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Spinach Pineapple Smoothie


One of the most popular recipes is our Spinach Pineapple Smoothie, which we fondly call the Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Before you run from the sight of spinach—give this a shot…. TRUST ME! This smoothie tastes amazing and has some added health perks that you prob could enjoy.

While we love the cake this smoothies is based on, sipping on our version of the classic dessert means you’re nourishing your body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Psst – come closer! Can we tell you something else? We think it tastes even better than the cake!

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The #1 Spinach Pineapple Smoothie is a winner for these simple reasons:

  • naturally sweetened with whole fruit
  • thick & creamy thanks to the protein-rich almond milk + bananas
  • 100% plant-based to give you the healthiest smoothie

No wonder it’s such a favorite with our fellow green smoothie lovers!

Nutrients and Vitamins in Pineapple, Cherries, Bananas, and Spinach

Did you know cherries are one of the top antioxidant-rich foods you can eat? They also contain 260 mg of potassium per one cup serving. Not to mention the calcium, Vitamin C, iron, and even protein. Pretty sweet! If you swap out sweet cherries for tart cherries, you’ll be getting even more nutritional benefits. Tart cherries are known to help with muscle recovery and soreness, and may even help you sleep better if consumed near bedtime.

We love the frozen organic tart or sweet cherries from Costco – they’re not always available, so stock up when you find them! Check out your grocer’s freezer section when fresh cherries aren’t available. Most well-stocked markets carry frozen cherries.

We’re bananas about all the potassium in bananas. They are a great natural sweetener and also make this smoothie extra creamy.

Spinach is one of our favorite leafy greens to blend. Iron-rich spinach also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B9 (folate), C, and K, as well as many minerals: manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc. Spinach per pound is also high in protein. So don’t be afraid to make that handful a big one!

Pineapple is another smoothie staple. We love that it’s available all year long and adds natural sweetness to our green smoothies. But we also love that pineapple is full of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, and bromelain, an enzyme that can naturally help eliminate abdominal bloating.

What Kind of Almond Milk Should Be Used in Smoothies?

We prefer using a high-quality, preferably organic, unsweetened almond milk. This allows us to control the amount of sugar in the smoothie and the level of sweetness.

If you have the time and resources to do so, the best option is making our DIY Almond Milk. It’s rich, creamy, and absolutely heavenly. Store-bought Almond milk contains more water per cup of almonds and often includes other additives, gums, and stabilizers. If you can’t or don’t want to tolerate any of those, making your own is the way to go.

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Ingredient Substitutions for the Spinach Pineapple Smoothie

Some rawkstars in our community are allergic to certain ingredients. Common ones include bananas, nuts, coconut, pineapple, and kiwi. Or, some simply don’t care for a certain fruit. We get it! That’s why we have some substitution ides for you.

If you can’t have or don’t like almond milk…use any non-dairy milk you can tolerate. We recommend coconut or hemp milk for an ultra creamy smoothie. Learn more about the best liquid bases for smoothies here.

Pineapple can typically be swapped with other tropical fruits like mango, or stone fruit like peaches, nectarines, plums, or apricots.

Cherries can be subbed with other stone fruits or any berry that you like best.

When it comes to leafy greens, we love switching things up! Try more mild greens to allow the fruit flavors to shine through. We recommend baby kale or chard for this smoothie.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake Green Smoothie

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Smoothie

  • Author: Simple Green Smoothies
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Description

This indulgent spinach pineapple smoothie is full of fruity flavor and tastes even better than the cake. YES! Plus it’s loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making it a real treat!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup cherries (pitted)
  • 1/2 banana

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Notes

*Use at least one frozen fruit to make smoothie cold. Cherries can be substituted with berries.

Keywords: spinach pineapple smoothie, green smoothie, pineapple smoothie

For more dessert-inspired green smoothies, check out these other favorites:

Try our Spinach Pineapple Smoothie and Let Us Know How You Liked It!

Our comment sections contains a wealth of knowledge and answers to any questions you may have about blending. We also encourage you to rate our recipes if you try them. That allows others to find and try our recipes and it helps us know that we’re creating recipes that our community loves.

Please leave a comment – we read every single one. Happy Blending!

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  1. Anita

    January 18th, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Ah okay, two stars

  2. Sandra Simkins

    January 18th, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    One of my favorites! Pineapple Upside Down Cake
    My second attempt to make it was the best !
    I switched canned coconut milk for coconut milk in tetra pack. I also used a different greens blend. Delicious

  3. Mireille

    January 18th, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Love this combo so much!!

  4. Martha Coleman

    January 18th, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    So good I love it.

  5. Shari C

    January 19th, 2019 at 12:20 am

    This was delightful and will be in my regular rotation of smoothies!

  6. Neal

    January 19th, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Didnt really like this one tbh. I used kale instead of spinach and maybe it needed a little lemon juice to offset that, Also my banana was not the ripest. I will give it another try but todays one was just ok.

  7. Darlene

    January 19th, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Simply devine! My favorite so far!

  8. Carys

    January 19th, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Love this one!! It is so good! We will definitely be making this one again!

  9. Tiffany

    January 19th, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    I LOVED this smoothie, one of many of my favorites love pineapples so I knew this would be delicious

  10. Valerie W

    January 19th, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    I wasn’t sure about this one, but decided to try it as so many seem to love it. It’s better than I expected, but not one of my favorites. I used coconut milk, as listed in the 30-day smoothie challenge, but think I would like it better with almond milk.

  11. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 21st, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Hey Valerie,

    I’m so glad that you decided to still try this recipe out and that it was better than you thought it was gonna be!

    Some people prefer the almond milk over coconut milk so I think that will definitely make a difference for you.

    Cheers!

  12. Theresa

    January 21st, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Enjoyed this one very much…good to the last drop! I am fascinated by the different blends of fruit and greens. This smoothie was refreshing! #simplegreensmoothies

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