Pineapple Coconut Smoothie – a frozen virgin Piña Colada that will transport you poolside at your favorite resort. And if you want to add some rum, no judgment here – just be sure your kids don’t sneak a sip of yours! 🙂
Take Me Away
I won’t be going to any beach resorts this year (unfortunately), but that doesn’t mean I can’t dream. This frosty summery beverage is a classic poolside sip, usually made with rum. I stuck to making a virgin version – something the kids can enjoy too. Get out the slip-n-slide for the kids, a lounge chair for yourself and a pitcher of this Pineapple Coconut Smoothie. Who needs a resort when you’ve got this?!
Use Frozen Fruits
This quick and easy smoothie needs only 3 ingredients with an optional 4th. It’s important, though, to use frozen fruits. I always have bags of store-bought frozen fruit in my freezer for situations such as this. And I purposely buy more bananas each week than I know we will eat fresh so I can freeze the leftovers when they turn brown. Simply peel the over-ripe bananas, slice them and lay the slices on a plate or baking sheet in one even layer. Stick the plate or baking sheet into the freezer. Once the banana slices are frozen, you can transfer them to a freezer bag for easier storage.
Ok, so, you could totally use fresh fruits and it would still be super yummy; it just won’t be the frozen beach drink of your dreams.
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Put the Rum in the Coconut
Or not. Your choice. You could totally turn these dairy free smoothies into an adults-only summer treat by adding a shot or two of rum. But, if you do this you should probably make a virgin batch for the kids anyway because they are going to want this refreshing fruity goodness too!
Or maybe turn this smoothie into popsicles! Again, with or without the rum – just make sure to label them well if you do both! 🙂
Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
So, who’s up for a refreshing summer beverage that will take you back to your favorite beach vacation? I thought so! I’m going to be drinking these ALL summer! If you make this Pineapple Coconut Smoothie be sure to leave me feedback below. Don’t forget to snap a pic and tag me @veggie_inspired #veggieinspired on Instagram and Twitter.
If you love the pineapple-coconut combo, be sure to also check out my Pineapple Coconut Muffins!
- 1 1/2 cups full fat coconut milk (I like Golden Star, which contains no additives, gums or thickeners)
- 3 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 banana , frozen
- 1/2 tsp vanilla , optional
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth, preferably on the "Frozen" setting if your blender has one*.
- Enjoy immediately!
*I use a Vitamix, which has several convenient settings in addition to the regular speeds. The frozen setting works miracles for smoothies and dairy free ice creams.
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