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Hawaiian Pina Colada Smoothie.

A tropical beach vacation in a glass. With a cherry on top.

This banana + pineapple + coconut + vanilla smoothie is a tropical beach vacation in a glass. With a cherry on top.

Let me interrupt your craving for all things fall flavored.

Though it may be getting cooler outside and you want nothing more than to break out your boots, wear your cable knit, and eat pumpkin pie all day long- here is a little taste of tropical paradise for you. Inspired by pina coladas enjoyed laying in a hammock by the brilliant blue ocean on Maui last week.

No edits here, it’s truly this beautiful.


I made today’s smoothie earlier this week because I miss everything about those lazy umbrella drink filled afternoons. That were often followed by a nap, dinner, champagne, and more umbrella drinks. Get me out of this dreary rainy weather and back to the beach.

Into the blender went pineapple, banana, a little taste of coconut – I didn’t have high hopes for it because hello it’s a mocktail, but I was instantly proven wrong. Love at first sip. Out of the blender came the creamiest, most tasty banana and vanilla infused pineapple concoction on the planet. Hawaii in a glass.

The only thing better than this pina colada smoothie is drinking an actual pina colada. And you can kinda do that by adding 1.5 ounces of rum. Sluuurp.

This banana + pineapple + coconut + vanilla smoothie is a tropical beach vacation in a glass. With a cherry on top.

What makes this smoothie so like totally radical, dude, is my secret ingredient. Also the thing I’m giving away today at the bottom of this post. Listen to (read?) how cool this is: I recently tried Bai5 Molokai Coconut drink, learned via Instagram that they read my blog (what!), started emailing with them, and now they said I can give away a case of my favorite flavor to one of you. Which, of course, is the coconut flavor.

Have you ever had Bai5 drinks before?

I bought a case of the Congo Pear flavor at Costco before trying the coconut flavor. The pear is SO good. Definitely my second favorite. What I love most about Bai5 drinks is that they’re naturally sweetened. And are filled with antioxidant powerhouse coffeefruit- not the bean from which your morning coffee is made, but the juicy red fruit it comes from. Oh! And there’s only 5 calories per serving. Get it? Bai5.

Bai5 Molokai Coconut gives this smoothie unbeatable flavor. If you cannot find Molokai Coconut (I see it at Target, Acme, Wawa, gas stations, Whole Foods, and Giant all the time – it’s also online) coconut water would be just fine.

This banana + pineapple + coconut + vanilla smoothie is a tropical beach vacation in a glass. With a cherry on top.

Get ready to whip up some Hawaiian paradise. Remember: adding rum is a good idea.

Adding rum is always a good idea.

Hawaiian Pina Colada Smoothie

This banana + pineapple + coconut + vanilla smoothie is a tropical beach vacation in a glass. With a cherry on top.


  • 1 frozen ripe banana, previously peeled & sliced
  • 3/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup Bai5 Molokai Coconut
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt1
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice
  • cherries and pineapple chunks for decor (pretty things taste better)


  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender to really get that banana blended. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
  2. On high, blend all of the ingredients listed - in that order - until thick, creamy, and smooth - about 3 minutes. Stop to scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Add more Bai5 Molokai Coconut if needed to thin out.
  3. Serve in a glass and enjoy.

Recipe Notes:

Try adding 1 cup of your favorite greens to get in some extra veggies.

  1. Full fat, low fat, or 0% Greek yogurt are all fine. Regular yogurt is OK as well. I prefer plain yogurt in this smoothie; I find flavored yogurt makes the smoothie too sweet.

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For today’s giveaway, one lucky winner will receive one (1) case of Bai5 Molokai Coconut, which is twelve 18-oz bottles.

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  1. Definitely the beach! Just got back from St. Croix USVI!

  2. My favourite place for a vacation is where beach and mountains meet – preferrably in Iceland!

  3. My favorite vacation was definitely Italy! Have been wanting to go back ever since.

  4. My favorite vacation spot is near the ocean, any ocean at all. Hearing the waves hit the sand, the rocks, or the side of the boat…..perfect!

  5. My current favorite vacation spot is Disney World. Three kids under age 7 makes it a great choice for the entire family!

  6. Does visiting family count as a vacation? There is always so much to do in California. It’s like a country itself.

  7. So long as it has clear water and a beach, I’m there.

  8. My first real vacation was to Slovenia, where my family is from!

  9. My favorite vacation spot is anywhere I have never visited before. I want to see all there is to see in the world!

  10. Europe! love all of the different cultures and languages.

  11. Kauai….hands down. The pace, the relaxed vibe…awesome.

  12. Hey Sally, I’ve been following you for ages and just wanted you to know your blog is my go-to everytime I need to bake. Which is everyday, really! Thanks so much!

  13. My favorite vacation spot is Las Vegas!

  14. Love coconut!

  15. I don’t really have a favorite vacation spot — it’s easily been 15 years since I’ve had anything more than a “staycation” because of finances — but I’d love just about anywhere that I could spend time reconnecting with my hubby and exploring new things. He’s never been outside the continental US, so Hawaii or someplace romantic like that would be fantastic.

  16. My favorite vacation spot is up at the beach somewhere in the Carolina’s. The night life at the boardwalk is always breathtaking for me.

  17. My favorite vacation spot is actually anywhere with my son! We love going to the mountains and amusement parks.

  18. New York City is my favourite place in the world. It feels like the centre of the universe. Completely different to the Australian suburbs where I grew up!

  19. I like the mountains.

  20. So far my favorite vacation spot has been Jamaica for my wedding/honeymoon. It was so calming just hanging out by ourselves for a week with nothing to worry about or plan (the hotel did all of the wedding arrangements for us, we just had to show up)

  21. My favorite vacation place is an island and being near a beach.

  22. Across the world, that’s the dream! I want to do everything there is to do and be everywhere there is to be!

  23. My favorite vacation spot is the beach, any pretty beach!

  24. My favorite vacation was in Cancun, Mexico. Amazing weather, food, environment, and experience!

  25. My favorite vacations are beach vacations! We went to Cancun, Mexico for our one year anniversary and it was an amazing trip with wonderful weather, food, and environment.

  26. Honestly, I love going to Disney World haha

  27. Vacations? I’d rather just sit on the sofa and read a book.

  28. My honeymoon was a southern cruise…so perfect!

  29. How can i order your book from another country ?
    is it only found in the U.S.A ?
    Because i really want it !!

  30. This Hawaiian Pina Colada Smoothie is looks really great! This recipe gives me an excuse to trying it! Thanks for share..

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