Pina Colada Smoothie

by Sarah

in Dairy-Free, Drinks, Snacks

pina colada smoothieBefore the end of summer, I wanted to share a summer drink recipe that is one of my favorites! The simple pina colada smoothie. A mix of the coconut milk, pineapple, and banana lends a very tropical taste to this smoothie. It reminds of the time my parents and I went o Hawaii during college, and there were coconuts right on the palm trees lining the beaches. My dad and I found a huge coconut that had fallen to the ground, and we tried to bring it back to California, but had to unfortunately part with our coconut because of TSA regulations. Since pineapple is another a major product of Hawaii, there were also numerous tours available of pineapple farms and pineapple flavored desserts galore.

I recommend cutting the banana into blocks before you freeze (because it will be near impossible to cut once you freeze it). Frozen bananas are great for smoothies – both adding flavor and keeping the smoothie icy cold. In the summer, I often peal a couple bananas at a time and cut them into discs, freezing them in an airtight container for anytime I want to make a smoothie.

pina colada smoothie

When I’m not doing drinking this delicious smoothie, I am actually on my OB/GYN clinical rotation right now. There are so many interesting things to learn about how to see if a patient’s pregnancy is going smoothly or how to treat different conditions the gynecological patients have. I found that seeing patients in person helps it stick way better in my head then the days of pre-clinical learning when most things where in hypothetical. Enjoy the smoothie! Summer may end soon, but you can always keep frozen bananas in your freezer and make this whenever you miss the summer.

Pina Colada Smoothie
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Rich and creamy pina colada smoothie!
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
  • 1 can chilled light coconut milk
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple, chilled (can be frozen pineapple too!)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 maraschino cherries (optional, just for fun!)
  • coconut flakes (optional, just for fun!)
  1. Add all ingredients, except the cherries, into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Garnish with maraschino cherries and coconut flakes, and slurp up!


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1 Nagi@RecipeTinEats August 17, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Ooh, I love this idea! Pina Colada for breakfast! I had to laugh about you trying to bring a coconut back! TOO FUNNY!!! (But I certainly don’t blame you for trying!)


2 Sarah August 19, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Pina Colada for breakfast DOES sound really good! Ah I am notorious for wanting to bring food back from travels and TSA knows it I think! Once I had some flavored tofu snacks traveling internationally, and the airport security said I had to throw out the chicken flavored tofu snacks because I couldn’t bring meat products into the US. Good thing I had a variety of flavors, and the chicken flavor was just one of many 😛


3 Beeta @ Mon Petit Four August 17, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Oh yum!! This instantly transports me to lazy days spent on Maui’s Kaanapali Beach! I will definitely have to give this smoothie a try just so I can make my daydreaming a little more realistic :p And great tip about the bananas – I love freezing them too. :)


4 Sarah August 19, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Those days sound amazing! I’ll think of the beach when I drink this too :)


5 Joanne August 18, 2015 at 6:16 am

We are SO into smoothies lately, and I feel like they are going to become even more of a staple when I am back in the hospital. Love that this can double as breakfast and dessert!


6 Sarah August 19, 2015 at 10:17 pm

Yay for smoothies! I’m also loving the fast and simple nature of smoothies.


7 Thao @ In Good Flavor August 19, 2015 at 4:31 am

I love pina colada anything. Coconut, pineapple, and banana are made for each other. This smoothie looks so yummy and refreshing!


8 Sarah August 19, 2015 at 10:17 pm

Yay! Glad you like it.


9 amanda August 23, 2015 at 10:54 am



10 Sarah September 6, 2015 at 4:02 pm

thank you!


11 connie August 25, 2015 at 7:35 am

I am in love with that first shot – it’s so beautiful!! Karl would love this soooo much!! He is a pina colada addict :p I hope you’re enjoying your first rotation!!!


12 Sarah September 6, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Thanks Connie! I am enjoying my rotation – very busy but very fun!


13 Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking August 26, 2015 at 9:59 am

PIne colada anything is delicious!!! Love the overhead shot :)


14 Sarah September 6, 2015 at 4:03 pm



15 lea August 30, 2015 at 10:42 am

Crazy for coconut anything …well maybe not anything that covers too much territory…. Will definitely make this smoothie to drink but I’m also thinking that this would make really great popsicles on a hot summer day…..


16 Sarah September 6, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Thanks Lea! I think these would make great popsicles!


17 Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness September 16, 2015 at 4:02 pm

I love this! I need to make more smoothies before summer is over!


18 Sarah October 4, 2015 at 12:19 pm



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