This tropical pineapple avocado smoothie hits the spot in a few ways. Helps me get off to that healthy start at the beginning of the year and takes care of my cravings for all things tropical and summery.
I am a smoothie year round kind of person, not just in hot weather. Same as how I am a hot soup year round, ice coffee year round, ice cream year round… You get the idea. I am all for seasonal ingredients, but love recipes that can be for year round.
These pineapple avocado smoothies are chock full of healthy ingredients, are non-dairy, and taste amazing. We love avocados in our house in every shape and form and we love how creamy they make smoothies.
We started this year off like most everyone else. Sick. Husband had some crud, the kids got hit the hardest and then me of course eventually got it after taking care of everyone else. No amount of tea, broth, and immune boosting foods and vitamins was going to protect me 100%. My girls still have a lingering cough but we seem to be out of the woods. Which they are really happy about since they were tired of not being able to really taste their food. We switched to smoothies once we got sick of chicken soup three meals a day.
One thing I love about smoothies is how customizable they are. I tend to just throw in whatever I have rather than follow a recipe, most of the time. Other times I want to try new smoothie recipes. One tip I have for extra creamy, flavorful smoothies is to use frozen fruit. This way you can use less ice and still get that smooth, ice-cream like consistency. I still add ice but not so much that it takes away the flavor. I find that too much ice makes the smoothies taste, well, watery.
A few notes before the recipe:
- Do I have to use avocado? Well. No. But this smoothie is extra creamy because of the avocado and you get that boost of healthy fats from it. If you want to substitute the avocado I suggest adding a little more of the coconut milk or maybe adding in a favorite nut butter for those healthy fats.
- Frozen fruit is where it’s at. You don’t want to water down your smoothies with too much ice. I only use a half a cup.
- Prepare your fruit ahead of time. I always keep a bag of banana halves in my freezer to use in smoothies.
- Pineapple – you can either dice up a fresh one and freeze the chunks or buy frozen pineapple chunks. I have used both and both work the same. Depends on how much work you want to do ahead of time.
- I keep bags of fruits in my freezer ready to grab and add to smoothies. You can even make up smoothie packs with all the ingredients in a freezer safe container. Just add the liquids and honey when blending. I don’t suggest freezing all the ingredients first.
- Do I have to use fresh ginger? If fresh ginger isn’t available or is a little too strong you can add in some ground ginger but the health benefits from fresh are better. The zing from the fresh ginger really brightens up the smoothie.
- Can I add protein powder? Of course. Want to make this more of a meal, by all means add your protein powder of choice. I suggest sticking with a neutral flavor such as vanilla so it doesn’t overpower the other flavors. Although chocolate would be good- I do love chocolate with pineapple and chocolate and avocado do go well together.
- Vanilla extract has gotten expensive. Can I leave it out? You can!
- Don’t like honey? Use maple syrup
- 2 bananas - frozen, cut in half
- 1 cup pineapple - frozen
- 2 large avocados, peeled and pits removed, cut in half
- 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 2-3 Tbsp honey
- 1/2 C Coconut Milk (if using full fat)
- 1/2 C coconut water ( or full cup of coconut milk if using light or less fat)
- ice - per your liking. I used a half a cup.
- vanilla protein powder (optional, serving size depends on brand used)
Combine all in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses, garnish with shredded unsweetened coconut. Serve.
You can use all fresh fruit but you would have to add more ice to make it a frosty smoothie. This will make the smoothie have a less strong taste, it is already a pretty mellow taste as it is. I suggest frozen fruits, you can even freeze the peeled avocado for smoothies.
You can add in protein powder for an extra boost of protein and nutrition. I suggest plain or vanilla to go with the flavors in the smoothie.