A tropical treat you can make in minutes: Piña Colada Smoothies! Pineapple coconut deliciousness with no added sugar. Just 4 ingredients! (Paleo & Vegan)
Instant Vacay: Easy Frozen Pina Colas!
When I taste this Piña Colada Smoothie, I immediately feel like I'm sitting on the beach under an umbrella... Relaxing with a cool drink, not a care in the world. There's just something about that tropical flavor that instantly transports me. Ahhh.
I love Piña Coladas, but I don't love all the sugar that's typically added.
So I decided to recreate the classic flavor in a healthy smoothie!
I had no idea how EASY they are to make *without* any added sugar.
You can make a smoothie at home that tastes just like a Piña Colada. With just FOUR simple ingredients!
AND this recipe has options: You can easily double it, make it lower carb or into an adult beverage! Frozen Piña Colada anyone?
This smoothie was DEMANDED by my Instagram followers lol. I created a poll asking which summer recipes you guys wanted to see next, and this smoothie was one of the *most* requested!
If you're not following me on Instagram, you're missing your chance to vote on recipes! 😉 Follow me here @emily.likes.food
You don't need a ton of ingredients. (And you *don't* need cream of coconut which is loaded with sugar!)
It's really simple! 4 main ingredients:
- Pineapple (frozen)
- Coconut milk (for creamy texture)
- Coconut extract (for tropical flavor!)
- a little bit of sweetener (I used monkfruit drops to keep this sugar-free, but you can use ANY sweetener you like!)
+ water and ice. Do those count as ingredients?? nah, I think not 😉
ps If you wanna add rum to make it a "real" piña colada, you totally can. See my instructions below.
Secrets for the BEST Piña Colada Smoothie
- For the *best* result, be sure to use pineapple that is fully ripened.
- Unripe pineapple isn't soft, it isn't sweet and isn't going to give you the flavor you want.
How do you know if it's ripe and ready?
- A secret I learned to figure out if your pineapple is ripe is to try to pluck one of the leaves.
- When they easily release, it's ripe!
- If they won't come out, wait another day or two and try again.
For easier to manage frozen pineapple:
- Chop it into small chunks and spread it out on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- (Use one that will fit in your freezer!)
- The parchment helps it not get stuck, and smaller chunks are easier to measure, and easier to blend.
Don't wanna chop a pineapple? You can use the shortcut method: buy pre-cut pineapple!
Many grocery stores carry pre-cut fruit in the produce section. Or you can also use canned! (Just be sure to use one that's packed in 100% *juice*, not in syrup)
Drain the juice and freeze your pineapple using the same method as fresh -- on a parchment lined sheet.
After an hour or two, you can transfer the frozen pineapple to a large freezer bag, or another airtight container to keep in the freezer.
It should last several months so you can enjoy piña colada smoothies all year long 🙂
Want more pineapple recipes? Make this No-Churn Piña Colada Soft Serve Ice Cream! It's like Dole Whip! AND you can make it spiked, too!
For Amazing Creamy Texture
Use *canned* coconut milk to keep this smoothie super smooooth and creamy.
My favorite brand is Thai Kitchen coconut milk. Delicious flavor, creamy (never gritty) texture. I've tried several different brands, but I always go back to this one!
Carton coconut milk is NOT recommended. It can make the texture clumpy and icy.. not what you want. Trust me on this one!
Site note: I like my smoothies thickkk so I can eat them with a spoon. But if you'd rather drink yours with a straw, simply add an extra Tbs or so of coconut milk or water
For the BEST Tropical Flavor
Tropical = coconut. Coconut milk adds a little coconut flavor, but in order to REALLY make the coconut flavor come through, I recommend adding a little bit of coconut extract.
Thai Kitchen coconut milk doesn't have a strong coconut flavor, but if you're using another brand, it may have a stronger flavor.
Personally, I LOVE coconut flavor, and the more the better!
I found this organic, all natural coconut extract on Amazon and it's really yummy 🙂 All you need is a splash to create that tropical coconutty taste!
How to Make a Low-Carb Pina Colada
If you're on a low-carb diet, you probably know that pineapple is higher in sugar (even if it's "natural" sugar).
I believe fruit should be enjoyed in moderation -- if it fits your macros! 🙂
You absolutely CAN enjoy this Piña Colada Smoothie if you're low-carb. How?
I included the instructions in the recipe notes. You can simply replace some of the pineapple chunks with ice and monkfruit and it still works!
It actually cuts the carbs in HALF. Wow!
How to Make Frozen Piña Coladas
It's a super simple swap!
Instead of water, use a shot of white rum!
Yep, that's it! Everything else is the same 🙂
Who's ready for a virtual trip to tropical paradise?? Yes, please!
Check out my other smoothie recipes, too!
- Easiest Frose EVER
- Sugar-Free Orange Julius
- Green Smoothie Milkshakes
- Dairy-Free/Keto Frappuccino
- Instant Strawberry Milkshake (in PS It's Healthy)
Piña Colada Smoothie (Paleo & Vegan)
- ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
- ⅓ cup canned coconut milk
- 6 drops monkfruit drops - or preferred sweetener (see notes)
- 2 ½ Tbs water - see note
- 1 ice cube
- ¼ teaspoon coconut extract
- (Prep) Chop a ripe pineapple into small chunks and place on a tray lined with parchment and freeze until solid.
- Place ½ cup pineapple chunks, coconut milk and monkfruit drops, extract, ice and water in a small blender (add an extra Tbs water if you prefer a thinner consistency)
- Blend smooth.
- Taste and adjust for sweetness, if needed.
- Enjoy immediately 🙂
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Faith Ann Lubitz
Thanks for all of your great healthy recipes! Gotta say I was shocked by the lack of coconut flavor in Thai Kitchen organic canned coconut milk I recently bought! I think I read they were bought out or something. Weird! I got my money back from Whole Foods. I don’t remember this from before they changed their label design. I don’t trust whatever they are doing now if it results in no flavor.
You are welcome!
I’ve been using Thai Kitchen for many years and they always had a very mild flavor, which I liked. I haven’t noticed a change in taste recently..? Hmm.
I just made this smoothie for breakfast and can I saw WOW! This is one of the best most flavor full smoothies I have ever made! YUM!
Awesome!! So glad you liked it Thanks for commenting!
Can’t wait to try this. I love Pina Coladas!
I would love to see a healthy strawberry banana smoothie recipe too! 🙂 Thank you for your awesome recipes!
Thanks, Haley! I have some more smoothies planned for my cookbook including my favorite healthy strawberry shake!
Let me know if you try this one! Enjoy!
This sounds so good! You sound do the sugar free orange julius next! I used to love getting this when I was a kid!
Thanks! I just did! I love how it turned out! https://prettypies.com/orange-julius-low-carb-dairy-free/