Banana Piña Colada – Gluten-free, Vegan + Refined Sugar-free

by tastyyummies

Banana Piña Colada  - Gluten-free, Vegan + Refined Sugar-free

Coconut and pineapple has to be one of the quintessential flavor combinations of the summer! So what better fruit to add to that delicious mix than bananas? This is an updated lighter version of the classic beach cocktail, a piña colada. Instead of coconut cream, sugary juice or those nasty mixes, this summertime mocktail combines fresh and healthy ingredients for that same creamy and delicious satisfaction without all the guilt and calories.

The bananas provide plenty of sweetness, so there is no need for any sugar or sweeteners and by freezing both the bananas and the coconut milk, you won’t end up with a watered down drink as the ice slush melts. Obviously, if you wish to make this an alcoholic cocktail, add in a shot or two of your favorite rum at the end and give it another whirl in the blender.

There is no refined sugar added to thisand it is delicious even without the rum. The creamy sweetness from the bananas and the coconut milk provides more than enough sweet, so you don’t have to add any sugar or sweetener at all. And even if you go with the full-fat coconut milk, it is still lighter than the standard coconut cream that is used. If you want it to be even lighter and lower in fat and calories, feel free to use light coconut milk. I personally like the creaminess of full fat coconut milk and since it is a healthy fat, I can totally justify indulging! Plus, the other bonus of this creamy summertime mocktail is that it could also be enjoyed as a delicious and sinful breakfast smoothie. That would be the perfect way to start any day, if you ask me.

Banana Piña Colada  - Gluten-free, Vegan + Refined Sugar-free

Banana Piña Colada

Serves 4

  • 2 frozen organic ripe bananas
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks  (frozen will work if you cannot find fresh)
  • 1 cup no sugar added organic pineapple juice
  • 1/2 can organic coconut milk (full fat or light) – frozen into cubes
  • Coconut flakes for garnish
  • Fresh pineapple wedges for garnish

*Optional – add 4 ounces of your favorite rum to make this an alcoholic cocktail

Add all of the ingredients except the coconut flakes and pineapple wedges to your blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. If you are adding rum, add it after it is creamy and blended, and blend again quickly to mix it in. Pour into 4 glasses, serve each topped with coconut flakes and garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge.

 

This was originally shared on Free People’s blog, BLDG 25 as part of my summer mocktail series.

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1 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy August 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm

oh wow that looks so amazing! i love creamy and thick it is! definitely one to try out! :)

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2 tastyyummies August 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Thanks so much Caralyn! I would like to be on the beach and sipping one of these every day for the rest of the summer :)

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