Healthy green smoothie with pineapple

Pineapple Spinach Smoothie

POSTED ON 1.3.2021

This pineapple spinach smoothie takes a new twist on tropical flavors. I love the nuttiness of the almond milk + the tart cherry editions.

One of our most popular recipes is our Spinach Pineapple Smoothie, which we fondly call the Pineapple Upside Down Cake in my smoothie recipe app, Daily Blends. It’s dessert-level good! Before you run from the sight of spinach—give this a shot…. TRUST ME! This smoothie not only tastes amazing, it also has some added health perks that you’ll definitely enjoy.

spinach and pineapple smoothie with cherries

Spinach and pineapple smoothie

This pineapple spinach smoothie is inspired by a cake from my childhood: the Pineapple Upside Down cake. While it may be based on a super sweet dessert, this spinach and pineapple smoothie is loaded with health benefits:

  • Only sweetened by fruit, no added sugar here!
  • thick & creamy thanks to the protein-rich almond milk + bananas
  • 100% plant-based to give you the healthiest smoothie without any of the tummy troubles that dairy often causes.
  • Naturally boosted with calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin D, which gives you some delicious health benefits.

No wonder this pineapple spinach smoothie is such a fav among our fellow green smoothie lovers! Seriously, this is a fun smoothie for newbies as well as veteran smoothie drinkers.

pineapple spinach smoothie plated on a bed of kale and whole fruits

Smoothie ingredient swaps + protein boosts

If you need to lower the sugar, then replace the banana with a half cup frozen cauliflower, or 1/4 an avocado. That way you keep the creamy texture while cutting down on the sugar. Want to turn this pineapple spinach smoothie into a meal? I love adding in a scoop of natural almond butter, for a hint of nuttiness + a load of healthy fat. If you want a protein boost without any change in flavor, then try a clean, plant based option. My completely plant based, organic Protein Smoothie Boost is a quality way to add protein to any smoothie you make. It gives your smoothie 10 extra grams of protein + healthy fat, without changing the flavor! That means this pineapple spinach smoothie goes from 4.2 grams of protein to 14.2 grams, #kaleyeah!

What almond milk should I use in smoothies?

While water is an easy base to swap in for almond milk in this pineapple spinach smoothie, I love the flavor + creaminess that the almond milk adds. You can either make your own almond milk (which is what I do!), or you can buy some from almost any grocery store. If you choose store bought, don’t forget to check out my Rawkstar Report on the best almond milk brands currently on the market.

Liquid swaps for spinach and pineapple smoothie

If almond milk isn’t your thing, no worries! Green smoothies are SO versatile, and I’ve got some great swaps for you. Honestly, you could swap in almost any non dairy milk you want (cashew milk and oat milk are my top choices for this pineapple spinach smoothie). The thickness + texture changes depending on the liquid used, so keep that in mind. If water is your base of choice, then add in a tablespoon of hemp hearts so you don’t lose the protein.

whole food ingredients ready for a delicious smoothie

 More pineapple smoothies

Pineapples are a sweet, tropical ingredient found in many of my smoothie recommendations for beginners. They are flavorful and bright, as well as loved by many. If you’re looking for more pineapple smoothie options, then I’ve got some great recipes for you!

What are some of your fav pineapple smoothie combos? Share in the comments so that we can all try some new flavors together!

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Healthy green smoothie with pineapple

Pineapple Spinach Smoothie


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 16 oz smoothie 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

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!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 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.

  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: pineapple spinach smoothie, pineapple smoothie, spinach and pineapple smoothie

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Caroline Hileman says:

    Tasty!

  2. Raychel says:

    One of my favorites! I thought this would be super similar to another favorite of mine, chocolate covered cherry, but the pineapple really changes it up. I’m glad I tried this one. I added protein smoothie boost.

  3. Alannah says:

    I love how the nuttiness of the almond milk toned down the tartness of the cherries to just the right balance.

  4. Melanie says:

    I forgot to rate the smoothie

  5. Grace says:

    Yummy! I used kale instead of spinach (to alternate the greens), homemade almond milk (also made with my Vitamix), a whole banana (because I didn’t have cherries), and threw in some hemp hearts.

  6. Beatrix says:

    Tasty. I found to make almond milk is very easy, so usually try to plan ahead and just use my own fresh home made almond milk

  7. Suzie says:

    I made this today right after I made coconut bombs – so left some coconut bomb in the blender before making this one 🙂 Very tasty. I couldn’t taste the cherries. I will add a few more next time. Overall a good smoothie. I’d try this one again.

  8. Stephanie P. says:

    I’m not always the biggest fan of cherries, but I learned a couple years ago that I LOVE them in smoothies, this one is no different, nice and bright from the pineapple, tasty!

  9. Gaynor Woronowycz says:

    Hi Jen

    Really love the recipes easy to make however when reviewing nutrition facts some concerns that the sugar content is quite high.

  10. Nicole says:

    Went down easy – next time I’ll jazz it up a little!

  11. Lesley R says:

    I’m not a huge fan of milk based fruit and veggie smoothies but I actually found the cherry and milk combo quite nice in this one. Took it to-go for lunch and it held up nicely in the lunch box!

  12. Anne says:

    My husband and I both really liked this one, just the right balance between tart and sweet.

  13. Eve says:

    This was better than I thought it would be. I think I would use water next time though. Just not a huge fan of almond milk and pineapple.

  14. Courtney says:

    I liked this. I added coconut smoothie cubes, which (I think) added some extra creaminess. I couldn’t get cherries this week, but the berry medley I had worked. I love that I can make slight adjustments and still have a great smoothie!

  15. Stephanie says:

    Not my most favorite…but ok!

  16. Jamie E says:

    A little sweet but good. I’m not a cherry fan and I couldn’t really taste it a lot. More banana to me.

  17. Susan says:

    This is a favorite. I love cherries! Delicious

  18. Ren says:

    Delicious and smooth

  19. dominique larin says:

    My favorite green smoothie so far! It is sooo tasty and delicous!!! Everyone here loved it!

  20. Venetria Patton says:

    I liked this, but didn’t find it as filling as some of the other smoothies. I would probably add chia seeds next time.

  21. Sabrina Schroeder says:

    I like the fresh taste. I used sour cherries instead of sweet.

  22. Judith Walter says:

    Great smoothie. I add chia seeds to mine

  23. Amanda Fitzsimmons says:

    I enjoyed this one! I love the cherries! I added red grapes, some cranberries and flax seed. It was great! Will try again.

  24. Sarah Jasinski says:

    I have never tried cherries in a smoothie before and I really liked it! I also made an extra smoothie today with bananas, peanuts and greek yogurt. It’s my go to sweet tooth smoothie!

  25. Laura Perkins says:

    Loved this smoothie!! The flavors work really well together. I did sub Oat Milk for Almond Milk and it was very good.

  26. Titilola Palmer says:

    Delish! Loved this smoothie. I added a half scoop of plant based vanilla protein powder and it was so delicious

  27. Jen Hart says:

    When I first saw this recipe I thought “cherry and pineapple?” But it’s amazing! The cherry is a little sweeter than the pineapple and blends so good with its flavor. I tend to add a little extra spinach so I rarely get the pretty purple color but I always get the amazing taste!

  28. Stephanie says:

    This smoothie is good. My 23 month old and my picky 6 year old both enjoyed it too. Pineapple and cherries are some of my favorite fruits. I will be making it again but with coconut water and extra spinach.

  29. Aurilia Hill says:

    Pineapple spinach smoothie I took on the go for my hike and it was sooooo

  30. Dory says:

    I didn’t have any cherries so I had to substitute with raspberries. The colour wasn’t super appealing and less green than normal, but the drink was still good!

  31. Elizabeth says:

    I added chocolate protein powder and cacao nibs to this smoothie for a wonderful variation! So good!

  32. Shari Guymon says:

    day 3 smoothie was tasty. The only addition I made to the recipe was 1
    tablespoon of chia seeds. The banana added the creaminess that I like . I primarily tasted the pineapple. Very refreshing.

  33. Laura Hodges says:

    Added some almond butter and cacao…made it a meal replacement! I will make another one with just the recipe ingredients and compare.
    Love the cherries!

  34. Vashti Phillips says:

    I added a spoonful of rosemary leaves for boosting the immune system especially in a time like this. At first I thought it would have been overpowering but no, it was just right. I enjoyed it to the last drop. Day 3 and loving it

  35. Akasha Villalobos says:

    This is good for a pineapple smoothie. For whatever reason, pineapple in a smoothie just isn’t my jam. So if that’s not you, you’ll probably love this. My husband did. He likes anything with banana.

  36. AnnMarie says:

    Delicious and creamy. I swapped avocado in for the banana. Day 3 and going

  37. Kim says:

    I really liked this one. I used 1/2 water and 1/2 almond milk and added a little fresh ginger.

  38. Cristina Ribeiro says:

    Tropical, refreshhing, delicious

  39. Dawn says:

    Glad it was healthy because there was something about the flavors that didn’t meld. Pineapple and cherries sounds tropical but the almond milk threw it off.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jen says:

      I hear ya Dawn! For some of us, the combo of citrus + milk don’t sit well— I’m the same way. Yet coconut milk doesn’t throw off the flavors to me— you can def swap to that (like I do). Yet most people have no issue with the almond milk.

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