5 Ingredients or Fewer

Cure for What Ails You Smoothie

January 13, 2015
3 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

This is exactly the type of sustenance I want when recovering from a cold or flu -- or anytime I need an easy pick-me-up. The pink peppercorns and fresh ginger give the smoothie a little kick in the pants and balance the natural sweetness of the pineapple and coconut milk. If you don’t have pink peppercorns, the smoothie is plenty tasty without them. —EmilyC

Test Kitchen Notes

This is delicious. It's a very sweet smoothie, but bursting with flavor. All of the ingredients really complement each other, with the pink peppercorns tying them all together. I think I would even add just a couple more next time to really get that pink peppercorn flavor, but for people wary of the pink pepper, it was perfect as is. It was spicy and tangy and a definite treat. I'm ready to go lie on the beach somewhere. —DeannaMarie

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup fresh (or frozen) pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (full-fat recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger root, peeled and finely grated
  • about 8 pink peppercorns, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup ice cubes (can omit if using frozen pineapple)
  1. Place the first five ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. You can start with a lesser amount of peppercorns and add more to taste.
  2. Add the ice cubes, if using, and blend on high speed until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • SophieL
  • lora789
  • Nancy
  • hardlikearmour
  • EmilyC

Recipe by: EmilyC

I'm a home cook. I love salads. Two things you'll always find in my refrigerator are lemons and butter, and in my pantry good quality chocolate and the makings for chocolate chip cookies.

7 Reviews

SophieL August 23, 2016
Delicious! I used canned pineapple and subbed candied ginger for fresh ginger (because that's what I had on hand), and tossed in 2 T. of coconut flakes to amp up the coconut flavor - it turned out great - thick and creamy. I will definitely make this again.
Oooooooooo May 6, 2015
Organic Greek Yogurt is the best yogurt for thickening this this recipe
lora789 February 10, 2015
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Nancy February 4, 2015
Ummm.. I felt like this needed something more, It's pretty thin. I used full fat coconut milk and 3/4 c ice. Maybe the 1/2 c ice instead and possibly half a banana. Just didn't quite do it for me. Sorry.
EmilyC February 5, 2015
Hi Nancy -- this smoothie is definitely thinner than a typical smoothie. Your idea of adding a banana would definitely thicken it, as would yogurt in place of some of the coconut milk. Thanks for trying it!
hardlikearmour January 13, 2015
I have a strong affinity for everything in this smoothie!
EmilyC January 14, 2015
I do too. By the way, I credit you and several of your recipes on the site for turning me on to pink peppercorns!