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Piña Colada Breakfast Shake

Pina Colada Breakfast Shake Recipe

Pina Colada Breakfast ShakeThis Piña Colada Breakfast Shake recipe is a perfect option for when you need a healthy breakfast on-the-go. It’s vegan and tastes like summer in a glass!

What Suntan Lotion Tastes Like

When I was 4 or 5, 7-Eleven had a Piña Colada slurpees for the summer. I remember getting one and thinking to myself, “This is what suntan lotion must taste like!” I always felt compelled to eat suntan lotion, you see, because it smelled like something that should be eaten. So this was very exciting for me. I have loved that combination of pineapple and coconut ever since. It always reminds me of summertime and the beach and happiness. In fact, I think it’s actually impossible to drink a Piña Colada and feel unhappy.

About the Recipe

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a breakfast shake, so I figured it was time to do another. Everyone loves an easy, healthy breakfast, right? And during the summer, breakfast in cold smoothie form is always a bonus. Well, at least for me, it is. The thing that makes this a breakfast shake instead of a regular smoothie is the oatmeal. (And fine, I could have called these oatmeal smoothies, but smoothies for breakfast are a yawn. Shakes for breakfast, that’s exciting! Rebellious, even!) I like to let the oats sit in liquid for a little bit to soften them up—if you’re making these shakes for breakfast, you can combine the oats and liquid the night before. There’s a little less oatmeal in this Piña Colada Breakfast Shake than there is in my other recipes, but only because I like my breakfasts a little bit lighter in the summer.

Pina Colada Breakfast Shake
The coconut flavor in this smoothie comes from unsweetened coconut flakes. This is one of my new favorite ingredients to play around with. I love it in smoothies, muffins, overnight oats—whatever! You can even use it to make your own coconut milk. The reason I’ve used coconut flakes instead of canned or refrigerated coconut milk is that the flakes add much more of a coconutty flavor to the smoothie. And you want this to be coconutty!

I also used coconut water in this smoothie, but really, you can use any liquid you like—any kind of milk you have on hand (almond milk would be delicious!), juice, rum, whatever! I just happened to have coconut water on hand from Bestowed Box and since my husband and I don’t like drinking it straight, I usually use it in smoothies. Oh, and because people always ask, YES you can add protein powder to this! Go wild!

Pina Colada Breakfast Shake
Want more breakfast shake recipes?

Here are the others I’ve posted:

Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake
Banana Chai Breakfast Shake
Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Shake

Pina Colada Breakfast Shake Recipe

Piña Colada Breakfast Shake

A summery breakfast shake made with oats, dried coconut, and pineapple.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 shake



  • Combine the oats, coconut water, and coconut flakes in a small container with a lid. Stir together, cover, and refrigerate overnight (or at least 2 hours if you're not having this for breakfast—this step helps soften up the oats).
  • Add the oat mixture and the frozen pineapple chunks to your blender. (A high speed one like the Vitamix works best! Please do not blame me if your blender does not blend!) Puree until completely smooth and add sweetener to taste if you need it (since the pineapple is so sweet, I skip adding any extra sweetener).
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This recipe was originally published on 11 July 2013.

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    July 11, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Breakfast time here and I want one too!

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    July 12, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Suntan lotion does smell so delicious – love this breakfast shake!

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    July 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

    This sounds like such a good breakfast in this heat! And I totally always thought the same thing about suntan lotion that smells like coconut … sometimes I still think that now if it smells that good! lol kidding

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      July 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! 🙂

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    Stephanie @ Steph Loves Cake
    July 12, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I had totally forgotten about the pina colada slurpees! I used to love them. What a great sounding smoothie, this is breakfast for tomorrow. Thank you for sharing.

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      July 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      They were so good, right?! I haven’t lived near a 7-Eleven for ages, so I have no idea if they still sell them…

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    Brenda Williams
    July 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

    This sure looks better than what I had for breakfast. You have such great ideas…can’t wait for the cookbook to see more!

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      July 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Only a year and a half more to wait! 😀

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen
    July 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    There’s nothing better than the coconut-pineapple combo in the summer! I feel like I’d be way too tempted to spike this with some rum, though…

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    July 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I totally agree, I personally don’t think I can drink something pina colada flavored and be unhappy 🙂 So yummy!

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      July 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      It’s just a happy flavor, right?! 🙂

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    Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving
    July 13, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I’m pretty sure my son would love the pineapple in this recipe! Serious yum and thanks so much for linking to my tutorial. Thank you for reminding me to do more!

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    July 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    This would feel like having a cocktail for breakfast but without the booze. Sounds yummy!

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    July 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I love anything pina colada flavoured too! I’ve been wanting to make a summery smoothie using coconut water, but I always seem to drink my coconut water on its own before I get a chance to try it in a smoothie haha…I like how you soaked the coconut flakes too, since they usually end up too chunky when I try to add them to smoothies, so I’m guessing that would help them blend easier.

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      July 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      That’s funny because coconut water sits in my fridge UNTIL I use it in a smoothie. 😉

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    July 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Yes – this sounds SO delicious. I’ve been getting bored with my quick fix breakfasts as of lately…can’t wait to try this one!

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      July 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      I am all about quick and easy breakfasts lately too!

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    Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ
    July 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Pina colada for breakfast with oats instead of rum? Oh my gosh, this sounds heavenly good 🙂

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      July 17, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Well, there are some mornings when you might need to add a little rum too. 🙂

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    Lisa @ Greek Vegetarian
    July 16, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Absolutely brilliant photography Kiersten. It’s so hard to get white on white and retain details. Gorgeous shake too!

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      July 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      Thank you! I haven’t had much time to experiment with my photos lately and I missed it, so I took some time to try something different with this set. 🙂

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking
    July 18, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Hahaha. I do that all the time. “This is what pee must taste like!” (about beer) I recently said something about Band-Aids. That food was gross, whatever it was.

    And I wish I wouldn’t have eaten all the fresh pineapple for breakfast! Boo. I want this.

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      July 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      OH MY GOSH, I hate pee beer. Pee beer is the worst beer!

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    July 19, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I never think about adding oats to my smoothies. This sounds amazing!

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      July 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      I add them to any smoothies I make for breakfast–fruit alone just isn’t enough to fill me up!

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    July 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Made this today, with almond milk instead of coconut water, and added a scoop of protein powder. It was delicious but VERY thick. Trying to figure out if the protein powder could have made that big of a difference in the consistency? I made your Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake two days ago, and also added protein powder to that one, with great results. Any thoughts? Pumpkin Spice is up next!

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      July 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Hmm, that’s interesting because when I make this, it’s actually thinner than the other breakfast shake recipes I’ve posted! I wonder if maybe it was the protein powder? I know that the bromelain in pineapple can react with proteins, so that could be why the protein powder didn’t change the consistency of the Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake…

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    January 22, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I’m currently drinking a Mexican chocolate shake & it a SO GOOD that I immediately needed more shake recipes since I think these will become a new habit. All shakes! All the time! ☺️

    Anyway, this sounds amazing! I love anything coconut, but a piña colada for breakfast?! It’s anarchy (in the best way!) I’m already dreaming of summer- even though it’s only January- so this is prefect. Love!

    Side note: this is my first comment, but I am in love with your blog! It was the first I started to follow when I tried to change my diet to be more whole foods & plant based. It’s changed so much since then, but in great ways!

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      Kiersten Frase
      January 22, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Yes, I agree. Eat all the shakes! Or drink them. That probably works better. Oh, and thank you for your comment–you are too kind! 🙂 I’m glad to hear my blog has helped you with your diet changes!

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