Tropical Sunrise Smoothie
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This refreshing tropical smoothie features juicy orange, sweet pineapple, and creamy coconut milk. It’s light and irresistible with a pina colada vibe, plus it has 11 grams of protein!
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Why you’ll love this recipe:
Lighten up breakfast with this tropical sunrise smoothie! It’s ultra refreshing with tropical vibes and a hint of coconut. It tastes like a pina colada, but it’s full of immune-boosting fruits and protein powder.
- Quick – This pineapple orange smoothie tastes 5 minutes to whip up. And since most blender pitchers are dishwasher-safe, cleanup is a breeze!
- Healthy – Both pineapple and oranges are rich in vitamin C! Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, protecting your cells from damage caused by free radicals.
- Refreshing – It’s creamy yet bright and fresh! Ideal for a hot summer day, or when you’re dreaming for one.
I like to make this tropical smoothie for an on-the-go breakfast or healthy snack! It helps me beat the afternoon slump and tastes like a sweet treat.
Key Ingredient Notes:
- Orange – Whole oranges provide more nutrients and fiber than orange juice! Peel and freeze them first, so the smoothie gets nice and thick.
- Pineapple – Frozen pineapple sweetens and thickens the smoothie without the need for ice. You can grab a big bag at Costco for a great price.
- Pear – Pears are a great substitute for bananas in smoothie recipes. They’re naturally sweet and creamy, plus they’re easy to freeze. Just core and slice one into chunks, place them in a freezer bag, and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Coconut milk – A healthy liquid base with a hint of coconut. Unsweetened almond milk works great too!
- Orange juice – A splash of citrus makes all the flavors pop! For the healthiest option, use pure squeezed orange juice that’s not from concentrate.
- Vanilla protein powder – For an added boost of protein!
How to make this recipe:
- Combine the frozen oranges, frozen pineapple, frozen pear, coconut milk, orange juice, and protein powder in the pitcher of your blender.
- Blend until thick, creamy, and smooth!
- Pour into a glass or to-go tumbler and enjoy immediately!
Tips for Success:
- If possible, use a high-speed blender. High-speed blenders feature powerful motors and super sharp blades, which gives you a super creamy blend.
- Pineapple and orange juice both work great for tropical smoothies! Pineapple juice is slightly sweeter.
- You can double this recipe for more servings! It’s a refreshing drink to serve with brunch.
- Adjust the consistency to suit your preference. For a thicker smoothie, reduce the liquid a bit. For a thicker smoothie, add more frozen pineapple.
- Dairy-free – To make this smoothie dairy-free and vegan, use a plant-based vegan protein powder.
- Gluten-free – Not all protein powder brands are gluten-free. If you avoid gluten, use one that’s labeled gluten-free.
- Fruit – Swap the orange with frozen mango for a mango pineapple flavor. Or for a sweeter smoothie, swap the frozen pear with frozen banana.
- Milk – You can use any plant-based milk you like or swap the coconut milk with canned coconut milk for an ultra-decadent smoothie!
- Smoothies only take 5 minutes to make and they taste the best immediately, so I highly recommend enjoying them fresh.
- You can store a smoothie in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, but it’ll lose its frosty texture and possibly separate.
- Place the portioned frozen fruits in a freezer bag and when ready to make the smoothie, simply put the fruits in the blender add milk and protein powder!
- You can also freeze coconut milk and/or juice in ½-cup portions in “Souper Cube” freezing tray. Simply thaw it before making the smoothie.
Tropical smoothies are typically made with tropical flavors like coconut, orange, pineapple, mango, and bananas! You can combine them in a variety of ways with delicious results.
Pineapple is a tropical fruit with a refreshing, bright flavor and sweet, acidic aftertaste. It’s versatile flavor pairs well with any fruit you throw at it. It tastes exceptionally great with tropical fruits like mango, orange, passion fruit, and bananas. It also pairs well with raspberries, strawberries, and cherries!
Tropical Sunrise Smoothie
- 1 (135g) orange frozen
- ½ cup (75g) pineapple chunks
- ½ (95g) pear frozen, Note 1
- ½ cup (120ml) coconut milk vanilla flavored, Note 2
- ½ cup (120ml) orange juice, or pineapple juice
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder Note 3
- Blend all the ingredients in the blender and serve immediately.
Tips & Notes
– Smoothies only take 5 minutes to make and they taste the best immediately, so I highly recommend enjoying them fresh.
– You can store a smoothie in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, but it will lose it’s frosty texture and possibly separate. Note 1: For a sweeter smoothie, swap the frozen pear with frozen banana. Note 2: For a decadent, ultra-creamy smoothie, swap the coconut milk with canned coconut milk. Note 3: Use vegan, plant-based protein powder to make this recipe dairy-free and vegan!