Healthy Recipes: A Guilt-Free Pina Colada

I tried my first pina colada when I was just a kid (virgin of course) when I used to visit my great-grandmother’s hotel in the Catskill Mountains.

There was something so magical and delicious about this tropical piece of heaven. I have loved it ever since.

I’ll also never forget having learned that this was normally served with alcohol. Of course, years later I finally tried my first “real” pina colada and I have to say…I didn’t like it.

I couldn’t understand why anything would be added to disrupt the flavor of this coconut and pineapple delight. Rum added a harshness to it (for me anyway), and ruined the taste. So I had decided that this was one drink I would continue to enjoy without the alcohol.

Now while I had indulged in the ready made frozen pina colada’s found in the freezer’s section of my grocery store, I knew that I wanted to make my own version of it using fresh, healthy ingredients.

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I’m happy to say that I’ve come up with an easy recipe that both my husband and I enjoy – filled with fresh fruits purchased from our local farmer’s market and one additional ingredient that I have become quite fond of.

Here’s How to Make it

Ingredients (2 servings):

  • 1.5 cups fresh pineapple
  • 2 frozen bananas (info on how to freeze bananas below)
  • 1 tbsp Nutiva Coconut Manna
  • 2 cups of organic/non-GMO vanilla coconut/almond/soy milk – sweetened or unsweetened
  • Organic cane sugar (optional)
  • Ice as desired

This recipe calls for frozen bananas since they add a creamy consistency to smoothies and reduce the need for additional ice. The best way to do this (I learned the hard way) is to peel the bananas first, break them into smaller pieces and freeze in a container. Ripened bananas are always sweeter, so this is what I usually use.

You can always use frozen or canned pineapple, however, fresh fruit (if ripe enough) always triumphs over the alternatives.

Fresh pineapple from the local farmer's market
Fresh pineapple from the local farmer’s market

It’s easy enough to core a pineapple. And if you happen to use a juicer, you can juice the core the next time you make yourself a green juice (this is what I do and it’s delicious).

To give this smoothie a tropical coconut flavor, I use Nutiva’s Coconut Manna.

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It’s the dried flesh of the coconut in a jar. The oil separates on the top, and in order to use this product properly, it’s a good idea to mix the oil with the flesh in the jar before use.

To make this smoothie, simply blend all of the ingredients together. Any blender will do.

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Depending on your own preferences, you can make this sweeter by adding some organic cane sugar or coconut palm sugar. You can also make this thicker by adding some ice.

You Will LOVE This!

The finished product will be a cool, tropical and refreshing drink you can feel good about since the ingredients are clean and simple.

I know I always feel better when I know what’s in my food – and considering that it’s Summer (as of this writing) – this is one treat you’ll enjoy.

If you try this, let me know how it turned out in the comment’s section.

I hope you love it as much as I do 🙂

Dana Gore

Author of the books "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)" and "Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)", Dana Gore is a health and fitness professional, wellness coach, and freelance writer. Dana brings guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner while inspiring her readers to seek self-awareness and inner peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.

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