This Piña Colada Smoothie recipe originally appeared as a guest post over at The Fit Foodie Mama
Hang on to the last bit of summer with this gluten free, vegan, and paleo Piña Colada Smoothie recipe!
Since summer is winding down and the weather is cooling off quickly here, I wanted to celebrate the end of summer with one of a lighter version of one of my family’s favorite treats: a Piña Colada. When we traveled to Mexico last year, our kids fell in love with the virgin piña coladas at our hotel and they drank a boatload of them. Fortunately for us it was all-inclusive otherwise that would have gotten spendy.
Once we got back from vacation we had to get our kids off the sweet drinks, which is always fun (not). But they did pretty well with it and they ended up loving these healthier homemade piña coladas that I made this summer. These aren’t too thick so you can either make them into smoothies or better yet, add a little rum for a healthier cocktail.
Can you believe we only have less than a month left of summer?! Time has flown by this year! My kids just started school on Monday so the rest of summer feels like it’s moving even faster now.
Since I’m determined to make the most of what’s left of summer, I created a lighter version of one of my family’s favorite treats: Piña Coladas. I used to make piña coladas at home until I decided that they had way too much sugar in them, so I decided to make a lower sugar piña colada recipe that can double as either a smoothie or a cocktail!
This drink is so simple and super easy to make as either a smoothie or a healthier cocktail. If you want a light piña colada with alcohol, just stir in 1 to 1-1/2 ounces of rum in this smoothie. This smoothie isn’t too thick so it works well as a Piña colada cocktail, too.
Traditionally piña coladas are made with cream of coconut (not to be confused with coconut cream) which is loaded with sugar (20 grams per ounce). Not exactly healthy! For the great coconut flavor in this recipe without all the calories and sugar, I used coconut flavored Stevia drops. It’s perfect! Lots of flavor and no added sugar.
If you want to give this smoothie a protein boost, blend in a few Tablespoons of your favorite vanilla protein powder for a more filling snack or post-workout fuel.
Got the tingles? Fresh pineapple has an enzyme in it called bromelain that can make your mouth and tongue tingle when you eat it. Some people don’t mind it, but others find that they really can’t stand it. If you don’t like eating fresh pineapple for that reason, try using canned pineapple in this recipe instead. Just make sure to choose pineapple that is canned in water or natural juice instead of syrup.