Say hello to the most refreshing way to start your day: a blueberry pineapple smoothie without Banana! This vibrant blend will awaken your senses, combining the sweet and tart flavors of blueberry and pineapple. It's a tropical delight that's quick, dairy-free, and perfect for anyone seeking a nutritious and delicious breakfast or snack.
Now, why choose a pineapple smoothie without banana, you might ask? Well, the answer is two-fold. First, not everyone is a fan of the distinctive taste bananas can lend to smoothies. Secondly, by removing bananas from the equation, the tangy brightness of the pineapple and the sweet, slightly earthy notes of the blueberries really get to shine. Plus, there's a bonus! Both pineapples and blueberries are fantastic sources of essential vitamins and antioxidants.
Before we dive into this heavenly blend, let's talk a bit about the ingredients. Blueberries and Pineapple unleash a symphony of flavors but are also a powerhouse of nutrients and have many health benefits. Pineapples, known for their bromelain content, aid in digestion and are also packed with vitamin C. Blueberries, on the other hand, are antioxidant heroes, known for their ability to support heart health and brain function.
The fusion of these two fruits creates a smoothie that is as beneficial to your health as it is delicious to your taste buds.
💚 Why you will love it
- Tropical Flavors
- No Added Banana or yogurt
- Quick & Easy
This fresh, healthy smoothie is made with only three healthy ingredients:
- Fresh or frozen Blueberries: These small, nutrient-dense berries are an excellent source of antioxidants, supporting overall health and fighting off damaging free radicals. Plus, their sweet, slightly tart flavor adds a delicious depth to the smoothie. We like using frozen blueberries, but fresh blueberries work perfectly too.
- Fresh or Frozen Pineapple: This tropical fruit is refreshingly juicy and sweet and packed with vitamin C and bromelain, an enzyme known for its digestive benefits. A ripe fresh pineapple can naturally sweeten the smoothie, reducing the need for added sugar or sweeteners; If you can use frozen pineapple chunks, even better.
- Light Coconut Milk: It's our dairy-free hero, lending creaminess to the smoothie while providing a dose of healthy fats. These fats help better absorb the vitamins from our fruits, making the smoothie more nutritious.
- Agave nectar: This natural sweetener is an excellent option if your pineapple isn't sweet enough. It's less processed than regular sugar, and its mild flavor won't overpower the fruit, keeping the spotlight on our blueberry and pineapple duo.
See the recipe card for quantities.
|Mango, Mandarines, Oranges
|Homemade almond milk, Oat Milk
|Maple Syrup, Homemade Date Paste
- High-Powered Blender
- Sharp knife
This blueberry pineapple shake involves very few steps:
Step 1: Peel and chop the pineapple. Save the rinds.
Step 2: Toss the blueberries, pineapple chunks, and a splash of coconut milk into your blender's party bowl.
Step 3: Press blend and watch as they twirl together into a tropical smoothie dream until you reach the desired consistency.
Step 4: Press blend and watch as they twirl together into a tropical smoothie dream until you reach the desired consistency.
Hint: always start with the liquids so the blender doesn't get stuck when using frozen ingredients.
Here are a few supercharged optional add-ins that can take your pineapple blueberry smoothie to the next level:
- Flax Seeds: These tiny seeds are a fantastic source of Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Sprinkle them in to support heart health and keep your digestive system running smoothly.
- Chia Seeds: These little powerhouses pack in protein, fiber, and Omega-3s. Adding them to your smoothie will give it a slight textural twist and a major nutrient boost.
- Hemp Seeds: Want to amp up the protein content? Toss in some hemp seeds. They're an excellent source of plant-based protein and have a nice, subtly nutty flavor.
- Wheat Germ: This is a wonderful source of many essential nutrients, including vitamin E, folic acid, and heart-healthy fiber. Sprinkling some into your smoothie can help give your immune system a little extra support.
💡 Top tips
Here's a little food for thought when it comes to choosing between frozen and fresh fruits for your smoothies:
Fresh vs. Frozen Fruit: The smoothie world is divided into two camps – the fresh fruit enthusiasts and the frozen fruit devotees. But what's the difference, and does it really matter?
Fresh Fruit: When you use fresh fruit, you get the pure, unadulterated taste of the fruit at its peak. The smoothie will have a thinner consistency, and the temperature will be more room-like unless you add ice.
Frozen Fruit: On the other hand, frozen fruit offers a convenient advantage – it makes your smoothie thick, icy cold, and gives it a thicker consistency, almost ice-cream-like texture without diluting the flavor as ice would. Plus, frozen fruit can often be a great way to enjoy your favorite fruits out of season.
You can also turn this delicious smoothie into a smoothie bowl by reducing the liquid to half and using only frozen fruit. See how to make a thick smoothie bowl.
So, which is better? It's all up to personal preference! You can even mix and match, using some fresh and some frozen fruit in the same smoothie. The world of smoothies is your oyster (or, should we say, your berry?).
A smoothie is a playground of flavors, and here are a few variations to jazz things up:
- Tropical Green Twist: Add a handful of baby spinach or kale to the blender. You'll barely taste these leafy greens, but they'll give your smoothie a vibrant green hue and an extra nutrient boost.
- Protein-Packed Variation: Blend in a scoop of your favorite vegan protein powder. This can help make your smoothie more filling and is an excellent choice for post-workout recovery.
- Banana Berry Delight: Swap half of the pineapple for frozen bananas. This will lend a creamy, almost ice-cream-like texture to your smoothie and is a great way to put an overripe frozen banana to good use. Don't forget to peel and slice the bananas before freezing them!
- Yogurt Bliss: Swap out the usual plain Greek yogurt for a dollop of plant-based yogurt (like coconut or soy). This gives your smoothie an extra creaminess, and probiotics boost while keeping it 100% vegan. It's a delicious, gut-friendly choice that adds a welcome plant-based protein to your morning routine. You won't miss the Greek yogurt, we promise!
- Nutty Indulgence: Stir in a spoonful of almond butter or your favorite nut butter. This not only adds a creamy, rich texture to your smoothie but also offers a good dose of healthy fats and protein. It's a heart-healthy choice that lends a subtle, nutty flavor and makes your smoothie even more satisfying!
😌 Easy meal prep
Here's a little secret from our kitchen to yours: keeping a stash of frozen fruit at the ready can be a game-changer for your smoothie routine. It's the perfect way to enjoy your favorite fruits all year round, not just when they're in season. Plus, it makes smoothie prep a breeze!
- Store-Bought Convenience: Many grocery stores sell reasonably priced, pre-chopped, and even organic frozen fruit. It's as simple as grabbing a bag from the freezer aisle, and you're good to go!
- DIY Frozen Fruit: Prefer to freeze your own fruit? No problem! Just chop up your fresh produce, spread the pieces out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (making sure they're not touching), and freeze until solid. This way, you avoid creating those hard-to-use clumps of fruit.
- Smoothie Bags: Transfer your fruit into resealable individual clear plastic bags once your fruit is frozen. This makes it easy to grab exactly what you need for each smoothie and lets you see at a glance when your supply is running low.
With this system in place, you're always just a few minutes away from a delicious, nutritious, and refreshing smoothie. So go ahead and treat your future self to some ready-to-go smoothie prep!
✅ Pineapple Blueberry Smoothie health benefits
The starring fruits in this smoothie are nutritional powerhouses, each bringing a host of benefits to the mix.
Blueberries contain antioxidants and flavonoids that support heart health and brain function. They've been associated with reduced risk of heart disease and improvements in memory, making them a smart choice for your daily diet.
Pineapples, too, have their share of health benefits. They're rich in vitamin C, which supports immune health, and bromelain, an enzyme that aids in digestion. Bromelain is so effective that it's often used in treatments for digestive disorders. Plus, pineapples are anti-inflammatory, making them a great choice for those with arthritis (Source: Medical News Today).
Together, these fruits create a smoothie that's not just a tasty treat but a boon for your health. So the next time you're sipping on this delightful blend, remember - you're not just satisfying your taste buds; you're nourishing your body as well!
Store this pineapple smoothie without banana in a BPA-free (affiliate link), tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
You can freeze your immune-boosting juice in an airtight container, but it doesn't stand up well to freezing for more than 3 months. It will never reach the same nutrient density as fresh juice, but you will still enjoy its health benefits.
📚 More smoothie recipes
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If the refreshing taste of this smoothie captivated you, the blueberry mango smoothie will be your next favorite, blending two antioxidant powerhouses into one irresistible drink.
If you love your blueberries, you can also use them in other recipes besides smoothies.
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Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie without Banana (3 ingredients!)
- 1 cup blueberries frozen, about 10 oz
- 9 oz pineapple
- 2 cup light coconut milk
- Toss the blueberries, pineapple chunks, and a splash of coconut milk into your blender's party bowl.
- Press blend and watch as they twirl together into a tropical smoothie dream. Blend for 40 seconds or until the smoothie reaches the desired consistency.
- For a thicker smoothie, omit water and ice cubes. For a thinner smoothie, add more plant milk or water (it will affect sweetness). Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more dates for sweetness and more plant milk for creaminess.For a thicker smoothie, add frozen banana, more pineapple, or blueberries.
- Serve Cold.
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