Are you ready for summer?
I know summer isn’t technically here yet, but Memorial Day is just around the corner and I’ve never heard anyone complain that it’s too early for summer so what better way to kick off the warmer months ahead than with this creamy Piña Colada Smoothie. After a sip of this tasty smoothie you’ll be wishing you were sitting poolside with this refreshing smoothies in your hand.
Of course I did mention that this is a smoothie not a cocktail so being that it’s a smoothie it has to fairly good for you, right? Well this one is. Since I’m a sucker for a good smoothie and pineapple smoothies are one of my faves I have definitely had my fair share of them. The one thing I’ve seen in a lot of Piña Colada smoothies is using canned coconut milk. Don’t get me wrong I love canned coconut milk but it’s got some calories in it. Toss a can of canned coconut milk in a smoothie and it’s definitely packing on the calories. Just one cup roughly runs about 447 calories and 25 Weight Watchers points, ouch! And that’s just for the coconut milk itself!
Don’t fear! I’ve come up with a solution that has all the creamy goodness of canned coconut milk without all the calories and fat.
Can you guess what it is?
If you guessed yogurt you’re right! By swapping out canned coconut milk with coconut yogurt you still get that creamy texture and flavor without all the extra calories. To add even more coconut flavor in this delicious smoothie I add in some regular coconut milk like Silk which also helps balance the texture and creaminess.
You might be wondering why I don’t just use regular refrigerated coconut milk in the recipe and to be honest I’ve tried it and it’s kind of blah. The addition of the coconut yogurt really gives it that awesome coconut kick and creaminess. And in case you are wondering I use Chobani Blended Coconut Yogurt which only has 150 calories for the entire container! I have also used Liberté Coconut Yogurt too but I think I prefer the little zing I get from the Chobani yogurt. If you really want to duplicate this recipe I’d stick with the Chobani.
For smoothies I usually try to use as much frozen fruit as I can. Why you ask? Because with frozen fruit you don’t have to add ice which can water the smoothie down. For this Piña Colada smoothie I use fresh pineapple that I cut up and pop in the freezer just for smoothies so when Mom’s Smoothie Shop is open for business I just grab it out of the freezer and pop it in the blender.
Speaking of blenders, if you love smoothies it’s essential to have a good, powerful blender like a Vitamix or a Ninja which will give you smoothie shop quality results right in your own kitchen. It’s a lovely thing. I invested in my Vitamix when I started making my kids baby food and it was a lifesaver. I’ve had my machine for almost 6 years and it still works like a gem. Best investment ever. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t use it for something.
If you like Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain (sorry I had to say it…) and love a good smoothie, with just a few simple ingredients you can whip up this refreshing smoothie that I’m sure will become your go-to smoothie all summer long.
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