Pineapple Smoothie

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This delicious, icy Pineapple Smoothie tastes like a nutrient-rich Piña Colada. It’s just 4 ingredients (including your favorite protein to keep you beach-ready all morning long) and ready in a flash.

2 Pineapple Smoothies in glasses with striped straws.


 

My favorite feature of Pineapple Smoothies is their natural sweetness. Pineapple, fresh or frozen, has enough sugar that you don’t need to add any honey, agave, stevia, or any of it. It’s good, too.

I do add a banana, though, so you end up with the right thickness (otherwise it’s more like Pineapple Milk which isn’t even a bad thing). You’ll need some protein, too, either protein powder (vanilla is always a good choice) or some Greek yogurt.

For an extra icy Pineapple Smoothie, add more ice (this is especially helpful when you’re using fresh pineapple). And if you decide to garnish it with a paper umbrella, I didn’t see a thing.

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for pineapple smoothies.

At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.
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Ingredient notes

  • Pineapple: To substitute fresh pineapple (peeled, cored, and chopped), add ½ cup ice or more to the blender.
  • Protein powder: You can use either Greek yogurt or protein powder in this smoothie. Protein powder is never a one-size-fits-all solution, but I wrote extensively about the Best Protein Powders for Smoothies because it’s something I care about. If you don’t currently have a favorite, you might be able to find one in the list.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In the bottom of a blender, add water, banana, pineapple, and protein powder or Greek yogurt.
Pineapple smoothie ingredients in a blender.
  1. Blend until smooth.
Pineapple smoothie ingredients in a blender.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes about 2 cups of smoothie, enough for 1 serving.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Some separation may occur, so shake or stir to combine before enjoying.
  • Flax or chia seeds: Add 2 tablespoons of flax seeds or chia seeds for an extra boost of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. You can soak the chia seeds in water for 5 to 10 minutes if desired, but it’s not required. Bob’s Red Mill is my favorite brand for these.
  • Beet Smoothie: This raw Beet Smoothie is sweetened with plenty of icy strawberries so you can enjoy all the beet benefits without the raw root taste.
  • Caribbean Passion Smoothie: This Jamba Juice copycat is sweet, refreshing, and easy to make at home. It tastes EXACTLY like the real thing!
  • Carrot Smoothie: You’ll love the flavors of mango, bananas, and orange juice in this colorful, vibrant smoothie starring a secret ingredient: frozen carrots.
  • Mango Smoothie: This simple smoothie is flavored with mangoes and bananas with Greek yogurt for protein and milk for creaminess. 
  • Spinach Smoothie: Fresh spinach, banana, pineapple, and yogurt make for a super simple, totally delicious way to eat more greens.
  • Strawberry Citrus Ginger Smoothie: Quench your thirst with this refreshing and fruity treat perfect for crushing your sweet cravings.
2 Pineapple Smoothies in glasses with striped straws.

Frequently Asked Questions

My blender always struggles with smoothies. How can I process smoothies easier?

If you don’t have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, your blender may find frozen fruit and ice challenging. Especially if you notice that your blender errs on the weak side, but really a best practice for all smoothie-makers, start by adding the liquid portion of the recipe, then add the fruit and vegetables on top. If frozen, let them thaw a bit before blending. Check out my guide to the best blenders.

What’s the key to a thick smoothie texture?

If you enjoy your smoothies on the thicker side, use frozen pineapple and add additional ice, as desired. If you prefer a juicer, straw-sippable smoothie, blend in fresh pineapple instead.

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2 Pineapple Smoothies in glasses with striped straws.

Pineapple Smoothie

This delicious, icy Pineapple Smoothie tastes like a nutrient-rich Piña Colada. It's just 4 ingredients (including your favorite protein to keep you beach-ready all morning long) and ready in a flash.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 serving (2 cups)
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 308
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup water or almond milk
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks about 4 ounces (see note 1)
  • 1 scoop protein powder or ½ cup Greek yogurt (see note 2)

Instructions 

  • In the bottom of a blender, add water, banana, pineapple, and protein powder or Greek yogurt. Blend until smooth.

Notes

  1. Pineapple: To substitute fresh pineapple (peeled, cored, and chopped), add ½ cup ice or more to the blender.
  2. Protein powder: Use either your favorite vanilla protein powder or ½ cup Greek yogurt.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes about 2 cups of smoothie, enough for 1 serving.
  4. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Some separation may occur, so shake or stir to combine before enjoying.

Nutrition

Serving: 2 cupsCalories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 27gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 60mgPotassium: 692mgFiber: 5gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 251IUVitamin C: 89mgCalcium: 132mgIron: 3mg
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