Taste of the Tropics Smoothie

Being in the warm weather in Aruba is the perfect opportunity to drink up.

I didn’t add rum to this, but you could.

Rum makes life more interesting.

But even without the rum, just blend this up and pretend you’re on vacation.


Taste of the Tropics Smoothie

1 medium banana (previously frozen is ideal but not essential)

1/3 c pineapple (I used canned, crushed pineapple but fresh would be great)

1/4 c yogurt (I used peach passion fruit)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or almond extract)

1/4 c milk (nut milk, vanilla flavored nut milk, milk, cream, or peach mango milk <– I used that)

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

1 ounce rum (optional, such as dark rum, light rum, Malibu)

1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

1 scoop protein powder (optional)

sweetener to taste (optional, such as honey, agave, sugar, stevia, vanilla NuNaturals stevia drops)

6 ice cubes (use your judgment)

Blend everything in Vita-Mix, Magic Bullet, or blender until smooth.

Yields: one hearty portions or double the recipe, pour into plastic glasses and freeze, and pull out of the freezer as needed over the next few days to save time.

For Vegan Options: Use Coconut Milk or Nut Milk of your choice, or simply use water.  For the yogurt, use soy or coconut based yogurt, or omit.


Add everything to the Magic Bullet.  I left the Vita at home.

Cream infused with Peach + Mango.  Hello heaven.  Omg.

Stuff everything in & blend

And then go out to the pool and enjoy!  Or drink at your desk in the middle of the day and use your imagination.

By the time I got done shooting the photos for this post, I was dripping in sweat.

I really did shoot at the pool.

And it was 3:30pm, 90F degrees and humid, and I was laying on the concrete of the pool deck to “get the shot” .

I really am a food blogger!

It was definitely time to inhale this smoothie.  I wanted to drink them both, so badly, while I was photographing them!   I exercised Big Time Restraint.

I made my way inside and made a second batch of smoothies and shared them with Scott and Skylar.

It was kid and husband tested, and they both approved.  And asked for seconds.  Tomorrow family, tomorrow.

Sweet, tropical, creamy.  Perfect.

From my last post on the Full Moon & Beach Pictures, thanks for sharing if you feel the full moon has effected you the past few days, or in general if you feel full moon effects.

And I’m glad you enjoyed the Aruba beach pictures!


1. What’s your favorite smoothie combination?

Other recent smoothies of mine include:

Vanilla Avocado Banana Smoothie in a Bowl

And my Purple Rain Smoothie

Featured by Women’s Health Magazine

For me, a smoothie has to be sweet and creamy.  I eat plenty of vegetables, I don’t have an urge to put kale and chard in my smoothies.  That’s what salads are for.

Smoothies, for me, are basically dessert in a cup. Or bowl.

2. Are you a smoothie person?

In general, as I mentioned, I’m not.

They don’t really sustain me and I usually finish them feeling strangely full, i.e. bloated with liquid, yet unsatisfied.  And within an hour or two, I am on the food prowl, again.

However, being in the warm weather here in Aruba, they are perfect!

P.S.  Thanks for the entries for the $50 Ecolissa giveawayKeep them coming!

Enjoy your day!  I’m off to the beach.

76 comments on “Taste of the Tropics Smoothie”

  1. Hi
    I love smoothies and juices, help me to lose weith.
    And cleaned my face.

  2. I love that you were laying on the concrete getting these shots! How perfect.

  3. Perfect timing on this one. Pineapples were on sale 2 for $5 so I stocked up. I know what my morning smoothie will be :) Not a big fan of yogurt in smoothies though, so I’ll skip that part.

    Love your commitment to getting “the shot”. The ones you posted turned out great and I make me feel like I’m poolside.

    Definitely a smoothie person. During paintball season they are the easiest and fastest thing for me to make & bring to the paintball field on weekends. I can sip them as I go, and are so cool and refreshing on hot days (still waiting for the hot days to happen here though).
    Green smoothies are my go to for breakfasts. I blend it up, pour it in a mason jar and take it to work.

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  5. Yum, the smoothie looks great. Wish it was warm here now, been rainy and cold. Later this week!

    1. Tropical fruits and vanilla are great smoothie flavor combos for me.
    2. Yes and especially this week. :-)

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  7. I’ve yet to make my own smoothie, but I really want to try something with strawberry in it. I love strawberries in the summer :) Especially tart ones!

  8. I really love smoothies! I’ll usually add a banana, frozen berries, ground flax seed, milk, maybe plain yogurt. There are so many combos! I am so jealous of you relaxing in Aruba!! Have a terrific time :)

  9. This looks so tasty. I love having pina coladas :)

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  11. I make a apple and banana smoothie for my kids every morning- they are great- yours look a lot better than mine. There is a new trend to add a little fresh coffee into them.

  12. My latest smoothie had frozen dark cherries, slivered almonds, almond milk, and vanilla protein powder, all blended in the bullet. Cherry almond smoothie! I like to add spinach to some of my smoothies, not necessarily because I need more veggies, but because I love the green color! I love your photos!!

  13. That looks so good! And my favorite part? It’s NOT green! haha I’ve seen so. many. freakin’. green monsters I don’t think I want to drink one anytime soon, lol. Yours is still healthy and loaded with nutrients; not every smoothie has to be GREEN! :)

    So jelly! I want to be poolside, but I can live without the humidity! I hate humidity. I’d rather be in -16F weather than 85+ with 100% humidity, lol. I would have kept dipping in the pool to cool off, haha.

  14. “I really am a food blogger” – hahahah! I love it. And your smoothie sounds delish! (Of course, everything on your site always does…)

  15. mmmm, these sounds good!
    My lates smoothie favorit is the Mango- goji smoothie I posted a few days ago! SO good, tastes like candy!

  16. Just followed your recipe and made smoothie… n i dare say, “M Lovin It” :)

  17. This sounds so tropical and delicious! And I can’t wait to try your other smoothies as well! I don’t make smoothies often enough, but I do love green smoothies, especially with avocado.

  18. yumm those smoothies look delicious! I love smoothies especially in the summer time! I don’t think I have one particular one as a favorite. Too many choices! Most of the time I just throw in whatever I have and blend away. They’re pretty much perfect any time a day :)

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  20. OMG the smoothie looks amazing but what has me really drooling is the pool! I’m so ready for summer now. The leaves are just starting to come out here so I have a little while to wait yet.

    Glad you are enjoying your vacation!

  21. Those smoothies look so yummy and refreshing! My fave smoothie combos are frozen strawberries with water and applesauce, and the other one is just frozen bananas with milk. Super simple, super yummy!

  22. Enjoy Aruba! It’s currently cold, grey and rainy in New England. Smoothie looks delicious :)

  23. I didn’t add rum to this, but you could. – And yes, I WOULD. ;)

    Really, smoothies are not a meal for me either. I drink them like any other beverage and don’t consider them food. Good or bad? I don’t know and I don’t care!

  24. While I do drink green monsters, I also like smoothies with no veggies! I don’t like them by themselves though, I have to have a small one and then have a snack right afterwards. Otherwise my stomach has no idea what to think! I totally get that strange liquid bloated feeling too!

  25. Mmmm! I have O.N.E. coconut water in passionfruit flavor that allows me to pretend I’m on vacation. Sometimes I wonder if it too would be good with rum… probably not

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