Tropical Smoothie

June 21, 2021

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The perfect, refreshing Tropical Smoothie recipe! Made with nutritious pineapple, mangos, bananas, mandarin oranges and thirst quenching coconut water. Easy as can be and absolutely delicious!

Photo: Two tropical smoothies shown in glass cups with pineapple wedges and decorative drink umbrellas for decoration. Tropical flowers are shown to the side and pineapples in the background.

Favorite Tropical Smoothie

Take an island-style staycation in the comfort of your home, in your pjs with this DIY tropical smoothie that you can enjoy year round!

It’s a tempting homemade treat and I think it’s even better than those you get at Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Jamba Juice.

This is one of the best things you can enjoy on a hot summer day and you’ll love it for breakfast or a healthy midday snack.

It’s ice cold, creamy and thick and even filling since it’s jam packed with fruit.

Plus it’s easy to customize and add other fruits or juices you have on hand. That’s the beauty of a smoothie!

This is a family favorite and I think you’ll love it too!

Photo: Tropical smoothies shown from above.

Tropical Smoothie Ingredients

  1. 2 cups (10 oz) frozen cubed pineapple
  2. 1 cup (5 oz) frozen cubed mangoes
  3. 1 medium ripe banana, peeled
  4. 2 medium (5 oz total) mandarin oranges or clementines, peeled
  5. 1 cup coconut water
  6. 1/2 tsp coconut extract

 

Photo: Ingredients used to make a tropical smoothie shown. Includes pineapple, mangoes, banana, coconut water, clementines, and coconut extract.

How to Make a Tropical Smoothie

  • Making a homemade tropical smoothie at home is unbelievably easy.
  • You’ll need a decent high speed blender (I recommend a Vitamix or Blendtec, they are worth the investment and you can wait and watch they sometimes go on sale).
  • Just add all the fruit, coconut water and coconut extract to a blender.
  • Cover then blend away until smooth. I start on a medium speed and move up to a higher speed.
  • It should only take about 30 seconds of blending.

Photo: Two images showing how to make a smoothie in a blender.

Tips

  • Use pre-frozen fruit: Frozen mangos and pineapple make for a thicker, more refreshing smoothie.
  • Freeze fresh fruit yourself: To freeze your own pineapple or mango – cut away peel, dice, then spread out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cover and freeze, then use in the smoothie and transfer remaining to airtight freezer bag and keep frozen.
  • Use best quality ingredients: For the best tasting smoothie, use the best tasting fruit. It will only taste as good as the fruit that goes into it. Go for the ripe and sweet stuff.
  • Thin as needed: Every blender is different, if you need you can thin with more coconut water to get it to blend up.
  • Serve quickly: Serve right after preparing, smoothies melt quickly.

Variations

  • For a creamier option use 1/2 canned coconut milk and 1/2 cup coconut water or water. We love this option too!
  • Make a green tropical smoothie. Add a few large handfuls of fresh spinach and more coconut water to thin. You can’t even taste the spinach!
  • If you want a heartier smoothie add oats, or unsalted cashews or macadamia nuts.
  • Use pineapple juice or papaya/guava nectar in place of coconut water.
  • If you don’t have coconut extract, you can omit but it just won’t have as much coconut flavor.
  • You can also pour the smoothie mixture into popsicle molds. I just let it thaw a little first so it’s not too thick for pouring and sweeten with a little honey or sugar (things don’t taste as sweet once frozen).

Tropical smoothie shown close up in a glass cup with a glass straw.

More Tempting Smoothie Recipes to Try

Tropical Smoothie
5 from 1 vote

Tropical Smoothie

The perfect refreshing smoothie, great for breakfast or a healthy midday treat. It's made with plenty of tropical fruits and thirst quenching coconut water.
Servings: 2
Prep5 minutes
Ready in: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (10 oz) frozen cubed pineapple*
  • 1 cup (5 oz) frozen cubed mangoes
  • 1 medium ripe banana, peeled
  • 2 medium (5 oz total) mandarin oranges or clementines, peeled
  • 1 cup coconut water,** chilled
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a high speed blender.
  • Cover and blend on high speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Depending on your blender make and model you may need just a little more coconut water (with a Vitamix or Blendtec blender it should blend without adding more).
  • Serve right away.

Notes

*You can freeze your own pineapple and mangoes from fresh. To do so, peel and dice then spread out on parchment paper or silicone mat lined baking sheet. Cover and freeze overnight. 
**For an even creamier smoothie this is also delicious with 1/2 cup canned coconut milk and 1/2 cup coconut water or water.
 
Nutrition Facts
Tropical Smoothie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 130mg6%
Potassium 912mg26%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 41g46%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 887IU18%
Vitamin C 136mg165%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.
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