RECIPE: Mango Smoothie
Mango smoothie is one of our favorite ways to start the day. I love making smoothies because they are easy to make, delicious, and nutritious and there are so many flavor combinations. This simple smoothie recipe has just three ingredients: frozen bananas, frozen mangoes, and almond milk. Any type of sweet ripe mango will work for a smoothie. Simply dice the yellow-orange flesh into cubes and freeze hours before blending if you would like an ice-cold creamy drink. Some people prefer their drinks at room temperature and make smoothies from fresh fruit without freezing the fruit first. Whichever way you prefer your drink is up to you. I prefer mine frozen.
I buy mangoes in bulk when they are in season. Manilla mangoes are my favorite variety. Peel and freeze bananas six to eight hours before making your smoothie. Frozen bananas will keep for weeks in the freezer, but I prefer to use them within a day or two after peeling. Any sweet ripe banana will work – the riper, the sweeter, the better for smoothies.
My basic recipe for mango smoothie is so simple. Just combine 3 frozen bananas, 3 big cups frozen mangoes (or whole package of frozen mangoes from Trader Joe’s), and 2 cups of vanilla almond milk. Combine the three ingredients in the blender, press start, and watch as the mixing magic happens.
You can experiment with the proportion of bananas to mangoes in this recipe to see which ratio you like best. Go heavy on the mangoes for a more orange and tart smoothie. Go heavy on the bananas for a creamier and more yellow version of this tasty beverage.
A simple way to make mango smoothie even more yummy is to add fresh ripe mangoes diced on top. Below I added some after filling the glasses half way and I added some more to the top.
Make your mango smoothie a little fancier by adding a lime wedge. A little lime adds a great zest of flavor here.
Dried coconut flakes make a delicious topping for this smoothie.
Can you tell that we make mango smoothie quite often in our home?
There are many ways to top a smoothie or add some pizazz. Below I added a slice of chili-spiced dried mango. You could also add a dash of cayenne pepper for a touch of warmth in the otherwise cool drink.
Enjoy mango smoothie for breakfast and you will be fueling up on the very best fuel for your brain – healthy carbohydrates!
Double the recipe to make two glasses so you can share the love, or so you can enjoy a second serving like my son often does.
You can also add variation by serving mango smoothie in a bowl topped with your favorite toppings.
Mangoes are great source of essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and pure water from fruit. Bananas have numerous health benefits too. With loads of energy and nutrients, zero cholesterol, and zero dairy, there is nothing to feel guilty about with this frozen treat. Mango smoothie is a whole food raw vegan recipe that is 100% all good.
|Prep Time||5 minutes|
- 3 fruits bananas peeled, frozen
- 3 cups mangoes diced, frozen
- 2 cups vanilla almond milk *substitute with any plant-based milk
- 1 fruit mangoe ripe, fresh, diced
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut dried, or coconut flakes
- 1 fruit lime cut in wedge