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Hey everyone! It’s Chelsea over from Chelsea’s Messy Apron to bring you a quick, easy, and delicious recipe. My family moved to Ohio this summer and we have been experiencing quite the winter. People around tell us it’s usually not this bad, and I sure hope they are right come next winter! We’ve had more snow than I’ve ever seen in my life and it seems like the state has been in the negative temps more than the positives. To help deal with these sub-zero temps, I’ve posted warm comfort meals and plenty of soups, but today I wanted to “defy” these terrible cold temperatures with a tropical breakfast shake!

Tropical Breakfast Shake in a glass cup with a pink straw and coconut shaving on the side.

This shake has all kinds of tropical flavors – fresh pineapple, orange juice, a ripe banana, and some coconut flakes to top it all off. It tastes like summer in a glass!
This tropical breakfast shake also has a base of raspberry yogurt and a little bit of vanilla extract. I used truvia to sweeten this shake, but you could try another sweetener or even a little bit of honey would taste great. And the coconut flakes definitely add some good sweetness to the shake.
It’s called a “breakfast shake” because all of the ingredients are good for you and a great choice for a healthy breakfast.

This shake comes together super quick. Just put all of the ingredients into a blender and pulse until it is all combined (or if you have a Blendtec or Vitamix, press the “smoothie” button). The one catch is to make sure you freeze a banana before making this shake. The night before you want the shake (or at least a couple of hours before) peel a very ripe banana, cut it into coins, and place the banana coins onto a tray. Freeze the bananas for about an hour and then transfer into a resealable bag.

The riper the banana is, the better the shake will taste. I’m not a huge fan of eating overripe bananas, but they will give the best flavor to your shake. I also froze the pineapple chunks that go into this shake, but you don’t have to do that. If you want a colder shake without frozen pineapple chunks, you can always add 1/2 to 1 full cup of ice. The more ice you have the thicker the consistency of your shake will be.
Speaking about pineapple, I used fresh pineapple – just cup. However, you can also buy frozen pineapple chunks OR buy a can of pineapple chunks and use that.

Here’s to hoping it warms up quick!!

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Tropical Breakfast Shake

By: Alyssa Rivers
This shake has all kinds of tropical flavors – fresh pineapple, orange juice, a ripe banana, and some coconut flakes to top it all off. It tastes like summer in a glass!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings


  • 1 large banana peeled
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 container raspberry yogurt 6 ounce light raspberry yogurt, can sub another kind of yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp. truvia or sub another sweetener
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks frozen
  • Optional: unsweetened coconut flakes


  • Before you plan on making your smoothie, peel a large and very ripe banana. Cut the banana into coins and place the coins on a tray in the freezer. After about an hour, transfer the banana coins into a resealable bag until ready to use.
  • In a blender or large food processor, combine the banana, orange juice, yogurt, truvia, and vanilla extract.
  • Pulse for about 10-15 seconds.
  • Add in the frozen pineapple. Blend until completely smooth and no chunks remain.
  • If desired garnish with unsweetened coconut flakes
  • *Check post for substitution ideas!


Calories: 228kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 55mgPotassium: 658mgFiber: 3gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 333IUVitamin C: 48mgCalcium: 163mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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