Vegan Morning Pina Colada

Yeah, yeah. Who needs a recipe for smoothies? You just toss it all in a blender, hit go, and let ‘er rock. I know.

So this isn’t so much a post with a recipe as it is an idea for what to do with any leftover pineapple you have from yesterday’s Pineapple Fried Rice making. A bit of sweet fresh pineapple, a few smooth Champagne Mangos, and three of my best secrets for Smoothies that Rock, and you won’t be sad with this sipper.

Smoothies are a vegan morning’s best friend. Blended with the right ingredients, they are a sweet, filling way to start the day. Here’s how to make this recipe your most fabbie smoothie evs:

  • 1. Use extremely ripe fruit. When creating a smoothie in the most healthy way possible (fresh everything, no added sugars), very ripe fruit is a girls best friend. The super-soft, sickeningly sweet texture and flavor of an almost-overripe mango might not translate well to naked eating, but tossed into a smoothie, such fruit will puree well while lending more natural sweetness than a cup of sugar crystals ever could. When blending with mango’s, opt for Champagne Mangos, which pack tons of flavor without adding the stringy pulp of traditional mangos.
  • 2. Blend with a good quality vanilla protein powder and coconut milk for extra creaminess. Look for the SunWarrior brand for a beautiful vanilla raw-vegan protein. And, don’t dump a can of coconut milk into your smoothie. It’s high in fat and lends a nappy aftertaste to smoothies. Rather, look for the refrigerated cartons of Coconut Milk near the Soy Milk at most local grocers for a mild, perfect flavor and texture.
  • 3. Keep a sneaky stash of chia seeds and flax seeds right by your blender. When it comes to blending smoothies, having a readily accessible mix of fiber-licious add-ins will help you remember to use them. In my house, I shake together chia seeds and ground flax seeds, store them in a pretty can, and pop that can right next to my blender. This technique makes smoothie making that.much.easier, and turns HEALTHY smoothie making into a super-simple task.

Allright, cough ‘em up! I’d love to hear your smoothie-making secrets. Because, after all, we could all use a little more smoothie goodness to go with our mornings.


Vegan Pineapple Mango Coconut Smoothie


1 ripe banana
1 cup fresh, ripe pineapple
2 ripe Champagne mangos
1 1/2 cups ice
1 1/2 cups coconut milk (the refrigerated sort in a carton, not the stuff in a can)
1 scoop good vanilla vegan protein powder
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds & chia seeds
1/2 tablespoon vanilla


Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until pureed. Serve and enjoy!

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11 Responses to “Vegan Morning Pina Colada”

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    Laura.R on April 18, 2012 at 11:13 am Reply

    Add a handful of fresh spinach with something strong and tangy (and vitaminC-y! For better iron absorption from the spinach) like raspberries or OJ concentrate. Tastes delish…and sneaks veggies into my toddlers. Win-win.

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    Kait on April 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm Reply

    I’m making a green smoothie tonight and totally throwing in an overripe champagne mango. THANKS for the great idea!

    Also…frozen bananas are a GREAT way to make it super creamy and smooth. I love Angela’s basic green monster from


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    Amy P. on April 19, 2012 at 11:30 am Reply

    I love smoothies in the morning! I use frozen, very ripe bananas, frozen or fresh organic berries, such as strawberries, raspberries & blueberries(just whatever I feel like) add some organic rice milk, organic vanilla yogurt and organic whey protien powder. Blend and drink! So Yummy!!!
    Can’t wait to try this recipe, Thanks!

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    Christina on April 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm Reply

    My secret to yummy smoothies- frozen over ripe bananas. They make the smoothies cold, sweet & creamy, just like we love them without having to add sugar & watering them down like ice cubes. Our favorite is Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup: blend frozen bananas, a scoop of creamy peanut butter & chocolate protein powder. Add milk to get the right texture. I use plain soy milk in ours. :)

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    Veronica on August 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm Reply

    I’ve just started making smoothies and our 7-year-old is always asking for them now… so it’s nice to find something not-so-common! This sounds delicious and am actually adding flax seed/chia seed to list for hubby right now (whose going to the store shortly) :) I shared this on one of my blogs, too. I hope it was ok to use one of your images and credit/link to you for more info/recipe? If not, please just let me know!

    ~Veronica from ‘A Chef Within’

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