One of the most popular recipes is our Spinach Pineapple Smoothie, which we fondly call the Pineapple Upside Down Cake or Pineapple Dream in our smoothie recipe app, Daily Blends It’s that good!
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!
This 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 & Vitamins in Spinach Pineapple Smoothie
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.
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.Print
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!
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- 1/2 cup cherries (pitted)
- 1/2 banana
- Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
*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:
- Red Velvet Green Smoothie
- Skinny Mint Green Smoothie
- Raspberry Coconut Shortcake Green Smoothie
- Chocolate Covered Cherry Green Smoothie
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By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 9.2.2014 | COMMENTS: 356