Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

from The Blender Girl Smoothies book
July 16, 2012

This pineapple coconut smoothie from The Blender Girl Smoothies book tastes like a piña colada thanks to the addition of dandelion greens.

Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

This pineapple coconut smoothie with dandelion greens from The Blender Girl Smoothies book tastes like a piña colada smoothie. The reason why I am so proud of this little triumph is that the secret ingredient is one of the most bitter wild edible greens on the planet – dandelion greens.

How To Use Dandelion Greens In Smoothies

Most people who brave including dandelion greens into their greens rotation are usually repelled after the first attempt because of the overwhelming bitterness, that typically requires a lot of sweet fruit to balance out. While, I do not recommend drinking this pineapple coconut smoothie every day (it does contain a lot of natural sugar) it is a sexy introduction to the wonderful world of wild edibles.

Dandelion greens are one of the most nutrient-dense greens for smoothies. Rich in Vitamins A, B C and D, as well as copper, phosphorous, calcium and magnesium, dandelions are great for regulating blood pressure and cholesterol, and are extremely alkalizing. The best thing about dandelions is that there are over three hundred varieties, and none of them are poisonous. Dandelion greens are the socially acceptable wild edible available at the grocery store.

When using dandelions in your smoothies, start with 1/8 cup and add to taste. If you want to add more greens to your smoothie, add mild greens like baby spinach and romaine.

Here’s the kicker: In this piña colada smoothie, the bitterness of the dandelion greens works for us and magically makes this smoothie taste like it has alcohol in it. All of the ingredients come together in exactly the right quantities that you would swear this little concoction had a nip of rum in it and you were laying at a beach resort! Yep, this green smoothie puts the dandy back in the lion. It is to die for!

Just like the tastes-like-ice-cream kale shake (if you haven’t tried this, you are missing out on the best green smoothie on the planet) this piña colada blend is the sexiest introduction to dandelion green smoothies I’ve have ever tasted!

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Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

This pineapple coconut smoothie from The Blender Girl Smoothies book tastes like a piña colada thanks to the addition of dandelion greens. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 16-ounce glasses
Calories 498 kcal
Author Tess Masters


optional boosters:


  1. Throw everything into your blender (including any boosters) and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy. Tweak maple syrup to taste.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from The Blender Girl Smoothies book


Comments 30

  1. Oh Thanks for trying another recipe!
    You guys ROCK!
    Yes, this recipe is a WINNER.
    More coming too.
    Wait until you try the banana coconut cream pie green smoothie. Oh MY!

  2. This sounds really interesting.
    I have never tried dandelion greens before but after seeing this on your Facebook page I am going to give it a try.

  3. Okay, this is a favorite! Amazing how the dandelion weeds can have the flavor of rum mixed with this sweetness. So good!

    1. WONDERFUL! SO glad you tried it.
      I know! It is SO amazing how it all comes together. It really tastes like there’s a nip of rum in there! YUM!

      1. Thank you.
        I also meant to say how much I adore this smoothie. I don’t drink alcohol anymore but I have had a pina colada in the past and this smoothie actually does taste exactly like an alcoholic cocktail. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I have had a few dandelion smoothies in the past and could really taste the bitterness but it really works in this smoothie. What a very clever idea, amazing!

  4. I made this a few days ago and I can’t believe I forgot to comment about it because it was incredible! The thing I love about your green smoothies (aside from the fact that they’re delicious) is how I can’t predict the flavor just based on the color. It’s like those popsicles or lollipops we’d get as kids sometimes that were “mystery” flavored, except way, way healthier. 🙂

    1. Oh, you are SO welcome! I really hit the jackpot with this recipe. I am glad you enjoyed it. Great to be connected 🙂

  5. Awesome smoothie! I am testing this out as I am doing a green smoothie demo at my work. However it’s either the cashews or the coconut that is giving it a ‘rough’ texture. Is that the way it should be or should I be blending it for longer? I blended about 60 seconds. Thanks!

    1. Are you using a Vitamix or high speed blender? If you are the consistency should be quite smooth. Although, I will say, that the coconut does give it a slightly “rough texture” I suppose. If you are using a conventional blender, the consistency will be even more so.

  6. Yes I have a high speed omniblend, I was afraid that blending too long would heat it up. But this morning I tried again and won! I first blended the coconut, cashews, dates and water on their own. It did warm up but it was smoothe, then I put the frozen pineapple and greens in and it chilled right back down again. So good!

    1. GREAT! I am SO glad it worked out. Thankyou so much for coming back and letting me know. I hope your demo goes well. Lovely to be connected 🙂

  7. OH MY, this is truly the most delicious green smoothie I ever had!!! I do have a question though, do you think it would be possible to use coconut oil instead of shredded coconut? I’m having a bit of a problem with the shredded coconut, but find the ingredients too expensive to just give it a try and risk ruining it… So I thought I’d ask the expert :-). Hopefully you can help me with it. Thanks in advance!

    1. Hey Carly, SORRY it has taken me a while to respond to your comments. I am just catching up with them all now. Coconut oil is too rich for this smoothie and changes the personality of it too much. If you don’t like the shredded coconut, use raw coconut meat. That is DELICIOUS in this smoothie. Enjoy 🙂

    1. Thanks for sharing! I just watched your fun video. Thankyou for trying the recipe and sharing it. I really appreciate you spreading the word.

  8. Hi! I am excited to try this smoothie, but I’m wondering if there is a good swap for the dates with less sugar?

    1. If you use really ripe pineapple you won’t need dates at all. You could also use Nu Naturals Lemon Liquid Stevia or Sweet Leaf Liquid Stevia. Enjoy 🙂

    1. You could use some raw coconut meat or a little bit of tofu. It will change the personality of this smoothie, but will still be delicious.

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