Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie


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A turmeric smoothie is the perfect way to kickstart your day. Tropical fruits are blended with immune-boosting ingredients to create a deliciously healthy drink. It’s creamy, naturally sweet, and will have you feeling good from the inside out.

Turmeric smoothie in a glass jar with straw and ingredients in the background.

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Smoothie

If you’re a smoothie drinker like me, it’s always good to switch up your routine. Typically, I like to make my green smoothie which includes anti-inflammatory ingredients such as berries and avocado. But instead of adding more greens, turmeric and ginger make a strong power couple in this tropical golden smoothie.

While these ingredients boasts tons of health benefits, it doesn’t stop there. The bananas and pineapple are loaded with vitamin C, vitamin D, and a hearty dose of potassium. So when you combine everything together, it turns into one powerful drink.

Turmeric Smoothie Recipe Video

Want to see how easy it is to make this recipe? Watch the video below! 

The Many Benefits Of Turmeric

Turmeric gets a lot of buzz – and for good reason. You need just a small amount to nourish your body with all its benefits and it can easily be added into any meal or drink (like my jamu juice).

To break it down for you, it all revolves around its shining compound: curcumin. The list can go on forever, but two key benefits are that it’s high in antioxidants and it’s a strong fighter against inflammation. It’s also been shown to have positive effects to the body, brain, and certain diseases.

Yep, you can say this is one ingredient you don’t want to miss!

Making the turmeric smoothie in a blender.

Fresh vs Dried Turmeric

When it comes to using turmeric, you have two options: fresh or dried. Sometimes one is better for cooking and the other for blending into drinks. But it all really depends on how punchy of a flavor you want. Here’s a quick guide on what to look for in and expect in both.

Fresh Turmeric

Raw turmeric roots look very similar to its close relative – ginger. It has an orange flesh that’s earthy, bitter, and slightly peppery. With a more pungent flavor overall compared to dried turmeric. And similar to ginger, it can be thinly sliced, cubed, or grated before using. I thinly slice it for my jamu recipe.

You’ll normally find fresh turmeric in the produce section of heavily stocked markets or Asian grocery stores. Just be sure to choose the ones that are firmer and not soft or shriveled.

Dried Turmeric

Dried turmeric is made from a boiling and drying process, turning it into a ground texture. While it loses some of its pungency, it still retains its strong coloring. Making it great for turmeric tea, sprinkling into smoothies or sautés.

Specialty spice shops generally have a fresher stock. But you can also find it in your normal grocery store. And to test if its good quality, take notice of its aroma versus the color. A stronger aroma means higher quality.

Turmeric smoothie in a glass jar with straw.

Let’s Talk Ingredients

There’s just a handful of immune-boosting ingredients in this recipe. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Pineapple: Frozen pineapple chunks are best for a thicker consistency. Which means you can simply buy a bag of frozen pineapple instead of going through the difficulty of slicing one.
  • Banana: Use a fresh banana. No need for a frozen banana as the pineapple chunks will chill the smoothie.
  • Turmeric: I prefer fresh turmeric, but if you can’t find fresh, ground turmeric works just fine in this smoothie. Here’s the equivalent: 1-inch fresh turmeric = 1 tablespoon fresh grated turmeric = 1 teaspoon ground turmeric.
  • Ginger: If you can’t find fresh, you can used dried ginger. But just note that they do impart a slightly different flavor. Here’s the equivalent: 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger = 1/3 teaspoon ground ginger.
  • Milk: Any milk works in this smoothie, but since we’re going for anti-inflammatory effects here, I recommend a non-dairy milk. Choose from options such as almond milk, cashew milk, or oat milk.

How to Make Turmeric Smoothie

While turmeric and ginger both have a pungent, bitter flavor. Don’t worry. Combining it with fresh fruit turns it into a real treat. Once you’ve got all your ingredients, just toss everything in a blender. Then, blend on high for about 30 seconds until it’s luscious and creamy. Voila, turmeric smoothie!

Turmeric smoothie in a glass surrounded by ingredients.

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BEST Turmeric Smoothie

4.99 from 60 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


A turmeric smoothie is the perfect way to kickstart your day with immune boosting, anti-inflammatory ingredients. You'll love this combination! Watch how I make it in the video above!



  • 1 cup dairy-free milk
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon fresh turmeric, grated (or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated (or 1/3 teaspoon ground ginger)


  • Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend for 30 seconds on high, or until creamy.

Lisa's Tips

  • Frozen fruit gives the smoothie a thick texture and makes it really cool and refreshing.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 592mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 89mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Turmeric Recipe, turmeric smoothie, turmeric smoothie recipe
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Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. I drink a smoothie for breakfast Monday-Friday! I love adding tumeric and ginger in ALL my smoothies!!!!!!!

  2. First time trying turmeric and ginger in a smoothie and it was delicious! Easy, tasty and refreshing!5 stars

  3. Tried this with homemade almond milk and it was delicious.  My first time using fresh turmeric, but looking forward to trying your other recipes that call for it now. Thank you for another quick, easy, and yummy recipe!5 stars

    1. Glad you enjoyed this pineapple turmeric smoothie! Be sure to check out a few more turmeric inspired recipes across Downshiftology as well :)

  4. This Smoothie is delicious. I suffer with a digestive disorder and it truly helps me! It’s fast and easy  to make too with just a few ingredients. I found fresh turmeric root at Costco and I like it more than the powdered spice and it’s not strong tasting at all.5 stars

  5. I’m eating Whole 30 and this is a very delicious shake to add to my eating plan.
    So fresh and satisfying!! I used all fresh ingredients + 4 cubes of ice. :)5 stars

  6. This is first time I tried tumeric with milk. I added some black pepper. Will add this to my regular smoothie recipes. Thanks Lisa for another amazing recipe.5 stars

  7. Absolutely delicious and so much easier than cooking golden latte.  I didn’t have frozen pineapple but used mixed frozen berries instead. This will become a daily routine. Thank you!5 stars

    1. Glad this turned out great with frozen berries instead! Next time, definitely try it with the pineapple though. It’s like a tropical dream :)

  8. Wow! Just made this and it was a huge hit. Will definitely make it again. I used oat milk and grated turmeric root. 5 stars

  9. This is so delicious and will make again and again.  (Although  I look like I have been a heavy smoker for years with the tobacco- like stains on my hands 😆.)5 stars

  10. A word to the wise (and to those with white countertop who have not worked with turmeric before): Tumeric will stain surfaces (although it’s nothing that some lemon juice, baking soda, and elbow grease can’t handle). Best to use a work surface you can easily wash or don’t care about. That said, this smoothie is DELICIOUS and one that we’ll be making again.5 stars

    1. Also, if you want to avoid heavy turmeric stains, you can also use powdered turmeric for this smoothie :)

    1. This will keep for one day in the fridge. Just make sure to give it a stir before drinking as it might separate.

  11. Hi Lisa – just wondering if the calories are per serving or, as this makes 2 servings, if the 180 kcal is the total for the 2 servings. Thank you.

  12. We are trying to eat foods which support our immune system and this delicious smoothie will be on our weekly menu. Replaced the banana with one third cup of frozen mango.5 stars

  13. Hi Lisa,
    Congratulations on your upcoming book !! Now I can look forward to another one to add to my collection.

  14. This sounds very tasty, but shouldn’t you add a little black pepper to make the tumeric more bioavailable?

    1. I made this tonight, it’s so delicious! My 3 year old loved it also. It was my first time using raw turmeric root. So fun. I love the beautiful yellow leftover on my hands after shredding the turmeric. :)5 stars

  15. I drink smoothies daily and I love switching them up! Tumeric, ginger and black pepper is a must along with a banana and pineapple.5 stars

  16. I must be honest the first few sips weren’t tantalising my tastebuds – think its the ginger and tumeric [and getting used to it], didnt want to waste the smoothing so I powered on BUT let me tell you I was slurping the bottom of the glass at the end – it was really good!5 stars

  17. I made this smoothie yesterday and I thought that it was very good. I couldn’t drink all of it so I put in the frig.
    Finished it off today and oh my goodness it tasted even better!! I love this recipe!  Also, I substituted almond yogurt for the milk and it worked out just fine.5 stars

  18. Hi Lisa, can you freeze this smoothie? I wanted to make up some bottles and freeze them for a friend who is having cancer treatment? Thanks in advance 

    1. I haven’t tried mixing Watermelon with turmeric and ginger – but I hope to make more watermelon drinks in the future :)

  19. This smoothie is truly the”BEST”.  I have made this a staple at my home.  It’s so delicious and tasty and healthy.  I’ve passed it on to my family and they love it! 5 stars

  20. This is just delicious!  I even got my 2 teen daughters to drink it and they love it too!  Can’t wait to try the other smoothies!  Thanks Lisa for another great recipe!5 stars

  21. I went with coconut milk, frozen mango, fresh pineapple, turmeric, ground black pepper and grated fresh ginger.  Delicious.  And, if you haven’t already, check out Burlap and Barrel the next time you are shopping for turmeric.5 stars

  22. I tried this and it is really good. I just had back surgery and looking for something to help with the inflammation I have going on. It was really easy to make and i use this as a meal replacement.5 stars

  23. Ooh this sounds delicious! I make a very simple smoothie with just fresh pineapple, fresh ripe papaya and a bit of water (if you freeze the fruit then you’ll end up with a sorbet like smoothie) so I’ll try your recipe Lisa and I’ll add papaya instead of banana :) thank you for all your hard work researching, developing and sharing such great recipes and ideas with all of us. I’m loving your YouTube channel and website, I have already made a few of your recipes and they have all turned out great and so easy to follow :) 5 stars

  24. Can you use canned pineapple chucks and if so how much? We go camping and we make smoothies. Looking forward to making this one.

    1. Hi Darlene- You can if you’d like – just won’t be as cold! But, I would say one between one two 1.5 cans is needed

  25. Hi Lisa,
    just wondering what you thought of using turmeric essential oil in the smoothie – I was reading that it’s antiiflammatory properties are better than the dried or fresh.  Have you ever tried it?

    Lisa G.

  26. Great smoothie recipe! The flavors were perfectly balanced – not too spicy, not too sweet. It was really great as-is, but I went ahead and added a bit of plain greek yogurt at the end for a little extra protein. Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!!5 stars

    1. Amazing smoothie! The flavors blend so well together and even my husband loved it! Thank you for sharing and for all your hard work and dedication on living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle 🥰5 stars

      1. Hi Katherine- So glad you enjoyed this turmeric smoothie, as well as the rest of my content. Can’t wait to share tons more exciting things very soon :)

      1. Hi Sharon – to give it that thicker consistency, you could add 1/4 avocado or a tablespoon of chia seeds as well.

  27. This smoothie is so so good!  The first day I made it, I drank the entire pitcher!  As I love turmeric and ginger, I added a little extra.  I made it again today and shared the recipe with my sons and best friend.  She sent me a picture of the smoothie and gave it a rave review!  This smoothie is so far the best one that I’ve made! Thank you so much Lisa for this recipe! Keep them coming!!!*5 stars

  28. Hey Lisa, This smoothie looks and sounds amazing! I love working with ginger and tumeric!

    Thank you for all your efforts in bringing such quality recipes and info for all of us.

    I saw a small typo I thought you might want to be aware of, under ‘ginger’ – you have ‘if you can find fresh, you can use dried.’ I think you meant, ‘if you can’t (instead of can) find fresh….’ (since you moderate before you post, i figured it was safe to leave this here)

    Question – have you read about adding a small amount of pepper to help with tumeric absorption?

    I’m off to make your mayo!! Thanks again :)

    1. Hi Lori – Thanks for noticing! Will go ahead and change that. Also, yes you can add a pinch of black pepper if you’d like!

  29. This to me is the best way to start the day. Such a tasty and healthy smoothie!5 stars

  30. This is such a great tasting smoothie and I love having it for a light breakfast. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  31. What a delicious smoothie! I love the combo of pineapple and turmeric, such a bright and cheery drink!5 stars

  32. Marvelous! Do you think it is better drink this smoothie in the morning? Or it can drink whenever during the day?5 stars