Virgin Pina Colada Recipe
Thick, creamy, cold, and refreshing healthier virgin pina colada recipe made with coconut cream and sweetened naturally with pineapple.
Nothing says summer vacation quite like a pina colada. Creamy, cold, sweet, and tropical, pina coladas always make me think of tropical Hawaiian vacations. Though we aren’t going on a big vacation this summer, we have been blending up plenty of healthy-ish virgin pina colada smoothies.
While most pina coladas are filled with sugar, this version is sweetened naturally with pineapple. Taste-wise though, this virgin pina colada tastes exactly like the ones from hotel pool bars.
I tried to emulate our favorite virgin pina colada smoothies from hotel pools we love like this one at the Bacara Resort. Side note: I took this iPhone picture a few weeks ago. Notice those plastic straws? It looks like they will be banned here in Santa Barbara, which I think is great. At home we use reusable glass straws.
I recently found out that the pina colada is the national drink of Puerto Rico and was likely created with Coco Lopez cream of coconut. I don’t recommend this brand, however, as it’s sweetened with sugar.
How to Make a Virgin Pina Colada
Making a virgin pina colada couldn’t be easier. It’s just like making any other smoothie. As you may know, I have many smoothies here on the blog. A few tropical favorites to check out are Chia Mango Smoothie, Green & Glowing, Peach Smoothie, Dragon Fruit Smoothie, Acai Bowls, and Matcha Smoothies! For those times you might want a less rich pineapple smoothie, here’s my light Pineapple Smoothie recipe made with mango and banana.
Virgin Pina Colada Ingredients
Virgin pina coladas require just a few simple ingredients: pineapple juice (or coconut water), frozen pineapple chunks, and coconut cream. Don’t miss our post all about How to Cut a Pineapple. The coconut cream is the secret that makes this “smoothie” so incredibly velvety smooth. I don’t recommend swapping it out for coconut milk. We find this recipe to be plenty sweet, but if you want yours even sweeter, you could add a few drops of liquid stevia. I keep a bag of pineapple chunks in the freezer to add to smoothies.
Blend for a minute or two and these three ingredients transform into the most decadent tasting virgin pina colada. For thicker smoothies, use less liquid, and for thinner, drinkable smoothies, use more.
While this recipe is really just a simple pineapple coconut smoothie, it feels so summery and fun. My kids ask for them all the time.
If you wan’t to get extra fancy, you can line the rim with shredded coconut. Aloha, friends!
More Tropical Recipes
- Tropical Fruit Platter
- Mango Avocado Salsa
- Veggie Kabobs with Pineapple
- Vegan Pineapple Nice Cream
- Vegan Mango Nice Cream
A couple of the products I use for smoothies like this are glass straws and my beloved Vitamix blender. The links below are affiliate, which means I earn a small commission when you shop through them.
- 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
- 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/3 cup canned coconut cream (I used Trader Joe’s)
- organic liquid stevia to taste
Place the pineapple juice, frozen pineapple, and coconut cream in the blender. Turn on and blend until smooth. If you would like your pina colada sweeter, blend in a few drops of stevia to taste.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 451 Cholesterol: 0mg