Pomegranate plunge tropical smoothie is healthy and refreshing, prepared with tasty ingredients like pomegranate juice, frozen bananas, strawberries, and cranberries. It’s the perfect drink to feel energized and positive about your day.
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What is in the pomegranate plunge smoothie from Tropical Smoothie?
Tropical Smoothie Café’s pomegranate plunge smoothie is a cold, refreshing drink. It’s made with pomegranate juice, bananas, cranberries, and strawberries.
Do you like your smoothies fruity and fresh, with a short, uncomplicated ingredients list? Then my copycat pomegranate plunge tropical smoothie recipe will be a fast favorite for you!
This pomegranate smoothie is creamy, sweet, a little tart, and bursting with refreshing flavors. The combination of pomegranates, cranberries, strawberries, and bananas is amazing!
The smoothie makes a nutritious breakfast and will leave you feeling fabulous about your day ahead.
And did I mention that this pomegranate smoothie recipe is dairy-free? It’s completely fruit-based and suitable for any dietary needs. Grab your blender and let’s get to it!
Want more healthy smoothies? Try our Bahama mama smoothie, angel food smoothie, and pineapple surf smoothie next.
Pomegranate smoothie benefits
This pomegranate banana smoothie offers more than just good sips. Here are a few pomegranate smoothie benefits:
- Pomegranates are packed with numerous minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, which are nutrients to support your overall health.
- Because of the high antioxidant content in pomegranates, this smoothie can help reduce inflammation and boost the immune system.
- By adding cranberries, strawberries, and bananas, you get oodles of extra vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.
smoothie with pomegranate juice is easy to work. It requires just 5 minutes and minimal ingredients, most of which I already have in my pantry and freezer. Please scroll down to the recipe card below for exact measurements.
- Pomegranate juice is the liquid base of the smoothie. Sweet and tart, pomegranate juice tastes incredibly refreshing and bold in flavor. It gives the smoothie a beautiful red color and a lively, energizing aroma. Be sure to buy pure, unsweetened pomegranate juice.
- Bananas: Frozen banana chunks make the smoothie satisfyingly luscious and creamy.
- Cranberries: Fresh or frozen cranberries will work. If you buy frozen cranberries at the grocery store, double-check that they don’t contain any added sugar. Cranberries also play a starring role in our cranberry truffle smoothie.
- Strawberries are a sweet, fruity, and delightful pairing with our lovely pomegranates and cranberries. I prefer frozen ones, so the smoothie turns out nice and thick.
- Maple syrup: Cranberries and pomegranate juice are on the tarter side. A splash of maple syrup provides just the right amount of sweetness to balance the sour aroma.
Variations & substitutions
- Swap the juice: Try unsweetened cranberry juice or raspberry juice instead of pomegranate juice. Apple juice and grape juice are tasty alternatives as well.
- Different fruit: Pomegranates pair well with blueberries, blackberries, pineapple, and mango. Feel free to replace any of the fruit with these options. And be sure to use frozen fruit for the best smoothie texture.
- Other sweeteners: Honey, agave nectar, and date syrup are good alternatives for maple syrup.
How to make pomegranate plunge tropical smoothie
A pomegranate smoothie is a great way to kick off your day with an extra pop of energy. I also love it as an afternoon pick-me-up when I feel tired throughout the day. Let’s talk instructions!
- Fill blender. Place all of the ingredients in a blender in the following order: pomegranate juice, maple syrup, cranberries, banana slices, and strawberries. Your smoothie will blend best if you add the ingredients in that order, starting with the liquids and adding the frozen fruit last.
- Blend. Blend until smooth. I like to blend in 1-minute increments and stir in between to see if any fruit chunks are remaining.
- Serve. Once blended, pour the pomegranate smoothie into a glass and serve with or without a straw as preferred.
Pomegranate plunge tropical smoothie is delicious as written, but feel free to doctor it up with mix-ins and extra ingredients if you like. A few of my favorite additions are:
- Yogurt adds extra protein and is incredibly creamy. I recommend plain non-fat Greek yogurt or vanilla Greek yogurt.
- Nut butter: A tablespoon of almond butter, sunflower butter, or peanut butter adds healthy, sustaining fats and makes the strawberry pomegranate smoothie more filling.
- Chia seeds are little powerhouses of nutrients and fiber. Add 1 tablespoon to make your smoothie more filling and satisfying.
- Protein powder: Add a scoop of protein powder if you enjoy the smoothie post-workout or want a breakfast smoothie that’s extra filling. Plain or vanilla protein powder would be yummy.
- Spinach: The addition of fresh spinach leaves makes this a delicious pomegranate spinach smoothie. While you won’t be able to taste the spinach, the leafy green will give the smoothie a gray color.
Tips to thicken the pomegranate plunge smoothie
I love my smoothies creamy and thick because it makes them even more satisfying and delicious. The pomegranate plunge smoothie recipe is already fairly thick, but if you’d like to thicken your drink even more, read through my tips:
- Extra fruit: A quick way to thicken the smoothie is simply to blend in an additional handful of frozen fruit and berries into the smoothie.
- Add ice: Add a few ice cubes after mixing the main ingredients until you achieve your desired texture.
- Chia seeds: Another idea is to add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. After a few minutes, the seeds soak up some of the excess liquid and thicken the smoothie.
A high-powered blender will give you a finer, more even consistency, but a regular blender will work just as well. If the smoothie seems too thick to blend, increase the liquid.
I love sipping my smoothie through these stainless-steel straws. They make everything you drink through them taste so refreshing and fun. The best part is that you can use them over and over again and reduce waste.
How to store pomegranate plunge tropical smoothie
Pomegranate smoothie tastes so delicious, even a day or two later. Here are some instructions how you can store it and keep it fresh tasting.
- Refrigerator: Store leftover pomegranate juice smoothie in a lidded jar or airtight container and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days.
- Freezer: Freeze your pomegranate plunge tropical smoothie in freezer-safe mason jars or ice cube trays for up to 2 months. Let smoothie jars defrost in the fridge overnight before serving. Frozen smoothie ice cubes can be used from frozen. Just toss them in your blender and process them until smooth and creamy.
More tropical smoothie recipes to love
Skip the drive-thru and create your own smoothies at home! They taste better, are more nutritious, and cost less. I’ve put together a few more delicious and easy smoothie recipes I know you’ll love.