It’s hot out there, and I’m craving a cool and fruity refreshment! In scanning our archives, I found this cool pineapple coconut smoothie recipe that was originally shared with us by the very sweet Julie Hasson. It’s pineapple heavy with just enough coconut milk beverage (or coconut milk!) for a lightly creamy finish.
This Pineapple Coconut Smoothie is a Refreshing Dairy-Free Blend
This dairy-free pineapple coconut smoothie is loaded with vitamin C, which is very important for bone health. But it also contains bromelain, a group of enzymes found exclusively in pineapple. Bromelain is used in many digestive supplements, and is touted for anti-inflammatory benefits. But even more important, pineapple tastes amazing! Here are some quick FAQs for the ingredients and recipe customization.
What is Coconut Milk Beverage?
Coconut milk beverage is a milk alternative. It’s sold in cartons and is good for drinking straight up, cereal, smoothies, and recipes. It’s basically a watered down version of regular coconut milk.
Can I Use a Different Milk Alternative?
Yes! If you want a coconut-free pineapple smoothie, swap in your favorite milk alternative.
Can I Use Regular Coconut Milk?
You can. I suggest light canned coconut milk, to keep this blend on the hydrating side. But you can use regular, full-fat coconut milk, or use half coconut milk, half water to mimic light coconut milk.
What Other Add-Ins are Good in this Pineapple Coconut Smoothie?
We’ve used both plain and vanilla dairy-free protein powder. Use pea protein or collagen for a creamier blend, or egg white protein if you want a “Julius” vibe. Other good add-ins include ground flaxseed or powdered supplements, like calcium, magnesium, or dairy-free probiotics. You can also add some greens, like spinach or kale. Pineapple has a wonderful ability to overpower greens and powders to some degree.
Special Diet Notes: Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, and generally top food allergy-friendly.
For a paleo pineapple coconut smoothie, be sure to use a paleo-approved sweetener.
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- ½ cup plain unsweetened coconut milk beverage or light canned coconut milk
- ½ cup pineapple juice or orange juice
- ½ cup ice
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar or sugar, or to taste
- In a blender, combine the pineapple, coconut milk beverage, orange juice, and ice, and blend until smooth, thick and creamy. If smoothie is too thick, add a little bit more coconut milk beverage and blend until smooth. If smoothie is not thick enough, add more ice as needed.
- Serve right away. If desired, garnish the smoothie with a sprinkle of sweetened dried coconut.