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.

Start The Day With These Healthy Smoothies

In addition to this vibrant turmeric smoothie, you’ll love these easy, healthy smoothie recipes:

BEST Turmeric Smoothie

4.99 from 66 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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About the author

Lisa Bryan

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. Thank you so much for these recipes! I had a cold over two weeks ago and the cough wouldn’t go away, until I tried the ginger shot and pineapple/ginger smoothie.5 stars

    1. Hi Ashley – Happy to hear this turmeric smoothie and the ginger shots have been so beneficial!

  2. I’m always happy to find a new way to add turmeric into my diet! I added a bit of black pepper to help with the turmeric absorption and I also added a little cinnamon. Refreshing and delicious! My husband enjoyed it too!5 stars

  3. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this recipe! I’ve been looking for a good turmeric smoothie recipe for ages, and this one looks perfect. I love that it’s simple and easy to make, and the addition of ginger and coconut milk makes it sound absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to give it a try and feel the benefits of turmeric for myself!

    1. Hi there – I hope you enjoy this turmeric smoothie! Be sure to report back with your thoughts on it :)

  4. I have to watch my potassium intake, so I rarely use bananas now. What could I use as a substitute for bananas in this smoothie?
    Thank you.

  5. Hi Lisa! Great Tumeric Smoothie! Don’t you have to add pepper to activate the tumeric or did I miss it on the recipe?


    Maria5 stars

  6. Hi love this smoothie!! The serving says 2 but then you can x1 or x2 so is this for 1 or 2 people on the x1 ingredient amounts?? at 180 calories each? Xx

  7. This is a great recipe!  I have been using the same for quite sometime.  I substitute the banana with mango.  I also use water instead of milk for less calories.  I add a bit of honey and cardamom.  Delish!!5 stars

  8. Quite literally the best smoothie I have ever had!!! (So much so that this is the first time I have ever commented on a recipe, lol!)5 stars

  9. Delicious, I made it with my 900W Nutribullet as I did not want to drag out the VITAMIX as I was making one serving, I also added one turn of my black pepper mill.  Will make again.5 stars

  10. Looks great but I’m wondering if this would work at room temperature or even slightly warmed. Has anyone tried that?5 stars

  11. I was nervous about the fresh ginger and dried turmeric in this, but it’s amazing. Just started a round of AIP (have done it before) and I needed a snack. I used coconut milk and it’s a real treat! My 2 year old also approves.

  12. So refreshing! I didn’t have a banana but I added a scoop of my vanilla protein powder to make this a post-workout meal, so I didn’t miss the extra sweetness. I also added some frozen riced cauliflower for some sneaky veggies!5 stars

  13. I am a big smoothie fan,  this is DELICIOUS!!!
    I love that it taste good and is also good for my body:-)5 stars

  14. Hi! I have one more question about this — with the smoothies in general — if I wanted to make enough to last like 4-5 days, would this last that long in the fridge?

  15. Yes fresh ginger and turmeric can be frozen! I prepared fresh (diced) along with other fresh or frozen fruits and veggies (spinach, cranberries, blueberries, pineapple, carrots, celery, etc) in single serving containers for a couple weeks at a time and freeze. It works amazing for busy mornings. Grab a container, add desired liquid, and/or protein power or nut butter and blend! Quick and easy also when buying frozen fruits you can divide up right away and save time. Kids love these morning treats packed with vitamins!

  16. Perfect combination! Thank you. Do you know if fresh tumeric can be grated then frozen as ginger can?5 stars

    1. I have prepared fresh ginger (diced) along with other fresh fruits and veggies (spinach, cranberries, blueberries, pineapple, carrots) in single serving containers and froze. It works amazing for busy mornings. Grab a container add desired liquid, and/or protein power or nut butter and blend!