A delicious, easy way to consume those healthy greens! This Pineapple Spinach Smoothie is creamy and sweet, with no added sugar. Great for any time of day!
We all know that leafy greens are super healthy for us.
But a lot of you out there don’t like to eat them raw and don’t really know how to cook them. No matter – let’s drink those greens instead!
In this dairy-free Pineapple Spinach Smoothie, you won’t taste fibrous bitter greens, but you will reap the health benefits, while sipping on this sweet tropical deliciousness!
Feeling an afternoon slump come on? Grab your blender and brighten up your day with this vibrant vegan drink. Full of electrolytes and immune boosters, it’s the perfect pick me up!
Ingredients you need
Ingredient notes and substitutions
Not only is this dairy-free green smoothie healthy, but it’s super refreshing too. I brought the flavors of the tropics to this creamy beverage with pineapple, banana and coconut.
Pineapple ~ Use frozen pineapple for best results. Once blended, frozen fruit is thick and slushie, while fresh fruit is thin and liquidy.
You can freeze your own fresh pineapple if you like.
Spinach ~ Leafy greens contain vitamins: K, A, C, E and several B’s, plus calcium, fiber, potassium, iron, magnesium, folate, and even protein and healthy omega-3 fats! Greens are not to be ignored and adding them to a smoothie is an easy and delicious way to pack in the nutrients in a fun and flavorful way.
Other great choices: kale, chard, or collard greens.
Banana ~ Bananas are naturally sweet and add a creamy texture to smoothies. Yellow bananas are ripe and sweeter than green. And the more brown spots on the banana, the sweeter it will be.
You can use a fresh or frozen banana.
Liquid ~ Coconut water contains electrolytes. It’s like nature’s Gatorade. It also provides a sweet, delicious tropical flavor that is perfect in this Pineapple Spinach Smoothie.
A little goes a long way, however, so I like to combine it with unsweetened non-dairy milk to cut the sweetness a bit and add a little extra creaminess.
You could also use all non-dairy milk, if you prefer, or even plain water.
Extras ~ A well thought out, varied plant-based diet contains plenty of protein, but if you’re trying to increase the amount you consume, you can add a scoop of vegan protein powder to this green smoothie.
Other additions to consider: superfood powders, nuts or seeds, rolled oats, etc.
How to make the recipe
Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and purée until creamy and smooth.
This Pineapple Spinach Smoothie is best served immediately. Greens tend to oxidize as they sit and will turn a not-very-pretty brown color. If you must make it ahead of time, transfer it to a mason jar with an air-tight lid and store in the fridge for a couple of hours. Shake or stir vigorously before drinking.
You can also pour the smoothie into ice cube trays and re-blend the the ice cubes later when you’re ready to drink.
Pro tips for success
~ Use frozen pineapple for best results.
~ The more spotty the banana, the sweeter it will be.
~ Start with just 1 cup of liquid total. Add more after blending if you like a thinner smoothie.
~ Use a high-speed blender to ensure a perfectly creamy smoothie.
~ Drink immediately.
Yes! Spinach is packed with nutrients and eating it raw is perfectly safe.
No. Nutrient loss can occur upon heating, but unless you are blending your smoothie for long periods of time, your blender should not get heated.
Some smoothies can be made ahead of time and kept for several hours or even a day or two in an air-tight mason jar in the fridge. Green smoothies are not a great candidate for making ahead, however, because the greens will oxidize and turn an unsightly shade of brown. This pineapple spinach smoothie is best consumed immediately.
More healthy smoothie recipes
- Almond Butter Smoothie
- Apple Pie Smoothie
- Superfood Smoothie
- Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie
- Coconut Water Smoothie
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Pineapple Spinach Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 banana
- 1 cup fresh or frozen spinach
- ½ cup unsweetened, plain non-dairy milk
- ½ – 1 cup pure coconut water depending on how thick you like your smoothie
- Add all ingredients, starting with ½ cup coconut water, to a high-speed blender and purée until smooth. Add additional coconut water, to thin, if needed.
Storage Best if consumed immediately.
Nutrition facts calculated with unsweetened, plain almond milk and ½ cup coconut water.
Nutrition values are calculated using online calculators and are estimates only. Please verify using your own data.