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Piña Colada Green Smoothie

Get an early start on summer with this tropical island Piña Colada green smoothie. The fresh pineapple and almond milk make this smoothie creamy and sweet— almost like dessert. Recipe submitted by Tiffany I.

Piña Colada Green Smoothie

Serves 2


  • 2 cups spinach, fresh
  • 1 12 cups almond milk, unsweetened
  • 12 cup coconut water
  • 3 cups pineapple, fresh
  • 2 tbs coconut flakes, unsweetened


Blend spinach, almond milk, and coconut water until smooth. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again. * Use at least one frozen fruit to make the green smoothie cold. TIP: Save some coconut flakes to sprinkle on top as a crunchy topping.

54 Responses to “Piña Colada Green Smoothie”

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  2. Sarah 7.17.2014 at 12:15 am #

    Yum!! Absolutely delicious!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.17.2014 at 5:59 am #

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Potatosack16 6.25.2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Hi, I’ve been wanting to try this green smoothie, but I am severely allergic to pineapples and was wondering if anyone knows a good substitute.

  4. Kelsey Vere 6.10.2014 at 6:00 pm #

    Piña coladas are my all time favourite drink as coconut is my favourite taste for anything! I thought I’d give this recipe a try hoping I would love it so much I wouldn’t be able to refuse a green smoothie every day! I didn’t have any pineapple so I used mango and banana and I used unsweetened coconut milk in replacement of almond milk and coconut water. It turned out amazing! So delicious! But now I can’t wait to get pineapple and try the real thing!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 6.11.2014 at 7:14 am #

      Great to hear, Kelsey! Hope the real thing is even better!

  5. Nadine 4.2.2014 at 5:51 am #

    Oh I just finished trying the pina colada. I didn’t used the flakes however I added the coconut pulp with the water. it was sooooo delicious. Thanks Jadah and Jen.

  6. Destiny 3.28.2014 at 6:10 pm #

    Can you get coconut water from any local grocery store?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.31.2014 at 8:12 am #

      I’ve been able to get it from Target, SAMs Club, or any health food store. Seems pretty common!

  7. Nep 3.5.2014 at 1:48 pm #

    I am sipping this smoothie as I’m typing, it’s really good! However I think that next time I won’t add any coconut flakes – they don’t really give much flavor and keep getting in between teeth (also, a choking hazard, haha). But that’s not a big deal, I’m totally enjoying the green goodness right now. Thanks again for a great recipe!

    • Jadah and Jen 3.6.2014 at 12:41 pm #

      Feel free to leave them out :-) Glad you’re enjoying the recipe!

      • Lauren 3.20.2014 at 8:56 am #

        I substituted 1tbs coconut oil for the flakes! ;-)

  8. Susan 2.28.2014 at 7:59 am #

    Looks great…I am new to my Blendtec can I just add all the ingredients together to blend?

    • Jadah and Jen 3.1.2014 at 10:17 pm #

      Yep, Susan. If you have a high-powered blender, you can just toss everything into your blender and let it rip. :)

  9. Emilia 1.27.2014 at 6:22 pm #

    How many calories per portion?

    • Jadah and Jen 1.28.2014 at 8:23 am #

      We recommend using “Lose It” or “My Fitness Pal” to keep track of nutrients in green smoothies :-)

  10. Valerie 1.18.2014 at 6:52 pm #

    Subbed the almond milk for coconut milk. Soooo yummy@

  11. Carla 10.25.2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Do you use coconut milk, coconut water or plan water? The ingredients say water but the directions say coconut water.

    • Sha 1.15.2014 at 4:07 am #

      I was confused on that too. I figured coconut water made more sense. I didn’t have any on hand but I did have coconut oil and water so I went with it…..a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Very good recipe.

    • Jadah and Jen 1.15.2014 at 8:41 am #

      It should be coconut water :-) But you can also use regular water, too!

  12. Elizabeth 8.11.2013 at 3:09 pm #

    I made this smoothie but it wasn’t as coconut-y as I thought it would be. Should I add more coconut flakes? Or coconut nectar? And also, I wanted to find a way to make it touch creamier but still keep the great pineapple flavor. Do you think adding avocado would do the trick? (And if so, how much would you suggest adding to make this smoothie for one person?)

    • Jadah and Jen 8.12.2013 at 8:51 am #

      Hi Elizabeth!
      What if you simply tried substituting the almond milk out for coconut milk? That may work on all fronts :-)

  13. Alex 7.13.2013 at 2:45 am #

    hi there! am I right in thinking that using frozen fruit (pineapple in this case!) takes away from its flavour?!

    • Jadah and Jen 7.15.2013 at 9:26 am #

      Some of the flavor does get lost when the fruit is frozen–it is sweeter when thawed. But freezing preserves the fruits longer, and sometimes adds a nice consistency :-)

  14. Lauren 7.12.2013 at 8:03 am #

    Hi.. i love your recipes!! They are delicious! But I have a nut allergy so I was wondering what I could substitute for the almond milk in some pf your recipes? Also, what could I substitute for avocado? I’m not a huge avocado fan:P thanks a lot!!

    • Jadah and Jen 7.15.2013 at 9:27 am #

      Rice milk or coconut milk are fine substitutes–Mango and banana are nice for avocado, but maybe add a little coconut oil to get some of the good fats that are in avocado :-)

  15. Kim 7.6.2013 at 9:18 am #

    This simple smoothie was delightful this am! I have never made such yummy smoothies as I have this week using your recipes. And my body is still dropping lbs even with the higher fruit intake.
    I used 11oz coconut water & approx. 4oz water. frozen pineapple & spinach! That’s it. Use what you have !

    Thank you for sharing!!! Your recipes are great!

  16. Antonia 7.1.2013 at 9:48 am #

    Hello you awesome two girls, I just did the Pina Colada as my second smoothie and had to use freezed spinach since there’s no chance to get fresh one right now here in germany. I used like 2/3 of the suggested amount and it still tastes invariably like spinach… Do you have any idea how to calculate the right amount with freezed spinach? thank you!

    • Jadah and Jen 7.3.2013 at 7:49 am #

      2/3 sounds like a good ratio… We have never used purchased frozen spinach, only spinach that we have frozen ourselves–we use the same amounts.

  17. Briana 5.26.2013 at 9:53 am #

    i was just wondering if you had to use unsweetened almond milk?

    • Jadah and Jen 5.28.2013 at 8:31 am #

      Hi Briana!
      You really don’t have to do anything that we suggest :-) All of our recipes are a source of inspiration and can be modified to your desire. We prefer unsweetened because we don’t like adding sweeteners to our green smoothies–other than natural sweeteners like fruit :-)

  18. Jennifer 4.28.2013 at 8:47 pm #

    I used mostly coconut water and a little coconut milk for the liquid, then took it one coconutty step further and added some vanilla flavored cultured coconut milk, which made it that much creamier and delish. The cultured coconut milk is a nice dairy free alternative to regular yogurt too.

  19. nancy 4.14.2013 at 7:33 am #

    I used almond mild and coconut oil since I did not have unsweetened coconut. It turned out great! I love pina colada taste!

  20. Koren 4.6.2013 at 11:08 am #

    Can I substitute the fresh pineapples with frozen pineapples and still have a quality results?

  21. Cheryl 4.5.2013 at 4:42 pm #

    How about replacing the water with coconut water??

  22. maria 3.27.2013 at 9:20 pm #

    hi there,i am interested in joining the challenge but i don’t have a good blender.i am using magic bullet and kitchenaide blender right now.Would that work?

    • Jen H 3.28.2013 at 8:30 pm #

      Totally will work Maria. We have lots of green smoothie lovers that use the Magic Bullet. Just make sure to blend your leafy greens and liquid first to get the smoothest consistency.

  23. Valarie 3.6.2013 at 10:19 am #

    Heather, I just bought a vitamix…I took the plunge. But before that I had a kitchenaid. Blend the greens with the water or whatever liquid you are using first until they are smooth then add the rest of the ingredients! You should be fine!

    • Jen H 3.7.2013 at 6:10 pm #

      Thanks Valarie. I agree completely— I had a Warner blender before the Vitamix and the key is blending those leafy greens and liquid first.

  24. Heather 3.4.2013 at 9:23 pm #

    This looks yummy and I have most of the ingredients for it to try this week, but I don’t have a great blender. I works well for fruit smoothies, but I tried a green smoothie once in it and the greens didn’t get smooth. I think I just added everything at once — could that have been my problem? Is there a way to make green smoothies fairly smooth even with inferior equipment? I’m going to consider purchasing the Ninja or Nutribullet, but right now all I’ve got is a Kitchenaid that has “pulse”, “low”, “med”, and “high” options.

  25. Enche 2.20.2013 at 3:39 pm #

    I’ve been trying these smoothie recipes for about a week and I am absolutely LOVING them!! Question: I follow the recipes to the T, adding a little extra spinach, but not much more than what the recipe calls for and I fill my “blender ball” bottle. Over 20oz and have some left over, maybe a cup. My question is, what is the right portion size to have in a sitting? If I’m using it as a meal replacement, am I consuming too much if I have 20oz? Thank you!

    • Jen H 2.20.2013 at 6:06 pm #

      Hi Enche. We recommend having 2 cups as a serving size (which is 16 ounces) and usually about half the recipe. We make the smoothies large so that we can share with our family or save the leftovers for a midday snack. So I recommend just drinking 2 cups and saving the extra for later in the day. I use mason jars with lids and store in the fridge until I need a pick me up.

  26. Shantha 2.16.2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Should I feel comfortable just freezing extras or just make enough for a single serving?

    • Jen H 2.18.2013 at 7:54 am #

      That is personal preference. I like to make the full amount so I can either share with my family or store it in the fridge for a fast snack later in the day.

  27. Alex 2.11.2013 at 7:16 pm #

    I feel like it would make more sense to use coconut milk. And maybe coconut water.

    • valerie 4.2.2013 at 4:42 pm #

      I agree. It didn’t take like a pina colada, just pineapple. So I’m going to try it with cocktail milk and water to taste the difference.

  28. Jennifer 2.9.2013 at 4:02 pm #

    I cant wait to try this. Question: For the Almond Milk, What type should I use? I typically buy Almond Breeze, Unsweetened with Vanilla flavor. Thanks.

    • Kathy 2.10.2013 at 3:16 pm #

      That’s what I always use, myself.

    • Jen H 2.11.2013 at 5:40 pm #

      Hey Jennifer. What you have is great! We always recommend unsweetened almond milk to avoid sugar overload, so you are right there with it. The vanilla unsweetened almond milk is really good in this recipe too.

  29. Brandy 2.9.2013 at 12:51 pm #

    I substituted almonds and coconut oil for the coconut flakes. It turned out pretty good.

    • Jen H 2.11.2013 at 5:39 pm #

      Awesome! Glad it was a winner Brandy. I LOVE coconut oil— it’s amazing in everything.

  30. Marlaine 2.8.2013 at 5:55 pm #

    looks yummy! any way coconut flakes can be replaced with coconut milk or maybe water?

    • Jen H 2.11.2013 at 5:24 pm #

      Coconut milk would be great in this one! And yes— feel free to replace with what you have on hand. I think any combination of pineapple and coconut is amazing.

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