Piña colada is one of those cocktails that we hate to admit we like, even the boys. Yes, it’s kitsch and slightly juvenile but we love the way this coconut pineapple thirst-quencher tastes of summer and beach holidays. I wanted to bring some its tropical paradise qualities into my morning so I decided to make an alcohol-free version with the added bonus of some green superfoods. Behold my paleo-friendly, spirulina enriched, virgin piña colada smoothie!!!
As well as using frozen bananas, pineapple and coconut cream, I wanted to inject this drinks with a few extra nutrients and add some green superfood powder. I’m a fan of spirulina powder as it’s super rich in antioxidants and immune boosting nutrients, but I have to say that it can often ruin a perfectly delicious smoothie with its grassy marine flavor (a little goes a long way and I am usually happy to put up with the flavor to get the extra benefits). However, this time I was using a different type of Natural Tropical Flavoured Spirulina powder from Nature’s Way and for the first time ever (yes, I have tried a few spirulina powders in the past), it actually mixed in seamlessly with my smoothie, and even complimented my cleverly chosen flavours.
This particular flavoured spirulina powder is naturally flavoured with pineapple and slightly sweetened with stevia, which means no added sugar or preservatives and the overall flavor of the powder is much milder and more pleasant. The colour is still vivid forest green but I like that.
I also tried this powder in a couple of other shakes and it works well with berries and cacao as well, you could simply mix it with water.Of course, you can use regular spirulina powder if you can’t find Nature’s Way Superfoods version in your area (in Australia it’s available form Woolworths and Health 365). The smoothie will also work well with wheatgrass or other mixed superfood powders, or you can add some spinach leaves.
You can serve this as a drinking smoothie in glasses or in a bowl with added nuts, coconut flakes, bee pollen etc. I hear smoothie bowls are all the rage at the moment. Enjoy as part of your breakfast or as a treat. AND, if you own a powerful blender like Vitamix, you can try freezing both bananas and pineapple and making this into a creamy ice-cream dessert. Trying that next!
- 6 pineapple slices + short bamboo skewers (I cut my longer ones to make them shorter)
- ½ teaspoon of coconut oil for frying
- 1 large banana, diced and frozen
- ⅔ cup diced ripe pineapple
- 1 cup coconut cream
- 1 teaspoon spirulina powder (I used Nature’s Ways SuperfoodsTropically Flavoured Spirulina)
- 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
- couple of ice-cubes
- coconut flakes, nuts, and seeds for garnish
- Pierce pineapple slices onto two skewers and pan fry in coconut oil over medium-high heat (about two minutes on each side, until golden grill marks appear). Set aside.
- Add the frozen banana, pineapple chunks, coconut cream, flavoured spirulina powder and lime juice to a blender or a food processor. If making as a drinking smoothie, add ¼ cup of water or coconut water to make it thinner, otherwise process until smooth and thick. Add the ice-cubes if you like it colder and thicker, and whiz a few more times until the ice is incorporated. Serve in glasses or bowls, as you wish. Garnish with some toasted coconut flakes or a handful of nuts and seeds and grilled pineapple skewers.
More with Nature’s Way Superfood powders
I have also tested and played around with other superfood powders from Nature’s Way Superfoods. You can check out my chia and coconut bircher porridge, in which I used their Super Greens + Wild Reds powder, or my nut-free chocolate and strawberry muffins with their Super Greens + Cacao powder.
You can also serve this as a smoothie bowl topped with extra nuts and seeds.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nature’s Way Superfoods. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of developing this recipe. All opinions are my own and I only work with products I genuinely like and think would be relevant to my audience.