If you’re looking for a taste of the tropics, here’s a smoothie recipe you can go bananas over—without using a single banana. Using frozen mangos and pineapple, it’s easy to create a sweet, thick, tropical mango smoothie for snack time, a quick breakfast, or a chilled dessert.
What do I need to make a mango smoothie?
This simple recipe has only four ingredients, but it’s super easy to toss in additional ingredients if you’re looking for a flavor or nutrition boost. To make a basic mango smoothie, you’ll need the following.
- Frozen mango. The base flavor of your smoothie in an easy to use, no-prep-work-needed, form.
- Frozen pineapple. Pineapple adds sweetness and its own tropical flavor to your smoothie.
- Coconut milk. Using coconut milk adds that classic coconut flavor to make your mango smoothie even more tropical. It also makes this smoothie naturally dairy-free.
- Vanilla extract. Enhances the flavor of the other ingredients.
If you don’t like the flavor of coconut milk, you can use another nut milk like unsweetened almond milk or cashew milk.
Don’t I need ice?
Nope! Using frozen fruit makes this smoothie easy and saves you time on prep work. Frozen fruit also serves the purpose of chilling your smoothie without needing to use ice. Ice can water down the flavor of your smoothie, while frozen fruit just adds to it!
If you wanted to make this mango smoothie recipe with fresh mango instead of frozen, it’ll still taste delicious! Use the frozen pineapple to chill your smoothie or toss in a few ice cubes.
How do I make a mango smoothie?
You can make this mango smoothie in two simple steps.
- Add the milk and vanilla to the blender, followed by the frozen fruit.
- Pulse to break up the frozen chunks of fruit, then blend on high until smooth and creamy.
If you’re using a high-powered blender you can skip the pulsing step. Toss all your ingredients in the blender and use the power of the blades to blend on high.
Can I make my mango smoothie vegan?
Because this smoothie uses coconut milk in place of dairy milk, it’s already vegan! This recipe also happens to be Paleo-friendly. If you want to add additional ingredients, you’ll want to make sure they’re vegan and Paleo-friendly as well. For example, instead of using Greek yogurt to make your smoothie creamier, you’d use vegan Greek yogurt.
What’s the best blender to use?
You can whip up a nice mango smoothie with pretty much any blender. Here are my favorites in each price range.
- Least Expensive: Cuisinart Hand Blender. Despite the small price tag, this immersion blender packs a punch! It will cut through your smoothie ingredients to make a nice, thick mango smoothie.
- Mid-range: Ninja Professional Blender. This is a great blender for a variety of uses and it’ll definitely make a smooth smoothie.
- Professional: Vitamix Professional Blender. This is the top-of-the-line in home blenders. Vitamix blenders are super high-powered, so they’ll blend up anything you throw at them.
What are some additional ingredients I can add to my mango smoothie?
There are lots of ways to increase the nutritional value and/or staying power of this smoothie, but these are some of our favorites:
- Hemp seeds. This tropical flavored smoothie is loaded with vitamins, but if you’re looking to add some protein, hemp seeds are a great option. They’re high in both plant-based protein and essential fatty acids. They won’t add detract from the flavor of your smoothie because they don’t really taste like anything.
- Greek yogurt. A great way to make your smoothie creamier while adding some protein and additional vitamins. Remember to use non-dairy yogurt if you want to keep this smoothie vegan.
- Dark leafy greens. Kale and spinach are a great way to up the vitamins and nutrients in this yummy fruit smoothie.
An easy way to add nutrients to your smoothie is to create pre-made smoothie packs! You can make these ahead of time with your favorite ingredients, freeze them, then toss them in your smoothie when you’re ready to blend.