Piña Colada Smoothie — This creamy smoothies contains just four ingredients and is naturally vegan and gluten-free! I’ve also included instructions on how to turn it into a blended piña colada cocktail!
Non-Alcoholic Piña Colada Smoothie Recipe
Oh how I love a piña colada for breakfast. This version doesn’t have alcohol in it, but you can fix that if you’d like. I was sorting through my photos and realized I made this smoothie when we were in Aruba in August and didn’t post the recipe.
It’s now or never, because all of a sudden I feel like I won’t be cool if I don’t have a steady stream of apple and pumpkin recipes coming daily. As much as I enjoy them, I don’t mind hanging onto summer a bit longer.
San Diego and most of Southern Cal gets our hottest weather of the year right now. It’s been in the high 80s to mid 90s every day for the last week. These piña colada smoothie go down very nicely!
This pineapple banana smoothie is vegan, gluten-free, and won’t break your caloric piggy bank for the day. It clocks in at under 100 calories.
Pre-made piña colada mix is loaded with empty sugar calories. You may as well just eat frosting with a spoon (it’d probably be more fun that way, too). So I lightened it up, without sacrificing taste or flavor.
To add a pop of coconut flavor for pina colada authenticity without adding calories, I used coconut extract. It’s sold in the baking aisle near vanilla and other extracts. It’s usually much more reasonable than vanilla and only about $2 bucks for a 2-ounce bottle at my grocery store.
If you’re a coconut fan, it’s tasty in everything from buttercream frosting to maple syrup for a fun twist.
The bright pop of pineapple, the creaminess from the banana, along with coconut undertones make this healthy fruit smoothie so satisfying. And with a cherry on top, I can’t think of anything I’d rather be drinking right about now. I wish I was drinking it here.
It’s almost the weekend and I’ll take mine with a shot of rum. It’s after 5 o’clock somewhere.
Piña Colada Smoothie Ingredients
To make a virgin piña colada smoothie, you’ll need:
- Frozen pineapple chunks
- Vanilla almond milk
- Coconut extract
- Sweetener of choice (optional)
- Shredded coconut (optional)
- Maraschino cherries, for garnish (optional)
How to Make a Piña Colada Smoothie
Making a piña colada virgin smoothie at home couldn’t be simpler! Simply follow these steps:
- To make the piña colada smoothie, simply combine the pineapple, banana, almond milk, coconut extract, and optional sweetener in a blender.
- Blend until the smoothie reaches your preferred consistency.
Can I Prep the Smoothie in Advance?
Yes! The leftover piña colada smoothie mixture can be frozen for up to two months.
You just want to make sure the glass is tightly covered with plastic wrap, or store the smoothie in a jar with a lid. You don’t want the freezer smells seeping into your smoothie!
Can I Add Rum to my Smoothie?
Yes! I made this as a non-alcoholic piña colada smoothie, but you can add a splash of Malibu rum to yours if you’re enjoying it as a poolside beverage.
Can the Coconut Extract Be Omitted?
I know someone will write saying they don’t like coconut. You really can’t have a piña colada without coconut, and if you like piña coladas, this smoothie will be right up your alley.
The coconut flavor isn’t overly intense, promise. However, omit the coconut extract if you wish.
If you simply don’t have coconut extract, then add the optional shredded coconut instead. So long as you add coconut flaovr in some way, you’re good to go!
Tips for the Best Piña Colada Smoothie
I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk in this easy smoothie recipe, which only has about 30 calories per 8 ounces. It’s nearly insignificant.
If you want to bump up the coconut flavor and don’t care about stats, use coconut milk or a splash of cream of coconut, like Coco Lopez. So good, rich, and creamy.
If you want a thicker smoothie, I suggest freezing the fruit beforehand and adding slightly less almond milk than this recipe calls for. You could even make almond milk ice cubes and throw those into the smoothie to make it extra thick.
And, of course, for a thinner piña colada smoothie just add in more almond milk.
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Non-Alcoholic Pina Colada Smoothie
This Piña Colada Smoothie requires just four ingredients and is naturally vegan and gluten-free. It makes for a quick breakfast or a delicious poolside treat!
- 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks*
- 1 medium to large ripe banana
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract, or to taste
- Sweetener, optional and to taste**
- about 1/4 cup shredded coconut, optional and to taste
- splash rum or Malibu Coconut Rum, optional
- maraschino cherries for garnishing, optional
- Combine pineapple, banana, milk, coconut extract, and optional sweetener in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Optionally add rum, to taste, and blend. (Intended for those for whom alcohol consumption is appropriate; always drink responsibly)
- Optionally garnish and serve immediately. Leftover portion may be frozen for up to 2 months.
*Or one 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, in juice
**To keep skinny, use no-calorie sweetener such as liquid vanilla stevia drops, white stevia powder, Splenda, etc.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 36mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 4gSugar: 42gProtein: 2g
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Strawberry Banana Pineapple Smoothie — Sweet strawberries, creamy bananas, and a splash of pineapple juice helps brighten the smoothie and gives it a subtle tropical vibe!
Strawberry Pineapple Lava Flow Smoothie — This two-layer smoothie is packed with fresh fruit and is such a treat first thing in the morning.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie— You’d never guess this fudgy peanut butter smoothie is actually healthy for you! Warning: you’ll need a spoon for this smoothie that tastes like drinkable fudge!
Tropical Green Smoothie— I promise this healthy green smoothie doesn’t taste healthy at all! It tastes like a virgin piña colada that just happens to be bright green and good for you.
Thanks for the vacation. Didn’t even leave the hose🤗 .
Haha! Glad you loved it!
Thanks for the vacation . I didn’t even leave my house .
I just made this this morning, and it was so good that I had to comment. I didn’t have a banana on hand so I went without it, and I also threw in a couple scoops of unflavored protein powder just because. It was awesome. I didn’t even notice that the banana was missing, the pineapple and coconut flavor stand on their own two feet. Also, I love that you use unsweetened almond milk it makes for a fabulously tropical treat for the morning without adding a ton of calories to breakfast. Great recipe, that I will add in to my regular rotation!
So glad you loved it and the swaps you made turned out perfectly – yay! :)
This looks sooo good! With all the snow Boston will be getting between today and tomorrow I wish I was on the beach with a pina colada right about now! I love that it’s only about 100 calories. Just had a quick question though… I can’t do bananas. Do you think this will still turn out okay without the banana?
Thanks so much for this r
Oh yum, I am loving the flavors in this smoothie :)
I really need to stop over thinking things and just move to California already (it’s been on the back-burner of my mind for almost 10 years). Also, smoothies…I need to start making smoothies. This looks delish!!
Do it & move!!
I made this the other day and love the tropical flavors (I also added the rum extract ). It is a nice thick piña colada shake! I made a double batch so I could freeze some and re-blend in the vita. The leftovers make fabulous soft serve too!
So glad you tried it and everything you said about making a double batch – I usually make a 2x-3x/batch of whatever I post about for your exact reasons. I pour the extra into plastic cups, put them in the freezer and it’s a grab-and-go breakfast. 30 sec in the micro and I dont even bother reblending. I mean, I could, and it’s better :) But just more dishes. Lol And then whatever I run out of cups for, I put in a bowl and eat it as softserve. Great minds think alike & glad you enjoyed this one!
I just made this for my breakfast and its delish! I did however make a few changes to it for my sweetener I used coconut liquid flavored stevia, added a chobani pineapple Greek yogurt and afew cherries into the mix. Yum
coconut liquid flavored stevia – sounds delish! I have had a ton of flavored stevia in my day but never coconut. Wow, that sounds go good! And I love the pineapple Chob. It, and their banana, are my faves for baking/blending/cooking with! Thanks for trying this & LMK what you did!
I just think that you take the most beautiful pictures. I’m loving the tropical flavors here.
You’re so sweet! Thank you! :)
I know how much you love your pina coladas! This drink looks amazing and really makes you wonder about t the need for all that sugar and fat in the premixed stuff. I make homemade drinks like this all the time. I can only imagine how good this is, Averie – with that creamy banana and flavorful coconut extract. I need to go buy some of that extract, by the way. It would be SO GOOD in so many smoothies and such :) Pinned this beauty!
Soooo good. It’s better with rum. Fingers crossed, 7 hours later – my internet is up. The joys of moving. Where’s that rum?!
This looks unbelievable and I love that you knocked the calories down to only 100!
100 calories for a coconut drink, oh yum. This is what I need in my life now..
I love the smell of pina colada!
That first whiff and I’m already off on an island!
I love coconut, this would make a fab post-run drink!
Hi Averie, You are actually luckier to live where you do in SoCal. I live in Fontana (about an 1.5 hrs) from u. This week we had heat warnings. On an average it is 102-105 deg. Our AC bill is just gonna run up, but then there’s no way a human can just ‘bare’ this weather.
I’ll try to make ur drink soon! :) hopefully that’ll cool me off. take care.
I’m not a fan of coconut, but I sometimes like Pina Coladas, so I would totally try one of these! I agree with you, apple and pumpkin recipes are the bomb, but they can wait a little bit longer. :)
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere right now… which means it’s totally OK to have this for breakfast, right? :)
I like coconut and every flavor in this. I love that it’s lo-cal and I want one.
I like the way you think. Pumpkin and apple recipes can wait. For now I’m also still enjoying summer treats and cocktails. Fall will be here soon enough!
Averie, this is absolutely perfection! I could have this for breakfast every single morning before I hit the gym!
You’re dedicated, love it :)
Beautiful pictures and I love this is a non alcoholic pina colada smoothie, works perfect for me!
Please don’t start with the endless pumpkin and apple yet….I’m not ready. I don’t know if I ever will be. I love winter squash, but I love my summer veggies and foods so much more.
I like to use the coconut extract in recipes that “need” that flavor, but I don’t want to really taste it. I can use just a tiny splash. It also works in a pinch for a curry if you don’t have a can of coconut milk.
I love that 180 that you & coconut have done! It’s awesome :)
I haven’t had a pina colada since my honeymoon which was almost 19 years ago! This looks delicious! (Especially today since I’m not having anything that tastes!) I don’t drink alcohol so I like the version without the rum but my hubby would love this, rum and all! My kids have had a few virgin pina coladas, too, when we went to Hawaii. They loved them. New recipe to try out! :-)
You havent had a pina colada in NINETEEN YEARS??!! Oh dear. You have lost time to make up for – even without the alcohol. I know you love your coconut so I bet you’d dig this!
This sounds great ! Almond Breeze now has a new Almond/Coconut milk that would be perfect for this!
I know they have it and I’ve tried their coconut milk before – mmmm, good stuff!
Averie these are lovely. Aruba is on my list of places to visit and your photos are fabulous. Honestly if it were 80 or 90 I would probably be hanging on to summer to. I can’t believe we are one state away and so hot. Here is Phoenix we are still over a 100 and honestly I am ready for fall. Bring on the pumpkin and the apples. :)
Omg we lived in Scottsdale for 9 mos and it was OPPRESSIVE the whole time. I basically had a panic attack the whole 9 mos and needed to be back in San Diego by water and cool ocean breezes :) My hat is off to you for dealing with that heat!
And your recipes lately have me drooling. The bars, the latte, mmmm, all so good!
I am right there with you holding on to summer in the form of smoothies. I’m excited for fall and for pumpkin but smoothies keep me feeling light and slim so I’ll be drinking them until I’m scraping my windows ;)
Lol – until you’re scraping your windows. Funny, I grew up in MN and then Chicago and know all too well what that’s all about. Ugh.
I think these need to be my re-entry into pina coladas. When I was a kid and had my wisdom teeth out, they gave me pina colada numbing cream. *shudder* Needless to say, I have an aversion. But these? Look too good not to make!
That is like the worst, most awful, heinous, cruel trick. Who does that ??!! Ok well we can skip these. Let’s just go split a bottle of champagne :)
Yeah, I’m going to go ahead and make this for breakfast before work and add the alcohol. No judgements, ok? ;)
PLEASE DO! I’ve been there :) At least the day starts off much more carefree. lol
SO glad you posted this, Averie! It’s still in the 90’s where I am, so it’s still tough for me to think about all of those fall foods yet. Plus, while I love a good pina colada, I don’t love all the calories associated with it…what an awesome option!
Most pina coladas are like mainlining sugar and empty calories. They taste so good going down but yeah. This solves that mess :)
These look wonderful!! I love recreating tropical vacations through my kitchen. It really does bring you back to the place if you make the drink taste the same. These look delicious!
You’re so right!
Coconut rum would definitely be divine in this smoothie. Yum!
I like the idea of having one of these for breakfast (alcohol is required, of course). Ha!
LOL, love it!
Oh how I loved this post! Pina coladas and the beach?! Yessss!
They’d be perfect with your Coney Island post!
I’m a pina colada addict and this skinny one looks like one I would be adding to my repertoire…with the rum :). I love your pictures always!
Thanks for the compliments on my pics!
Can’t think of a much better way to start my day!
This sounds delightful with all the flavors I love rolled into one! Delish!
What a delicious way to extend summer, and definitely with the rum…
I always love your It’s After 5 o’Clock Somewhere posts. Great minds think alike!
I’m so in love with the pina colada flavour so this smoothie is just perfect for me! I recently had some pina colada ice cream which was just not…”pima-colada-y” enough. With all that fruit blended in I bet the flavours really come through here!
Even though the ice cream doesn’t sound quite there, it sounds like a great jumping off place. I think next summer I need to make that! I know now people are long over ‘summer’ things and want their apples and pumpkin but in 8-10 mos they’ll be ready again :)
Yay for summer flavors! I’m excited for the pumpkin to come, but this reminds me to enjoy these last few tropical days.
Skinny Pina Coladas… yes please! I don’t even like coconut but I love (virgin) Pina Coladas! Plus with no booze, I can happily make this here at school!
Just spike it anyway! Kidding :)
Yay for skinny pina coladas! This sounds great. I’m definitely adding the rum though.
Man, what I would give to be drinking that awesome looking smoothing by that crystal blue water! It looks gorgeous there! It’s a place on my bucket list for sure.
It’s stunning, and it’s my happy place. I am always sad to leave. Def put it on your one-day bucket list!
You know I love all things coconut and this is a virgin, so it is just perfect! I can drink topical smoothies any time of the year and even though I am thinking fall right now, this looks awesome!
You’re almost legal, right? :)
Pina Coladas for breakfast? Count me in! AND a pina colada for under 100 calories? Even better :) This looks amazing, now all I need is an oceanfront beach to soak up the rays while sippin’ on this mocktail.
an oceanfront beach to soak up the rays while sippin’ on this mocktail. <--- Bring me with!! :)
Would love to have this any time of the day! Looks heavenly! :)
You read my mind! I was trying to think of a new smoothie recipe because I am getting sick of my same-old-same -old. :) Thanks!
It’s def nice to switch things up! I know that boredom feeling!
A simple ingredient list like this is the best! And only 100 calories a serving? I’m in! :)
You take the prettiest photos of drinks and smoothies! I’m loving the sound of this skinny pina colada too.
THanks, Aimee! I took these pics when I was in Aruba and the day I took them, it was about 92F inside :) I chugged both of these in like 3 seconds!
Yum!!! I have been on a little smoothie kick lately and can do tropical flavors any time of year. I just need some pineapple and then I’m in business…and I’ll be using all those coconut options! I also have rum extract so I think I’ll add some–that way I can drink it while I’m out running my errands tomorrow morning.
Rum extract is great. Love that stuff! It’s really good in frosting, too :) I hope you enjoy this one, with ALL the coconut options!
This looks wonderful Averie! I’ve been on a smoothie kick, I’m exited to add a new flavor! I’ll have to try it with some coconut milk, thats sound sooo good.
I’ll trade you this, for those bars of yours. They look so good!
Yum! I want to be at the beach right now with one of these in my hand (adult version, of course).
Me too. We’re moving this weekend and what I wouldn’t give to just be…on the beach instead!
I’ve been LIVING off smoothies in this heat so I can always use more ideas! I haven’t played with pineapple in shakes yet, this will help me remedy that. I haven’t played with rum in my shakes enough either…yet;)
I know it’s so hot here, too! So FAR from pumpkin and apple weather. More like sweat to death and drink a smoothie weather!
pina colada,those very words make us happy…this skinny version sounds perfect…will have a sip into this soon,thanks for sharing this recipe :-)