Developing quick and simple nutritious breakfast recipes is what I’m known for— and this delicious strawberry-pineapple-banana breakfast smoothie ticks all the boxes! Follow my easy recipe tutorial to make this refreshing strawberry pineapple smoothie in just 5 minutes with the help of a high-powered blender. Recipe uses almond milk (or a milk of your choice) plus frozen fruit for ease.
I've been craving a mega refreshing fruit smoothie recipe like nobody's business! While I tend to throw every fruit and veg in the blender (I am a dietitian) and pray for a miracle, they often taste less delish than I'd hoped.
You may or may not know that I'm a restaurateur! Yep, I co-own a smoothie and health food café called Alchemy, so I consider myself a smoothie pro.
Like my Strawberry and Beet Smoothie, this beautiful blend is a gift for your face. An epic tropical smoothie packed with good-for-you ingredients plus a couple you may not expect!
- Strawberries: You can use whole frozen strawberries or sliced. I get the big 48oz bags at Target. I find Target and Costco have the best prices on frozen fruit for the strawberry smoothie with almond milk that I make on the regular.
- Pineapple: Love me some frozen pineapple tidbits! You can also use fresh and add a few ice cubes.
- Banana: We're actually using a fresh ripe banana since we're going frozen for the other fruits. I've tried this smoothie with frozen banana and it's too thick.
- Peanut butter: I like natural salted peanut butter, like in my peanut butter and jelly smoothie. This adds creaminess and a fab flavor compliment to the tropical fruit. You can omit it or swap a tablespoon of hemp or chia seeds for creaminess if you don't do nuts. I've tested this smoothie with almond butter and I like the pop of flavor that peanut butter adds better.
- Coconut: For tropical flavor! I love unsweetened shredded but flaked also works, as does good old sweetened coconut if that's what you have in the pantry.
- Almond milk: Any milk, regular or non-dairy, will work. I tested this with half orange juice for more bright flavor, and it's incredible that way! Or even a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. Coconut water is another option for a sweeter smoothie if an almond milk smoothie isn't your jam.
Refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the full list of ingredients.
How to make
This morning smoothie recipe could not be easier! I know wholesome ideas for breakfast can be tough.
Throw all your ingredients in a blender. I use my Nutribullet.
Pour into a glass, add a straw [or perhaps a tiny umbrella, pretend you're on a beach], and sip away the goodness.
Can I make it without banana?
Yes, you can make delish smoothies without bananas easily. Below are some no banana smoothie ideas:
- Sub a pitted medjool date for sweetness without any banana flavor.
- Use half an avocado for creaminess; note the smoothie will be less sweet.
- Try a tablespoon of honey or maple syrup, to taste.
Add in ideas
- Greens: Make it a green power smoothie with a handful of fresh spinach, kale, or chard. I make this smoothie with a huge handful of baby spinach all the time and you can't taste it!
- Protein powder: Add a scoop of protein or collagen to give it extra staying power. When I make this with vanilla collagen peptides, it's awesome because you barely taste it.
- Citrus: I love a squeeze of lemon or lime juice here for brightness and vitamin C!
Why isn't my smoothie creamy?
- Use less liquid: Too much milk or water means a runny smoothie. Use just a bit less liquid than fruit for the perfect frozen fruit smoothie.
- Don't over-blend: Stop just when all the fruit is blended and the mixture is uniform. Over-blending means more heat and thinner smoothies.
- Add fat: Avocado, chia seeds, hemp seeds, peanut butter and almond butter add healthy fats to help create that dreamy texture.
- Add banana: Banana really does help achieve creaminess. Frozen is usually ideal but in this recipe we're using fresh since the other fruits are frozen.
- Add ice: Adding a couple ice cubes helps easily thicken any smoothie! This is great especially if you don't have frozen fruit on hand.
Is a smoothie a healthy breakfast?
As a nutrition professional, I know there's no tastier (and easier) way to pack several servings of fruits and veggies into one meal than a breakfast smoothie.
I love that this has nearly 8g of filling fiber and plant protein, plus over 100% of the daily value of immune-boosting vitamin C.
The key is making your smoothie filling enough (balanced with protein and fat versus just fruit) so that your blood sugar stays stable and you're not reaching for a snack an hour later.
I do this by adding a scoop of protein powder, hemp seeds, chia seeds and/or nut butter for protein and staying power. Avocado is amazing for supreme texture and healthy fats!
Is there a lower sugar option?
Yes, you can make this a low sugar smoothie! While I'd argue this naturally sweetened smoothie has a healthy amount of sugar balanced with fiber, fat and protein, perhaps you want to knock the sweetness down a bit.
You can easily use less fruit and swap it for frozen riced cauliflower or zucchini. You barely taste them!
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!
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Refreshingly creamy Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie bursting with tropical flavors is the ultimate healthy breakfast. Packed with vitamin C plus 7g of fiber and protein!
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- ½ medium ripe banana
- 1 tbsp natural peanut butter (I like salted!)
- 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice, a splash of OJ is great if you have it!)
- Place all ingredients in a blender (I use my Nutribullet) and blend until smooth. Sip away and pretend you're on the ocean!
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