Hula Hula Tropical Smoothie

It’s about this time of year I get a major craving to head west for a few hours and land in Hawaii. Okay soooo maybe I crave that year round. So I try to help curb those cravings with my favorite smoothie.

Hula Hula Tropical Smoothie Via PineappleandCoconut.comThere is this coffee shop in Kauai called Java Kai. It has the BEST coffee ever. Kona Coffee. The world’s best coffee IMO.  I am not much of a foo-foo coffee drinker, you will never see me ordering triple venti grande caramel latte mocha with extra shots of syrup from Starbucks anytime soon. But when I am in Kauai I high tail it to Java Kai for two reasons. This smoothie, the Hula Hula smoothie, and this INSANE frozen coconut mocha they make, the Maui Mocha.  Just typing this is making me want to go so bad just for the coffee. Well that and to sink my toes in that sand. Ahhhh Hawaii…

Hula Hula Tropical Smoothie Via

We ordered a couple different smoothies off the menu last time we were there and my younger daughter ( we will call her K 2) was a little over 1 years old and full on smoothie thief, wanted a sip of the Hula Hula smoothie, so I let her have some and she sucked down like half of it!! Rather quickly too! And they make it with a lot of ginger so I was surprised she loved it as much as she did, but shes a pretty adventurous eater so I really wasn’t too terribly surprised. I was more surprised she loved it so much because I really didn’t want to share with her so I could have it all to myself. ha ha. But she’s so dang cute she gets away with being a smoothie thief.  We were there almost every day on our last trip just for these two drinks.  They are just that good. I may have to try to recreate the Maui Mocha one of these days too.

Hula Hula Tropical Smoothie Via PineappleandCoconut.comNow you are probably wondering at this point why all of a sudden the blue background. Well I had originally planned to use the blue for this post. In fact my 4 year old daughter ( she is known as K 1 since both kids have K names) wanted to help me paint. So she painted this board for me. She helped mix the paint and actually did a good job. Even painted in some texture with getting grass on the board and thinking it was fun to paint the grass….   Well I was halfway through taking pics when I remembered I had left the boards outside to dry and forgotten I had wanted to use for the post. Also the light had shifted mid-shoot so the blue background pics were taken in a different spot, different light direction etc. I like how both styles turned out, so I am using both. My husband said he liked the blue, reminds him of the ocean. Which is were I would like to be right now, smoothie in hand, feet in in the ocean in Kauai.  At least for now I can pretend I am in Hawaii with this smoothie.

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Hula Hula Tropical Smoothie
Recipe type: Smoothie
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Serves: 2
Hula Hula Tropical Smoothie Serves 2
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1-2 bananas
  • 1 c pineapple chunks
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 1-2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • Ice 1-2 cups
  • Toasted shredded unsweetened coconut for garnish
  1. Pour the coconut milk and pineapple juice into the blender. Add one banana, the pineapple chunks and juice and 1 tsp of the ginger and 1 cup ice. Blend well. Taste add more banana or ginger if desired or more ice for a thicker smoothie. Divide between two glasses and top with the toasted coconut. Drink up!!
I use frozen banana and frozen pineapple so the smoothie is thicker without having to add too much ice and water down the flavor. The ginger can be quite strong if you're not used to it so start with 1 tsp and add more if you are more adventurous!


Hula Hula Tropical Smoothie Via PineappleandCoconut.comHawaii in smoothie form. Complete with dancing hula dolls. Those are a must when drinking this smoothie.

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  1. Oh I want this! I was thinking yesterday how I wanted pineapple in my smoothie, great minds do think alike!! :) love the added ginger too – this would bring me to Hawaii too :)
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  2. This smoothie looks so tropical – a perfect pick-me-up for the dark wintery days we are having here. Yum!
    Amy (Savory Moments) recently posted…Pork chop and sauerkraut casseroleMy Profile

  3. I have coconut milk in my pantry – why don’t I add it to smoothies more often?!?!
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  4. Yum! Those smoothies sound delicious! I love the blue background too…the drinks pop out more!!!
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted…Banana Bread MuffinsMy Profile

  5. I make a similar smoothie and am in loooove with it. Wish i was home right now to whip this up… I’m now craving it. Yuuum!
    holly waterfall recently posted…How Yoga has Helped me Love my BodyMy Profile

  6. Now this is a smoothie I could love…to be honest seeing the word ‘kale’ associated with one never inspires me to pull out my Blendtec…coconut is a whole different story!
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    • I can’t do kale in smoothies. I have done spinach before which is fine since its such a mild taste – but kale is too strong. It wrecks it for me. And no addition of booze will hide the flavor! ha ha

  7. This sounds amazing! I love love love smoothies and now that I have a Vitamix I make them all the time. I especially love the addition of ginger in this bad boy…yum!
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  8. mmm, this smoothie sounds SO good. yum! i never put coconut milk in smoothies, but should more often :)
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  9. Mmmm…mmm…Coconut Milk Smoothies! Hula-Hula, baby! Honeymooned in Hawaii and island hopped for 12 days! Your post makes me want to go back…ASAP! I think it’s that blue background…LOVE IT and LOVE that your daughter helped! Thanks for another great recipe, Shanna! xo
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen recently posted…Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip CookiesMy Profile

    • I got married in Hawaii and we honeymooned and island hopped for 2 weeks as well!! It was the BEST!!! Thanks so much for your awesome comment, like always girl!! So appreciated!

  10. I’ve got Hawaii on my mind too – it’s our home away from home. Now it’s even worse – thanks!!! :-) Saying hi from SITS Saturday Sharefest. This look YUMMY!

  11. I didn’t actually get to check these out when I saw them on Google +, but now I’m here and want one for dinner right now. If I drink enough, I’ll wake up in Hawaii right ;)
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    • I think that only happens if you add a lot of rum. ha ha (I barely know what I am doing on G+ I share my post and do some +1s and that’s about it. I don’t really understand it)

  12. I always make strawberry and banana smoothies, very boring, this has given me so many more ideas – thanks x
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