On Mozart and Pineapples (Plus a pineapple and chia smoothie recipe)

by Spicie Foodie on April 2, 2014

Pineapple and Chia Smoothie Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #Mexican #smoothie #pineapple #chiaseeds #chia #vegan

On October 1787 in Prague’s Stavovské divadlo (Estates Theatre) Wolfang Amadeus Mozart premiered his Don Giovanni opera. That was the first opera I ever saw, well not the one in 1787, but rather Don Giovanni. I still remember how excited I was to not only be stepping foot into the same historic theatre were Mozart himself conducted the opera, but also to experience my first opera ever. Prague is a fantastic city for live theatric performances. And you know what, they are so affordable that there is absolutely no excuse not to attend one. I remember how much fun I had watching the actors as well as looking around the beautiful theatre. Really, it’s something that should go on your Prague agenda.

Pineapple and Chia Smoothie Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #Mexican #smoothie #pineapple #chiaseeds #chia #vegan

After attending the performance I was really fascinated with Mozart, we bought a few CDs and even the Amadeus film. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched that movie — and I’m still not sick of it. One of the things that makes the movie so fascinating for me is that it was (mostly) filmed in Prague and that it was directed by Miloš Forman, a Czech. It’s super cool sitting in front of the screen looking at shooting locations that were in our old neighbourhood, places we walked pasts on a daily basis, as well as stores and cafes that we frequented. Europe is amazing like that, you walk and stand in spaces where so much history has taken place.

So what the heck does Mozart have to do with this pineapple smoothie? Not much, but it was me thinking about the Amadeus film that inspired this drink. In the DVD’s special features Vincent Schiavelli shares a story about bringing a fresh pineapple to Prague. At the time of filming Czech Republic was still behind the Iron Curtain and people weren’t used to seeing fresh pineapples, they’d only seen “ananas” in cans. The story made me think about how fresh, golden, juicy pineapples are now abundant in Prague. It made me crave pineapple. Luckily here in Playa there is no shortage of deliciously sweet pineapples. With the perpetual summer heat I wanted to created a refreshing drink to cool us down. This smoothie or licuado is what I came up with. Lately I’ve been experimenting with chia seeds and so I added them to the blender too. There is no dairy or milk-substitues in my recipe but please make sure to read through the recipe notes for suggestions.

Pineapple and Chia Smoothie Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #Mexican #smoothie #pineapple #chiaseeds #chia #vegan

5.0 from 2 reviews
Pineapple and Chia Smoothie
Pineapple and Chia Smoothie (licuado de piña y chia) will keep you feeling refreshed and satisfy your thirst. A super healthy and delicious recipe!
Recipe type: drink, vegan, smoothie
Cuisine: Mexican, International
Serves: 4
  • 600 gm or 1.32 lb of fresh, peeled pineapple chunks (use a yellow tropical/Caribbean variety)
  • 125 ml or ½ cup of filtered water
  • ½ tbsp chia seed
  • 1 small lime, juiced (optional)
  • ice cubes, to serve
  1. Place everything in the blender and blend until smooth. This will yield a thick smoothie, you can add more water to water down if desired. Taste and if you feel the need, add sugar, stir and allow it to dissolve into the drink before serving. Serve over ice cubes.
• Please notice that I used a Caribbean pineapple variety, I strongly suggest you choose a sweet variety available to you. Hawaiian pineapples have a very pale yellow flesh and are not as sweet. If this is the only pineapple available to you then you might want to add a sweetener.

• In place of water you can use cow milk or a non-dairy milk. I've only tested the recipe with water, and it's what I prefer.

• For a super cold version you can add ice to the blender.


Pineapple and Chia Smoothie Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #Mexican #smoothie #pineapple #chiaseeds #chia #vegan

If you are looking for a naturally sweet, healthy, full of vitamins and minerals drink then look no further. This licuado is so delicious that you could even freeze the leftovers to turn into popsicles. Enjoy!

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 John@Kitchen Riffs April 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Mozart is such an amazing talent! All of his music is so good. What a great experience to see one of his operas in the same location where it was first performed! And what a great smoothie! I’m craving fresh fruit at the moment, and pineapple has such wonderful flavor. Good stuff — thanks.


2 Shema | LifeScoops April 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Simple and refreshing drink… Love the addition of Chia


3 Fawn @ Cowen Park Kitchen April 2, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Looks so refreshing! I made myself a pineapple and chia smoothie a few months ago when it was oh-so-cold out and it was totally the wrong thing, but soon it’ll be warm enough to enjoy such a thing. Pineapple is my favorite post-workout snack, so sweet and hydrating!


4 Juliana April 2, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Yum! This smoothie looks delicious…never thought in adding chia to the pineapple smoothie…I will have to give this a try…
Awesome pictures Nancy…hope you are enjoying your week :D


5 Nandita April 2, 2014 at 2:03 PM

This is a perfect drink to start the day!!! Love this Nancy :)


6 Bill April 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM

I’m a big Mozart fan as well, Nancy and I love opera too! It’s always fun to find an unusual subject to tie to your post. I’m a pineapple lover and your smoothie looks amazing. I’ve just started using chia but i never thought of putting it in a smoothie. Great idea!


7 Liz April 2, 2014 at 7:38 PM

I eat a LOT of pineapple and your chia smoothie sounds like a delicious option!!! As always, your photos are amazing!


8 mjskit April 2, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Now I need to go and watch Amadeus again. I’ve seen it about 6 times, but it’s been a long time. Didn’t know it was filmed in Prague. Now I can watch it in a whole new light, like watching it for the first time. I’ve never tasted a chia seed before but I’m starting to see them every where. Will need to pick some up and a fresh pineapple (which I just saw at the store the other). Lovely drink!


9 Ramona April 3, 2014 at 4:02 AM

I adore Mozart. I took an classical music appreciation class in college and I fell in love in Mozart too. :) I have a big bag of chia seeds… love fining ways to use it up. :) This smoothie sounds perfect.


10 Jamie April 3, 2014 at 4:32 AM

That sounds so refreshing and delicious!!!


11 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 3, 2014 at 4:37 AM

What a fabulous looking smoothie! You’ve reminded me that I need to watch Amadeus again. It has been years since I saw it! :D


12 Angie@Angie's Recipes April 3, 2014 at 6:37 AM

I had a smoothie yesterday made with chia too, but I used some frozen mangoes and some coconut water…. it was really tasty. Love yours with pineapples too. Gorgeous clicks, as always, Nancy.


13 Louise April 3, 2014 at 7:51 AM

Hi Nancy!
What a lovely blog you have. It is such a conincindence that you have done a tribute to Mozart today. My grand-daughter just happens to be doing a report on him for school. (she’s eleven and quite a Mozart buff:) The Pineapple Chia Smoothie sounds so refreshing just as it is. Thank you so much for sharing, Nancy…

P.S. You might be interested in this link Mozart’s Hidden Kitchen. My grand=daughter found it quite useful for her report.


14 Spicie Foodie April 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Hi Louise! Thank you so much for the link, I’ve only scanned through it but it looks great — can’t wait to sit and read it all.:)


15 Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven April 3, 2014 at 7:53 AM

What a gorgeous smoothie! Love the combination of pineapple and chia seeds. P.S. Your photography is gorgeous!


16 Holly | Beyond Kimchee April 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM

This sounds like very refreshing yet healthy drinks. I use chia seeds to sprinkle over my rice, salads, and pretty much on everything except the ice cream. I think I need to give a shot to make a drink with.


17 Kate from Scratch April 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM

This is such a beautiful treat! I’d be thrilled to have this in front of me for the taking any day. I love the use of chia seeds, not only is this a delicious mean of enjoying them, they’re also fantastically healthy too. Great idea! I think I’ll try it. Thanks for the inspiration. :)


18 sippitysup April 3, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Speaking of shows and performance. I can’t look at a pineapple (or a pineapple smoothie) without thinking of the play Cabaret and the pineapple song

“If you brought me diamonds,
If you brought me pearls,
If you brought me roses
Like some other gents
Might bring to other girls,
It couldn’t please me more
Than the gift I see;
A pineapple for me.”


19 Prash @ YummilyYours April 3, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Hey Nancy!
Thank you for stopping by at my blog and pinning too. Every time I visit your site, I never look at the recipe because I just cannot take my eyes off your photos! I genuinely mean this. Your blog has the BEST photos in the entire blogosphere and I have seen many many of them :)


20 2 Sisters Recipes April 4, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Hi Nancy! Thanks for stopping by our site today! It’s so nice to meet you. It’s funny, my husband worked in Prague for 12 years and we would travel back and forth often. So we know the city very well and absolutely love it. You are so lucky. We hope to get there again some day. Your pineapple smoothie looks refreshing and can’t wait to try it! And, Congrats on your book! What a wonderful accomplishment.
Have a great weekend! xxoo Anna and Liz


21 Abbe@This is How I Cook April 6, 2014 at 10:31 PM

There isn’t much better than a fresh pineapple and you are sure in the right spot. However, I just might have to add some tequila or rum to this to get my day started right! After all, I am not in Playa:(!



22 Terra April 17, 2014 at 3:19 PM

I have been saving chia seed recipes, this is definitely going on my must make list! Love that you did not use sugar, sounds perfect for me! Sounds refreshing, and delicious, Hugs, Terra


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