This refreshing Pineapple Banana Smoothie comes together in under 5 minutes and makes a nutritious breakfast or snack.
Breakfast smoothies are a natural choice during hot days. This Strawberry Matcha Smoothie and this Pineapple Banana Smoothie are some of our current household favourites!
Smoothies make a great breakfast or snack at any time of day. This smoothie is loaded with fresh pineapple and banana with a hint of shredded coconut for a tropical twist. Best of all, this pineapple banana smoothie takes just under 5 minutes to come together!
Are Smoothies Healthy?
Homemade smoothies are very healthy, especially since they're made with fresh fruit and/or vegetables. Smoothies made with low-fat yogurt, plant-based milk, and small amounts of natural sweeteners (such as honey/maple syrup) are ideal as they are lower in fats and sugars than smoothies containing full-fat yogurt, dairy milk, and refined sugars. When consumed in moderation, smoothies can help weight loss, especially when they replace a main, high-calorie meal.
The main fruit and nut ingredients in this smoothie are pineapple, banana, and coconut. Banana is an excellent source of Vitamin B6, potassium, and fiber. Pineapple is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and manganese. Coconut contains healthy fatty acids and fiber.
Ingredients and Variations
Fruit - For this smoothie, you will need 1 banana, ideally frozen, and around 2 cups of pineapple (cut into chunks) for two smoothie servings.
Using frozen banana in smoothies will eliminate the need to add ice whilst giving the smoothie a delicious thick and creamy texture.
Yogurt - For this recipe, I used plain, low-fat, Greek yogurt. Feel free to use your favourite brand/type of yogurt (or Skyr). Other great options for this smoothie include coconut yogurt or vanilla yogurt.
Milk - Use your favourite plant-based (or regular dairy) milk. I like using neutral-flavored milk like oat, plain soy, or rice milk. You can also use unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk.
Sweetener - You can use your preferred natural sweetener such as honey, agave syrup, or maple syrup.
Coconut - I added some shredded coconut for a slightly tropical twist. Feel free to leave this out if you're not a fan of coconut. You can also use shredded or flaked coconut as topping for this smoothie.
Vanilla Extract - Add a dash of vanilla extract for flavoring.
How to Make Pineapple Banana Smoothie
Simply blend all ingredients together in a kitchen blender until smooth and creamy. If you like, you can add some shredded/flaked coconut for garnish before serving.
TIP: If the smoothie is too thick, mix in more milk or water.
Can I Make this Vegan?
Yes. For a vegan-friendly banana pineapple smoothie, substitute Greek yogurt with coconut cream and use maple/agave syrup instead of honey.
Can I Make this Ahead?
This smoothie is best enjoyed fresh. However, you can also store it in a refrigerator for up to 1 day in an airtight class container. Make sure to shake well before serving as the layers may start to separate.
Can I Make This Smoothie More Tropical?
Yes! If you would like a more tropical smoothie, add more shredded coconut, or substitute milk with coconut milk and Greek yogurt with coconut yogurt. You can also mix in other tropical fruits such as mango, mango juice, papaya, or pineapple juice.
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Pineapple Banana Smoothie
- 425 g pineapple cut into chunks (2 cups)
- 1 medium-sized banana frozen
- 1 tbsp. honey see notes for vegan
- 2 tsp. shredded coconut + extra for topping
- ⅛ tsp. vanilla extract
- 60 g low-fat plain Greek Yogurt or any other plain, coconut, or vanilla yogurt (¼ cup) see notes for vegan
- 180 mL plant-based milk e.g., coconut milk, soya milk, rice milk, unsweetened almond milk or oat milk (¾ cup)
- Place all ingredients in a kitchen blender and mix until smooth. If mixture is too thick, add more milk or water. Adjust honey to taste. Top with extra shredded coconut as desired.