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”

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  3. Well, I guess that I may be weird, but I love a green smoothie for breakfast in the morning, a very large on, and it sure is good. I freeze my bananas and greens then put them into my blender w/rice milk, and blend, add some supplement and a bit of protein enough to give it a little extra zest, and I have two large glasses of the drink. Many times I drink that whole thing, but sometimes I put the rest in fridge for later.

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  8. That milk is a little on the elderly side! Did it expire November 8th or August 11? :P Either way, that smoothie looks fantastic. It might be just what I need to pull myself out of this beginning-of- winter funk.

  9. This would be a great one to veganize, and in the midst of this stressful week, I think it’s just what I need! Wonderful and enticing recipe. I’m just getting better about eating more fruit variety (still a work in progress, but better!) and wouldn’t I like to use this recipe as a starting point…

    • Super easy to veganize, just soy or coconut yogurt and a splash of almond milk…and really neither of those things are “essential” they just give extra creaminess and a bit of sweetness for added flavor.

      Oh and the other comment you left about meeting Marla at the Dole summit…YES I know you met b/c I saw on her blog and yours, the pics from it, back then. I was super jealz…would have loved to have been there too :)

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  12. GREAT REVIEW! I pretty much agree with all your thoughts you said in your article, especially at the beggining of your article. Thank you, this info is very useful as always. Keep up the good work! You’ve got +1 more reader of your web blog:) Isabella S.

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  14. hmmm now you are giving me ideas for spiked smoothies! ;)

  15. I like smoothies – but would only have one for breakfast … never for another meal.

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