Tropical Pineapple Smoothie

Tropical smoothie (click through for recipe) This is the time of year when I get obsessed with smoothies. The warm weather makes a quick, healthy, and chilly smoothie sound like the perfect workday breakfast. Yum. There are probably about one million amazing smoothie recipes out there. Here’s one I’ve been loving lately.

Tropical pineapple smoothie (click through for recipe)  Oh, also, if you make your own smoothies, I totally believe you should get to name them whatever you like. Just pretend your kitchen is your own little coffee shop or deli. Make up a name for your favorite flavors.

Toasted coconutTropical Pineapple Smoothie, makes one.

1 mango
1 cup pineapple (if you use a fresh pineapple, you can get about 3 cups out of it)
1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes*
1-2 tablespoons almond butter
3/4-1 cup coconut water

*I used sweetened coconut flakes. If you use unsweetened, you may want to add a tablespoon of honey. But the mango and pineapple are plenty sweet as well, so you may not. Feel free to make it how you like it.

Best tropical smoothie recipeRemove the skins of the mango and pineapple, and cut into small chunks. Toast the coconut in a dry pan over medium heat until it begins to brown. 

In a small ziplock bag, add the mango, pineapple, and coconut flakes. You don’t have to label the bag, but if you end up getting into smoothies, you can make lots of different kinds over the weekend, freeze them all in small bags with labels, and have smoothies for weeks on end with no extra work in the morning. Just FYI.

Once the contents of the bag are frozen, dump them in the blender, add the almond butter and coconut water, and blend away. 

Jungle baby smoothie (click through for recipe)You can top with a little more toasted coconut or some granola. Enjoy! xo. Emma

P.S. This post is missing a few photos and the original name has been changed. I had unintentionally named this smoothie something that turns out to sometimes be used in an inappropriate manner. I had no idea, and I want to sincerely apologize! Thank you to all our kind commenters for letting me know.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. 

  • Looks delish! I’m in the market for a new blender because I’d love to make smoothies for my toddler (and myself!) Both blenders I’ve had burned up. Do you like your Cuisinart? Is it a food processor and blender?

  • Emma, you should seriously, seriously reconsider the title of this beverage. I find it absolutely shocking that this slipped by. It doesn’t matter if you think that your smoothie “tastes tropical”; your other options are limitless. This is completely ignorant.

  • Hi Meredith,

    Yes, I honestly really like this model. I haven’t tried it as a food processor yet so I can’t really speak to that but as a blender it is top notch.


  • Cora,

    After reading your comment I tried to find out what you might mean. I had no idea that some people have used this term in an offensive way. I was completely ignorant to this, and I appreciate you making me more aware. I will for sure keep this new information in mind for the future. Thank you!


  • Such a fun idea. You are SO clever. Love the ziploc bag tip.
    Definitely reminds me of lounging on the beach. Maybe RUM would be a great addition on the weekends in tropic.
    Thanks Emma!

  • I’m also really needing a new blender and would love advice Emma. Currently I have a $16 mini blender from Walmart. I can tell the motor is getting worn out and it will now only blend very tiny pieces of fruit/whatever. Which means I add time chopping away fruit into tiny tiny pieces. What is your opinion on glass vs. plastic blenders. I’m afraid buying a glass one is bad for a klutz like me and I may break it. I’d also really love not to spend more than $40 but then I wonder if it will burn out quickly and if by going cheaper I’m sacrificing blender quality.

    Maybe a good idea for a post! I’d love to hear reviews and price conscious options. I live in Canada so options I can buy here would be appreciated 🙂 Thanks so much love this blog!

  • The smoothie looks great, but honestly, the name of it is outrageous. Really outrageous…and offensive. It deserves a serious edit.

  • This looks so tasty and tropical. This is probably just me, but between the smoothie and the straw, I think it totally looks like a 70’s Brady-Bunch-esuqe color palette. So fun!

  • PLEASE take the suggestion to change the name seriously. This is incredibly offensive and I guarantee it will bring you a lot of negative attention if it gets noticed on social media. I can’t imagine that NO ONE on the team knew what this title means.

  • in agreeance with Cora here… I NEVER leave comments on blogs but had to on this… i scrolled down only to see if anyone else had said anything… i follow all of the ABM staff on social media… think/thought you guys were great… but seriously? you can’t tell me that not ONE of you thought the name might be pushing the envelope. i am a white female close in age to ABM staff… surely one of you ladies knew.

  • I have to agree that the name of this smoothie is very unfortunate… You might want to reconsider and name it something else. I don’t think the term “Jungle Fever” is necessarily offensive per se, but not at all what you were intending with this smoothie.

  • I love, love, love your blog, but my mouth fell open in shock to see the name of this post and smoothie. It’s ok to make mistakes though and take a big cue from your readers and edit this mistake. I love that you guys are always willing to edit your ideas and mishaps when necessary, and I think you would gain props from your audience for doing so in this case.

  • No. We did not. If I had I never would have name it that. I am very embarrassed. I’ve changed the name, updated the post and removed all the images that showed the name.

    I am very, very sorry for offense I may have caused. Thank you for making me more aware of this saying.


  • This does not look very appetizing to me. Perhaps it’s the color or the pieces of coconut, but I am intrigued by the combination and will definitely try it!

  • Hi Emma and A Beautiful Mess team,

    Thanks for changing the post about the smoothie, but the title of the post still has the original name. I don’t know if you knew….

    The smoothie looks delicious though 🙂

  • (fyi – the original name of this smoothie is still at the top of the ingredient list.)

    looks & sounds great! just add a bit of protein powder and you’re good to go!

  • Just an FYI: you’ll need to update the URL for the post too…it still has the old name in it. 🙂

  • I’m 25 and had no idea it meant anything offensive. I’m SURE the beautiful mess team didn’t either.

  • FYI, I am 29 and I have never heard of that term before. Sheltered I guess!! 😉

  • I’d also like to remind people, that certian offensive phrases are also culturally based on location. Here in Houston, I know of the phrase, but I have friends from up North who have never even heard of that phrase (unless they’ve seen that Wesley Snipes movie). Heck, I had one friend describe her love affair with mangoes as Jungle Fever and I had to explain it to her…she was born in America but grew up in Egypt as her father worked in the Military.

    Also, I have taught high school and when that Guido culture came out from Jersey Shore, not many of my students understood that Guido was a slur towards Italian immigrants. With time, and culture, certian phrases aren’t used as much due to people who are not spreading these phrases and their original use dying out. Of course, a little education and empathy does go a long way, hence my friend from above, but please be aware that there are people in this world who are not aware of certian phrases.

  • I had heard of the term in relation only to the Spike Lee movie (which is great), but clearly that’s not what you were referring to in the title of a smoothie. I took it to mean tropical only.

  • Emma it hapens. As bloggers we all have those moments where we have a blonde moment and something slips by. We are all human and are not perfect. You have said sorry and fixed the problem. I am glad someone was able to let you know what it meant. I didn’t know, I had to google it. Anyways thanks for always sharing and inspiring. You are an amazing group of ladies and gents working on this blog. Keep up the amazing work!

    Danielle @ Blissful & Domestic

  • Someone else has already asked- but where did you get those straws! They’re really cute!
    ps. Seems a little harsh to insinuate that any mistake might have been on purpose! I’m sure you would never have done that.

  • A “Jungle Fever Smoothie” is more funny than offensive, in my humble Black male opinion. Sounds like a Dave Chapelle skit.

    However, Jungle Baby is also a historical slur, I’m sorry to say. You may want to go with Rain Forest, Tropical, Exotic or some other benign descriptor.

    Political correctness sure is cumbersome; I see why people hate it.

  • Also that same friend refered to her refrigerator as “Reefir” (this was the name tag she put on the fridge) and we had to have another talk lol

  • Don’t be embarrassed, Emma! I’m white, early 30’s, and have several black friends. None of us had ever heard of that term. I had to Google it. And this smoothie looks so delish!

  • Oooh, yeah, that is a really tough mistake! Although we certainly do all make them. I just now went to the blog for the first time today and it’s still showing up as “Jungle Baby.” Just wanted you to know so you can fix that.

  • I love smoothies! I’m so curious about how the almond butter goes with the mango and pineapple. Guess I’ll have to find out!

  • A beautiful mess is not a local blog. It is a magazine style blog with an international audience. So Elsie and Emma and staff are obligated to be knowledgable about racial slurs in the USA- as well as international racial and gender issues. I was a bit aghast that not a single person on staff was aware that phrase has racial implications— BUT! they did the right thing in addressing and acknowledging this error.

    PS. CERTAIN not “certian” because spelling is important.

  • Gosh I live in Brixton, London, England which is full of black/mixed race couples and people and never once had I heard that term. Emma don’t feel bad that you didn’t know we can’t all be perfect and know everything!

  • I rarely comment on posts but I hope you aren’t being too hard on yourself! I’m 28 and I’ve heard of Jungle Fever but I’ve never heard the term Jungle Baby in my entire life. Honestly it’s so easy to hear phrases and never even know what the backstory is. I think the bigger focus right now is that everyone needs to be making this tropical goodness like NOW!

  • Hey ABM, smoothie looks gorgeous, but find myself more attracted to the straw?? Where do you get such a beaut drink accessory??

  • Yowza!! This sounds delicious! I bet some almond milk would be a great addition for a “creamy” texture to this smoothie.

  • That’s a great point Melinda. I’m from NY and NEVERRRR heard that term before. I feel like this could have happened to anyone and probably still can, in another setting, lol. I love how Emma was so accommodating and quick to respond.
    I mean like, do you love these girls, or what??!!

  • Thanks for looking at the comments and changing the name! I looked at it yesterday and was a tad confused…but not offended enough to leave a comment, since I knew the phrase was not being used in the offensive context. Regardless, kudos to you for correcting it! We all make mistakes.

  • I do agree with what you have said, and of course, I do commend them for changing it anyway. Here’s my question, if they are obligated to know what are considered racial slurs, how do they know what are considered racial slurs when they have never heard of them before? Yes, a quick google search of that nature is in order but even for me, with the second name change, I personally had no clue that Jungle Baby was even a racial slur.

    Also, I did not catch the “certain” misspelling when I read through my original post. Thank you for catching it…now I have to double check my Mozilla spell check for that error! Dysgraphia can be a big pain in the you know what sometimes! 🙂

  • The faux outrage regarding the post title is amusing. It would be nice to see some of you channel the energy into something important like the IRS scandal or the price of gas rather than the name of a fruit smoothie.

  • FYI the “Jungle Baby” recipe is still showing in Google for ABM if you search that term. The link to the site doesn’t work but the search term is still with Google as a recipe for ABM.

  • Oh, come on, people! Let’s just drop it! Emma apologized, and didn’t mean it at all this way! Why people like to keep rubbing it in at innocent people? No mistakes allowed, I guess!

  • Cora and Melissa need not be so eager to assume anyone would deliberately say, do or write something offensive. The fact is no one knows an others intent and it’s not your obligation to judge. If anything, they both came across as harsh in their comments when they could have been kinder and in a more informative manner, especially if they love ABM and staff so much. I’m 52 and do love your Blog; it’s always the first one I click on. I have seen nothing but good things on your Blog and am looking forward to more in the future.

  • It looks delicious! & don’t worry-I’m y’all’s age and had to google it. 🙂 Keep up the hard work, team! P.S. I am currently going through your “Blog Life” course and I’m loving it! Thanks so much for your hard work & inspiration!

  • I love pineapple! It´s my 2nd favourite fruit. Nevertheless, your smoothie seems to be tasty. In my case I´d like replace coco by something else.Do not like it too much.

  • By the way, I just started subscribing to your RSS feed today – the original post still shows up there, along with the update that the nam had been changed. Which made me wonder what it had been *before*.

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