Whip up this refreshing mango smoothie recipe for an instant energy boost! Each serving delivers nutrient-rich fruits, fiber, protein, and probiotics. It only takes a few minutes to prepare this cool and creamy tropical-inspired drink.
Need a cool and refreshing healthy treat? Look no further than the freezer. This delicious mango smoothie is a tropical paradise for your tastebuds. Using a high-speed blender quickly whips up a smooth and creamy drink in just 1 minute. Each sip is packed with protein and fiber benefits.
Fresh mangos are in season from May to September which makes it the ultimate summer staple. However, it’s easy to find frozen mango chunks at the grocery stores all year long. This type of fruit pairs nicely with sliced bananas, Greek yogurt, and orange juice for a sweet and tangy smoothie.
For this beverage, you can use either fresh or frozen mango. Although, if you have access to ripe fresh mango, they provide the strongest flavor. There are different types to choose from, the most common are the smaller honey (Ataulfo), or the larger green-hued Haden, Kent, Tommy Atkins, or Keitt varieties.
Cut the mango into about ½ to ¾-inch chunks, add them to a plastic bag and freeze them in a single layer until completely solidified. I usually do this a day ahead of time. Alternatively, for convenience, grab a bag of frozen mango chunks from the freezer section of the grocery store.
Ways to make the smoothie more creamy
There are two ingredients that create a creamy texture in this smoothie, bananas and greek yogurt. The starches and icy cell walls in frozen bananas break down in the blender to give a chilly yet smooth consistency. The milk proteins and lipids in the Greek yogurt (unless using nonfat versions) add a richness to the smoothie while providing health beneficial probiotics.
The benefit of adding in mango
Mangos are an exotic stone fruit prized for its sweet yet tart, bright orange flesh. It has citrus, floral, and hints of peach notes, depending on the variety. It’s also a low-calorie fruit packed with nutrients, especially fiber, protein, and vitamin C. One cup of sliced mango contains just 99 calories, 1.35 grams of protein, 2.64 grams of fiber, 24.7 grams of carbohydrates, and a 60.1 milligrams of vitamin C. [Source]
Mango also contains an enzyme called amylase that helps break down sugars, which helps with digestion. This recipe contains two cups of frozen mango chunks, which delivers that characteristic tropical taste with a healthy twist.
How to make a mango smoothie
To ensure that icy ingredients efficiently break down into smaller particles, add the ice cubes and frozen mango followed by the banana slices, yogurt, orange juice, and honey. This process puts the harder components closer to the sharp blades of the high-speed blender.
Process at medium speed first to get the large chunks rotating and cut, then increase to high speed. Blend until smooth, thick, and creamy. Taste and add more sweetener to balance the tartness if desired.
Ways to customize this recipe
- Swap out the orange juice for pineapple or mango juice.
- Increase the sweetness with maple syrup.
- Add in coconut milk, almond milk, or cashew milk for an even creamier texture.
- Add in frozen pineapple or papaya for even more tropical flavors.
- Add in protein powder for an extra satiating boost.
- Feel free to add non-dairy yogurts like cashew, soy, or coconut.
Make the consistency thicker
Adding in more frozen fruit will make a thicker smoothie texture. Start with using frozen banana slices, in addition to the frozen mango and ice cubes. You may need to adjust with a little more orange juice. The fruit prevents the flavor from diluting and doesn’t melt as fast compared to ice.
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 2 cups (260 g) frozen mango chunks
- ½ cup (85 g) banana slices, about 1 medium banana
- ½ cup (120 ml) plain Greek yogurt
- ¾ cup (240 ml) orange juice
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) honey, optional, plus more as desired
- Add ice cubes, frozen mango, banana slices, yogurt, orange juice, and honey (if using) to a blender.
- Cover and process on medium speed for about 30 seconds, using the tamper as needed. Increase to high speed for 15 to 30 seconds until thick and smooth.
- Adjust the smoothie with more orange juice if needed to reach the desired consistency.
- Taste and add more honey if needed to balance the tart flavor.
- Yield: 4 cups
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Make it Dairy-Free: Substitute Greek yogurt for non-dairy yogurts like almond, cashew, soy, or coconut.