Tropical Smoothie, an easy smoothie recipe with tropical fruit including mango and pineapple. Mix it all up in your blender, and you have yourself a healthy breakfast or snack in minutes.
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It’s a new year, and people are always looking for some smoothie recipes so thought I’d come up with a Tropical Smoothie that is quick and easy. The best part is you’ll think you are on a tropical vacation!! Ok, not exactly, but you could close your eyes and pretend.
We just got back from a trip to Florida to visit family. It was warm and sunny every day and now back in the north for the rest of the winter. I know boo hoo for me. I can’t complain, this winter hasn’t been too bad, or at least not yet…
This easy mango pineapple smoothie isn’t quite the same as being back in Florida, but a girl can dream, right? For some reason this smoothie kind of makes me think of my mango bars (which are delicious, by the way).
I should also mention, that this Tropical Smoothie is in no relation to Tropical Smoothie cafes…
So you can make this Tropical Smoothie in a blender in no time. I like to use frozen fruit, but you could use fresh, or could also use fresh that has been frozen.
Like every other smoothie recipe out there, you can also change this up to whatever you or your family likes or what you have on hand. I’ll give some of my personal suggestions below.
How to make a Tropical Smoothie
So for this Tropical Smoothie recipe, you’ll need just 5 ingredients.
Tropical Smoothie ingredients:
- Frozen banana slices
- Unsweetened coconut milk
- Frozen mango chunks
- Frozen pineapple chunks
- Orange juice
Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. That’s it. Easy! I love this blender that comes with 2 smaller cups that are perfect for individual smoothies like this but you can use any blender you have.
I like to keep frozen banana slices in my freezer at all times just for smoothies. You can use fresh bananas, but frozen bananas give smoothies a nice creamy texture and it helps keep the smoothie cold and thick.
To make frozen banana slices, you can slice a banana (or bananas) and place on a silicone mat lined baking sheet (or use wax paper) and place in the freezer until frozen or at least a half hour. I think generally, put the slices in small resealable bags to use for the week.
For best results, make sure all your ingredients are cold!
Tropical Smoothie Substitutes
So I know a lot of you are probably wondering about possible substitutes. Of course, the options are endless, but just know results will vary a lot. Here are some of my personal suggestions…
Banana – If you don’t like bananas, you could try your favorite yogurt or cottage cheese instead. If they are unsweetened, you may want to add a little honey or your favorite sweetener.
Coconut milk – I love using unsweetened coconut milk in smoothies, but you could also use almond milk, soy milk, your favorite milk substitute, or milk itself.
Mango & Pineapple – You can substitute your favorite tropical fruits or other fruits such as papaya, kiwi, or even oranges. I personally would freeze the fruit for a thicker consistency for the smoothie.
Orange juice – Any kind of citrus juice would be a great alternative such as lemon, lime, or even grapefruit depending on what you like.
The smoothie is naturally gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian. If you’re watching carbs, I’d double check the fruit and how much you use. Tropical fruit, although full of natural sugar and vitamins, can have a lot of carbs and not very low glycemic.
To bulk up this smoothie, you can add more coconut milk or more of the other ingredients.
For an adult version, a little rum would be great in this for a frozen cocktail version, ha! That would be great with my Caribbean Tacos!
Quick video my son Jordan made of him making this Tropical Smoothie…
- Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into glass and enjoy immediately.