A mango banana smoothie is the perfect way to start your day! This vegan tropical smoothie with coconut milk is a good option for breakfast but also a sweet and healthy snack.
A Vegan Tropical Smoothie Getaway
Smoothies are great for breakfast any time of year and great for an afternoon snack on a hot day. The other day was a bit on the chilly side, but we had plenty of warm sunshine, so I thought making a mango banana smoothie was appropriate.
I took my drink out on the patio and closed my eyes. I took a sip and envisioned a turquoise pool of water, pink sand between my toes and a cool breeze blowing through some palm trees. A shot of rum in this drink might have helped further, but it was too early in the day for that. This smoothie reminded me of a tropical island and that the summer is not too far away.
The weather can't seem to make up its mind this time of year, so it might get cool again before the summer appears. I could be drinking warm tea and eating a bowl of chicken soup tomorrow, so it's nice to do a little summer dreaming even if just for a few hours.
What Makes This Smoothie Vegan and Are Vegan Smoothies Healthy?
This mango banana smoothie is both vegan and naturally gluten free, but is it healthy?
Making a smoothie healthy comes down to what you add to it, and how much you add to it. There are plenty of ways to make smoothies healthy but they also must be consumed in moderation.
To make this smoothie vegan we've opted to make it plant-based by using coconut milk. Coconut milk is flavorful and helps to keep you satisfied longer. I have noticed some discrepancies between brands of coconut milk when it comes to calories. Read labels carefully and look for a low fat, unsweetened coconut milk so you aren't inadvertently adding loads of extra calories to your drink. You can also use other plant-based milks like soy or almond milk.
Fruit does have sugar but since it is natural sugar the body tends to process it better than white sugar or other sweeteners. The fruit will be sweet enough that no additional sugar will be needed.
So, to keep your vegan smoothie healthy pay attention to what you add to it and don't go overboard and limit yourself on portion sizes.
How to Make a Mango Banana Smoothie
You can make this smoothie whether it's summer or not. It takes just three simple ingredients and a blender.
- Add 2 frozen bananas and 1 cup of frozen mango to a blender.
- Pour in the coconut milk.
- Blend together and you are done!
This coconut milk smoothie takes less than five minutes to make. I always keep cut up frozen fruit in my freezer to make the process even easier.
More Vegan Smoothies
- Cherry Almond Smoothies
- Orange Banana Green Smoothie
- Green Pina Colada Smoothies
- Avocado and Kiwi Smoothie from Skinny Spatula
I love to start my day with a nice Mango Banana smoothie and a hard-boiled egg. That is my kind of breakfast.
What are your favorite types of vegan smoothies to make? Leave me some recipe ideas in the comments.
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Mango Banana Smoothie
- 2 frozen bananas sliced
- 1 can 14 ounces light coconut milk
- 1 cup mango chunks
- Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add a few ice cubes if you would like it more frozen. Makes 2 to 3 servings.
First Published January 2012 ; Last Updated May 2021