Piña Colada Smoothie

updated Aug 25, 2020
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Piña Colada Smoothie

Freezer-friendly piña colada smoothie packs you can prep on the weekend and make all throughout the week.

Serves1

Makes2 cups

Prep10 minutes

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Credit: Photo: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Food Styling: Jesse Szewczyk

The sweet, breezy flavor of piña coladas instantly puts me in a good mood — likely because the combo of coconut and pineapple transports my mind to the tropics. This fruity smoothie, made with chunks of fresh or frozen pineapple, coconut milk, and creamy banana, is the perfect way to enjoy those tropical flavors without leaving your house.

Prep all of the ingredients in advance, stash them in zip-top bags, and keep them in your freezer. When it comes time to make a smoothie, all you have to do is dump the ingredients into a blender, add some coconut milk, and blend. It’s the easiest and most delicious way to meal prep your breakfast.

Credit: Photo: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Food Styling: Jesse Szewczyk

What’s the Difference Between Coconut Milk and Cream of Coconut?

This recipe uses coconut milk to lend it a bold coconut-ty flavor — which is not to be confused with cream of coconut. The latter is a thick, sweetened syrup that’s typically used to make tropical cocktails and other mixed drinks. If you were to use it in this recipe it would make the smoothie too sweet and too thick. Coconut milk, on the other hand, can be found in the canned goods section of most grocery stores and is made by squeezing the juice out of grated coconut. It’s unsweetened and much thinner. When buying your coconut milk, double check the label and make sure you’re buying the right one.

Read more: What’s the Real Difference Between Coconut Milk and Coconut Cream?

Piña Colada Smoothie

Freezer-friendly piña colada smoothie packs you can prep on the weekend and make all throughout the week.

Prep time 10 minutes

Makes 2 cups

Serves 1

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1

    medium banana

  • 2 cups

    fresh or frozen pineapple chunks

  • 1/2 cup

    unsweetened coconut flakes

  • 1/2 cup

    coconut milk, plus more as needed

  • Garnish options: diced pineapple and unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Peel and slice 1 medium banana and add it to a quart sized zip-top bag. Add 2 cups pineapple chunks and 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes. Seal the bag and freeze until solid, at least 2 hours and up to 3 months.

  2. When ready to eat, transfer the frozen ingredients into a blender and add 1/2 cup coconut milk. (If the frozen fruit has stuck together, lightly hit it against the counter while still in the bag to break it up before adding it to the blender.) Blend on high speed until very smooth, 30 to 60 seconds, adding more coconut milk if needed to thin it out. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with diced pineapple and unsweetened coconut flakes, if desired. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Make ahead: Smoothie packs can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.