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Kid-Friendly Pina Colada Ice Cream Smoothie

Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

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Non-Alcoholic Pina Coladas

Growing up, I loved virgin pina coladas. I remember going to Red Lobster with my parents, and my dad ordered a pina colada for himself, but his drink contained alcohol. It looked so good, and I so wanted to taste it. When the waiter came back over, my dad asked if they could make me a non-alcoholic version. They did, and right then and there, an addiction was born! Of course, once I was an adult, I was able to try the alcoholic version—and believe me, I drank quite a few on my honeymoon. Well, it was in the Bahamas, in paradis. So when in Rome, do as the Romans do, right?

When we got home from our honeymoon, it was still summertime, and I was still craving that tasty drink but did not want to consume large quantities of alcohol all day long, all summer long. Lo and behold, one of our relatives gave us a smoothie maker for my bridal shower, and so I decided to try to find the right recipe (fairly simple) and the right ingredients (fairly inexpensive, if possible) to make a virgin smoothie version.

So this recipe was born about 6 years after, back when my husband and I were first newlyweds. We still love this one and so now do my young kids. It has fruit and ice cream, so what little kid wouldn't like it? Plus, it was fairly simple, easy, and inexpensive to make. I have said this before, but with children and living on a budget, both are truly a blessing.

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

10 min

10 min

3-5 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 Tbs. Coconut Milk, I use Goya
  • 2 1/2 Cups Pineapple Juice, Dole is what I use.
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream, We prefer Breyers or Friendly's
  • 1 1/2 Cups Frozen Pineapple Chunks, Again, I use Dole.

Instructions

  1. Pour all liquid ingredients into the smoothie maker.
  2. Add all frozen ingredients too.
  3. Blend at Low/Dispense setting for 30 seconds, then blend at High setting until smooth.
  4. While the machine is running, move the stir stick around counterclockwise to aid mixing.
  5. Serve immediately in glasses. I use chilled glasses from the freezer whenever possible.

© 2012 Janine Huldie

Comments

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on October 24, 2012:

Richard, I have tried "Creme de Coco" too in a pinch and agree it works wonders. I am not a huge orange juice fan, but Kevin is and probably would enjoy that. Very true also about Bacardi's and I am also partial to Malibu rum when in doubt. Thank you and glad to share with you :)

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on October 24, 2012:

Mike, thank you for sharing and am finding more and more as kids we have similar experiences with virgin Pina Coladas and nice to know I am not alone on this experience. Happy to share and hope you get to have one on me real soon :)

Rich from Kentucky on October 24, 2012:

Janine - Try using a little "Creme' de Coco" in it if you can find it. Also, you might try blending 1/4 much orange juice into the pineapple juice. Give it a little bit of kick. (something I learned from a bartender in San Juan). Of course, Barcardi's is a necessity for the adult version. Remember, it's the official rum of the Devil's Triangle! lol Great Job!

Mike Robbers from London on October 24, 2012:

I have had exactly the same experience with Pina Colada with my uncle when I was a child! He let me try his drink though and as far as I remember I didn't feel any alcohol taste.. It was just delicious and strange to me at the same time..

thanks a lot for sharing this Jamie, Pina colada & Zombie are my favourite coctails :)

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on October 14, 2012:

Oh thanks Joseph and glad you will be able to try. I loved being able to share a bit of my honeymoon here and it was truly a great trip and wonderful time. Thank you also for sharing this one too :)

Joseph De Cross from New York on October 14, 2012:

Yikes! I missed this one! I will try it defintely, because writing can actually drain your electrolytes. Nice Bahamas story, with Reggae and pina coladas. I think Lily approved this one before birth Lol! Thanks for sharing it! I already smell the pina in the mixer!

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on September 23, 2012:

Ignugent17, let me know if you can how it comes put using different kind of milk. I love coconut milk so would never even thing to use anything but. However I curious now that you mentioned this. Thanks also for the votes and pin too :)

ignugent17 on September 23, 2012:

Janine,

This looks easy and must be delicious. I will just use other milk because my husband doesn't like coconut milk.

Voted up and pinning . :-)

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on September 23, 2012:

Ryem, that is exactly what I was reminded of when I originally first made this smoothie (such good memories for me). Thank you for stopping by and hope you try the smoothie and enjoy!!

Ryem from Maryland on September 23, 2012:

This reminds me of being a little girl and feeling like a grown up while drinking these frozen drinks with tiny umbrellas in them! This is a great hub. I'm gonna try this out. : )

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on September 23, 2012:

LaThing, thank you for stopping by and for your comment. Again I hope you get to try this one and also thank you for the votes and pin too!!

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on September 23, 2012:

This looks dilicious! I love virgin-piña colada, but never tried it with ice cream. Will be trying it soon.... Can't wait! Voting up and pinning.

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on September 11, 2012:

Julie, thank you and I too love anything Pina Colada flavored and can tell you this one doesn't disappoint for the Pina Colada lover. Hope you do make and enjoy!!

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on September 11, 2012:

Janine, I will definitely give this one a try - I love anything Pina Colada flavoured, with or without the rum - I don't mind :o)

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on September 01, 2012:

Ishwaryaa22, I too am not big into the taste of alcohol and this one suites me just fine and is really so tasty. So I think you will enjoy when you make it too!! Thank you so much for your comment, shared, votes and pin too!!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on September 01, 2012:

A quick-to-make and delicious smoothie ! Good to know that this is non-alcoholic as I & my family are not into alcohol. Will give this yummy drink a try soon! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & pinned

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on August 24, 2012:

Thank you Sujithbeta for your kind words here and do hope you try and enjoy too!

Sreejith k from Kerala, India on August 24, 2012:

Sure, you are expert in making this drink. Hope Pina Colada Ice Cream Smoothie is a healthy drink. You have written this well and easily understood. surely try this healthy drink.

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on August 24, 2012:

Michelle, seriously this is so easy and have made it so many times this past summer that I have lost count. Sometimes it is a quick lunchtime substitute and then still others an after dinner treat. Hope you do make it soon and enjoy!! Thank you again for pinning and sharing too :)

Michelle Liew from Singapore on August 24, 2012:

Sounds like a simple yet delicious drink to make, Janine. I love pina coladas and this will be great for parties as well. Thanks for this, which I'm pinning and sharing.

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 18, 2012:

Victoria, I never met anyone else who also had their first Piña Colada at Red Lobster too and love that you can relate to me on that one. I hope you do try and if you must add rum, I happen to be partial to Malibu Rum, but that is just me. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and commenting too!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on July 18, 2012:

Oh, my gosh! The first time I tried a Pina Colada it was a virgin one at Red Lobster!How cool! I may have to try this (might slip in a little something else, too. What goes in them? Rum?) This does look great. Thanks for bringing back memories!

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 18, 2012:

Cybershelley, I got home from our beach vacation and did some grocery shopping the next day and confess and bought the ingredients, because I didn't have a descent one for the few days we were away. Hope you too can get out and get these ingredients too to enjoy!! Thanks again fro the comment and stopping by!!

Shelley Watson on July 18, 2012:

Janine, all I can think about is a Pina Colada but I have to wait until tomorrow as I don't have any icecream! Groan. Up and interesting

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 15, 2012:

Vespawoolf, thank you so much for stopping by, commenting, voting and sharing too. Sounds delicious with adding your homemade vanilla ice cream to this recipe. Hope you enjoy it too!!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on July 15, 2012:

What adult wouldn't like this?? My mouth is watering after reading and see your photos. I'll have to try this with my homemade vanilla ice cream. Voted up and shared!

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 13, 2012:

Teaches12345, thank you so much for stopping by here and agree this is really one of my summer favorites.

Dianna Mendez on July 13, 2012:

Put me down for one! Looks so good and this is one of my favorite flavors. You have certainly made this a summer recipe winner.

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 12, 2012:

Ron Hawkster, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I agree about the umbrella and am a sucker for them in my drinks!

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 12, 2012:

Glad you stopped by Carter06 and hope you do get to try down under when it is summertime for you. Thatnks again!

Ron Hawkster from United States of America on July 12, 2012:

What gives pina colada its wonderful flavor is that little colorful umbrella. A drink without an umbrella is just water.

Good hub! Will have to remember to make one soon.

Mary from Cronulla NSW on July 12, 2012:

Delicious idea and def trying this one, although might wait for our summer...voted up & awesome & shared...cheers

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 12, 2012:

Thank you moonlake for stopping by, sharing and pinning too. Totally appreciate and hope you too enjoy when you make it.

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 12, 2012:

Jennzie, thank you for your comment. Nice to know I wasn't the only who enjoyed virgin piña coladas as kid.

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 12, 2012:

Thank you too lovedoctor926, glad you liked this one too and I am also a sucker for a drink with a little umbrella in it!

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 12, 2012:

Thanks wowsite1234, hope you do try to let me know how you like it.

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 12, 2012:

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you try this enjoy it too.

moonlake from America on July 11, 2012:

I would like this. Sounds so good. Voted Up on your hub. Also did a pin it.

Jenn from Pennsylvania on July 11, 2012:

This looks good, and it's perfect for summer. I also enjoyed virgin pina coladas as a kid, so I know that I will like this!

lovedoctor926 on July 11, 2012:

This is really good Janine. Voted up awesome! I like the cute yellow umbrella.

wowsite1234 from Moncks Corner, SC on July 11, 2012:

Man, I might try this just by seeing the picture, haha!

Ruchira from United States on July 11, 2012:

great idea, Janine. I love pina colada and what better way to beat the summer blues :)

voted up and sharing it across

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 10, 2012:

Thank you Christy for the vote and the stars on this one. I agree about not finding many non-alcoholic drinks in the summertime. I admit I drank more when I was younger. Never was a huge drinker though, but now I am lucky if I drink one alcoholic drink in a blue moon, so it is nice to be able to make a refreshing drink for the summertime without alcohol.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on July 10, 2012:

I vote useful and 5 stars. I don't drink alcohol and it's not always easy to find non-alcoholic drinks that are fun during summer. Thanks!

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 10, 2012:

Terrye, thank you for stopping by and commenting. I totally appreciate your continued support on here. I do hope your kids enjoy this one and let me know what they think when you do make it!! Thanks again.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on July 10, 2012:

Janine - this will come in handy for the hot weather we're having. I'm sure my kidlette would love it. I hate coconut, so I'm afraid I'll have to pass. :) VUMS! and pinned.

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 10, 2012:

What can I say, but simply thank you, thank you a million times over Josh!!!

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on July 10, 2012:

Janine,

Yes small step, but yet another step toward success, keep it up! I am enjoying your hubs and following you!

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 10, 2012:

Josh, totally enjoy this when you do try it and thanks for your congratulations on the 100 followers. Just a small step, but nice to know others are reading and following.

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on July 10, 2012:

Janine,

Yes I will definitely be trying this smoothie out! And congratulations on your 100 followers milestone! :)

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 10, 2012:

Nmdonders, same here as I mentioned, Pina Colada is truly one of my favorites. I think the mixture of pineapple and coconut are what do it for. So glad you are going to try this and hope you too enjoy.

Janine Huldie (author) from New York, New York on July 10, 2012:

Thank you Josh. I truly do appreciate your unwavering support. I was totally happy to share and felt obliged to give a bit of background on this one and glad you enjoyed it! Hope you try this and enjoy the drink as much as we do!!

Nira Perkins on July 10, 2012:

Pina Coladas are one of my favorite drinks. If I think about it, it might be my favorite. I love anything pina colada flavored :) I will try this later today. Great idea for summer.

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on July 10, 2012:

Janine,

I love smoothies, and this one sounds delicious! I love how you introduced it as well! Great job, keep up the great work! :)