Good mornings are always on the menu with this super creamy and tropical mango orange smoothie. It’s everything I love about Miami… it’s sunny and bright, tangy and tropical. The flavors blend so well that every sip feels like a conga line in your mouth!
This is the absolutely most luscious frozen fruit smoothie you’ll ever make.
- Frozen mango gives it such a silky and frothy feel
- Coconut milk adds the perfect creamy finish
- Orange juice has such a tangy little kick at the end
Together, these three ingredients give this smoothie a very tropical vibe, like you should be sitting on a beach chair, with a little paper umbrella in your smoothie! Bananas, almond milk, and protein powder balance out the smoothie and give it the satiety you need to make it more like breakfast.
There have been times that I’ve been craving this smoothie with no orange juice on hand. I just replace the orange juice with a bit of extra almond milk. It’s still delicious, but I do miss the citrus tang, though. In that case, it’s more of a mango banana smoothie recipe. Either way, it will brighten your morning!
What Mango Should You Use?
I like to use frozen mangos for this smoothie. Frozen fruit helps make your smoothies thick and frosty without diluting the flavor with ice cubes. You can freeze your own or buy frozen mango chunks.
Back before Hurricane Irma destroyed her tree, my mom (aka Bean Train) used to bring me the mangoes from her backyard which were absolutely the best I’d ever tasted. I would freeze them and have mango smoothies all the time!
Now I use frozen mango chunks from the freezer section unless it’s summertime. Then, I use fresh mangos that my friends and neighbors give away. The mangos are falling off the neighbors’ trees, so they are always happy to share their extras. In fact, you can find little roadside stands even in residential areas where folks are either selling or giving away their extra mangos. Talk about pop-up stores!
When I’ve had to buy them at the store, I usually buy the Kent mangos, but you can try other mango varieties. They should work fine.
How To Cut and Freeze Mangos
If you’re using fresh mangos, one mango yields about one cup of mango chunks… maybe a little more. Mangos have a huge pit, so the yield is not as much as you’d expect from such a big fruit.
The pit also makes them a little tricky to cut. Instead of peeling the mango, cut the fleshy sides of the mango, avoiding the pit in the center. Then, to each fleshy side, you’ll make shallow cuts lengthwise and crosswise to form a hashtag, but don’t cut through the skin. Then bend the skin back to reveal little cubes you can easily eat.
But wait! We’re cutting these to make a smoothie! So, don’t eat them, instead, cut them and lay them out in a single layer on a plate or small tray. Now cut the flesh around the pit as much as you can and lay those pieces on the tray as well. Now you can nibble on the pit!
Go ahead and freeze for about 2 hours and then you can store it in a ziplock bag. To make things easier, you can freeze in cup portion bags. I like to wait until the next day so the mangos are totally frozen and will give my smoothie that frothy feel without adding ice cubes.
Healthy and Delicious
This is a healthy mango smoothie with coconut milk, banana, orange juice, almond milk and protein powder. I used just ¼ cup of canned, unsweetened coconut milk because it gives it such a rich taste. But you could opt for ¾ cup of Silk coconut milk with fewer calories (replace the ½ cup almond milk in that case). It won’t be quite as rich, but still a treat! You can use any protein powder you like. I used whey protein, but you can use a plant-based protein powder to make this a vegan mango smoothie.
What Makes This Mango Smoothie So Creamy
This smoothie totally lives up to its name, it’s absolutely the creamiest I’ve ever had! Everything about this smoothie contributes to it’s super creamy texture.
- Sometimes mangos can be stringy, but I’ve found the Kent mangos to be buttery and blend really smooth.
- The coconut milk gives it a really silky feel and super tropical taste.
- The protein powder also contributes to its rich, creaminess. I’ve made it without the powder and it’s not quite as velvety.
- I also have to give my mixer a lot of the credit. My son accidentally broke the glass pitcher on my old blender and we splurged and got a Vitamix blender. OMG! That machine is so awesome! It’s one of the reasons I’m making so many smoothies now. It’s also great for cashew cream, creamed soups and all kinds of sauces. I held off getting it because it was a bit pricey, but I use it every day.
Good Morning Sunshine Smoothie
Mornings seem a little perkier with orange juice. But orange juice by itself wouldn’t make much of a breakfast, would it? So this little orange and mango smoothie is the perfect alternative! I promise you’ll love mornings again with this delish smoothie that reminds you of sunshine and paper umbrella drinks!Print
This healthy and delicious mango orange smoothie is the perfect way to start your mornings! The mango and coconut milk give it a very tropical taste vibe and the protein powder gives this frozen fruit smoothie some staying power!
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1/2 a banana
- 1/4 cup canned, unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 scoop protein powder (I used whey protein, but you can use whichever one you like)
Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
Frozen Mango Chunks: I used storebought frozen mango chunks, but you can cut your own fresh mango. Either way, you’ll need to freeze the mango to get the best creamy texture without having to use ice. One mango yields about a 1 cup or more of mango chunks.
Protein Powder: I used whey protein powder but you can use whichever one you like. You can make this into vegan smoothie by using a plant-based protein powder.
Prep Time: It should take less than 5 minutes to throw this mango orange smoothie together if you’re using frozen fruit. Calculate 10 minutes more if you’re cutting and freezing your own mangos. In that case, you’ll also need to wait a few hours or overnight to make the mango smoothie.
- Serving Size: 1
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