This mango strawberry banana smoothie has thick and creamy flavors of a tropical summer, even if you’re not by the sea! Sweet chunks of mangos coupled with fruity strawberries and silky bananas is an amazing drink that’s breezy to make. With only 5 ingredients and in 5 minutes, you can sip back, and relax with a cool and refreshing taste of summer. It’s also naturally vegan, paleo, and whole30-friendly.
It’s hot out there and nothing makes me dance in the mornings like drinking down the fruits of summer. It’s thick, it’s fruity and so very satisfying.
I like my breakfast smoothies thick and creamy because I want to feel satisfied throughout my morning. Don’t get me wrong, I like smoothies morning, noon, and night, but nothing says wake up to a great day like a fantastic fruity smoothie.
The mango and banana do the trick for thickening fruit smoothies. Frozen fruit also makes it thicker than fresh fruit, so guaranteed this smoothie is luscious and fulfilling.
If you like thick, refreshing, sweet fruity smoothies, you’re going to love this healthy treat.
- Mango chunks
- Banana slices
- Coconut milk, coconut yogurt or coconut water
Easy breezy! Just combine ingredients and blend until smooth.
Enjoy immediately! Or save for later.
- Scrape down the sides of the blender as necessary until all of the fruit has been blended together.
- To make a smoothie bowl, use coconut yogurt instead of coconut milk or water, add some sliced fresh fruit or granola and you’re ready to go.
- Like to savor your smoothie? Rinse your glass and put it in the freezer overnight, then pour in the smoothie for a super cool delight.
- Not a thick smoothie fan? Use coconut water instead of coconut yogurt or cream and add more frozen strawberries to thin this smoothie out if you prefer.
Fresh vs. frozen fruit?
Frozen fruit helps create that thick and creamy smoothie that we all love. It also helps the drink to remain superbly cold.
Having frozen fruit on hand makes smoothies easy and enjoyable whenever you want. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than fresh fruit, so if you plan on making this smoothie throughout the summer, using frozen fruit is a good idea.
Fresh fruit is great, but it can go from ripe to overripe in days. If you’ve gone crazy buying too much on-sale fruit, I suggest freezing fruit when it’s ripe by following the steps below.
How to freeze fresh fruit:
Bananas are a terrific staple at my house and no matter how much we eat them, there’s always a couple that start to get a bit too brown. But that’s okay because it means the banana will be extra sweet in the smoothie.
To freeze bananas for this smoothie, just peel and slice into little bites. Place the sliced pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Don’t overcrowd them or they’ll stick together in a clump. Put them in the freezer for about two hours.
Once the bananas are frozen, transfer them into a resealable plastic bag and use them when needed. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Mangoes, too, can go from amazingly fresh, to ready to eat, to overripe in just a day or two. Freezing them is great for ensuring you have amazing smoothies throughout the winter.
Freezing mangoes is just the same as freezing bananas. Just peel and slice or cube the mango. Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place the sheet in the freezer until frozen solid.
Transfer the mango slices to a resealable plastic freezer bag, date, and use as needed. Mangoes can be stored in the freezer for 10 to 12 months.
Strawberries need a little more handling than mangoes or bananas, but it’s worth it to have strawberries waiting for you later.
To freeze strawberries, just rinse well and set on a kitchen towel and gently pat dry. Cut the strawberries straight across the top to remove the stem. Arrange the strawberries (top-down) in a single layer on a lined baking sheet.
Freeze until thoroughly frozen and transfer to a freezer bag. Strawberries can last for up to a year in the freezer, ensuring you have a fresh taste all year long.
I suggest saving yourself time and energy by buying frozen fruit, this way, you can enjoy this smoothie, or this Blueberry Bliss Tropical Smoothie Recipe, any time of year.
If you wake up running, you might want to make this smoothie ahead. Just make as directed and pour it into a glass jar with an airtight lid.
You can store it overnight in the fridge, for a quick breakfast on the run. But don’t forget about it because it will only last for about a day.
If you want to make a couple of batches, you can put the smoothie into a freezer-safe glass jar with an airtight lid and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
If you are grabbing up all the fresh seasonal fruit while it’s hot, you can freeze your own for amazing mornings later.
Keeping it healthy:
Each fruit has its own benefits that add to the healthiness of any fruit smoothie. But, be aware, not all smoothies are healthy. Here are some tips on keeping it healthy:
- Buy frozen fruit or freeze your own fruit for your smoothies. If you buy a bag of your favorite fruit, make sure to read the labels! Buy fruit without added sweeteners to keep it as healthy as possible. This smoothie has just the right sweetness with just the frozen fruit, so go all natural!
- You can add protein powder that contains essential amino acids.
- Bananas are a common addition to smoothies. They’re easy, they add sweetness and nutrients, but they are also high in sugar.Adding avocados to smoothies like in this raspberry banana avocado smoothie is one way to keep the nutrition while cutting down the sugar. It may not taste just like the tropical smoothie we have here, but you could try to add a little of both to have the best of both worlds.
- Your smoothie isn’t sweet enough? If you have to have it sweeter, add more mangoes or strawberries or try a little honey or maple syrup.It will cause less of a spike in blood sugar than regular sweeteners leaving you satisfied, rather than feeling hungry right after you’ve just had your smoothie. I can’t vouch for the taste, so you’ll have to experiment based on your own sweet tooth.
All in all, smoothies are supposed to be naturally healthy and amazing. Following these tips will ensure you’re not turning a terrifically healthy drink into a sugary corrupt one. 😉
Looking for more smoothies?
This Vietnamese avocado smoothie is made in two ways: the traditional way and the vegan way. Both are equally good so you decide.
This banana orange avocado smoothie is thick and creamy with a taste of citrus. It can easily be made paleo, vegan and whole30.
It’s high season for watermelon and this watermelon smoothie is perfect for hot days.
If you’d rather have an icy drink, this watermelon lime with mint slushie is for you!
Loving the tropical feel? Try this tropical mango smoothie. It’s made with mangos and pineapples and can be made paleo, vegan and dairy-free.
This blueberry avocado smoothie is as lovely as it looks. It’s a creamy, heart-healthy drink that can easily be made paleo and vegan.
Need some greens? This strawberry green smoothie is loaded with bananas, spinach and hemp seeds with a paleo and vegan option.
If you want an energy boost, but don’t necessarily want a smoothie, try this pineapple matcha drink. It’s a healthy copycat of Starbucks famed drink and it’s terrific and refreshing.
I think I’ve included something for everyone with this amazing list of cool drinks to turn your hot summer into a refreshing oasis.
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Mango Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- ½ cup (!20 grams) coconut yogurt, coconut milk, or coconut water (or regular milk)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups strawberries fresh or frozen
- 1 cup mango chunks fresh or frozen
- 1 cup banana slices fresh or frozen
- To a blender, add the ingredients in the order listed. Blend until well combined. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.