Creamy Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie

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Jars filled with our Healthy Creamy Cucumber Smoothie recipe surrounded by pineapple chunks and cucumber

I’ve been taking cucumbers for granted as the boring, flavorless vegetable I occasionally dip my hummus in. That is, until recently when I rediscovered their impressive health benefits.

Go grab a cucumber and let’s put half of it in a smoothie, and the other half on our face, shall we?
Banana, pineapple, cucumber, lime for making a healthy vegan Creamy Cucumber Smoothie

This 6-ingredient, 5-minute smoothie was inspired by the wonder food that is cucumber.

Cucumbers are important to add to your diet because they’re 95% water and naturally detoxify your body; are high in Vitamins A, B and C; and contain phytonutrients that provide anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer effects.

They’re also a secret weapon for nails and hair, thanks to the nutrient silica, which helps them grow strong and shiny.

And because of their cooling and calming effect, they are excellent at calming stressed or sunburned skin and reviving puffy, dark under eyes – simply apply fresh sliced cucumber to soothe the affected area.

So whether you’re consuming cucumber or putting it on your face, the benefits are real, people.

Blender with ingredients for making a Healthy Creamy Cucumber Green Smoothie with Pineapple

I hope you all love this smoothie! It’s:

Refreshing
Creamy
Tart-sweet
Super healthy
Naturally detoxifying (thanks to fiber!)
Quick
& Delicious

This would be the perfect smoothie to add to your weekly line-up for breakfast or post-workout snacks. Pineapple and banana add citrusy sweetness, coconut milk lends to a creamy base, lime zest and juice offer plenty of bright citrus notes, and cucumber adds a subtle earthy flavor with a slew of health benefits (see above!).

If you try this smoothie, let us know what you think! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a picture #minimalistbaker on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

Measuring glass filled with our gluten-free vegan Creamy Cucumber Smoothie recipe

Creamy Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie

A creamy, 6-ingredient cucumber smoothie with coconut, lime, pineapple, and greens! A nutrient-rich, refreshing smoothie that will beautify you from the inside out!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Two glasses of our Healthy Cucumber Smoothie topped with sliced cucumber and lime
4.96 from 46 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 (smoothie)
Course Breakfast, Smoothie, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sliced cucumber (skin on // organic when possible)
  • 1 heaping cup cubed pineapple (if frozen, omit ice)
  • 1/2 large ripe, peeled, frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk*
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 medium lime, zested + juiced (~1 tsp zest // 2 Tbsp (30 ml) juice per 1 lime)
  • 1 large handful greens (spinach or kale // organic when possible)
  • 2-4 ice cubes

Instructions

  • Add cucumber, pineapple, frozen banana, light coconut milk, water, lime zest, lime juice, greens, and ice cubes to a blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
  • For a thicker smoothie, add more ice. For a thinner smoothie, add more liquid of choice. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lime juice or zest for acidity/brightness, banana or pineapple for sweetness, coconut milk for creaminess, and greens for more intense green color.
  • Serve immediately. Leftovers will keep covered in the refrigerator up to 24 hours, though best when fresh.

Notes

* For creamier smoothie, use canned light coconut milk. For a lighter smoothie, use coconut beverage from a carton or sub coconut water!
*For added protein, add 1-2 Tbsp (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) hemp seeds or chia seeds, or your favorite neutral or vanilla-flavored protein powder. I don't have any favorite powders at the moment, but Vega Viva Vanilla is the closest thing to palatable I've found.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 1 servings)

Serving: 1 smoothies Calories: 225 Carbohydrates: 52.2 g Protein: 5.2 g Fat: 3.9 g Saturated Fat: 3 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 79 mg Fiber: 7.9 g Sugar: 28 g

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  1. Heather Blalock says

    I had some cucumbers I wanted to use up. So glad I found this recipe! Absolutely delicious! It will be a regular recipe in my weekly smoothie rotation.

  2. Phyll says

    What a fantastic way to start anyone’s day – yummy and healthy. Thank you and love, love your blogs.

  3. Rosie says

    I was looking for a healthy smoothie this morning after my workout. I just happen to find this and I happen to have all the ingredients. It was so delicious!! I will make again. Thanks.

  4. Angelina says

    Absolutely wonderful smoothie. So refreshing and a perfect blend of flavors.

    My pineapple wasn’t frozen, but my cucumber was. I used almond milk instead of coconut milk (as it’s all I had) and coconut water instead of filtered water (and I only used 1/4 cup.) The smoothie was the right consistency with these measurements and ingredients :)

    Will definitely make again. Thanks!

  5. Regina says

    I served this at my book club along with a tray of cucumbers and it was a big hit, the neighborhood kids taste tested it and loved it, my friends raved about it having just the right amount of creamy, sweet, and tang! My own very picky children loved it as well. The main character in our book this month was always eating cucumbers and drinking cucumber juice, so this was a fun refreshment and didn’t derail everyone’s January health goals!

      • Jules says

        I was looking for smoothies and recipes that are healthy while we’re stuck at home and this one was perfect for what we found in our last grocery store run! We loved the flavor and ingredients. It was so simple but delicious! I’ll definitely be making again but next time with more spinach because mine was a lighter green color.

  6. Paige says

    I omitted the banana and swapped coconut milk for almond milk, also lemon instead of lime juice and zest and double the water. Refreshing, light and perfect for an after workout snack!

  7. Janice K O'Brien says

    This is my new go to smoothie this summer. Soooo refreshment! I did not want to open a whole can of coconut milk in case I didn’t like the recipe so I substituted almond milk. I am not a big lime fan so I substituted 1/2″ of fresh ginger. That gave it a real zing.

  8. L says

    Just made this. Had everything but the coconut. Quite delicious and refreshing! Gonna buy some coconut milk for tomorrow

  9. Karen says

    This was most refreshing. I omitted the coconut milk and just used water as my liquid and added romaine lettuce. A great change from my regular smoothies.

  10. Sarah says

    This is definitely one of my new favorite smoothie recipes! I’m not a huge fan of cucumbers but I am drowning in them from my weekly farm box. This is the perfect way to use them up!

  11. Jackie says

    I legitimately made this for breakfast for a full week as the summer heat starting hitting my NYC apartment. So refreshing & as someone who doesn’t like sweet breakfasts, it had the perfect mix of tangy-ness to balance that out. I don’t have a high speed blender so the color didn’t look as beautifully smooth, could still see lots of green bits from the spinach, but it still tasted awesome.

  12. Liz says

    I love this smoothie – it’s so refreshing and light! I’ve made it quite a few times now and find that adding a kiwi and some fresh ginger are great additions if you already have them in your kitchen!

  13. Catherine Devine says

    This was fantastic! We didn’t have coconut milk or water, so subbed soy milk and it was delicious!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Catherine! Most of the time you can leave the banana out, but I will add it to the recipe request list!

  14. Eva says

    Hi Dana,

    I made this three times because I was so determined to get it right! I finally did – added a bit more banana to sweeten as you said and I love it! Such an easy way to get all these great fruits and veggies in!! Thank you as always!

  15. Becky says

    I’m addicted to smoothies in the morning, and this is by far the best recipe I’ve found to date. I highly recommend making this! I’m disappointed I’m out of cucumber and have to wait until I shop on the weekend to make it again!

  16. Jenn says

    This was amazing! Followed recipe as written and I wouldn’t change a thing! Had it after my work out today and it was prefect for rehydrating and so refreshing. This will definitely be in my rotation more often!

  17. Kaetlyn says

    Just made this for the family and even the kids love it. IT’S SO YUMMY. My entire family are really trying to eat healthy and detox ourselves and it’s proven to be especially hard when we get a craving, but you’re recipes definitely help. Thanks so much for making such simple ones, it makes our lives easier :)

  18. Terrin says

    This reminds me of a more savory cucumber smoothie that i love- it’s one cucumber, a handul of cilantro, half a ruby red grapefruit, a tiny pinch of salt, and a few chunks of pineapple-i use frozen pineapple so the smoothie is cold without watering down with ice. It’s really refreshing and hydrating!

  19. Afton says

    This was delicious! I am not a fan of cucumbers and getting my kids to eat them is a challenge but this was a win all around! Thanks for a great recipe!

  20. Angela says

    This is my first green smoothie and Wow! I was so surprised at the amazing flavor. I can’t wait to make it again! Thank you for sharing!

  21. Angela says

    I made this for breakfast this morning. I absolutely loved it. Sporty liked it, but found it too tart. When I make it again for us I’m going to try using one lime instead of two and maybe some extra banana. Yummy! :)

  22. Avery says

    Do you think I could cook or omit the spinach? The cooked version is more digestible and nutritious than the raw one, unlike what most think. If I can’t do either, can I replace it with somethings else? Thanks!

  23. Robin says

    This is divine. I make it at least once a week now. I add a little more water and coconut milk because my vitamix won’t blend it otherwise. (Then again, it may be broken.) Thanks for sneaking green into my diet!

  24. Brigid says

    Ahhhh this smoothie is so delicious! Very refreshing and lovely lime-y. My kids found the lime flavour too strong so they didn’t want to finish it. Oh dear that meant I had to drink it all myself. Shame :)
    It’s perfectly sweet without being sickly. I used coconut water instead of coconut milk and it worked a treat. A new smoothie for my favourites list.

  25. Sarah says

    Cilantro would be an excellent green in this smoothie as it pairs well with both pineapple and cucumber. (If you’re not one of those people who have an aversion to cilantro, poor you in that case.)

  26. Barney says

    If you have a “high powered” blender (Vita-Mix, Blendtec or other) don’t bother seating the lime. Just wash it really well and toss the whole (or cut into 1/4’s if you prefer) into the blender.

    Great drink

    Thanks Dana!

  27. Jes says

    This was totally amazing! One of my new favorite morning smoothies for sure… I’ve already made it 3 times since you posted this…. :) Thank you, Dana!!

  28. Jess says

    Yum! My bananas weren’t ripe so I used half an avocado instead and extra pineapple for sweetness. Also tossed in some shredded unsweetened coconut. Next time I’ll go easier on the lime. Perfect summer time treat!

  29. Eric says

    Awesome recipe! I had never tried cucumber in a smoothie before, a whole new world has opened for this green fellow in my kitchen now! :)

  30. Cassie says

    Sounds so detoxifying and delicious! I love the fresh flavors of the cucumber with the pineapple as well!

  31. Ann S. says

    Had one for breakfast this morning. Delicious! I used the lime zest but then just finished peeling the lime with a knife and threw half of it right in, no juicing.

  32. Anita says

    Just made this and it is really good and creamy and refreshing! Hubby liked it too!! Looking forward to getting your cookbook this coming week.

  33. Lucy says

    I’m having a real moment for pineapple in smoothies. I love that I could pretty much make all of this now, so breakfast tomorrow morning is looking a lot brighter!

  34. Ana says

    I want to make this but don’t have pineapple. What about mango? Would the flavors go? Need an alternative so I can indulge this morning!

  35. Sarah says

    This was a very tasty, cool, and refreshing smoothie. Trader Joes has the BEST organic cucumbers. Will definitely make this one again.

  36. Ash says

    Today is the second morning that I’ve made this smoothie – it’s deliciously refreshing! Perfect for the warmer weather :)

  37. Ellen Lederman says

    Meant to comment: I doubled the recipe since you said it was for one serving and we both wanted it. It made 36 ounces! Do you really drink 18 ounces as one serving?

  38. Ellen Lederman says

    I resisted using the cuke on my face (maybe someday I will do the thing with a cuke slice on my eyelids and pretend I am at a spa), but followed the rest of your instructions and got one delicious green smoothie! And green smoothies aren’t often my thing (but my husband and I trust you so much, thought we would try it). Our go-to whole fruit juice is what I call happy juice: 3 cups watermelon, 1 cup raspberries, squeeze of lemon and some agave. But now we will definitely alternate that with this.

    How is it possible to love all your recipes so much? I really don’t need another cookbook, but will be ordering yours tonight because your stuff is just the trifecta: healthy, easy, and delicious plant-based.

  39. Silvia says

    I am drinking it right now, so refreshing and delicious. I just ommited the lime :)
    Thank you so much for this recipe!

  40. Esther says

    I Just tried out this recipe. It was delicious. Very refreshing and not at all sickly sweet. A perfect blend of flavors. Thanks!

  41. GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth says

    I’m not generally a huge fan of cucumbers. Their texture is so odd to me, and I they occasionally leave a weird taste in my mouth. But I make an exception for smoothies. It’s always sooo good!

  42. Amy says

    I pretty much made this smoothie this morning without even realizing you had posted!!! haha I used pineapple, spinach, cucumber, celery (I actually don’t mind the taste), banana and chia seeds + water! I had coconut milk in the fridge I should have added that as well! Didn’t even cross my mind…

  43. Debra Basch says

    This was delicious! I added Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder from Arbonne and it was delicious! I only put in 1/4 of the banana though to keep the sweetness down with the addition of the pea protein.

  44. Emily@Robust Recipes says

    This look delicious! I am wishing I had a cucumber on hand so that make this right now for my snack! I will need to make it soon.

  45. Helen says

    Wowza! This smoothie is Just what the doctor ordered! For once I had all the ingredients. It was So creamy and delicious that I even got my non vegan husband to try it. Guess who finished it up to the last drop. Yummilicious!

    Btw, thanks to you and your sweetheart for all of your hard work. Big big fan. Your recipes rock.

  46. Natalie | Feasting on Fruit says

    Well I’ve clearly been under appreciating cucumbers. I’m sorry cucumbers, let me drink you now!

    • Laura ~ Raise Your Garden says

      Ok, that just reminded me of Pride and Prejudice when Miss Darcy states….”Let’s take a turn about the room, it’s so refreshing” But I could see them downing these delightful smoothies!