Healthy, delicious, and a breeze to make, this pineapple avocado smoothie with banana and spinach is an easy snack or breakfast. Made only with fresh fruits, veggies, and a splash of non-dairy milk, you can feel good drinking it down to the very last drop.
This recipe was originally published on January 19, 2014, and was republished in September 2021 to add better quality photos, re-test the recipe, and add more helpful tips.
I love smoothies for many reasons. Not only are they fast and easy to make, but they’re a great way to add nutrition to your diet without any hassle at all.
Of course, even the healthiest smoothie has to taste good first and let me tell you, this one certainly does! Fresh, juicy pineapple, cold frozen banana, and creamy avocado make this smoothie luscious, but also perfectly sweet and sippable.
Avocado might seem an odd choice for smoothies, but the combination with frozen banana makes for a truly creamy drink. Just half of an avocado helps create a smooth texture, much like it does in my avocado lime cheesecake. Once combined with fruit, spinach, and milk, you won’t believe a smoothie that tastes this good can be this healthy!
Why you’ll love this pineapple smoothie too
- Made with real fruit and veggies that celebrate seasonal ingredients like spinach and avocado.
- No high sugar fruit juice or other added sugars are needed to make this taste good!
- It’s very creamy and cold, without any ice, sorbets, or yogurts.
- Loaded with vitamin C, healthy fats, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants.
An easy 5 ingredient smoothie
It only takes these 5 healthy ingredients to make this powerhouse smoothie:
- Fresh pineapple – To ensure the pineapple you choose is juicy and sweet, give the bottom a sniff. A good pineapple smells fragrant and sweet at its base.
- Frozen banana – to make it easier for your blender, be sure to slice it up first.
- Avocado – Just half of a large avocado brings healthy fats and unbeatable creaminess to your smoothie.
- Fresh spinach – Adding greens like spinach to a smoothie is a great way to add nutrition without distracting from the fruity flavors you’re enjoying.
- Almond milk – almond milk adds a creamy, nutty flavor and it’s full of calcium. You can swap in your preferred milk if you don’t have almond.
Of course, smoothies are flexible, so if you’re not a fan of something on this list, swap it for something similar, like kale instead of spinach. But, I really encourage you to try it this way at least once, it’s really good!
There is one final ingredient I highly recommend – hulled hemp seeds. They’re packed with healthy fats and have a really nice nutty flavor that compliments the smoothie. If you’re looking at the store, you may see them called hemp hearts or even hemp nuts. Just sprinkle them across the top when your smoothie is ready.
Why Frozen Bananas?
Frozen bananas are a fabulous secret to smoothie making. You’ll notice there’s no ice in this recipe and that’s because when blended, frozen bananas create a rich ice-cream like texture without watering down the flavor with ice cubes.
If you don’t keep frozen bananas stocked, simply slice one up and pop it in the freezer 30 minutes before you want to make your smoothie. Bananas can last for 3 months in the freezer easily, so feel free to stock up while you’re prepping for this smoothie!
Once you’ve sipped a bit of this pineapple avocado smoothie you’ll be right there with me whipping them up as often as possible. If you’re interested in discovering more healthy smoothie recipes, don’t forget to check these ones out too!
- Strawberry Blueberry Spinach Smoothie
- Peanut Butter Raspberry Smoothie
- Pineapple Celery Smoothie
- Mango Avocado Spinach Smoothie
Pineapple Avocado Smoothie
- 1 cup chopped fresh ripe pineapple
- 1 sliced and frozen banana
- 1/2 large avocado
- 1 cup packed fresh spinach
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon hulled hemp seeds , for topping (optional)
- Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Sprinkle with hemp seeds and serve.