We stumbled upon this pineapple protein smoothie recipe by accident, but we’re so pleased we did! It’s super-creamy despite being dairy-free and vegan. You don’t even need plant-based milk for this recipe, just fruit and protein powder.
In this article – we share a super-simple pineapple and banana protein smoothie that’s nutritious and refreshing after a workout.
Some days, our fridge is pretty bare. We aren’t good at planning ahead with food shopping and tend to just buy what we need. So, we’re often missing key ingredients and need to be creative with substitutions.
It was on one of these days that we were scrambling about for smoothie ingredients without much to choose from. Not having almond milk was a biggie for my bf who doesn’t tend to like smoothies that are blended with water.
But they say that restriction breeds creativity and in this case it worked out perfectly. I even discovered a new trick for making delicious smoothies without any kind of milk! This tasty pineapple protein shake was borne out of a seriously lacking ingredient selection but it turned out wonderfully.
Pineapple Protein Smoothie Benefits
Why is this protein smoothie so good for you? Well, it’s packed with nutrients that support the optimal functioning of the body and help you recover quickly after exercise. Whether you’re doing workouts at home, in the gym, or outdoors in your local neighbourhood, it’s the perfect refresher afterward.
- Pineapple – contains high levels of vitamin C (120% RDA) which keeps your immune system strong.
- Protein – provides the branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) necessary for muscular repair and growth.
- Banana – replenishes energy and electrolytes, as well as providing fibre and vitamin C.
Combining these ingredients into a protein smoothie fuels your body with key nutrients.
You might also like… our article on the health benefits of banana smoothies.
Ingredients & Recipe
Here’s a quick breakdown of the instructions for this pineapple protein shake recipe and the three ingredients you’ll need…
- 1 thick slice of pineapple
- 1 banana
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
- Peel the banana and pineapple
- Blend with the protein powder and a little cold water until smooth
Tinned pineapple is fine if you don't have fresh.
Water should be as cold as possible - adding ice cubes also works well.
The key to this smoothie recipe is using chilled water as your liquid. This is what makes it truly refreshing and enables it to be a solid substitute for almond milk (which would also usually be chilled).
The first time I made this with normal tap water, the bf didn’t really rate it. But when I used chilled water the next time, he absolutely loved it!
You can also play around with different protein powder flavours. We like a simple pineapple vanilla protein smoothie which is what the above recipe makes. But you could use butterscotch or strawberry protein powder instead to put a different spin on it. Or try coconut flavour for a tasty Piña Colada inspired shake instead.
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More Smoothie & Shake Recipes
Here are some similar smoothie recipes you might also like…
- Banana & Almond Milk Protein Smoothie
- Simple Pineapple Green Smoothie
- Coffee & Banana Protein Smoothie
- 3-Ingredient Mango Protein Smoothie
- Classic Almond Milk Protein Shake
- Cookies & Cream Workout Shake
- Easy Blueberry Protein Smoothie
Pineapple doesn’t contain much protein in itself but it will improve the flavour and texture of your protein shakes.
A pineapple smoothie contains very small amounts of protein so you’ll need to add a scoop of protein powder to boost its macros.
Banana, mango, avocado, raspberries, and peaches all blend well with pineapple.