Creamy, green smoothie with organic canned pineapple (so good!) and plant milk. No banana smoothie that requires only 4 ingredients. It’s perfect as morning/brunch drink or smoothie bowls. Variations, ideas and more included.
A few weeks ago when our local Billa store had some organic products on sale, my husband bought a can of naturally sweetened pineapple chunks compote. Brilliant, I thought, we’ll have a small after dinner compote feast. Then, we get distracted by a favorite show (Person of Interest to be exact – I’m so late to the train, I know!) and somewhere around 11.30 p.m. we force ourselves to stop watching one episode after another and go to bed. On the next morning, my husband said ‘’You know, I’m in for a smoothie! Do you think you can make one with the canned pineapple we bought’’. Hmm, I thought, I take a good challenge when I see one.
In general, we make smoothies when weather is warmer and juices during colder months. That means I’ve probably tried almost any possible combination under the sun (to ensure variety in nutrients and taste), … except canned fruits.
And let me tell you, it turned more than delightful, so we made this recipe several times throughout the week. My little guy called it the ‘’Dragon Smoothie’’, hence the name of the recipe. I’m guessing it has to do with his recent love for dragons and dinosaurs (Amazon: Dragons Love Tacos (US).
IS CANNED FRUIT NUTRITIOUS? That was probably the first question that comes to mind when you scroll through the recipe. Canned fruits are usually vine ripened (i.e. picked when ripe) which generally means they contain the maximum nutrient density a fruit can reach during its ‘’lifetime’’. Processing does take away some of the nutrients, so I’d recommend choosing your canned fruits wisely. That means leaning towards organic / local produce with no added sugars or salt. When the label says 100% fruit and no additives – you are basically in for good compote.
VARIATIONS: I’ve made this smoothie with both fresh and frozen pineapple a zillion times and it turns tremendously delicious every time. If you do, however choose to use fresh/frozen fruit, I’d recommend adding a ½ ripe banana to soften the flavor and texture. Also, milk substitutions are a good idea: oat milk, flax milk, almond or coconut milk, ect. When you substitute liquids though, check consistency before pouring into the cup. Some milk types (the creamier ones) may require you to add more liquid to the blend to reach the desired thickness.
THOUGHTS ON FREEZING: Freezing smoothies is an excellent way to save time during the work week and still reap the benefits of juices and smoothies. However, I would be cautious when freezing compote – simply because of taste-related concerns. If you still wonder how to freeze smoothie, I’d recommend using freezer friendly glass jars (see on Amazon) or bottles (see on Amazon)
Dragon Pineapple Smoothie
- 1 can (280 g net) unsweetened organic pineapple chunks , (or 2 handfuls of fresh/frozen pineapples slices)
- 10 oz (300 ml) unsweetened soy milk
- 1 handful of fresh baby spinach, washed
- 1 chunk of fresh ginger root to taste, peeled
- Place all ingredients - pineapple, soy milk, baby spinach and ginger (including pineapple juice from can) in high speed blender. Pulse until smooth.
- Add ice cubes and serve in a glass cup (to enjoy the colors and taste better) – totally optional.