Travelling may be off the table this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little taste of the tropics. This piña colada smoothie is reminiscent of the tropical cocktail you love but healthy enough to have for breakfast. Read on to grab the recipe for this tasty smoothie as well as some suggested additions to give it a little extra nutritional punch.
We’re just going to use some simple ingredients here. I like to use frozen fruit for a thicker consistency, but fresh is fine if you like it thinner. I used fresh banana, but frozen pineapple and mango. If you’re using all fresh fruit, you’ll want to use less plant milk so it doesn’t become too thin.
You will need:
Unsweetened oat milk (or plant milk of your choosing)
Unsweetened dried coconut shreds (or flakes)
Keeping it pretty simple and streamlined here. Be sure to check out the optional additions section for some suggestions to make this smoothie a nutrient powerhouse (if that’s your thing).
Making a Piña Colada Smoothie
I have to admit, I love blender recipes. It doesn’t get much simpler than dumping all of your ingredients in the blender and letting it work its magic.
That’s all you need to do here. Measure out your ingredients and add them to the blender. Make sure the lid is firmly attached to avoid any major catastrophes. Use the smoothie setting, if your blender has one. Otherwise just blend on high until it’s well combined and there are no more lumps.
If your blender is struggling with the frozen fruit, stop and add a little more liquid, then give it a stir (in case there is frozen fruit stuck around the blades) pop the lid back on and blend some more.
I’m always looking for small ways to make any meal or snack a little more nutritious. Yes, I’m a bit of a nutrition nerd, but I also like to look at is as a way to help my body stay healthy. If that’s your goal too, try adding some of the following ingredients.
Cauliflower – I love adding cauliflower to smoothies. It won’t change the colour or flavour very much, and it’s a great way to get some cruciferous vegetables into your day. This is also a great option for kids who don’t typically like their vegetables.
Flax meal – This is just ground up flax seeds, which helps you absorb the beneficial nutrients. They are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and lignans, which have been shown to have anti-cancer properties.
Hemp hearts – These will add some creaminess to your blend, as well as some omega-3s, protein, iron, calcium and other important minerals.
Greens – Green leafy vegetables are some of the most nutrient-dense foods out there. They make a great addition to any smoothie but will change the colour of your blend. Mild greens like baby spinach can be well masked in this piña colada smoothie.
Zucchini – This is another vegetable that hides well in smoothies. It’s rich in vitamin A, antioxidants and very hydrating. Its mild flavour shouldn’t overpower the overall taste of the smoothie.
The next time you’re looking for a cool and tropical treat, give this piña colada smoothie a try!
- 1 cup unsweetened oat milk (see notes)
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
- Add all ingredients to the blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
- If your blender is struggling with the frozen fruit, try adding a little more oat milk.
* Or any plant milk of your choosing. Note that oat milk tends to be naturally sweeter than some other varieties.
*Makes 1 large smoothie or 2 small smoothies