When I’m in the mood for something exotic and refreshing, I love making a pineapple mango smoothie. This tropical flavoured smoothie is made with coconut milk is energizing, satisfying and delicious. First thing in the morning is when I usually make it, but it’s a nice drink at any time.
You will need pineapple, mango, banana, yogurt, coconut milk, and orange juice to make it. I love coconut milk in this smoothie with mango recipe. However you can switch it for any other kind of milk including soy, oat or almond to make a dairy free smoothie. Whole milk is fine too if you eat dairy.
The amount of yogurt varies as well. The more you add the thicker your smoothie will turn out.
This pineapple mango smoothie is perfect for the spring or summer. It’s also wonderful during the cooler months to bring a little sunshine into your day.
The History of Healthy Smoothies
As you enjoy sipping this pineapple mango smoothie, you might be curious how this drink originated. The definition of a smoothie is a drink made with pureed fruit or vegetables. Milk, fruit juice, cottage cheese, or ice cream can be the base. Other ingredients in smoothie recipes include ice, chocolate, nut butter, and honey. There are literally thousands of smoothie combinations.
A smoothie with mango or whichever fruit you are adding will be thicker than fruit juice. This is because smoothies have fibre in them. A smoothie’s consistency will be similar to a milkshake. If you like to use a straw, you will want a wide one to sip this tropical flavoured smoothie.
Green smoothies, which are also popular, are about 50% green vegetables. Kale, spinach, Swiss chard, broccoli, and parsley are examples. The rest of the green smoothie is usually fruit and perhaps spirulina, wheatgrass or other additions.
There are traditional recipes for smoothies from India, the Middle East and Mediterranean. India has a yogurt, sugar and mango-based lassi. In South Asia you can get fruit sherbet which is made with honey and yogurt.
Health food stores on the West Coast of the US started to sell smoothies in the 1930. This is when the electric blender first came out. By the mid-1980s, the word ‘smoothie’ began to appear in trademarks and recipes.
Tropical Flavoured Smoothie Tips
This pineapple mango smoothie is really easy to make, but there are also some handy smoothie tips. First of all, when making smoothies, load the liquids first and then soft ingredients, harder ingredients, and finally ice. This makes the smoothie easier to blend.
If it’s too thick, add small amounts of liquid, a little at a time, blending well between each addition. Adding too much at once just means you’ll have to thicken it back up. Make it thicker by adding more frozen fruit, yogurt or ice. Frozen bananas are great for making smoothies nice and thick. You can add those to a smoothie made with coconut milk or another liquid.
It’s easy to make a dairy free smoothie since there are many alternatives these days. Add whatever kind of milk you prefer. It’s unlikely a tropical flavoured smoothie will be bitter but maybe the fruit isn’t quite ripe.
A bitter smoothie can be made less so with some more sweet fruit or another splash of vanilla. If you’re adding some greens to your smoothie with mango, choose baby ones over mature ones. Baby spinach for example is less bitter than regular.
If it’s too sweet for your palate, a zip of lemon or lime juice works great. Not sweet enough? Add honey, sugar, agave syrup, maple syrup, or dates to your pineapple mango smoothie. To make a smoothie creamier you can add banana, avocado, regular yogurt or frozen yogurt. It’s so easy to tweak this smoothie with mango to suit your personal tastes.
A Great Treat at Any Time
You will find this smoothie made with coconut milk really satisfying and tasty. It’s a rich and satisfying smoothie with mango and other tropical ingredients. The recipe makes two servings so you can share it or else treat yourself to a double helping!
A dairy free smoothie makes a great breakfast or treat at any time of the day. It’s cooling, refreshing and packed with nutrients. There are all kinds of fruits you can add to a smoothie made with coconut milk. That’s why they’re so fun to make. Pretty much any fruit is great for these. I love my smoothie with mango and pineapple, but the sky is really the limit with this recipe.
Tropical Pineapple Mango Smoothie Recipe
Tropical Pineapple Mango Smoothie
- 20 Oz. pineapple chunks in pineapple juice
- 1 mango peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 banana frozen
- 1 Cup yogurt
- 1 Cup coconut milk
- ½ Cup orange juice
- 1-2 Cups ice cubes
- Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add more yogurt for a thicker smoothie, if desired.
- Pour into a cup and garnish with fresh fruit if desired.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
I am dreaming of a tropical vacation, but this is as close as I will get for now. Next time I make this I need to put in a little umbrella – that would be the perfect touch.
Let me know if you try this tropical pineapple mango smoothie recipe!
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Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella is a storyteller, food lover, dog mom and adventure seeker living on the Pacific coast. She shares her passion for recipes, dogs, sustainability, adventures, travel and philanthropy, in hopes of encouraging followers to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places and stand for a cause. Bella lives with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease.
Bella Bucchiotti is a freelance food, travel, and lifestyle writer for MSN and the Associated Press Wire.