Cool, refreshing and not too sweet, this Pineapple Smoothie is a frozen, non-alcoholic treat that’s delicious for a quick breakfast on the run or an afternoon pick-me-up. The fresh fruit kabob on top makes it really special!
This Pineapple Smoothie is easily adaptable with other fruit, and everybody who’s tried it totally LOVES it.
After all, how many frozen fruit drinks are this versatile?
- This recipe can easily be doubled or halved
- It’s a delicious and easy drink to take for a quick breakfast on the run
- It’s also very pretty poured into smaller glasses for the brunch table
- How about a super refreshing sip in the afternoon by the pool?
- Also, a little vodka for happy hour would work! 🙂
What you can count on no matter when you make it is a clean, fresh, fruity taste that’s icy cold, not too sweet, and easy to make with just a few ingredients.
Add a pretty little skewer of seasonal fruit on top, and it’s downright special.
Ingredients You’ll Need for this Recipe
Here’s a list of the key ingredients for this Pineapple Smoothie, but see the recipe card below for full details.
- Pineapple: Cut into chunks yourself, or buy them already cut to make things even easier
- Nectarine: Also cut into chunks, and when frozen, the nectarines make this frozen smoothie into an almost creamy consistency
- Coconut Water: For a little background flavor that reminds us of those fabulous vacations in Hawaii 🙂
- Lemon or Peach Sorbet: Just a little bit to amp up the creamy texture we’re after
- Fresh Fruit: Kiwi, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and fresh basil or mint to make an adorable fresh fruit kabob garnish.
Step by Step Instructions
This smoothie recipe comes together quickly once you have your fruit prepped (which also takes just a few minutes) and the steps are simple:
- Place the frozen fruit chunks in an electric blender on high speed and process until completely smooth
- Add more coconut water to thin the mixture out as needed
- Taste with a spoon and add more honey if you like it sweeter
- Divide into glasses and garnish with a fresh fruit kabob
Ingredients You’ll Need for the Fruit Kabob
Fresh fruit kabobs add a really special touch to this frozen pineapple smoothie, and they just take a few minutes to prepare and are so worth the time and effort. Here’s how you do it:
- Wooden Skewers: I had 10″ skewers on hand, and they were easy to cut to 6″ which was perfect for the size glasses I was using. This is very flexible, so make yours bigger or smaller as needed too.
- Strawberries: Find some on the small side, carefully wash them and cut in half keeping the green tops on for a pretty presentation.
- Blueberries: Washed and dried and the biggest you can find!
- Blackberries: Whole and unwashed, and like all fruit, buy organic if you can.
- Kiwi: Peel the rough brown exterior with a sharp paring knife, then slice into 1/2″ pieces and cut in half again so they easily slide on the wooden skewer.
- Basil or Fresh Mint: To thread in between….smells great and looks amazing!
How to Make a Fruit Kabob
To make a fresh fruit kabob as a garnish for this pineapple smoothie, here’s what you do:
- Using a 6′ wooded skewer, start with a piece of the fresh kiwi and push it from the pointed end toward the bottom of the skewer, leaving several inches of space on the bottom.
- Thread a full leaf of fresh basil or mint on the skewer, just above the kiwi slice
- Add a big, juicy, organic blackberry and another piece of kiwi
- Add a couple of plump blueberries next
- Followed by another fresh leaf of basil or mint
- Carefully thread a cut strawberry half next
- Finish with a small, uncut strawberry on the very top!
Tips, Substitutions and Serving Ideas
This recipe is easily adaptable, and you can really be creative with your choices of fruit.
This smoothie is extra good alongside Nectarine Toast with Honey Goat Cheese for example, or a Roasted Grape Hazelnut Breakfast Bowl or maybe a thick slice of California Fig Banana Bread in the morning.
Other delicious pairing ideas for later in the day are Naan BLT’s with Sundried Tomato Mayo, or with a couple of healthy salads like Modern Carrot Salad, Simple Chickpea Salad or Celery Salad with Hazelnuts. So good!
- Use frozen peaches instead of nectarines, you can’t go wrong with this substitution
- This recipe can be doubled or halved, depending on how many people you are serving
- Want it sweeter? Add more honey. Less sweet? Leave the honey out completely.
- Add more coconut water if the mixture is too thick.
- Buy already frozen and cut fruit if you don’t want to cut and freeze your own.
- Add a little vodka if you want to make this an adults-only version to sip by the pool 🙂
More Recipes to Try:
If you’ve tried this Pineapple Smoothie, or any recipe on Studio Delicious, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Frozen Pineapple Nectarine Slushee
- FOR THE SMOOTHIE
- 3 cups Pineapple cut in chunks, frozen
- 1 cup Nectarine cut in chunks, frozen
- 1 1/2 cups Coconut Water
- 1/2 cup Lemon or Peach Sorbet
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- FOR THE FRUIT SKEWERS
- 1/4 cup Kiwi, peeled, sliced
- 1/4 cup Blueberries, whole
- 1/4 cup Strawberries, cut in half
- 1/4 cup Blackberries, whole
- 1/4 cup Fresh basil or mint leaves, whole To add in between the fruit
- 4 Wooden skewers, 6 inch
- 4 Colorful straws as garnish, optional
- FOR THE SMOOTHIEPlace the frozen pineapple and nectarine chunks in a blender, along with the coconut water, sorbet and honey Mix the ingredients in an electric blender on high speed until completely smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape the mixture down from the sides, about 2 minutes. Add more coconut water in small amounts if the consistency is too thick.Add more honey if you want the slushee sweeter. Divide into glasses and garnish with a fruit skewer and straws, if desired.
- FOR THE FRUIT SKEWERSCarefully thread one or two of each fruit onto a 6" wooden skewer, including a basil or mint leaf randomly when threading the fruit, leaving about 2" of space on the bottom.Repeat to make four skewers
- For the pineapple and nectarine, cut them into rough chunks, put in a freezer bag and freeze for an hour or two. Or use pre-cut frozen fruit!
- Add a little more coconut water if the mixture is too thick when blending.
- Add more honey if you like it sweeter
- Add vodka or rum if you want to serve this a party slushee
- Cut the wooden skewers to 6" from a larger skewer if you can't find 6"
- Super important to read the whole recipe before you begin
- Pay attention to the ingredient list and photos for the recipe
- If possible, prep your ingredients a little before you start
- Always use a sharp knife for safety
- Use the size of pan called for in the recipe
- For savory recipes, taste and season as you go
- Buy fresh, organic ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible
This post was originally made July 2018. Photos, instructions and tips were updated October, 2020