This smoothie is BRINGING the mango and coconut in such a delicious and awesome way. And I speak as someone who until recently was so traumatised by childhood experience that she couldn’t even look at a mango. You see when I was little there were two HUGE mango trees in my backyard. We even had a little green platform built into the branches of one of them, where my sister and I would dress up and play Ewoks.
When summer rolled around they would grow mountains of mangoes, an absolutely bumper crop every year. And every summer, hoards of bats would fly out of the hills near our house (I live 15 minutes outside of the city centre, by the way #Australia) and completely decimate the mango crop. Between the bats and the possums, I don’t think a single mango ever survived in tact. They were just left there, dangling with giant bat-bites and possum-pieces nibbled out of them.
And what happens to a half-eaten mango? Why it drops to the ground eventually. And what happens once the 50 or so mangoes drop to the ground and sit there for a few days? Well friends, they rot. And that’s when everyone in the family is recruited to come out and put a plastic bag over their hand, and start picking up stinking, rotten, half-eaten mangoes in the muggy, humid Brisbane mid-summer heat. Trust me, you wouldn’t want to eat mangoes after that experience either. Is it any wonder it’s taken me 20 years to get over it? Anyway, sadly those two beautiful trees died and are no longer in the yard, and maybe it’s in their memory that I have finally come around to loving mangoes. Particularly when the sweet fruitiness of the mango is paired with the rich, fragrant roundness of coconut.
This smoothie combines delicious coconut yogurt, luscious fresh mango (or frozen would work well) and a splash of coconut milk, or almond milk worlks well too. I love the single-focus of only using mangoes here, but some favourite variations of mine include throwing in a big handful of spinach! I know, I know, green smoothies so played out, but you really can’t taste it and it’s so good for you! Otherwise, a little passionfruit pulp is absolutely heavenly.
Anyway, enjoy this mango monster smoothie! And here’s to enjoying mangoes for many years to come. RIP beautiful mango trees.
- 1 cup ice
- 1 cup of fresh or frozen mango pieces (about 1 large mango)
- ⅓ cup coconut yoghurt
- ⅓ cup coconut milk or almond milk
- optional: squeeze of lime juice
- Place the ingredients into a blender in the order that they are listed. Blend until completely smooth and a beautiful yellow colour - enjoy!