Are you looking for a delicious spin on traditional smoothie bowls? Then try this recipe for a pina colada smoothie bowl. It’s simple, dairy free, vegan, delicious and oh so satisfying.
Who doesn’t love a delicious pina colada? As a kid, it was my favorite drink to make and order when I went out with my family. A little Coco Lopez, some pineapple juice , a bit of coconut milk and it was as simple as that.
Not only was this recipe delicious, but growing up on a hot tropical island it was certainly a satisfying treat. I didn’t think about the refined sugars or that dyed maraschino cherry on top though. Just the sweet deliciousness of every single slurp.
Things have changed a lot since then and while I’m not throwing back pina coladas every chance I get, these pina colada smoothie bowls are a delicious way to get all those yummy flavors in a healthier way. Not to mention, this is a dairy free smoothie bowl so you can enjoy without the bloat. Especially during the hot summer months, these healthy bowls certainly hit the spot.
Best Blender for Smoothie Bowls
The best blender for smoothie bowls are going to be high powered. The blender I use has both a smoothie function and ice cream function which is really great. This allows you to blend all the ingredients while keeping temperature cold so you won’t get a runny smoothie bowl.
How to Make Thick Smoothie Bowls
The key to making thick smoothie bowls is making sure that all fruit that will be used is frozen and that any liquid you use is cold. The bananas in this recipe are spotted or cheetah bananas. Anytime you start with frozen bananas in smoothies and smoothie bowls that will help you get a thick smoothie bowl. As soon as the bananas are too ripe to eat, peel them and toss them in freezer bags whole. When it’s time to make the smoothie bowl, just take what you need and blend. You’ll also want to use frozen pineapple and chilled coconut and almond milk for this recipe.
Ingredients You Need for a Pina Colada Smoothie Bowl
- frozen bananas
- frozen pineapple
- almond milk (unsweetened)
Toppings for Smoothie Bowl
fresh strawberries (thinly sliced)
fresh pineapple slices
- For the smoothie bowl, freeze any fruit that you will need. Put the canned coconut milk in the fridge until it thickens. This will make a creamier smoothie bowl.
- Slice the fruit that you’ll be using for toppings.
- Place the frozen fruit, coconut milk, almond milk and chia seeds in a high powered blender and blend for 30-45 seconds.
- Pour into bowls and add toppings. Top with coconut flakes.
Substitutions and Variations
If you don’t have any almond milk on hand or want to use something else, macadamia milk is delicious. You can even try using additional coconut milk in place of almond milk. Keep in mind that the flavor will be more “coconutty” if you do this.
This recipe is free from dairy, gluten, grain, wheat, soy and eggs, so it is highly allergen friendly. Pina colada smoothie bowls are naturally plant based and suitable for everyone. This is also a healthy kid friendly recipe and great for kids that are learning how to cook.
Are Smoothie Bowls Healthy?
Ask this question to several people and you’ll probably get several different responses. Since you’re reading “the Domestic Life Stylist”, you probably want to know what I have to say. Smoothie bowls are healthy in the general sense.
They have no additional or artificial sugars, colors or flavors. Smoothie bowls also contain no hydrogenated fats or refined oils, wheat or inflammatory grains. Also if you’re off of dairy, you’ll be happy to know that this a dairy free smoothie bowl too. Here’s where it can get tricky. Since sugar from fruit is still sugar, you’ll want to be mindful of the glycemic index and glycemic load of the fruits you’re getting everyday and in what quantity and combination.
When naturally sweet foods are paired with things like protein and fiber, it slows down the absorption of those sugars which can lead to insulin spikes. In the recipe, the smoothie bowl is topped with some unsweetened coconut flakes for added fiber and chia seeds for protein. I also recommend pairing this smoothie bowl with some protein like eggs or your favorite breakfast protein if you’re having a smoothie bowl for breakfast. I do not, I repeat I do not recommend eating a smoothie bowl like this first thing in the morning without additional fiber or protein added to the meal.
To lessen any effects on blood sugar, I also recommend eating smoothie bowls in between meals as a snack or after a meal (like a dessert). See below for more detailed meal and snack ideas.
Meal and Snack Ideas
Pina colada smoothie bowls are great to enjoy for breakfast or as a healthy refreshing snack. Feel free to pair with boiled or scrambled eggs or your favorite breakfast meat for a filling first meal.
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 cups frozen pineapple
- 1 cup canned coconut milk (cold)
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 3 fresh strawberries
- 1/4 fresh pineapple slices
- 2 tbsp coconut flakes (unsweetened)
- Retrieve frozen fruit from the freezer along with chilled milk and almond milk from the fridge
- Put the frozen fruit, almond milk, chia seeds and coconut milk in a high speed blender and blend for 30-45 seconds.
- Pour into three small bowls or two larger bowls and top with fresh sliced strawberries and pineapple.
- Sprinkle with coconut flakes.
Be sure to start with frozen fruit and stick the canned coconut milk in the fridge so that it thickens. This will make the smoothie bowl more creamy.
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Serving Size1 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 325Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 20mgCarbohydrates 49gFiber 6gSugar 36gProtein 4g
Nutrition information is calculated automatically and isn't always accurate.