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Jamaican Pineapple Smoothie

January 12, 2024
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Dive into the tropical vibes with our Jamaican Pineapple Smoothie! It's a healthy and fun on-the-go treat—perfect for a quick breakfast or a snack that'll have you feeling like you're on island time.

Jamaican Pineapple Smoothie

Get those tropical vibes going with our easy-to-make Jamaican Pineapple Smoothie recipe! This sweet + refreshing blend is amped up with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg + allspice. Paired with some Greek yogurt, frozen or fresh sweet mango, pineapple, and, of course, banana for that comforting creaminess, plus a hint of kale for a healthy twist. It's like a sip of pure sunshine in the colder months. You’ll love this healthy smoothie recipe for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Dairy-free option.

Up close shot of smoothie in a glass.

This Jamaican Pineapple Smoothie radiates creamy vibes, island feels, and offers the perfect fruity refreshment—AND you can even turn it into a smoothie bowl if you fancy! It makes me feel like I'm in the tropics, even in the middle of winter in New York—Haha!

I've packed this smoothie with a bunch of healthy ingredients (you know I love tossing in all the good stuff + blending away) along with some spices to give it that Jamaican flair. Pineapple---- in my opinion, is the perfect fruit to almost mask the kale and keep it from being 'too green tasting' if you know what I mean. If you enjoy fruit flavors, then this Raspberry Sunrise SmoothieAnti-Inflammatory Pineapple Citrus Smoothie, and Strawberry Mango Papaya Smoothie are worth the try next!

If you're a lover of healthy drink options, then this smoothie will be one that you'll love and so will those around you. It's a great way to ensure that everyone gets those fruits + veggies in without the fuss and it's so easy to whip together! It's got plenty of nutrientsbold fruity flavor, and a great texture! There’s no going wrong with this packableportable and creamy meal that works perfectly for breakfast, as a snack, or sweet dessert

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This Delicious Jamaican Pineapple Smoothie Ticks Off All The Boxes - 

  • Tastes like dessert (that's an obvious win)
  • Easy + quick to make on the go!
  • SO rich + creamy
  • Plant-based dairy-free option
  • Super nutritious
  • Adaptable and super versatile
  • Did I mention how downright yummy this is...?
Smoothie in a glass with a pineapple on the side.

How to Make Jamaican Pineapple Smoothie

The only piece of kitchen equipment you’ll need to whip this pineapple smoothie up in minutes is a high-speed blender. This is a simple dump-and-go breakfast recipe that’s ideal for busy weekday mornings or as a healthy snack!

Ingredients

Once you have your blender out and ready, add the following ingredients to start making your smoothie:

JAMAICAN SMOOTHIE:

  • Pineapple chunks. I like to purchase frozen pineapples or canned organic pineapple mostly, however, you can slice an actual pineapple into chunks and freeze it, if preferred.
  • Banana. Adds creaminess + sweetness.
  • Mango chunks. Fresh or frozen.
  • Kale. You can also use spinach if preferred
  • Greek yogurt. For a nice creaminess, I love to add yogurt to my smoothies. You can always substitute with dairy-free yogurt if needed.
  • Almond milk. You can use your favorite plant-based milk; you can also use water instead.
  • Pure maple syrup. For sweetening, you can also use honey or agave.
  • Chia seeds. You can sub with flaxseed meal if desired
  • Spices. Pinch of ground cinnamon, nutmeg + ground allspice.

Can I Make a Smoothie Bowl?

If you prefer to eat your smoothie with a spoon, rather than drink it through a straw, make a smoothie bowl! Simply add less milk or use frozen pineapple, mango, or banana to give your Jamaican smoothie a thicker texture. Then add your favorite toppings, including:

  • Fresh fruit sliced
  • Granola
  • Chopped nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pecans
  • Coconut flakes
  • Nut butter
  • Chia seeds, hemp seeds + flax seeds.

SHOP MY FAVORITE DRINKWARE ITEMS AND ACCESSORIES!

Here, I’ve curated a list of drinkware and mocktail essentials that I use to achieve my favorite drinking experiences, especially with this Jamaican Pineapple Smoothie recipe. Everything from my blenders, fave glassware, stirrers, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

Two glasses of smoothies on a white wood table.

How To Make This Jamaican Smoothie Dairy-Free

To make this smoothie fully vegan, the only adjustment needed is swapping out the Greek yogurt. Just opt for your favorite plant-based yogurt. Personally, I love the creaminess that coconut yogurt or cashew yogurt brings to the mix.

Can I Use Other Types of Milk?

Absolutely! If you’d like to switch things up with the type of plant-based milk that you use for this pineapple smoothie recipe—–that’s totally fine! The world of plant-based milk is constantly expanding. From the classics like coconut milkcashew milk, soy milk and almond milk, we now have delicious options like oat milk, and even potato and quinoa milk.

Flavor Variations

Looking to switch up your pineapple smoothie game? Here are a few flavor ideas to jazz things up:

  • Berries----Throw in a handful of strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries for a berrylicious blend.
  • Coconut---Use coconut milk, or throw in a handful of coconut to the mix it will taste like a pina colada!
  • Protein powder--- Incorporate a scoop of your favorite protein powder for an extra protein kick.
  • Vanilla--- A dash of vanilla extract can add a sweet and aromatic flavor.
  • Mint or basil--- Add some fresh mint or basil leaves for a herby spin!
  • Tumeric--- For health benefits of using turmeric, ensuring that it is paired with black pepper, helps to aid in curcumin absorption. You can add ½ teaspoon of turmeric + pinch of black pepper, if desired.
Glass of smoothie with a pineapple in the background and spices.

Should I Use Fresh, Frozen or Canned Pineapple?

The choice between fresh, frozen, or canned pineapple depends on your preference and the texture you desire in your smoothie---

Fresh Pineapple:

Pros--- Provides a vibrant and intense flavor, especially when ripe. TIP: If you're using freshly chopped pineapple, you can freeze them prior to adding them to this smoothie or just add ice for a "smoothie-like" consistency. 

Cons--- Requires peeling and cutting, and the availability may vary based on season.

Frozen Pineapple:

Pros--- Convenient, available year-round, and adds a frosty texture to the smoothie.

Cons--- May lack the freshness and slightly altered texture compared to fresh.

Canned Pineapple:

Pros--- Convenient, has a longer shelf life, and often comes pre-cut.

Cons--- May have added sugars or be stored in syrup, altering the flavor.

Jamaican Pineapple Smoothie Q + A's

How To store this healthy smoothie?

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly sealed or in a covered mason jar, ensuring that you drink it within the same day for best taste and consistency.

Do I have to use maple syrup as a sweetener?

Nope! You can always use honey, Agave, or Medjool dates as a substitute.

What are the health benefits of adding kale to the smoothie?

Kale is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, contributing to the smoothie's nutritional value by offering a boost of nutrients and promoting overall health.

Can I make a larger batch of this pineapple smoothie recipe?

Of course! This recipe yields 2 smoothies so simply double or triple it as needed!

More Healthy Creamy Smoothie Recipes To Try!

If you are on a smoothie kick and want to try some other creamy delights after this Jamaican Pineapple Smoothie recipe try these out next:

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Glass of smoothie with a pineapple in the background and spices.

Jamaican Pineapple Smoothie

January 12, 2024
5 from 1 vote
Get those tropical vibes going with our easy-to-make Jamaican Pineapple Smoothie! This sweet + refreshing blend is amped up with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg + allspice. Paired with some Greek yogurt, frozen or fresh sweet mango, pineapple, and, of course, banana for that comforting creaminess, plus a hint of kale for a healthy twist.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2 servings

Ingredients

SMOOTHIE:

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup chopped kale (You can also use spinach if preferred)
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt (You can also use dairy-free yogurt)
  • 1 cup Almond milk (You can use your favorite plant-based milk; you can also use water instead)
  • 1-2 Tbsps pure maple syrup, for sweetening
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (You can sub with flaxseed meal if desired)
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground allspice, optional

Instructions

TO MAKE THE SMOOTHIE:

  • Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender (adding the fruit like pineapples + mango first, then the rest following) and blend until smooth.
  • Adjust the amount of milk (or add water), depending on desired consistency, adding 1 tablespoon more at a time, if needed.
  • To serve—pour smoothie in your favorite glass and top with pineapple chunks, banana slices, or granola and sprinkles of chia seeds, if desired.
  • Sip and enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Store any leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly sealed or in a covered mason jar, ensuring that you drink it within the same day for best taste and consistency.
  • SWEETENER: You can always use honey, Agave, or Medjool dates as a substitute. 
  • TURMERIC: For health benefits of using turmeric, ensuring that it is paired with black pepper, helps to aid in curcumin absorption. You can add ½ teaspoon of turmeric + pinch of black pepper, if desired.
  • PINEAPPLES: If you're using freshly chopped pineapple, you can freeze them prior to adding them to this smoothie or just add ice for a "smoothie-like" consistency. 

Nutrition

Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3352IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 328mg | Iron: 1mg

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