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Tropikale Smoothies

These Tropi-Kale Smoothies are a tropical take on the classic green smoothie, complete with pineapple, coconut milk, and of course, kale!

Tropical pineapple kale smoothie on white background

The great thing about kale is you can freeze it for smoothies, so it virtually never goes bad. And the great thing about cooking up kale for two whole weeks is our freezer is PACKED with kale. The tulip-man likes to say I’m a hamster because I hoard everything (which, do hamsters even do that??), but I like to think of it as being thrifty.

We made Two-Toned Kale Smoothie Bowls last week, packed with berries and eaten with a spoon, but these pineapple and kale smoothies (tropikale…get it?!) are the smoothie bowls’ exotic cousin, full of pineapple and coconut!

Pineapple kale smoothie on white background

Oh lord, the coconut. I bought a whole coconut, partly because it was only 1 euro, but mostly because I thought a halved coconut, inconspicuously in the background of these smoothie photos, would look stellar. And I was too preoccupied with how stellar these coconut photos would look that I failed to think of how I might go about opening the coconut.

Well YouTube says to just tap around the perimeter with a hammer until it breaks open. Easy enough. But of course the tulip-man has every tool except a hammer. So in my Friday’s best (i.e. pajamas), I took to that coconut with my cast iron skillet, tapping away. Tapping. Tapping. Frustration. Tapping. Pounding. Throwing.

Ingredients for pineapple kale smoothie on white background

Well I didn’t get the damn thing open. And I sincerely hope all my ruckus didn’t draw the attention of our neighbors, who would surely think the tulip-man had just imported a girlfriend from looney land.

But nevertheless and halved-coconut-less, these pineapple kale smoothies turned out pretty stellar.

Pineapple kale smoothie on white background
Tropikale Smoothies

Tropi-Kale Smoothies

These Tropi-Kale Smoothies are a tropical take on the classic green smoothie, complete with pineapple, coconut milk, and of course, kale!
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Course: Beverages (Non-Alcoholic), Breakfasts, Smoothies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kale smoothie bowl, pineapple kale smoothie, tropical green smoothie
Diet: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion: 4th of July, St. Patrick’s Day
Time: 15 minutes or less, 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 143kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
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  • 1 ½ cups chopped kale 90 g, frozen if possible
  • 2 cups chopped pineapple 330 g, frozen if possible
  • 1 banana chopped and frozen if possible
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup light coconut milk*
  • Ice as needed


  • Blend all ingredients, adding a handful of ice if you’re using fresh, unfrozen ingredients. Enjoy!


*This is canned coconut milk, not the variety you might find in a carton in the refrigerated section.


Serving: 1smoothie | Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.6g | Protein: 2.6g | Fat: 4.4g | Sodium: 26mg | Fiber: 3.4g
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  1. Maya says:

    oh my… this sounds delicious. I also love the image of someone trying to open a coconut with a cast iron skillet!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks, Maya! Haha and yes…it was probably quite the sight…

  2. Cassandra says:

    I am so ready for this Chicago winter to be over so I can enjoy some smoothies again! Love how bright and clear and beautiful your photos are.

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks, Cassandra! I never wait for winter to end to enjoy smoothies 🙂 I just bundle up and drink them anyways!

  3. angie says:

    love what is in these shakes but not for sure if I can get my hubby to drink one with me or not.

    1. Sarah says:

      Kale can be a bit much for new green smoothie drinkers. Swap the kale for spinach and he won’t taste it AT ALL!

  4. Kari says:

    I love sneaking kale into my smoothies for an antioxidant boost.

  5. Tish says:

    The looks awesome. What a great and healthy chilly treat.

  6. I had no idea you could freeze kale. Just never really thought about it. Typically we blend our greens fresh but I must say we do waste quite a bit that way as it tends to go bad before we finish it. Totally going to switch to freezing it now! Not to mention we will be trying it in the recipe you provided too!

    1. Sarah says:

      My life changed after I discovered freezing greens! I used to waste SOOO much, and now I literally freeze every soon-to-go-bad produce for smoothies (i currently have frozen beets, cabbage, kale, and spinach haha)

  7. Kusum says:

    Oh my looks so delicious, I love Kale in my smoothie or just about anything! Love that you included coconut in your smoothie, where I am from coconut is used on a regular basis, its so healthy.
    xx, Kusum |

  8. Hahaha I chuckled a bit at your telling of your coconut-opening misadventures. They’re damnably hard to open, aren’t they!

    1. Sarah says:

      Yes!! I swear mine had no inside and was just one mass of coconut wood.

  9. Love this smoothie & the name!