This refreshing pineapple kiwi green smoothie is made with Honeycrisp apples, frozen bananas, frozen pineapple, fresh mint, baby spinach, kiwi, and dates. It's vegan, sweet, and creamy, plus it has a hidden serving of vegetables.
What I Love About This Recipe
This smoothie tastes amazing and it can be prepared in 5 minutes. I love that this pineapple kiwi smoothie is packed full of fruits and spinach, making it easy for me to get my fruit and veggie servings in for the day. Also, this recipe is literally fail-proof. It's an excellent recipe to make for beginner chefs. Not only is it fun to make, but it's delicious and nutritious.
- Frozen banana: I highly recommend using a frozen banana for this recipe. Frozen bananas make the smoothie creamy and cold. Any time my bananas are on the verge of going bad, I peel them, split them in half, and add them to a freezer-friendly storage bag in the freezer.
- Frozen pineapple: I prepare my frozen pineapple chunks from a fresh pineapple. I buy the fresh pineapple, peel and chop it into pieces, then store it in freezer bags. Frozen pineapple is an excellent fruit to add to smoothies.
- Fresh spinach: Spinach is packed with iron. It's tasteless when blended up in a smoothie, so pack it in. I prefer to use triple-washed baby spinach.
- Medjool dates: I use dates in everything that needs to be sweetened and blended, like this homemade almond milk. The best dates for this smoothie are Medjool dates. Make sure the dates are pitted prior to blending.
- Honeycrisp apple: This detox green smoothie is the best with Honeycrisp apple. However, if you would like to substitute another type of apple, that's fine.
- Kiwi: I use fresh kiwi for this detox green smoothie. Kiwi is packed with vitamin C.
- Fresh mint: The secret ingredient to this smoothie is fresh mint leaves. Dried mint is not an appropriate substitute, so if you don't have any fresh mint on hand, omit this ingredient. It's worth having fresh mint for this smoothie.
- Water: I prefer using water for the smoothie rather than milk or nut milk.
How To Make A Pineapple Kiwi Smoothie
Prepare the ingredients and add them to the Vitamix blender. Blend on high for about 30 seconds.
Tips and Tricks
- Use frozen banana and frozen pineapple. Instead of using ice, the frozen banana and pineapple make the smoothie cold and smoothie-like.
- Use pre-washed baby spinach leaves. Baby spinach leaves are tender and tasteless, and they blend up well in a smoothie.
- Use a Vitamix blender. Vitamix blenders make excellent smoothies, so if you drink smoothies frequently, I highly recommend buying one.
- Easy toddler hack: Cut the end off of a bottle nipple and pour this smoothie into a bottle. It makes it very easy for my toddler to drink comfortably without making a mess.
Substitutions and Variations
- Substitute honey or agave nectar for pitted dates.
- Add almond milk, cashew milk, or oat milk.
- Any type of apple is an appropriate substitute for Honeycrisp apples.
- Vitamix blender or other high power blender for blending up this smoothie well.
- Chef's knife and cutting board to chop the fruit.
Pineapple kiwi smoothies last for about 8 hours in the fridge. It's a great double-batch recipe to have for a later snack in the day.