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

Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothies

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

Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothie

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.

Orange flowers on table

They’re real.

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

Orange flowers on table

Please don’t ask me what the name is.

I have no idea other than to call them pretty.

Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothies with orange flowers

And very, very orange and very, very vibrant!

Orange flowers close-up

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.

Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothies

Not rocket science but I’m on vacation.

Aruba beach

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

Peaches and Coconut Cream Smoothie

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.

Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothies

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

Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothies

Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothie
Yield: Approximately 12 ounces

Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothie

Prep Time 1 minute
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes

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
  • 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
  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 905Total Fat: 59gSaturated Fat: 51gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 270mgCarbohydrates: 97gFiber: 14gSugar: 63gProtein: 8g

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