This skinny 4-ingredient Bacardi pina colada recipe is perfectly sweet, refined sugar-free, and made with light coconut milk—the perfect tropical summer drink. No pineapple juice is required!
Best skinny frozen Bacardi pina colada
Virgin pina coladas were my favorite vacation drink when I was a kid. They are sweet, tropical, and the maraschino cherries on top were addicting. Now that I am an adult, I love adding rum to my pina coladas. And what better rum than Bacardi?!
You are going to love this homemade skinny frozen pina colada recipe. They are made with Bacardi white rum and some other simple ingredients. This recipe has no simple syrup or pineapple juice; we only use frozen pineapple to sweeten and flavor them. Plus, we use light coconut milk instead of coconut cream. That means this recipe is lower in sugar and calories than classic pina colada recipes.
Let’s not forget that this pina colada recipe is also vegan! There are no dairy products in it. That means that you can enjoy these if you’re a plant-based eater.
I cannot wait to hear what you think about this fun and tropical cocktail. If you need some other recipes, try these skinny spicy margaritas or this vodka strawberry lemonade. The perfect summer drinks!
Why you’ll love this 5-minute recipe:
- The best skinny pina colada recipe.
- Sweetened with frozen pineapple.
- No pineapple juice.
- No coconut cream.
- No refined sugar.
- No simple syrup.
- They are sweet and tropical.
- The perfect frozen, refreshing summer cocktail.
- Easy to make in 5 minutes.
- Easily double or triple the recipe to make a pitcher pina colada.
- Great for parties and hosting guests.
- Try this refreshing strawberry vodka lemonade or these skinny spicy margaritas next!
This Bacardi pina colada calls for four healthy and simple ingredients. You’ll need a frozen pineapple, silver Bacardi rum, light canned coconut milk, and lime. There is no added sugar in this pina colada recipe! Here is a list of all the ingredients so you are prepared:
- Pineapple: You can buy frozen pineapple chunks or freeze your own. This is the base and natural sweetener for this pina colada recipe. There is NO pineapple juice needed.
- Bacardi Rum: I used Bacardi Silver Rum. I recommend using a white (clear) rum. You can substitute this with another silver, white, or coconut rum.
- Canned Coconut Milk: Grab light coconut milk to flavor and add liquid to this pina colada recipe. Make sure to shake and stir the can before measuring, so there are no chunks of coconut.
- Limes: For the perfect tangy flavor!
Kitchen tools required
You only need a few kitchen utensils to make this thick, creamy Bacardi pina colada. Here is a list:
How to make a skinny Bacardi pina colada
This Bacardi pina colada recipe takes under 5 minutes to make! Just blend all your ingredients into a high-speed blender, and enjoy your naturally sweet pina colada. Here are detailed step-by-step instructions with pictures for visual reference so any level cook can make them. The full recipe and ingredient measurements are at the bottom of this page in the recipe card.
First, add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Start with ¼ cup of canned coconut milk; you can always add more if you want your pina colada to be thinner.
Then, blend until smooth and creamy. For a thinner pina colada, add more coconut milk. For a thicker pina colada, add a bit more frozen pineapple chunks or a few ice cubes.
Finally, pour your homemade Bacardi pina colada into a glass a garnish it with a slice of pineapple or even a few maraschino cherries. Enjoy!
Tips for making homemade pina coladas
Use frozen pineapple. Use frozen pineapple pieces to help thicken your pina colada naturally without adding a ton of ice. This trick makes super thick and creamy pina colada rather than icy ones. You can cut up a fresh pineapple and freeze it or buy store-bought frozen pineapple chunks.
Make your own frozen pineapple. You can buy pre-frozen pineapple chunks in the freezer sections of the grocery store, or you can freeze your own by cutting up a fresh piece of fruit and storing it in freezer-safe bags for up to 3 months.
Start with the minimum amount of coconut milk. You can always add more milk if you want a thinner pina colada. To be safe, start with a 1/4 cup and add from there.
Use light or regular canned coconut milk. I like light coconut milk to lighten up and make this pina colada recipe healthier. It also reduces the number of calories. That being said, you can use either!
Why this pina colada recipe is “skinny” and healthy:
This homemade pina colada is healthy for many reasons; here are a few:
- Light Coconut Milk. We use light coconut milk instead of coconut cream or heavy coconut milk. This reduces calories and fat.
- No Pineapple Juice. Classic pina colada recipes call for super sugary pineapple juice. This recipe only uses frozen pineapple chunks and light coconut milk!
- Fewer Calories. Classic pina coladas have 600+ calories. This healthy pina colada recipe only has 250 calories!
- Less Sugar. This pina colada recipe is sweet from the frozen pineapple chunks. There is NO ADDED SUAGR!
- No Added Sugar. Most pina colada recipes call for syrups or sugars. This recipe is sweetened naturally with pineapple. There is no refined sugar!
Is Bacardi rum gluten-free?
In general, rum is a gluten-free liquor. So, yes, Bacardi rum is gluten-free. However, avoid Bacardi Silver, a malt-based rum that can contain gluten.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use full-fat coconut milk?
Feel free to substitute light coconut milk with full-fat coconut milk.
What’s the best type of Bacardi rum for pina coladas?
I like using Baracrdi’s Superior Rum.
Can I make this skinny pina colada virgin?
Yes, just omit the rum and add 1/4 cup more coconut milk.
What’s the best substitute for coconut milk?
Pina coladas are known for their tropical pineapple and coconut flavor, so it is hard to replace the coconut milk. However, you can easily use almond milk, whole milk, 2% milk, cashew milk, or soy milk instead. If you make this swap, I recommend adding 2 to 3 tablespoons of shredded coconut to the blender with the other ingredients. That will achieve the classic pina colada flavor.
I don’t like the flavor of coconut; can I remove the coconut milk?
Yes! If you don’t like the flavor of coconut, substitute the coconut milk with your favorite milk alternative. You can use almond, oat, soy, cashew, whole, 2%, skim, or rice milk.
Can I use fresh pineapple instead of frozen pineapple?
You can use fresh pineapple if you are in a rush and don’t have time to freeze it. If you do this, you will need to add more crushed ice, and the pina colada will be a little “icier.” For the best results, freeze fresh pineapple chunks for a few hours before making this skinny pina colada.
What’s the best substitute for Bacardi rum?
You can use any white, silver, or coconut rum.
Is this pina colada dairy-free?
Yes, this pina colada recipe is 100% dairy-free.
Are pina coladas vegan?
Yes, pina coladas are typically vegan since they call for coconut milk and not dairy milk. This skinny pina colada recipe is 100% vegan.
Can I double or triple the recipe?
You can easily double or triple this recipe. Simply follow the same instructions and make sure your blender is big enough to hold all the ingredients. You can need to blend in batches.
Can I make this recipe into a frozen pina colada pitcher?
Absolutely. Simply follow the same instructions and make sure your blender is big enough to hold all the ingredients. You may need to blend in batches. Then serve it in a large picture to serve at a party!
If you loved this recipe, try these next!
- Skinny Spicy Margarita Recipe
- Baileys Espresso Martini
- Vodka Strawberry Lemonade
- Mango Pineapple Smoothie
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Skinny Bacardi Pina Colada
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks, fresh or store-bought
- 2 ounces Bacardi rum, (about ¼ cup)
- ¼ – ⅓ cup light canned coconut milk, shake it before measuring
- ½ ounce fresh lime juice, (about 1 tbsp)
- ¼ cup ice cubes, crushed is best but cubes work
- Fresh pineapple pieces for garnish
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Start with ¼ cup of canned coconut milk, you can always add more if you want your pina colada to be thinner.
- Blend until smooth and creamy. For a thinner pina colada, add more coconut milk. For a thicker pina colada, add a bit more frozen pineapple chunks or a few ice cubes.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
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