How to Make a Mango Smoothie
Whip up a mango smoothie in a snap with our tropical recipe. It's sure to be a treat for breakfast (or even dessert)!
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Whether it’s a refreshing morning drink or a sweet healthy snack, a smoothie is good any time of day. While there are plenty of fruits that work well in smoothie recipes, mangoes are a great choice because of their smooth texture and tropical flavor. Making a mango smoothie is as simple as grabbing your blender and combining a few ingredients.
4 Things to Know Before You Blend a Smoothie
Before you start, here are a few smoothie basics to keep in mind.
- Add liquids first. Not only is this easier on your blender, but it will also produce a better texture.
- Start slow. If you start blending on the highest level, an air bubble could form, preventing your ingredients from blending.
- Use frozen fruit instead of fresh. That allows you to skip the ice and avoid a watered-down flavor.
- Prep and freeze bags of ingredients. After adding the liquids, just dump the preportioned frozen ingredients in the blender and enjoy your make-ahead smoothie.
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Mango Smoothie Recipe
This easy mango smoothie recipe from the Taste of Home Test Kitchen makes two smoothies.
- 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
- 2 cups frozen chopped peeled mangoes
- 1/2 medium ripe banana
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey
Step 1: Add the liquids
In a blender, combine the juice, yogurt and honey. Cover and blend until smooth.
Step 2: Add the fruit
Add the frozen mango and banana. Cover and blend until smooth.
Editor’s Tip: If the blades get stuck on a chunk of frozen mango, hit the pulse button to help free it.
Step 3: Enjoy!
Pour into two chilled glasses; serve immediately.
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Tips for Making a Mango Smoothie
Do you use fresh or frozen fruit in a smoothie recipe?
You can use fresh mango instead of frozen in this mango smoothie recipe, but you’ll get a much thinner smoothie. It will be more like a juice. If you’re using fresh fruit but want a thicker smoothie, include frozen banana, and possibly a few ice cubes.
For the thickest option, use frozen mango and frozen banana.
What fruit blends well with mango?
Mangoes are a team player—they go with almost anything! Since they intensify the flavor of other tropical fruits, try combining mangoes with coconut, papaya or pineapple. Melons, berries, peaches or bananas would also make good pairs with mango.
How can you make a mango smoothie your own?
Instead of the pineapple juice, use orange juice or mango nectar. Or, freeze the pineapple juice into cubes before blending, then top with fresh fruit and sliced almonds for a spoonable (vs. slurpable) smoothie bowl.
The honey in this mango smoothie recipe can be swapped with maple syrup.
To play around with the nutrition profile of your smoothie, add ground flaxseed, chia seeds or protein powder. Here are more ways to add protein to smoothies.
Can you make a dairy-free mango smoothie?
Instead of regular yogurt, try using your favorite vegan yogurt. We’d recommend a coconut yogurt for this mango smoothie recipe, since mango goes well with coconut. Otherwise, experiment with favorite dairy-free alternative.