This Tropical Smoothie Recipe tastes like paradise! Creamy coconut milk is blended with mango, pineapple, and banana to create a nutrient packed and delicious drink!
We can’t go to the beach right now, so let’s bring the beach home with this easy, creamy, nutrient dense tropical smoothie!
Creamy coconut milk blended with mango, pineapple, and banana . . . this drink literally tastes like vacation. So close your eyes, sip, take a deep breath . . . and pretend you’re tanning at the beach.
Just FOUR ingredients for a super fresh snack!
- Frozen Mango – the classic tropical fruit. Mango adds an amazing fruity, tropical, earthy flavor.
- Frozen Pineapple – SO sweet and creamy. The combination of pineapple and coconut milk screams sipping pina coladas on vacation!
- Frozen Banana – makes the smoothie incredibly rich and creamy.
- Coconut Milk – use canned coconut milk, not coconut milk from a carton. It’s richer and creamier. Use full-fat canned coconut milk for an even creamier texture.
- Spinach (optional) – a nutrient power house. I love adding it in for the health benefits, and I promise you can’t taste it, but the color might not be that appetizing (ahem, it turns the smoothie green/brown).
How to make
Dump, blend, and sip! This recipe takes 5 minutes to prep . . . and even less time to drink!
- Combine all of your ingredients in the blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve in your favorite glass and enjoy!
What liquid does a tropical smoothie use?
Canned coconut milk – full fat or light – is used for this tropical smoothie recipe. I love the creamy consistency and strong coconut flavor it gives the smoothie! If you’re looking to cut a few calories or don’t have canned coconut milk on hand, here are some other options:
- Almond milk or other non-dairy milk alternative
- Coconut water
- Mango nectar
- Orange juice
- Pineapple juice
I prefer canned coconut milk over juice to keep the sugar a bit lower, but use whatever you have on hand. I don’t recommend using water, because it dilutes the flavor of the fruit.
Are tropical smoothies healthy?
This tropical smoothie recipe is absolutely healthy. Both fruit and coconut milk contain tons of vitamins and nutrients. Coconut milk is also high in MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) which are considered healthy fats! Want to add even more nutrients? Throw in a handful of spinach, or even kale!
1 smoothie (using light coconut milk) contains about 300 calories, 13 grams of fat, 43 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.
Tips for making smoothies
To get the best tropical smoothie you can, here are a couple of tips!
- Use a high-powered blender. I use a Vitamix, which is a very high-powered blender, to blend my smoothie so it’s super creamy and delicious. If you don’t have a very high-powered blender, that’s okay, you may just have to blend longer or add in additional liquid.
- Use canned coconut milk. Although other liquids do work for tropical smoothie recipes, the extra fat in the canned coconut milk results in the creamiest, smoothest smoother ever. YUM!
- Slice your banana before freezing it. If the banana is sliced before it’s frozen, it will be easier for the blender to cream the banana so there are no chunks in your end result!
I LOVE this smoothie just the way it is, but if you want to change it up, here are some add-in or substitution ideas!
- Different Liquids: pineapple juice, mango nectar, coconut water.
- Fruit Additions: kiwi, papaya, strawberries.
- Other Add-Ins: spinach or kale, protein powder, avocado, flax or chia seeds.
I love to mix some toasted coconut into my tropical smoothie for a little bit of texture and flavor when having it as a snack!
If you want your tropical smoothie as part of a bulkier meal, here are some delicious recipes to pair it with.
- Crockpot Matcha Oatmeal Recipe
- Easy Make Ahead Breakfast Burrito
- Overnight Breakfast Sausage Casserole Recipe
- Roasted Vegetable Breakfast Muffins Recipe
How to Store
I don’t recommend saving this smoothie for later. It will thin out and become melty. Since it takes just 5 minutes, whip it up right before you’re ready to enjoy it!
Equipment for this recipe
- 1 cup frozen cubed mango
- 1 cup frozen cubed pineapple
- 1 frozen sliced banana
- 1 (13.5 oz can) coconut milk full fat or light
- spinach optional; color will be green/brown
- Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until well-combined and smooth.
*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.