Escape to a tropical paradise with our refreshing Piña Colada protein shake recipe! It combines the flavours of juicy pineapples, texture of creamy coconut milk, and goodness of vanilla protein powder. It’s a perfect way to start your day, recharge after a workout, or just enjoy a healthy mocktail.

In this article – we share an easy 3-ingredient Piña Colada protein shake recipe that’s delicious, lactose-free, and vegan-friendly.

  • Health benefits
  • Recipe
  • Alternative ingredients
  • Related recipes
  • FAQs

Piña Colada Protein Shake Benefits

This tasty tropical treat packs a punch in the nutrition department. It tastes just like a real Piña Colada cocktail but provides additional health benefits…

  • Pineapple – Fresh or frozen pineapple chunks add a vibrant tropical flavour to your shake. Pineapple is rich in vitamin C, which promotes a healthy immune system and can aid collagen production.
  • Coconut Milk – Creamy coconut milk provides the luscious texture and signature coconut flavour in your shake. It’s a great source of healthy fats and can help you feel fuller for longer.
  • Vanilla Protein Powder – A scoop of vanilla protein powder adds a boost of protein to your shake, which supports muscle recovery and growth after exercise. Look for high-quality brands like Vega or Optimum Nutrition for best results (see further down for specific recommendations).

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Recipe & Instructions

Here’s how to make this delicious, healthy shake…

Yield: 1

Creamy Piña Colada Protein Shake

Pina Colada Protein Shake Recipe

An easy 3-ingredient Piña Colada protein shake recipe that's delicious, lactose-free, and vegan-friendly.

Prep Time 4 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes


  • 2 slices of fresh or frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder


  1. Prepare the pineapple (if using fresh) by slicing it and removing the spiky outer peel and hard centre.
  2. Place the pineapple chunks into a blender, followed by the protein powder, and then the coconut milk.
  3. Blend until smooth and creamy.


  • You can use fresh, frozen, or tinned pineapple for this shake recipe.
  • If you prefer a thicker consistency (like a smoothie) then halve the amount of liquid for this recipe.

Alternative Ingredients Ideas

  • For an extra coconut kick, use coconut protein powder instead of vanilla. Some of the tastiest plant-based brands include Vega Protein & Greens, Golden Source, and KompleX Nutrition.
  • Add a handful of spinach or kale for a nutritious boost that doesn’t alter the taste.
  • For even more sweetness add a ripe banana into the mix.
  • Try adding a tablespoon of almond butter into your shake.

This creamy Piña Colada protein shake is guaranteed to give you a taste of the tropics. The refreshing blend of pineapple, coconut milk, and protein powder will transport you to a sunny beach wherever you are. It’s the perfect pre or post-workout treat that’ll refuel your body with protein for muscle repair and growth.

So, grab your shades, put on some island tunes, and enjoy the goodness of this healthy homemade Piña Colada!

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Can I use frozen pineapple instead of fresh?

Absolutely! Frozen pineapple works just as well and adds a refreshing chill to your shake.

Can I use other milk alternatives instead of coconut milk?

It’s fine to use a different type of milk, but it probably won’t taste like a Piña Colada without the coconut (unless you’re using coconut protein powder). You could try almond milk, cashew milk, or oat milk as substitutes for coconut milk – each will bring a unique flavour profile to your shake.

Can I make this shake without protein powder?

Yes, you can omit the protein powder if desired. It’ll taste just as good, but do keep in mind that it won’t provide the same protein content as a supplement-enriched version.

Is this recipe suitable for vegetarians or vegans?

Yes, as long as you choose a vegan-friendly protein powder and milk alternative, this recipe is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.

Can I make this shake ahead of time?

It’s best to enjoy your Piña Colada Protein Shake immediately after blending to savor its fresh flavours and optimal texture, but you can prep the ingredients ahead of time.

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Written by Caroline, a qualified nutritionist with a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition, bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and English, Diploma in Personal Training, and 15+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry.

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