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.
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

Pina Colada Smoothie

4.80 from 5 votes
By: Aimee
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.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 smoothies

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 

  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 682kcal, Carbohydrates: 64g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 189mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 46g
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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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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Posted on January 22, 2022

Comments & Reviews

  1. This looks so yummy and tropical! Ok, now what kind of protein powder do you use? I have been wanting to get some, but don’t know which kind to try.

    1. I buy Whey Protein powder at Meijer. It’s in the grocery store by the vitamins and supplements and comes in a big black canister 🙂 I buy it in chocolate and vanilla.

  2. Coconut is SO in for me this time of year and I’m sure you know, that smoothies are ALL the rage right now, so yes this gorgeous sipper is ticking off all my DELISH boxes right now! Love all the tropical flavors!

  3. This looks delicious, can’t wait to try it. I totally had that happened with my Fitbit Flex too, but syncing it seemed to reset it from that point forward, just not the days prior. I lost about 3 weeks of data so I’m trying to sync more often now. That’s probably better for motivation too anyway. Best of luck with your goals!

    1. 3 weeks lost, I would cry!!! I did just get my new fitbit today, so I guess it’s time to workout again 🙂

  4. I am totally obsessed with hitting my daily goal! Last night I had to take my Fitbit off for a wedding, which I was running around all over the place for the cupcakes. I knew how many steps I was doing but they weren’t logged! Glad I am not the only one! Also, coconut, heck yes!

  5. Ahh I am the exact same way!! I literally just ran laps around my family room to make sure I hit 10K before bed. I’ve determined that my house makes for a very nice track.

    I’m loving the idea of this smoothie… The perfect flavors!

  6. The Fitbit fail is the worst, Aimee! Why bother exercising if you don’t get credit for it?
    I totally agree that January should be all about coconut. Would it be too much to have this smoothie with Samoas on the side?

    1. Haha, I do like credit when I exercise 🙂 And yes, samoas on the side of my smoothie sounds great 🙂

  7. Just Wanted to say, I had to replace my fitbit two times but they did not charge me the first time, the second time it was my fault so I did not try to get them to replace it! Can’t wait to try these smoothies

    1. I had my fitbit for two years, hoping my new one will last longer. I do love it though! Enjoy the smoothie!

  8. I love pina colada flavors, and the tropical nature of this smoothie would totally take me on a trip! Pinned. 🙂

  9. I can picture myself sitting on a beach on a warm tropical island with this smoothie! Thanks for linking to my recipe too!

  10. The lovely smoothie idea brought me to your page, but then I also enjoyed hearing about your Fitbit usage. I totally understand your frustration of steps that don’t count!! I’ve been using a Fitbit since 2010 and must say it is a great motivator and I have had very few issues. Of course I’ve worn out a couple and had to get new ones along the way, but I can’t imagine not using it every day. I still use the Fitbit One, because I can’t understand how having it on my wrist would be the same as wearing it on my belt loop. Once you are totally addicted, I bet you’ll find yourself going well over 10k steps per day. Good luck!

    1. It is odd that it tracks steps while I’m kneading dough, LOL. The belt loop version I’m sure is more accurate.

  11. I love pina colada ice cream/cupcakes..and I bet it tastes just as amazing in this smoothie as well! Yum! Pinned.

  12. I love the flavor of this smoothie and that you toasted the coconut. I will feel like I am on a tropical vacation, while drinking this for breakfast!

  13. This looks like the perfect smoothie! I am juicing today so anything that’s not green looks like ‘dessert’ to me 🙂 Pinned!

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