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Saturday Smoothies: Pina Colada Pizazz

Pina Colada smoothies are all over the web, but I decided that instead of trying to copy one of those, I would just use the basics (lime, coconut and pineapple) to invent my own. Adding a half of a lime — peel and all — is one of the tweaks that makes this my favorite smoothie ever. You can add rum if you’re making these for a party… or just leave it as it — excellently awesome and full of pizazz!

pina colada smoothie

Pina Colada Pizzazz

Makes three 10-oz servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cup fresh pineapple chunks, frozen (or not)
  • 1-1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 lime, frozen then sliced, peel and all (you don’t have to freeze it)
  • 1-1/2 banana, frozen
  • 6 frozen coconut milk “ice” cubes
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted, for garnish
  • Thinly sliced pineapple wedges for garnish

PREPARATION:

  1. Put everything in a blender and pulse until blended.
  2. Adjust the flavorings (vanilla and lime) according to your taste. You might also want to add a little more fresh pineapple, depending on how sweet you like your smoothies.
  3. You can use canned pineapple if you don’t have fresh, but trust me — fresh is far better!
  4. Add rum if you want an alcoholic smoothie.
  5. Add vanilla ice cream if you’re not avoiding dairy, and this is more of a dessert for you.
frozen coconut milk cubes
Freeze unsweetened coconut milk in an ice-cube tray. Here is about the right amount of cubes for this recipe.

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pina colada smoothie

pina colada smoothie

2 replies on “Saturday Smoothies: Pina Colada Pizazz”

so i’m kind of wishing someone would show up at my front door right now with the ingredients for these. jon and i are going to have to make them very very soon. xo

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