How to Make a Mango Smoothie Without Yogurt

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How to make a mango smoothie without yogurt

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Summer is the prime season for enjoying sweet, juicy mangoes. Sometimes referred to as “the king of fruits,” mangoes are tropical stone fruits that are cultivated in many sub-tropical and frost-free tropical climates around the world.

Not only do mangoes taste like summer and sunshine, but they're also packed with vitamins and antioxidants, which makes them a perfect addition to a healthy smoothie.

Below are a few tips on how to make a mango smoothie without yogurt along with a few of my favorite mango smoothie recipes from around the web.

The many health benefits of mangoes​

Before discussing how to make a mango smoothie without yogurt, let’s look at some of the reasons you should consider using mangoes in your next smoothie.

One cup of mango checks in at a mere 105 calories. It also provides 76% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and 25% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. The following are just a few other health benefits of mangoes:​

  • The antioxidants in mangoes may help prevent various types of cancer.​
  • The fiber and vitamin C may help lower cholesterol.
  • The vitamin A serves an important role in maintaining eye health.

How to make a mango smoothie with milk

The sweetness of strawberries pairs well with mango and can be used in place of yogurt to thicken your smoothie. This tasty smoothie is from smoothierecipe.tv​.

What you'll need:

  • 5 frozen strawberries​
  • 1/3 cup mango, diced
  • 1 cup milk

Add the milk and mango to your blender. Cover and blend on medium speed. Slowly add the strawberries through the opening in the blender cover. Continue to blend on high until smooth.

The following recipe uses banana to add even more tropical flavor:

What you'll need:

  • ​1 cup of fresh or frozen mango, chunked
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 3/4 cup fresh banana, chunked
  • 1 tablespoon of powdered milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Combine all of the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth and creamy. It's important that you use both the powdered and regular milk to ensure the best consistency.

The addition of a little protein powder can turn your smoothie from a simple drink into a complete meal. This video from Betty’s Kitchen shows how to make a protein-packed mango and peach smoothie.​

What you'll need:

  • 1 ripe peach, peeled and chopped​
  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup of skim milk
  • 1 rounded tablespoon of vanilla-flavored protein powder

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. You can add ice to help keep the smoothie chilled.

How to make a mango smoothie without yogurt or ice cream​

The majority of smoothie recipes you find online use yogurt or ice cream to provide the thick consistency. If you don’t like the flavor of yogurt or the extra calories of ice cream, the following are a few options you can use to thicken your next smoothie:

  • Non-diary creamer
  • Oats
  • Peanut butter
  • Bananas

​Alternatives to milk in smoothies:

  • Water
  • Soy milk
  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Fruit juice
  • Tea
How to make a mango smoothie without yogurt

​While most smoothies naturally lean toward the sweet side, the following mango smoothie recipe, courtesy of ohmyveggies.com, goes an entirely different direction with a hint of cayenne pepper. It is also lactose-free since it uses almond milk instead of dairy milk.

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk​
  • 1 cup of frozen mango chunks
  • 1 large mandarin orange, clementine, tangerine, or navel orange that has been peeled and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. This can be adjusted up or down according to your personal taste.

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. You can add more or less almond milk to get the desired consistency.

Kitchen Treaty features a delicious vegan smoothie option that uses coconut milk.

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup of prewashed baby spinach leaves​
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen mango, chunked
  • 1/2 of a medium banana
  • 3/4 cup of light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of ice cubes

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and combine until smooth. If desired, you can garnish with additional chopped mango or shredded coconut.

A word of caution

Now that you know how to make a mango smoothie without yogurt, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind when handling mangoes.

The anacardic acid they contain can cause a reaction in individuals who are allergic to latex. The peel and sap of mangoes also contain a chemical called urushiol, which is the same substance found in poison ivy and poison sumac. This can cause allergic skin reactions in susceptible individuals.​

That being said, your chances of having a reaction are pretty slim, but if you are worried, check out our recipes for kiwi smoothies (with and without yogurt).

As for the rest of you, go out there and get your mango smoothie on!

About the Author

Set designer assistant Olivia Watts was a meat-and-potatoes girl until one of her hipster co-workers on the latest superhero film handed her a lunch that came in a cup with a fat straw. With one life-changing sip of that fruit smoothie, Olivia tossed away her hammer, started up her own business, and now manages six smoothie franchises.

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