I moved to Florida recently ( which is where I grew up) and being here has made me crave some of my Florida favorites: grilled mahi-mahi, key lime pie, and piña coladas.
These cravings lead me to the realize that it is impossible to find all natural, non-processed piña coladas! And that if I want a healthier piña colada in my life, I have to take matters into my own hands. Which resulted in this incredibly rich, creamy and satisfying All Natural Piña Coladas recipe. It makes the best piña coladas that I’ve ever had, and it only takes 5 minutes to put together!
Oh and all the ingredients in this recipe are Paleo and Clean– except for the rum, which is optional! (kind of) 🙂
I have great memories of making virgin piña coladas with my dad in the summer time. We would grab large amounts of ice and a can of Coco Lopez and mix it all together in the blender.
I remember running around the house laughing and trying to escape the loud sound of the blender… and then enjoying a delicious glass of a creamy coconut and pineapple flavored frozen piña colada.
I told my husband about those fun memories and how Florida reminded me of them.
Well, speaking about piña coladas made us both in the mood for a some! So we went to a tiki bar and ordered one.
I eagerly took and sip and EWW. It tasted like chemicals! It almost tasted like suntan lotion? But with a hint of gasoline. haha
There was NO WAY this could be good for you. And not only did it taste bad, but my husband turned bright red, which is our sign that something processed is in the food.
( sidenote: my husband has an auto-immune disease and so we find that him turning red is our barometer for what foods to stay away from)
Needless to say, we didn’t drink these. So on our way home I told him, lets pick up a can of Coco Lopez and make our own.
We stopped at the grocery store and when I checked the label I was grossed out again! haha
The ingredients in a can of Coco Lopez are: COCONUT MILK, SUGAR, WATER, POLYSORBATE 60, SORBITAN MONOSTEARATE, SALT, PROPYLENE GLYCOL ALGINATE, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES (EMULSIFIERS), CITRIC ACID, GUAR GUM, and LOCUST BEAN GUM.
UM no thank you.
So we didn’t buy any because, again, there is NO way this is good for you.
I ended up buying some all natural pineapple juice, frozen pineapple, and coconut cream and got to testing homemade recipes in the kitchen.
Quick tip: make sure the pineapple juice is made of 100% juice and that the ingredient list is only “organic pineapple juice”. I found a great juice from a company called Lakewood Organic at my local grocery store.
It’s sooo good. I almost wanted to drink the whole jug upon trying it, but I had to save it for these All Natural Piña Coladas.
Also: make sure to use canned coconut cream without any preservatives. Even if the can says “all natural” or “organic”, it’s not enough. At least for the flavor. The absolute best tasting coconut cream is Savoy and there is only coconut and water inside of it.
For a recipe that is so reliant on coconut cream for it’s flavor, I think it’s really key to have a delicious tasting one. Savoy is the best. ( sorry for repeating this so often! but it makes a big difference in taste and texture )
Anyways, after a bit of testing and tasting, I came up with this All Natural Piña Colada recipe and it is so incredibly creamy and delicious that I had to share is ASAP.
Literally all the ingredients in this recipe are Paleo and clean except for the rum. And that ingredient is optional. But when everything else in the recipe is natural, it makes adding a bit of rum not so bad.
Feel free to make yours virgin to keep them totally Paleo or add the rum of your choice.
I like the added kick of the rum, but I love virgin Piña Coladas just as much.
Honestly, these All Natural Piña Coladas are SO simple– everything is done in less than 5 minutes– but so delicious!
( you do need to put the canned coconut in the freezer for at least 3 hours, so keep that in mind)
I know this may be a big statement, and I mentioned it earlier, but these piña coladas are the most delicious ones that I’ve ever had. And I’ve had a few other people say the same thing!
I’ve found that the more natural a recipe, the more delicious, and this certainly is the case here!
Everything but the rum in this recipe is Paleo. Enjoy a healthier, all natural version of Pina Coladas, without the processed chemicals found in pre-made mixes.
Put the coconut cream into the freezer for 3 hours.
Put all of your ingredients into a blender: the ice, pineapple juice, coconut cream, rum, frozen pineapple and maple syrup.
(To get the coconut cream out of the can, run some warm water on the outside of the can, it should slip out easily into the blender.)
Blend until you have your desired consistency.
This recipe yields 6 cups, or 48 ounces of piña coladas.
Note: omit rum to keep the recipe 100% Paleo