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Pina Colada Smoothie

Get a taste of summer with this refreshing Pina Colada Smoothie. Packed with flavor and protein, it’s a fabulous workout recovery smoothie or poolside sipper.

Learn how to make toasted coconut as the perfect garnish for this smoothie! It’s delicious on this Coconut Banana Bread too.

Pina colada smoothie in a clear glass with pineapple garnish.

Why this Recipe is Best

You can serve this easy Pina Colada Smoothie as a healthy breakfast or post-workout snack OR as a healthier, non-alcoholic twist on the classic beachy cocktail. Kids love it as much as the adults!

  • Healthy indulgence – Greek yogurt and unsweetened fruit give this smoothie its creamy sweet flavor.
  • Protein packed – Add your favorite protein powder to make it even more satisfying.
  • Nonalcoholic Pina Colada – We use rum extract to make this blended drink taste even more like the real thing!
  • Refreshing and Easy – Sip this smoothie any time of year for an instant taste of the tropics.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for pineapple smoothie.
  • Vanilla Greek Yogurt – Thicker than regular yogurt, it makes the smoothie extra creamy while giving it a hint of vanilla flavor.
  • Pineapple – I’ve used fresh, frozen and canned in this pineapple smoothie recipe. They all taste great, so use what is most convenient for you.
  • Banana – This thickens the smoothie while adding lots of sweetness–no extra sugar required in this recipe.
  • Rum flavoring – The extract mimics the rich flavor of rum in the traditional pina colada cocktail without adding alcohol. We love it in eggnog flavored recipes too.
  • Protein powder – It’s totally optional but a great way to add a little more protein to your diet! I recommend a vanilla flavored protein powder here.
  • Toasted coconut – Another optional ingredient! This provides a beautiful and delicious garnish for the pineapple coconut smoothie.

Tips and Tricks

  • This recipe is the perfect way to use ripened frozen bananas. If your bananas start to overripen before you can eat them all, just peel them and stash them in the freezer to use in this recipe.
  • Adjustments for frozen fruit. Frozen bananas and pineapple make the smoothie super thick and creamy. If you notice it’s too thick, add a little milk to the blender until the consistency is to your liking.
  • Serving suggestions: Pour into a glass and top your smoothie with a maraschino cherry and sprinkle of toasted coconut. Pineapple wedges make a great garnish here too!
Step by step photos showing how to make a pina colada smoothie.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use regular vanilla yogurt instead of Greek yogurt in smoothies?

Yes, you can use regular yogurt in this smoothie recipe. The drink may be a little less thick but it will still taste delicious.

How do you toast coconut?

To toast coconut, bake it in an even layer at 375 degrees for about 5 minutes or until lightly toasted. See full instructions for this method of toasting coconut here.

Can I double this smoothie recipe?

You sure can! If your blender isn’t large enough, it’s so easy to just blend the Pina Colada Smoothies it in two batches.

Is rum extract or imitation rum flavor better?

You can use either one in this recipe! Real rum extract has a deeper more robust flavor but comes at a higher price tag. The less expensive imitation flavor works perfectly fine here, since it’s blended with so many other ingredients.

Does the rum flavoring make the smoothie taste like alcohol?

No, it does not. The rum extract brings the complex, rich flavor of rum to the beverage without the sharpness of alcohol.

Pina colada smoothie with cherry and pineapple garnish.

More Easy Breakfast Recipes

Yield: 2 smoothies

Pina Colada Smoothie

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Get a taste of summer with this refreshing Pina Colada Smoothie. Packed with flavor and protein, it's a fabulous workout recovery smoothie or poolside sipper.

Ingredients

  • 6 large ice cubes
  • 6 ounce vanilla flavored greek yogurt
  • 1 cup pineapple (frozen, fresh or canned)
  • 1 large banana
  • ¾ teaspoon rum flavoring
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
  • toasted coconut and cherries for garnish, optional
  • protein powder, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large blender, combine ice, yogurt, pineapple, banana, rum flavoring and coconut milk. Blend until creamy! (add protein powder and blend some more, if desired)
  2. Pour into a large glass (or two small) and top with toasted coconut and a cherry. ENJOY

Notes

  • To toast coconut, spread shredded coconut on baking sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 5-7 minutes, until lightly browned. Stir once during baking. Cool.
  • I freeze my bananas once they have ripened. This adds to a thicker, creamier smoothie! If using frozen pineapple and a frozen banana, you may need to add extra milk. If using fresh pineapple and fresh banana you may need more ice. Adjust as needed for desired consistency.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 682Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 8gSugar: 46gProtein: 24g

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Whether you’re lounging in a cabana or running from the gym to the office, this Pina Colada Smoothie is a perfect refreshing pick-me-up!

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on January 22, 2022

Comments & Reviews

  1. I’ve been using my Fitbit this month too. It’s fun! And I do weird things to get my number of steps up (like walking in circles around the island in my kitchen while I’m cooking!). This smoothie looks great. Vacation in a glass!

  2. I love coconut year round! I’ll definitely be adding this flavor into my smoothie rotation! & I know how frustrating it is when your steps aren’t tracked!

  3. Let’s make January the official coconut month! I love that idea. And oh my goodness I would be so sad if my fitbit didn’t record. I might even cry or throw something. 🙂 But you did and you should be proud!! I need to get back out there again and work out. But I just want to bake cookies all day long. This smoothie would be perfect for my post workout. I need to make it asap! Pinned. Thanks Aimee!!

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