Healthy Piña Colada Smoothie (vegan, dairy-free)

This piña colada smoothie only uses fresh fruit and coconut milk, making it a delicious and healthy way to start the day! It’s also vegan and dairy-free.

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! I didn’t plan on taking two weeks off from all things blogging but that’s what happened. Now that I feel super relaxed, I’m ready to get back to sharing some healthy recipes.

I was supposed to be headed to the Caribbean for a blogger retreat in less than one week but had to cancel for various reasons. So I made this piña colada smoothie to pretend that I’m not somewhere that’s grey and dreary 97% of the time. :)

Healthy and Delicious Piña Colada Smoothie – uses coconut milk making it dairy-free and vegan!

This smoothie consists of nothing but healthy ingredients: banana, fresh pineapple, and coconut milk. I saw some recipes with pineapple juice but I wanted to avoid adding that since it’s basically all sugar. I did try adding some in one version and it’s delicious, so if you don’t mind the sugar, go for it!

Another thing you could try is coconut milk Greek yogurt. I don’t have access to it over here but I bet it’d be delicious in this smoothie!

You can also toss in a bit of an avocado for the added nutritional benefits! It contributes to the creaminess, too. If you’re making this for breakfast and want something a little more filling, toss in some oats.

Healthy Piña Colada Smoothie – so delicious and uses coconut milk, making it dairy-free and vegan!

I have to admit that I’ve only ever had one piña colada and am far from a piña colada expert. You may want to have a little extra pineapple on hand if you don’t find my version to have enough of a pineapple taste. Or if you want it more coconutty, add some coconut extract or coconut butter!

If you have time, I recommend partially freezing the bananas and pineapple chunks. I never add ice to my smoothies as I don’t like how icy and watery it makes them, so freezing the fruit helps. I don’t completely freeze the fruit because I use an immersion blender that couldn’t handle it.

As a lot of people are going back to work tomorrow, I felt it my duty to try this piña colada smoothie with some added rum, just in case you feel a hankering for that kind of thing after a long day at work. It works. :D

If coconut isn’t your thing, here’s another tropical-ish smoothie to help get you through the winter!

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Banana Orange Avocado Smoothie

Healthy Piña Colada Smoothie

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Healthy Piña Colada Smoothie (vegan, dairy-free)
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (108 grams) canned coconut milk
  • 3/4 of a medium banana (80 grams without the peel), sliced into 1/2" chunks and frozen for 30-60 minutes
  • 1 cup (124 grams) fresh pineapple, sliced into 1/2" chunks and frozen for 30-60 minutes
  • other possible additions: avocado, coconut Greek yogurt, coconut extract, coconut butter (not oil), plain Greek yogurt, pineapple juice, rum, oats, shredded coconut or coconut flakes as garnish

Directions

  1. Blend everything together using an immersion blender, blender (I'd recommend a high-powered one like a Blendtec) or food processor. If using a blender, make sure to add the coconut milk first to make blending easier. Process until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately.

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  • Nutmeg Nanny says
    January 9, 2015 @ 9:51 pm

    Super bummer about canceling the trip. I wanted to go but I traveled so much last year I just wanted to be home for more than a month without going anywhere..haha. However, this pina colada smoothie looks like a nice way to drink through the sadness :)

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    • Erin replies to Nutmeg Nanny
      January 12, 2015 @ 11:49 am

      Shouldn’t you be tired of tropical islands? TWO weeks is a long time. ;)

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  • foodwanderings says
    January 9, 2015 @ 5:11 am

    Two weeks off is a very wise decision. This pina colada smoothie looks healthily delicious!

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  • Angela {Mind Over Batter} says
    January 9, 2015 @ 2:04 am

    I took 2 weeks off as well. I feel so relaxed. I’m sorry you had to cancel your retreat. Hopefully this smoothie makes up for it. So thick and yummy. I’d probably have like 3 of these.

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    • Erin replies to Angela {Mind Over Batter}
      January 12, 2015 @ 11:55 am

      Haha. I wouldn’t say it makes up for it but it made me feel a little better for a few minutes. ;)

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  • Heather / girlichef says
    January 8, 2015 @ 8:10 pm

    Well, I’m sure this doesn’t quite make up for that retreat, but with the right attitude, I bet it goes a long way. It really does sound bright and sunny!

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  • Kate @ Diethood
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    January 8, 2015 @ 5:24 pm

    Pina Colada in Smoothie-form! HECK YEAH! AND you had 2 weeks off?! BONUS!

    I’m jelly! ;-)

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  • Rose | The Clean Dish says
    January 8, 2015 @ 4:15 pm

    Oh no! You had to cancel your trip?! I’m so sorry to hear this! I hope you’ll get to go next year!
    I also took two weeks off from blogging — also wasn’t my plan. I needed some time off, though!
    Your smoothie looks HOT :) I’ll have one with rum, please ;) Happy New Year, Erin!!

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    • Erin replies to Rose | The Clean Dish
      January 12, 2015 @ 1:20 pm

      I’m so happy you took some time off! It looks like you have a nice time in Germany. :) I hope you’re having a lovely new year!

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  • The Food Hunter says
    January 8, 2015 @ 3:50 pm

    reminds me of summer!

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  • Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) says
    January 8, 2015 @ 2:46 pm

    I typically grab a smoothie in the afternoon/early evening when I’m jonesing for something sweet. This would sooooo hit the spot! And would keep me from remembering that it is less than 5 degrees outside.

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    • Erin replies to Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)
      January 12, 2015 @ 12:08 pm

      That’s a good idea! I always have one in the morning because I need something to perk me up. ;)

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  • Jess says
    January 8, 2015 @ 8:08 am

    Too bad you had to cancel your trip, but this definitely looks like a taste of the tropics – yum!

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    • Erin replies to Jess
      January 12, 2015 @ 12:08 pm

      Thank you, Jess!

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  • Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom says
    January 8, 2015 @ 3:21 am

    That cruise trip sounded fabulous but difficult to take a vacation with my family anyway right after the holidays. Sorry you had to miss it! Smoothie looks super tropical!

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    • Erin replies to Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom
      January 12, 2015 @ 12:09 pm

      Thanks, Brenda! Are you seeing their pictures on IG? Ugh. Such a bummer we couldn’t go!

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  • Nora (A Clean Bake) says
    January 8, 2015 @ 1:50 am

    As someone who is a better-late-than-never recent convert to loving coconut, I’ll take any excuse to eat it that I can get. I’m excited that I have all the ingredients for this in my fridge/freezer right now!

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    • Erin replies to Nora (A Clean Bake)
      January 12, 2015 @ 12:10 pm

      Same here! I didn’t like it until the past 2 years or so. So silly! ;)

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  • Martha @ A Family Feast says
    January 8, 2015 @ 12:53 am

    So sorry you are missing your trip – it sounded really great! But at least you can drown your sorrows in this fantastic smoothie! Looks delicious!

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  • Lauren @ Healthy Delicious says
    January 8, 2015 @ 12:53 am

    So sorry you had to cancel on the retreat. I really wanted to go too, but I wasn’t able to take the time off work. :( It’s a LONG time to be away.

    This smoothie looks so good!

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  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
    January 7, 2015 @ 10:24 pm

    So sorry you weren’t able to go on that trip!! That’s so disappointing. This smoothie is a little bit of the Caribbean right at home :)

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  • Stephanie @ Back for Seconds says
    January 7, 2015 @ 9:03 pm

    This sounds like a vacation in a glass! SO sorry you had to cancel your trip :( Hope everything is ok!

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  • Cookin Canuck says
    January 7, 2015 @ 7:53 pm

    I am feeling in need of a tropical drink. It will make the cold weather go away, right? This really does sound fantastic, Erin.

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  • amanda @ fake ginger says
    January 4, 2015 @ 10:44 pm

    This looks delicious! And sorry you had to cancel the trip – the Caribbean sounds pretty good right about now!

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  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says
    January 4, 2015 @ 9:15 pm

    Beautiful tropical smoothie, Erin! I am with you…best to add fresh frozen chunked pineapple (for the extra fiber) than just pineapple juice. The perfect smoothie to kick off the season of all things healthy. :) Thanks for sharing!

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    • Erin replies to Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen
      January 5, 2015 @ 9:38 pm

      Thanks, Stacy! I have to admit, though, the pineapple juice was good. ;) The smoothie as written is pretty sweet but I almost always enjoy more sugar. I wish I could change that!

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  • Susan says
    January 4, 2015 @ 8:22 pm

    This sounds wonderful. I like the idea of adding coconut butter (I made some but haven’t found a lot of use for it). I also like freezing my fruit beforehand. I would probably add some unflavored whey powder to this because I need protein. Will definitely enjoy it. I’m sorry you didn’t get to go to the Caribbean. Beautiful, warm and sunny does wonders in counteracting cold and dreary.

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    • Erin replies to Susan
      January 5, 2015 @ 9:40 pm

      Oooh! I have some unflavored whey protein that I don’t know what to do with. I’m going to try that, too! Thanks so much for the idea and I hope you’ll like the smoothie. :)

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  • Indre @ cupcakesnmiracles
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    January 4, 2015 @ 8:21 pm

    Sounds like heaven to me :)

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