Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothie

I can’t get enough slurpy goodness here in Aruba.

When it’s hot and humid and I’m literally a hot mess these go down so well.

I try to take inspiration in what I eat and drink based on the local surroundings.  Most of the U.S. is cold right now and I know that drinking a cold smoothie in Minnesota in December may not be on your to-do list.

But since I’m on the Equator, I may as well lots of smoothies and enjoy the flowers.

MY OTHER RECIPES

They’re real.

I picked them from a flowering shrub in my front yard.

Please don’t ask me what the name is.

I have no idea other than to call them pretty.

And very, very orange and very, very vibrant!

If today’s smoothie recipe looks similar to the Peaches and Coconut Cream Smoothie I made last week, it is.

I just swapped out the peaches for pineapple.

Not rocket science but I’m on vacation.

I pleased to report that the Peaches and Coconut Cream Smoothie I posted last week was the Foodista Drink of the Day for December 13, 2011

And now, I need some more of the pineapple smoothie.

It’s so creamy and sweet and coconutty and just slurpable.  Basically a virgin pina colada.

I may twist Scott’s arm and add some rum to our smoothies after we put Skylar to bed.  We’re living on the edge with homemade pina coladas.  Don’t you know it.

And after one smoothie spiked with rum, you could put me straight to bed.  I have become the quintessential lightweight that can get drunk from one pina colada.

Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothie (vegan, GF) -  Tastes like a virgin pina colada. Sweet, creamy, refreshing & healthy! No need to add sugar since the fruit is sweet enough.

Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothie (vegan, GF)

Tastes like a virgin pina colada. Sweet, creamy, refreshing, and healthy. The smoothie is vegan, gluten-free, and there’s no need to add sugar since the fruit is sweet enough. Packed with potassium and Vitamin C to help keep germs at bay!

Ingredients:

1 medium ripe banana, peeled (previously frozen in chunks is ideal but not essential)

1 cup pineapple (I used canned in juice, but fresh would be great)

1/2 cup coconut milk (canned, fresh, cream of coconut, or coconut creme concentrate, or your favorite milk)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup ice cubes

The remainder is optional:

1/4 cup granulated sugar, optional and to taste (or honey, agave, sugar, stevia, vanilla NuNaturals stevia drops to taste)

1/3 cup additional fruit (such strawberries, mango, peaches, plums, nectarines, papaya, honeydew, cantaloupe, etc.)

1/4 cup yogurt

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 scoop neutral or vanilla flavored protein powder

top with a handful of coconut flakes, granola, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, raisins

For a pina colada add 1 to 2 ounces rum (dark rum, light rum, Malibu)

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in Vita-Mix or blender until smooth. Serve immediately. Any extra will keep for up to 2 months in the freezer.
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74 comments on “Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothie”

  1. Holy yummy smoothie! The combo of those flavors happen to be my 13 year old’s favorite. I showed him and he asked for it for dessert after dinner tomorrow night…that way I have time to get a few of the ingredients!

    I drink a frozen coconut water or green smoothie every day, although I wear a sweatshirt and hold onto two microwavable hot packs while I do! LOL! :-) I also drink hot coffee at any time, even when it is 100 degrees out!

    Congratulations on the award, Averie. You deserve it for sure!

  2. This smoothie sounds wonderful and love the pics with the flowers! I drink smoothies in the winter and hot coffee in the summer, so I guess me beverages aren’t too seasonal. But I do tend to drink more tea in the winter.

  3. Looks delicious. I love coconut anything and I’m totally fine with drinking a smoothie in December :)

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  6. I live in Thailand so it is also hot and humid here. I REALLY wish we had a blender in our house though. It’s not one of the appliances we got when we moved.
    I LOVE all the stuff in those smoothies though and would LOVE to at least find a friend with a blender to make them.

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  8. Love, love, LOVE this!! :)

  9. I just made the Pineapple banana coconut smoothie. AMAZING!!

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  14. I’ve had this page marked for ages to make and finally made it tonight. So good! I normally use frozen fruit, but I didn’t pre-freeze any of the fruit here, so it was a little thinner than I normally like. Next time I’ll fix that. Still very yummy. I’ve been looking for a recipe like this for ages, and it didn’t disappoint!

  15. I just started making smoothies in the morning. I love them! It’s a great way to kick off the day. I like this combo.

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  17. Yum! Can’t wait to try these. :)

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  21. Yuuup…hibiscus! :-) I’m jealous…used to live in St John and now I’m back in NYC where we have had a long, cold, snowy winter! Will try your smoothie once it warms up here…sounds yummy!

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  24. This may be the best smoothie I have ever had. Thanks for the recipe, Averie!

  25. http://www.panoramio.com/photo/38027310

    Could that be an orange azalea????

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