Skinny Piña Colada

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This Skinny Piña Colada recipe is made with frozen pineapple, coconut water and coconut rum. Serve frozen or on the rocks for an even lighter version.

During our Grand Cayman babymoon last month I drank quite a few (virgin) piña coladas and was quickly reminded how delicious they are. The combo of creamy coconut with pineapple is hard to beat… especially when you’re sitting on a beach with your toes in the sand.

That said, piña coladas can be pretty high in calories (usually over 500 cals a pop) and the store-bought mixes are loaded with added sugar, artificial flavors and preservatives.

Two skinny piña coladas in glass cups with blue polka dot paper straws.

Knowing all this, I decided to create a skinny piña colada recipe made with frozen pineapple chunks and coconut water. With a little experimenting I came up with two versions — one that you can serve over ice (on the rocks) and another that is frozen like a traditional piña colada.

Coconut Water Instead of Coconut Cream

I’m a big fan of using coconut water as a base for cocktails because it’s refreshing, hydrating and has electrolytes, which can help prevent a hangover. It’s great as a sub for coconut cream in this skinny piña colada recipe because you’re still getting that coconut flavor and a little natural sweetness without a ton of extra calories.

Ingredients for a skinny piña colada: frozen pineapple, coconut water and coconut rum.

How to Make a Skinny Piña Colada

For this recipe I’m sharing two different options based on how you like to serve your piña coladas. Both variations make 2 servings.

On the rocks:

If you’re looking to keep the calories low and don’t mind drinking a piña colada on the rocks, this option is for you! Just blend the frozen pineapple with the coconut water and coconut rum and serve the mixture over ice with a splash of sparkling water for a little fizz.

Nutrition: 129 cals, 0 grams of fat, 20 grams of sugar, 21 grams of carbs

Frozen:

If smooth and creamy, blended piña coladas are your jam, I recommend making the frozen version. For this one, just blend together the frozen pineapple with coconut water, rum and a frozen banana. The frozen banana makes the mixture extra smooth and creamy and adds a little bit of extra sweetness. Plus, it adds to the tropical flavor profile.

Nutrition: 177 cals, 0 grams of fat, 26 grams of sugar, 31 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber

Non-Alcoholic:

If you’re pregnant or just don’t want to have alcohol for whatever reason, you can easily make this a mocktail just by leaving out the rum. I made a non-alcoholic version the other week with just the frozen pineapple and coconut water. I served it over ice and it was just as delicious and refreshing!

Two skinny piña coladas in glass cups with blue polka dot paper straws.

If you make this skinny piña colada, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

Skinny Piña Colada


Ingredients

On the rocks:

  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 10 ounces coconut water
  • 3 ounces coconut rum
  • splash of coconut sparkling water (optional)

Frozen

  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 frozen banana, chopped into chunks
  • 10 ounces coconut water
  • 3 ounces coconut rum
  • splash of light rum
  • handful of ice

Instructions

On the rocks:

  1. Blend all ingredients except the sparkling water in a blender, pour into two glasses with crushed or cubed ice. Add a splash of coconut sparkling water and serve.

Frozen:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high powdered blender until smooth. Pour into two glasses and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 piña colada (on the rocks)
  • Calories: 129
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 1g

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