Creamy, delicious, low carb and Keto pina colada cocktail made using coconut milk and with only 6 grams net carbs per serving! This dairy-free and low in sugar recipe uses just a hand full of ingredients and has the lovely taste of pineapple, coconut, and of course, vacation!!
We all know nothing beats having a cold, delicious, and refreshing pina colada on a hot summer day! If you have been searching for a low carb and keto-friendly cocktail then look no further my friend, you are at the right place.
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The challenge when selecting low-carb cocktails is normally finding something suitable, with just the proper amount of net carbs. Speaking of which, I absolutely love this collection of the best keto cocktails! If you don't mind the carb count and want to try something different then this healthy paleo-friendly pina colada smoothie is just the thing for you. Otherwise, keep reading.
The keto-friendly ingredients we are going to be using are as follows:
- Canned coconut milk - Make sure to properly shake the can with the coconut milk before measuring. Also, keep an eye on the ingredient list as some brands tend to be loaded with sugar.
- Diced pineapple - while this is not low carb or keto, I like to use it as it gives the cocktail the desired tropical flavor while still keeping the drink low sugar. Plus, you only need half a cup for a serving of two. The traditional recipe also uses pineapple juice but we are going to be skipping this as pineapple juice has just way too much sugar!
- White rum - this is keto-friendly and low carb. To make sure you are not choosing a brand with added sugars, it is best to select unflavored white rum.
- Pineapple extract - you can also use coconut extract.
- Powdered monk fruit sweetener - to prevent this pineapple drink from being grainy, we use powdered monk fruit sweetener. I have tested the recipe with other low-carb powdered sweeteners such as stevia, and it turned out great so feel free to swap if you need to.
- Ice cubes - this is optional, but it helps make the cocktail frothy. If using, I would say add a little at a time, about 4-5 cubes at a go.
- Toasted coconut flakes or pineapple slices - these are optionally used as garnish.
How to make
Add the coconut milk, diced pineapple, white rum, pineapple extract, ice cubes, and monk fruit sweetener to a blender then process at high speed until creamy and smooth.
Pour into long glasses, garnish as desired, and serve chilled.
I like to add the ingredients in no particular order (it really doesn't matter as long as your blender is in a good condition). If not then I would say first start with the liquids and the ice cubes last, if using.
TIP: You can garnish your pina colada with a slice of pineapple or toasted coconut flakes. If using toasted coconut flakes, I would advise you to keep an eye on the pan during toasting, as coconut tends to burn very quickly. Once toasted, transfer the coconut flakes to a plate and allow them to cool. To decorate, dip the top of your glasses in water then dip into the toasted coconut. Freeze the glass so the decoration sets.
Below is a short video where I show you how I made mine. Feel free to check out more videos on my Youtube channel here.
Storage and making ahead
This drink is best consumed immediately. I do not recommend making the cocktail ahead as the creamy part tends to separate from the rest of the liquid in the drink.
Whenever I can, I try to serve my low-carb pina colada in chilled glasses, decorated with some toasted coconut flakes or sliced pineapple pieces.
Other ways to make this Keto pineapple drink
Feel free to get creative and mix-match the ingredients:-
Eliminate the booze: do away with the white rum to make a delicious keto pina colada smoothie full of good and healthy fats!
Make it sugar-free: make it sugar-free by using a no sugar pineapple syrup in place of the pineapple!
I really wanted to experiment and use some sugar-free pineapple juice, but I could not get my hands on any suitable brands at my local supermarket. If you can get your hands on some, then by all means go ahead and try!
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are common questions related to this recipe:-
No. The classic Pina Colada is not Keto as it uses pineapple juice and cream of coconut, both of which tend to be loaded with sugars making it unsuitable for any low carb diet.
No. Pineapple juice is a sugar-loaded drink making it unsuitable for the Keto diet.
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Recipe adapted from wholesomeyum's keto pina colada.
Keto Low Carb Pina Colada
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 3 oz white rum (about 90 milliliter)
- ½ cup diced pineapple
- ½ teaspoon pineapple extract
- ⅓ cup monk fruit sweetener or your favorite low carb sweetener (use more if preferred)
- 2 cups ice cubes (optional)
- Toasted coconut flakes or pinapple slices (these are optionally used as garnish)
- Add the coconut milk, diced pineapple, white rum, pineapple extract, ice cubes, and monk fruit sweetener to a blender then process at high speed until creamy and smooth.
- Pour into glasses then garnish with sliced pineapple or toasted coconut. Serve the low-carb pina colada chilled, preferably in frozen glasses.