A healthy Pina Colada Smoothie is a great post-walk or post-workout drink! It feels like you are having a dessert but with all the goodness of protein and fiber. Super easy to make whether you have fresh pineapples or not.
Creating That Coveted Pina Colada Taste In A Smoothie
I LOVE Pina Colada. I have a gorgeous Salted Caramel Pina Colada Cocktail recipe that I bust out on special occasions. In fact, I love that pineapple coconut flavour combination so much that I baked it into a Pina Colada Loaf. But today, I want to share one of my favourite smoothie recipes – Pina Colada Smoothie.
A true connoisseur of Pina Colada knows that it should only have two flavours – pineapple and coconut. Smoothies that have banana and/or mangoes definitely don’t qualify to be called Pina Colada Smoothies. It is not just about the name. Bananas and mangoes have a very overpowering taste that threatens to take over all other flavours. For my Pina Colada Smoothie, I use a big, ripe, fresh pineapple and a cup of light coconut milk (to keep it lighter, of course!). I then build around it using complimenting flavours that don’t deter from the main event.
My smoothie has lime. It is a gamechanger in this smoothie. Lime does great things to the Pina Colada combination. The protein powder (I use Bare Blends Bare Protein Isolate – it is unflavoured, high in protein, gentle on the tummy and just plain delicious) helps thicken the smoothie up. I hope you make and love this smoothie. I am so excited for you to try it out!
PINA COLADA SMOOTHIE
- 1 whole ripe pineapple
- 2 limes peeled
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 30 g Vanilla Protein Powder*
Prepare the pineapple by trimming the ends and peeling it. Cut into quarters lengthwise. Trim the inner core on each slice and chop slices into pieces.
Add pineapple, limes, coconut milk, almond milk, maple syrup and protein powder to the jug of a blender. Process for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
Fill 2-3, 325ml capacity lidded glass jars and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
You can additionally add a tablespoon of instant oats or hemp seeds to the smoothie before blending.
Using fresh pineapple produces a lot of froth and foam. Stir the smoothie vigorously with a long spoon to remove the air bubbles and allow to rest for 30 minutes before bottling. Alternatively, you can bottle straight away but will eventually end up with a gap in your bottle as the foam subsides.
Frozen pineapple or canned pineapple can be used instead of fresh pineapple. You will need 3 cups frozen pineapple or 2 X 430g cans of pineapple rings (drained).
The smoothie will split while it is in the jars. This is fine and completely normal. This is because of the pineapple not being dense enough and having a high water content. Just give the jar a good shake and you are good to go.