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“Does This Have A Nip Of Alcohol?” Pina Colada Greeny

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If you like pina coladas, you are going to love me today. I don't mind admitting that I nailed this delectable non alcoholic pina colada smoothie, and am SO excited to share it with you. The reason why I am so proud of this little triumph is that the secret ingredient is one of the most bitter wild edible greens on the planet - dandelion greens.  

Most people who brave including dandelion greens into their "greens rotation" are usually repelled after the first attempt because of the overwhelming bitterness, that typically requires a lot of sweet fruit to balance out . Whilst, I do not recommend drinking this pina colada smoothie every day (it does contain a lot of natural fruit sugar) it is a sexy introduction to the wonderful world of wild edibles.

Dandelion greens, are one of the most nutrient-dense greens you can include in your diet, and I eat a bunch every week in order to benefit from all of the goodness. Rich in Vitamins A, B C and D, as well as copper, phosphorous, calcium and magnesium, dandelions are great for lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol; and are very beneficial for the health of internal organs. They are also extremely alkalizing. The best thing about dandelions, is that there are over three hundred varieties, and none of them are poisonous! These would be one of the most “socially acceptable” wild edibles and are sold at most health food stores. 

When using dandelions in your green smoothies, try starting with 1/2 cup or 1 cup to start off with. I have found that using any more than that in a blend is usually unpalatable for the average "sweet" tooth. If you want to add more greens to your smoothie, try then boosting your blend with mild neutral-tasting greens like spinach and romaine lettuce. 

In this raw vegan pina colada smoothie, the bitterness of the dandelion greens comes in very handy, and seems to make this smoothie taste like it has alcohol in it. I promise all of the ingredients come together in exactly the right quanities that you would swear this little concoction had a nip of rum in it and you were laying at a beach resort! Trust me, this green smoothie puts the "dandy" back in the lion. It is TO DIE FOR! 

Just like the sublime tastes-like-ice-cream kale shake (if you haven't tried this, you are missing out on the best green smoothie on the planet) is a biblical introduction to kale, this pina colada green smoothie is the sexiest introduction to dandelion greens that I have ever tasted! If you have another "dandy" shake please share with everyone :)

Trust me, make a "date with dandelion" and let your inner rum-drum sing..........
This green smoothie is a stunner, a winner, and not to be missed. Enjoy! 

“Does This Have A Nip Of Alcohol?” Pina Colada Greeny

  • 1 cup raw coconut water
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen ripe sweet pineapple
  • 1/2 cup chopped washed dandelion greens
  • 1/4 cup dried shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons raw, unsalted cashews, soaked
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
  • 2 chopped pitted dates, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup ice (if using fresh pineapple)

Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy.

Makes two 16-ounce glasses

Find more delicious smoothies in The Blender Girl Smoothies app

Tip: selecting and storing raw cashews

“Raw” cashews are widely available in pre-packaged bags as well as bulk bins. Always purchase from a supplier where there is a high turnover to ensure freshness and quality. Look for plump cashews that are uniform in colour. Avoid the limp and shrivelled ones. Cashews should smell nutty and sweet. If they have a sharp or bitter smell they have gone rancid. To preserve the precious oils, store cashews in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to six months. Always soak cashews before using to remove the enzyme inhibitors and make them more digestible.

Okay, it’s weird that I was skeptical, because I’ve fallen for so many smoothies and recipes on this site that I didn’t think at first I’d enjoy—you think I’d know enough not to be skeptical, right? Well, we were just looking this over, didn’t have quite all the ingredients, but ran out and got the dandelion greens and blended this all up, and I’m blown away. It really does taste like there’s a little bit of alcohol in there! I love this recipe and will be having much more in the future. Thanks Blender Girl!


Oh Thanks for trying another recipe!
You guys ROCK!
Yes, this recipe is a WINNER.
More coming too.
Wait until you try the banana coconut cream pie green smoothie. Oh MY!

This is a gem…..... almost can’t believe it is good for me! YUMMMMMMM


Great! I am glad you enjoyed it :)
Yep…...this one is a keeper!

This sounds really interesting.
I have never tried dandelion greens before but after seeing this on your Facebook page I am going to give it a try.


You will be pleasantly surprised at how good this tastes :)
Let me know how you go!

This looks delicious for a hot day like today. Is it bad if I have this for dinner?


LOL! I say it is non alcoholic “guilt free” cocktail hour any time you want! ENJOY!

Okay, this is a favorite! Amazing how the dandelion weeds can have the flavor of rum mixed with this sweetness. So good!


WONDERFUL! SO glad you tried it.
I know! It is SO amazing how it all comes together. It really tastes like there’s a nip of rum in there! YUM!

WOW! This was AMAZING! This really does taste like there is rum in it a bit. I have never used dandelions before and had heard that they taste disgusting. Not anymore. You make the best smoothies. But this one might be the very best! Thankyou. I LOVE this website.


Oh Thankyou Alex.
You would be my most supportive reader! Along with the gorgeous Kibby!
Thankyou SO much.
I am so pleased you gave the dandelions a go! I LOVE this smoothie and so glad you did too!

Happy International Green Smoothie Day!  Thank you so much for this gorgeous recipe.  I’ve shared it on my Top 10 Green Smoothie Recipes

Many thanks



Thankyou Katherine!
I shared your wonderful post on Twitter today. Happy Green Smoothie Day to you too!

Thank you. 
I also meant to say how much I adore this smoothie.  I don’t drink alcohol anymore but I have had a pina colada in the past and this smoothie actually does taste exactly like an alcoholic cocktail.  It’s absolutely gorgeous. I have had a few dandelion smoothies in the past and could really taste the bitterness but it really works in this smoothie.  What a very clever idea, amazing!

Thankyou. Yes, I really hit the jackpot when I created this smoothie. Pat Pat….LOL!

I made this a few days ago and I can’t believe I forgot to comment about it because it was incredible! The thing I love about your green smoothies (aside from the fact that they’re delicious) is how I can’t predict the flavor just based on the color. It’s like those popsicles or lollipops we’d get as kids sometimes that were “mystery” flavored, except way, way healthier. :-)


LOL! I LOVE it. I LOVE this smoothie and so glad you did too :)

Tried this and loved it!  You rock!!!!!!  Thanks for all the time and effort you put into these recipes.  Keep ‘em coming. :)


Oh, you are SO welcome! I really hit the jackpot with this recipe. I am glad you enjoyed it. Great to be connected :)

Awesome smoothie! I am testing this out as I am doing a green smoothie demo at my work. However it’s either the cashews or the coconut that is giving it a ‘rough’ texture. Is that the way it should be or should I be blending it for longer? I blended about 60 seconds. Thanks!


Are you using a Vitamix or high speed blender? If you are the consistency should be quite smooth. Although, I will say, that the coconut does give it a slightly “rough texture” I suppose. If you are using a conventional blender, the consistency will be even more so.

Yes I have a high speed omniblend, I was afraid that blending too long would heat it up. But this morning I tried again and won! I first blended the coconut, cashews, dates and water on their own. It did warm up but it was smoothe, then I put the frozen pineapple and greens in and it chilled right back down again. So good!


GREAT! I am SO glad it worked out. Thankyou so much for coming back and letting me know. I hope your demo goes well. Lovely to be connected :)

OH MY, this is truly the most delicious green smoothie I ever had!!! I do have a question though, do you think it would be possible to use coconut oil instead of shredded coconut? I’m having a bit of a problem with the shredded coconut, but find the ingredients too expensive to just give it a try and risk ruining it… So I thought I’d ask the expert :-). Hopefully you can help me with it. Thanks in advance!


Hey Carly, SORRY it has taken me a while to respond to your comments. I am just catching up with them all now. Coconut oil is too rich for this smoothie and changes the personality of it too much. If you don’t like the shredded coconut, use raw coconut meat. That is DELICIOUS in this smoothie. Enjoy :)

Just posted my Video (linked to this page) on trying out this recipe. It was great!


Thanks for sharing! I just watched your fun video. Thankyou for trying the recipe and sharing it. I really appreciate you spreading the word.

Hi!  I am excited to try this smoothie, but I’m wondering if there is a good swap for the dates with less sugar?


If you use really ripe pineapple you won’t need dates at all. You could also use Nu Naturals Lemon Liquid Stevia or Sweet Leaf Liquid Stevia. Enjoy :)

I’m allergic to tree nuts, what can I use as a sub or can I just leave out the cashews?


You could use some raw coconut meat or a little bit of tofu. It will change the personality of this smoothie, but will still be delicious.

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