This Bahama Mama Tropical Smoothie recipe is our copycat version of the popular Tropical Smoothie Cafe drink. It has sweet strawberries, tart pineapple, creamy coconut, and delicious white chocolate. With real fruit and white chocolate, it's easy to see why everyone wants this copycat recipe!
Imagine you're sitting under a cabana, by the ocean, with a cold smoothie full of tropical flavors in your hand, complete with a little colorful umbrella. The breeze is warm and the ocean waves can be heard in the background and you just got a massive brain freeze from chugging this delicious smoothie. Quick - put your tongue to the roof of your mouth!
Ok, now that the brain freeze is gone and you are home from this slice of paradise, you are thinking it would be awfully great to have a smoothie made with tropical fruits at home. That is where this smoothie comes in! With some frozen fruit, coconut milk, and the secret ingredient: white chocolate, you'll feel like you are back on an island in the middle of the ocean.
Not only does this smoothie transport you back to island time, but it is so easy to make with only 5 ingredients and everyone loves it! So, let’s get you on Island time!
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What is a Bahama Mama Smoothie?
The Bahama Mama Smoothie is one of the most popular drinks at the Tropical Smoothie Cafe. It's a delicious blend of strawberries, pineapple, coconut, and white chocolate that makes a rich and creamy smoothie. While white chocolate may seem a bit much for a smoothie, it really is why this smoothie is so addicting!
Ingredients and Substitutions
All substitutions are a 1:1 substitute unless otherwise noted.
Coconut Milk: Coconut milk is a no-brainer for a tropical smoothie! We used canned coconut milk for a ultra rich texture.
Substitutions: Any milk can be used, plant-based or dairy. You can also use a more water-based liquid, like orange juice, pineapple juice, or coconut water, but the texture will be less creamy.
Strawberry and Pineapple: We use frozen strawberries and pineapple to help thicken the smoothie and keep the ingredient cost a little lower.
Substitutions: Fresh strawberries or pineapple can be used but I recommend using frozen fruit for one of the fruits (pineapple OR strawberries) to ensure the smoothie is cold. If using fresh fruit for both, add a cup of ice cubes to the smoothie.
White Chocolate: White chocolate is what sets this smoothie apart! We use Lily’s white chocolate chips to keep the sugar lower.
Substitutions: White chocolate syrup, cacao butter mixed with agave, or vegan white chocolate can be used. You could also try using vanilla protein powder or white chocolate protein powder to make this a delicious protein shake!
Coconut Chunks: Coconut chunks can be kind of hard to find but they amp up the coconut flavor of this smoothie! They can typically be found in the cold produce section. You can find them at Amazon here!
Substitutions: Coconut powder (unsweetened) or shredded coconut can be used.
Add-Ins: You can add a few different items to your smoothie if you want to switch it up. Some ideas include low-fat yogurt, greek yogurt, chia seeds, and vanilla protein powder.
Recipe Testing Notes
Throughout our testing of this Bahama Mama Smoothie, we learned some key things that worked and didn't work. Here are the key takeaways!
The type of coconut matters: We tried shredded coconut, coconut chunks, coconut flakes, and not including raw or dried coconut in the smoothie. The raw coconut chunks were far and above the best addition in flavor and texture. This is likely because the other coconut options are dried so they add grittiness and not using any extra coconut makes the smoothie slightly bland.
A note about white chocolate: We tried white chocolate syrup and white chocolate chips for this smoothie. Both produced delicious flavor and texture. But, we felt white chocolate chips would be more likely to already be in your pantry, thus making it easier to make the smoothie.
How to Make this - Step by Step
Step one: Add the coconut milk, coconut chunks, and white chocolate chips to a high-speed blender and blend for 30 seconds. This is just to pulverize the harder ingredients to ensure they are fully incorporated into the smoothie.
Step two: Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend on high speed until smooth, about 30 seconds to a minute.
Step three: Enjoy with a colorful umbrella in a fun glass!
Watch How to Make This - Step by Step
This Copycat Bahama Mama Tropical Smoothie is super simple but here are a few extra pointers!
- Frozen Fruit for the win! Frozen fruit does three things for this smoothie. It thickens it, it allows you to access fresh fruit flavors year round, and it keeps the smoothie cheaper than if you had to use fresh fruit.
- Start with less liquid: To enjoy the perfect consistency, start by using only ¾ths of the called for milk and then adding as needed. This is also helpful if you are using a different milk than we are.
Facts and Common Questions
Totally! It has large portion of your daily values of Vitamin C and A from the strawberries and pineapple and it has healthy fats from the coconut chunks and coconut milk.
No it is not vegan because it uses white chocolate chips. To make it vegan, simply swap out the white chocolate for vegan white chocolate or use equal parts cacao butter and agave to make your own white chocolate.
It’s a secret so I can’t tell you. Just kidding! The secret to a great smoothie is having an ingredient that is fibrous or frozen. This can be a banana, an avocado, coconut chunks, or any frozen fruit.
Certainly! This Bahama tropical smoothie can be made into a smoothie bowl. Just leave it extra thick and then pour it into a bowl. Top with everything you love like granola, yogurt, or fresh fruit.
Want to Save it for Later? Here’s how!
Saving a smoothie can be tricky. The liquid and solids tend to separate as it thaws in the fridge, so here is the best way to store any leftovers!
Storage: To keep any leftovers, we recommend keeping the smoothie in the fridge, in the blender.
To Enjoy: When you are ready to enjoy it, re-blend until smooth. You may need to add ice to thicken it again.
How long it will keep: This smoothie will keep for 2 days in the fridge.
Pineapples are a very cool fruit! First off, they are packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Next, they are regenerative, meaning you can grow a new pineapple from the leaf of one that has already been cut up. But one plant only produces one pineapple and they take nearly two years to grow, so there is a lot of patience required. It also contains an enzyme that can break down proteins, which is why it is in many marinades for meat - it flavors the meat and tenderizes it! (source)
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- 1.5 cups coconut milk unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon white chocolate chips sugar free
- 3 tablespoon coconut chunks or shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- Add the coconut milk, white chocolate chips, and coconut chunks to the blender. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.
- Add the pineapple and strawberry to this mixture and blend another 1 minute.