut milk, but you can also use full-fat if you want an even more creaminess. I originally tried this smoothie with coconut milk in the carton and it just didn't have that same rich taste and consistency.
If possible, use a high power blender (I love the Ninja) since the frozen fruit requires enough power to break it down. If you don't have a high power blender, you may wish to add the frozen fruit in smaller batches to prevent the engine from burning out. You may also need a bit of additional liquid if the blender is having trouble breaking down the frozen fruit.
The nutritional information does not include the addition of the protein powder. If you wish to incorporate more protein, add a scoop of vanilla or unflavoured plant-based or whey protein powder.