This healthy and easy Hawaiian pineapple smoothie recipe is like eating frozen sunshine in a pineapple bowl! Load it up with toppings for a satisfying vegan & gluten-free refresher.
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This post was originally published in 2017, but has since been updated.
Well guess what folks!….I'm still not going to Hawaii (yet). But I am putting myself there with a tropical-infused breakfast eaten out of a friggen pineapple. If I can't be drinking booze out of one on Sunset Beach, I'm sure as hell eating my beloved smoothie bowl out of one.
What makes this pineapple smoothie recipe delicious and healthy
- Coconut milk
- Lime juice
- Ice cubes
- Toasted coconut
- Macadamia nuts
How to make this Pineapple Smoothie Bowl
If you want to use a fresh pineapple for presentation, start by cutting it in half lengthwise, and scooping out the flesh from each half with a large spoon. Leave about ½ an inch of flesh in tact to help pineapple keep its shape. You can freeze the scooped out pineapple flesh to be used in the smoothie.
To make the smoothie, add 1 ½ cups of frozen pineapple chunks, ½ a banana, 1 cup of light coconut milk, 1 teaspoon of lime juice, and about 4-5 ice cubes to a blender. Blend on high for 1 minute, or until mixture is smooth.
Pour smoothie evenly into each pineapple half (if using) or into two bowls. Top each bowl with a tablespoon of toasted coconut, 2 tablespoons chopped macadamia nuts, ½ kiwi that's been peeled and chopped, and ¼ of a banana that's been sliced before serving.
- You want your smoothie to be on the thicker side to prevent the toppings from sinking.
- You can skip the toppings & drink this as a regular smoothie as well.
- Bump up the protein with a scoop of Greek yogurt, or your favorite protein powder.
- Toasting your own coconut is super quick and easy. Vital Keyword: QUICK. Simply sprinkle unsweetened coconut in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often until lightly browned. DO NOT step away.
How long does it take to make this pineapple smoothie recipe?
If using the fresh pineapple, the recipe from start to finish takes about 15 minutes at the most. Scooping out the pineapple takes the most time, and if not using, the recipe only takes about 5 minutes to make.
What if my smoothie is too thick/thin?
If your smoothie is too thick, simple add more coconut milk, a tablespoon at a time until it is pourable. If it is too think, thicken it up with more frozen pineapple, or ½ a frozen banana.
Can I use almond milk instead of coconut milk?
Any milk of choice can be used in place of the coconut, but don't blame me when your bowl doesn't taste like a Hawaiian sunset.
Money-Saving Tips for this Pineapple Smoothie Recipe:
Buy in bulk. Opting for bulk-sized ingredients such as frozen pineapple or macadamia nuts is more cost-effective, but only if you will use the leftovers.
Use store brand. Going for the store brand for items like coconut or coconut milk can be less expensive without sacrificing flavor or quality.
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