Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

Bright, vibrant, and nutrient rich–this Pineapple Coconut Smoothie, or as I like to call it, healthy piña colada smoothie is a must try! It’s easy to make, packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients, tropical flavours and a boost of turmeric and ginger. It comes together in 5 minutes in a blender and is delicious as a breakfast smoothie and pre or post workout fuel. It’s vegan, gluten free, nut free, paleo and banana-free as well! You can turn it into a thick smoothie bowl, or enjoy as a sippable smoothie.

Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

How to Make a Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

This pineapple coconut milk smoothie requires very little hands on time, but I do recommend taking one prep step: freezing your coconut milk! Instead of using bananas, we’re using frozen coconut milk cubes to add both thick texture and creaminess. I recommend reserving a little bit of additional coconut milk to blend, or using another plant milk to help it along.

  1. To prepare your frozen coconut milk cubes, simply shake up a can of full fat coconut milk, pour into an ice tray of choice and freeze until solid.
  2. Next, when ready to enjoy your sunshine smoothie, add all ingredients to a blender with plant milk as needed and blend until desired consistency is achieved. Enjoy immediately.

How Much Turmeric in a Smoothie?

Adding turmeric to a smoothie is a wonderful way to give it an extra health boost, as turmeric has been linked to supporting healthy inflammation. It also adds a beautiful colour, and is easily hidden among the pineapple and coconut flavours. You can use either fresh or ground turmeric, which is typically easier to find.

  • Fresh turmeric root resembles ginger root, but with an almost neon orange interior. It has a deep earthy, bitter flavour and is much more potent in flavour when used in place of ground turmeric. I recommend grating if using in this smoothie, to make blending easier, and using roughly 2 teaspoons.
  • Ground turmeric is much easier to find in the spice section of most grocery stores. It’s milder in flavour and very easy to use! I’d recommend using about a teaspoon of ground turmeric to start, and you can always adjust to taste as you go.

An optional, but highly recommended tip: add a pinch of ground black pepper! You won’t taste it in this Pineapple Coconut Smoothie, but adding it will maximize the absorption of the curcumin in the turmeric. As a rule of thumb, I almost always pair turmeric with a secret pinch of pepper for this reason.

Benefits of Ginger in a Smoothie

  • Ginger contains gingerol, which has incredible medicinal qualities! It has anti-inflammatory properties, and may also reduce pain.
  • For the digestive system, ginger can do wonders. It can help to improve digestion, and is also wonderful for treating nausea or an upset stomach.
  • When blended into a smoothie, you can easily reap the benefits and it adds a nice spicy kick too. It balances out the sweetness of the pineapple, and the creaminess of the coconut milk.
  • Fresh ginger is highly recommended when preparing this smoothie.

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Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

Pineapple Coconut Smoothie (vegan, no banana)

  • Author: Remy


Make a pineapple coconut smoothie with turmeric, ginger and coconut milk for a healthy vegan non-alcoholic pina colada breakfast


  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup frozen coconut milk cubes*
  • 1/21 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/21 tsp ground turmeric
  • pinch black pepper (to enhance turmeric absorption)
  • 1 serving unflavoured plant protein (optional)
  • additional plant milk or coconut water to blend


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth, adjusting plant milk to achieve desired texture. Enjoy immediately.

Filed under: Breakfast, Drinks, Eat, Gluten Free, Smoothies, Snacks

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BY Remy • March 4, 2021

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