This pineapple banana smoothie is easy to make with only 5 ingredients. Plus, it's super thick and satisfying, with Greek yogurt and milk! A great option for a quick breakfast or snack on the go.
This pineapple banana smoothie is the height of refreshment - it's super thick, ice cold, sweet, and just a bit tangy! And creamy, thanks to both milk and Greek yogurt. You can also adjust the sweetness by adding more or less honey to suit your own tastes.
I also appreciate this smoothie because it requires no fresh fruit, rather, it uses both frozen pineapple and banana. So, as long as you have the fruit stored away in the freezer, you can make this smoothie any time!
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- Frozen pineapple: I just purchased frozen pineapple chunks from the grocery store, but if you have extra fresh pineapple, of course you can freeze it yourself to save for this smoothie.
- Frozen banana: while I have seen frozen banana chunks in my grocery store's freezer aisle, I always seem to have overripe bananas on my counter, so I froze some myself. I talk more about how I like to freeze bananas for smoothies in my kiwi banana smoothie post.
- Greek yogurt: I like using Greek yogurt because the texture is extra thick, but regular yogurt will do also. I also use unsweetened yogurt because I like to control the sweetness myself by adding in the honey. But, you can substitute sweetened yogurt if you like the flavor (just be more sparing when adding in the honey at first).
- Honey: this is to add sweetness as discussed above, you could substitute agave syrup just as easily if you prefer.
- Milk: I used whole milk, which I like because it gives an extra bit of creaminess and richness. You can use any kind of milk you like, however.
Step by step photos
1. Making this smoothie couldn't be simpler! First, just add all the ingredients into a blender. I recommend this Vitamix blender (affiliate link) because it's super powerful and blends even tough ingredients with ease!
2. Then, go ahead and blend all the ingredients together until smooth. I like to start on low and slowly increase the speed as the ingredients start to combine.
But, don't over-blend because the smoothie will start to get watery as the frozen ingredients begin to warm up. Since this smoothie is quite thick, it's helpful to have a tamper tool (affiliate link) to help agitate the ingredients in the container.
3. Once the smoothie is combined, you can taste it and blend in a bit more honey if you like. When it's tasting good to you, go ahead and pour it into a glass and enjoy!
Tips and tricks
- This smoothie makes a little over 16 ounces, which is good for one large serving or two small servings. If you need more than that, I would work in batches rather than adding double ingredients to the blender to make sure there is enough room in the blender to easily combine the ingredients.
- This smoothie is quite thick, so if you don't have a tamper tool to help stir the ingredients as they blend, you may need to add a splash of extra liquid to help the ingredients get going. Just start small and add more as needed so the smoothie isn't too runny.
- As I mentioned, I froze my own bananas (check out my post for kiwi banana smoothie for my technique!), but purchased my frozen pineapple chunks. If you want to freeze your own to save for smoothies, here is a great resource on how to freeze fresh pineapple!
I prefer to use frozen fruit for this smoothie because it helps the smoothie have a nice, thick and creamy texture. I also find it convenient to just grab prepped fruit from the freezer without having to worry about whether it's ripe or not.
That being said, you can definitely substitute either fresh banana or pineapple if you like. The smoothie will be thinner, so you may wish to start with less milk at first and add more as needed to get the desired texture.
I would probably not add both fresh banana and pineapple, but instead one or the other, since I find the smoothie's texture really does benefit from having at least some frozen fruit.
This smoothie calls for milk, Greek yogurt and honey, which are not vegan. But, if you make some substitutions, you can definitely have a vegan version of this pineapple banana smoothie. First, swap out the milk and yogurt for plant-based versions. (I really like this brand of cashew yogurt!) Then, rather than using honey, you can substitute an equal amount of agave syrup.
If you want to switch things up, try substituting fruit juice for the milk. Pineapple juice would be a natural fit, or how about peach nectar?
You can also swap flavored yogurt for the unsweetened plain yogurt, but just be mindful of the added sweetness when deciding how much honey to add.
Finally, a small handful of fresh baby spinach or a spoonful of almond butter would also be wonderful additions!
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This quick and easy smoothie uses frozen pineapple and banana, so you can make it any time! It's super thick and creamy thanks to milk and Greek yogurt, making this smoothie a satisfying breakfast or snack on the go.
- 1 medium frozen banana, cut into chunks (about 1 cup/131 g banana chunks)
- 1 cup (131 g) frozen pineapple chunks
- ⅔ cup (158 ml) milk
- ⅓ cup (80 g) unsweetened Greek yogurt
- 1 - 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste (optional)
- Add all the ingredients to the pitcher of a blender.
- Place the lid on the blender and blend just until smooth, starting on low and increasing the speed as the ingredients begin to combine. (If needed, add an additional splash of milk to help the ingredients start to blend, or, better yet, use a tamper tool to help combine the ingredients while blending.)
- Taste the smoothie and blend in additional honey, if desired. Serve immediately.
This smoothie makes a little over 16 ounces. If you need more than that, work in batches rather than adding double ingredients to the blender to make sure there is enough room in the blender to easily combine the ingredients.
The honey is optional, feel free to add as little or as much as you prefer to tailor the smoothie's sweetness to your tastes and the ripeness of the fruit you are using.
You can easily substitute agave syrup for the honey if desired.
Keywords: pineapple smoothie, pineapple banana smoothie