Banana Pineapple Green Drink

by Susan on June 6, 2011

My normal morning routine always includes a green drink for breakfast. Sometimes that is enough to fill me up, other mornings I might add a little something on the side. One of my favorites is cinnamon raisin toast. This morning, I had a huge bunch of spinach from my farmer’s market trip, yesterday. I usually start with a couple of handfuls of greens, throw it in the high-speed blender and then toss in what ever fruit I have around.

This morning I didn’t have any fresh fruit so I looked in the freezer. I lucked out and found some pineapple and bananas I had frozen a couple of weeks back. I often will freeze produce rather than let it go bad. Even greens can be frozen this way and used later for green drinks. The frozen pineapple and bananas blended perfectly with the spinach and made a completely tasty, filling, refreshing green smoothie!

Banana Pineapple Green Drink

  • 1 cup frozen banana*
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple*
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup water

1. Blend in high-speed blender until smooth.

* You can use fresh bananas and pineapple but I would add some ice.

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Aimee June 6, 2011 at 11:16 am

I am definitely making this!!!

Laura-Jane the Rawtarian June 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

So simple–yet so good!!! :)

Eco Mama June 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Beautiful photo Susan. I love to add spinach to green smoothies, particularly if I want to preserve a flavor since spinach is so mild, almost neutral.
xo
Eco Mama

The Raw Journalist June 7, 2011 at 5:07 am

Making this this afternoon!

Barb June 7, 2011 at 9:42 am

This is a combo I drink quite often! I like that spinach blends a little easier than kale, as I don’t have a high-speed blender. I usually add fresh mint to mine, which is very nice, and lately I’ve been adding some hemp protein powder for a little boost of protein.

Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul June 7, 2011 at 9:55 am

Looks so tasty. I’m having this for breakfast tomorrow : )

Faith June 7, 2011 at 11:31 am

that looks really yummy, and I’m proud to say I’m drinking my own green smoothie as I read this! I usually use apples as my only fruit in my green smoothies, but today didn’t have any, so I used some green grapes I had recently bought, and decided to use my chopped greens that I usually keep around for quick salads….kale, cilantro, parsley, a bit of butter lettuce, dandelion greens- and some celery….came out great! Experimenting is good…

LAMA June 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Naturally green drink! i love green color of spinach. I made many different types of spinach cupcakes, muffins, and noone could tell what is in. many paople guessed it was from pistachios!

i should share the english recipe soon

Fawn June 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Mmmm … you can’t go wrong with banana and pineapple–ever. Banana is a staple in my green smoothies. Regardless the type of green there’s always a banana, and a teaspoon of spirulina to vitalize my cells even more.

aimee krzywicki June 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm

looks yummy awsome photo :]

Stormy June 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I need to cut back on the amount of fruits & greens I use in one smoothie;
and this recipe is a great place to start!
Sounds good – thank you for everything you share!

~ Stormy

Rebecca Burke August 14, 2011 at 10:56 am

I made this drink this morning and it was fantastic. My husband even liked it. I will continue to have this smoothie and it encourages to experiment on my own. I just started following the raw eating lifestyle and am very excited. I am going to document my blog.

Thanks Susan for making the beginning of my journey so much nicer.

“`Rebecca

Ann February 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Thanks! This was a good recipe. A great way to hide the flavor of my greens which is good because I’d rather eat my greens than juice them or put them in smoothies but in this case I couldn’t taste them! My pineapple and bananas must not have been very sweet though because I had to add stevia. I also used young coconut water instead of water for electrolytes and added flavor and some chia seeds for my complete protein and omegas! Thanks again for the recipe!

jasmine coleman February 15, 2012 at 11:39 am

i have never made a good green smoothie until i came here. Thank you you have been a great blessing for me today. i am like you in the winter time i tend to go to warm cooked food but your website will and has changed this thank you so much

*Jasmine*

Sheila April 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm

This was delish! Didn’t have a banana so I used 2 cups of frozen pineapple and just a little agave nector to sweeten it a bit more. Beautiful color, healthy, and excellent. My 22 year old son even likes it. Thank you.

Janice Uwujaren September 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm

If anyone is considering buying a blender to make awesome green smoothies, I highly recommend the NutriBullet. You can buy it at Target or Amazon for 100 dollars. Alternatively, you can buy it from the official site and make six payments of $20 each. Ever since getting mine, I have been impressed – everything is pulverized and the result is a creamy delicious smoothie. I also like the fact that the container that you extract the veggies converts into a convenient cup that you can take with you on the go and it is a breeze to clean up. Best investment I have made in a while.

Victoria October 16, 2012 at 4:51 am

I tend to add mint to smoothies which contain pineapple. It tastes totally refreshing. Instead of bananas I might add couple fresh dates and of course a lot of green leaves. Basil also tastes great.

Cam October 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I just made this, and WOW!! My very first green drink, and I actually LOVED it. I was really expecting it to be gross, but i seriously LOVED IT!! Thank you so much for popping my raw/green drink “cherry” with a fantastic recipe. I am enthused, encouraged and empowered to try more raw things now!!

kei November 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

OMG This looks so delicious. I would make this with fresh banana and pineapple!
Thanks for this. Healthy looking Beautiful colour too.

Michelle November 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Best green drink ever!!! Thank you!!!

Terri Burfield March 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm

I’m just getting into juicing and trying green drinks (that’s what I call them) and came across this recipe. I made it with fresh banana and pineapple…it was so good, I couldn’t even taste the spinach and was just sweet enough! thanks for the recipe!

Kim March 21, 2013 at 10:33 am

Thanks for sharing these great recipies! I’m just starting – I mean just dipping my toes into these waters – of raw eating. My first attempt at making a green smoothie was tasty, but stringy. Oh, so very stringy. It was the frozen spinach. I used a mini food processor and then a hand blender (twice) and it still had strings.

How do you prevent this? (tell me it’s not all about the $200 blender… )

Susan March 21, 2013 at 11:23 am

For green drinks, I would always use fresh spinach and also, you may need a stronger blender. A mini food processor and hand blender just can’t break the greens down like they should be. Cheers!

Dotty L September 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I just made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic…I did add one tsp of sweet and low to it but next time I think I will just add a little more pineapple to it…been looking all over for a green smoothie th at sounded good to me and this was it…. yummy in the tummy….thanks for sharing this

Dotty L September 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I just reread your into and didn’t realize that I could also freeze greens to use later on in smoothies….so I learned something else new today besides how to make this drink and enjoy it so much…..

Dreester January 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

I tried this recently! I did a cup of unsweetened almond milk (vanilla flavor if you’d like) and a little bit of honey. Though if the banana (not frozen) is ripe enough I omit the honey. Anyway, it’s super yummy!! and I’m not one for smoothies but this is super good and so easy to make! :)

Roy January 17, 2014 at 3:41 am

I’m going to try this one for sure so look out Pop Eye

Nicole January 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Drinking this as we speak! I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, some greek yogurt and fresh fruit. Added a dash of cinnamon and a little vanilla! So Yummy!! :)

Andrea January 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

Why are green smoothies good for ?? What are the benefits of green smoothies ?? What does DETOX specifically mean or do ??

Carolyn March 1, 2014 at 6:36 am

I have been having this every morning for a couple years now, but I use almond milk instead of water and drop in a raw egg for protein, otherwise it doesn’t get me all the way to lunch.

Susan Harris April 15, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Is it bad to add plain yogurt to it to add some protein and body to it?

Susan April 16, 2014 at 7:58 pm

You can add what ever you wish. I do not eat any dairy or animal products so I would never use it. Cheers!

Sherrie May 1, 2014 at 5:49 pm

I just made this smoothie. Amazing! I used fresh banana and pineapple juice instead, along with frozen spinach and ice. Best idea ever.

nia June 14, 2014 at 11:28 pm

This is my first green smoothies, and it taste great.
thank you for the recipe ;)

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