Top Chef All-Star Gregory Gourdet’s spicy pineapple smoothie is the refreshingly zingy and healthy tropical treat you’ll be blending up all summer long!
I absolutely adore this vibrant, vitamin C-packed smoothie from my pal GG’s debut cookbook, Everyone’s Table. Think you’ve tried every version of pineapple smoothie? Think again!
I would’ve never thought to add Thai chili peppers to a pineapple smoothie, but that’s why GG’s a Top Chef All-Star and I’m not. This deliciously inventive smoothie perfectly balances the sweet, tang, and spice—it’s like an alcohol-free piña colada with attitude!
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- Pineapple chunks: Either fresh or frozen pineapple works in this smoothie! I personally prefer to use frozen pineapple because that means I don’t need to cut it up and it makes the drink extra frosty!
- Orange juice: The tartness of orange juice balances the sweetness of the pineapple and banana. If you don’t have orange juice, pineapple juice would be your next best bet.
- Full-fat canned coconut milk: My favorite brands are Aroy-D or Whole365—the higher-quality and creamier the coconut milk, the tastier the smoothie!
- Fresh turmeric: I love making this smoothie with fresh turmeric, but ground turmeric will also work. You can substitute 1½ teaspoons ground turmeric for the fresh turmeric in this recipe.
- Ripe banana: It adds body and tropical sweetness to the smoothie! Just like the pineapple chunks, frozen banana works great as well.
- Medjool date: For added sweetness—you can leave it out if your pineapple is super ripe and sweet.
- Thai chili pepper: Just a little bit adds the spicy kick that elevates this pineapple smoothie to Top Chef status. If you don’t have Thai chili pepper, you can substitute your favorite spicy chili pepper or a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.
- Ice cubes: If a smoothie isn’t thick and frosty, it’s not worth drinking!
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How to make this spicy pineapple smoothie
Combine everything but the ice in a blender.
Add the ice…
…and blend on high speed until as smooth as possible, 1 to 2 minutes.
Divide into two cups and serve right away.
More delicious recipes from Gregory Gourdet
- Grilled Carrots with Herby Coconut Yogurt
- Gregory Gourdet’s Favorite Grilled Chicken
- Paleo Pumpkin and Carrot Muffins
If you haven’t ordered GG’s fabulous cookbook, what are you waiting for? Get it by clicking here.
Also, if you missed my conversation with GG for his Everyone’s Table book launch event with Powell’s Books, you can watch it here.
Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013), Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017), and Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2021).
PRINTER-FRIENDLY RECIPE CARD
Spicy Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie
- 2 cups pineapple chunks about 1-inch
- ½ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup full fat coconut milk well shaken
- 1½ inch fresh turmeric peeled and thinly sliced against the grain (or 1½ teaspoons ground turmeric)
- ½ medium ripe banana
- 1 Medjool date pitted
- ¼ Thai chili pepper or a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Combine everything but the ice in the belnder.
- Plop in the ice. Put on the lid and blend on high speed untl as smooth as possible, about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Divide into two cups and serve right away.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.