This Banana Mango Strawberry Smoothie is so sweet, creamy and tropical! Its easy to make and delicious, which is why its a go-to for my kids, especially during the warmer spring and summer months! The fruits are in peak season, readily available and perfectly sweet! Plus its a refreshing, hydrating snack that is so quick to whip up!
The velvety texture of the ripest mangoes, the burst of sweetness from perfectly ripened strawberries, and the smooth and creamy richness of bananas all blended together into one healthy, heavenly, tropical concoction. All of the fruits are perfectly sweet and tart, so there is usually no need to add any additional sugar or sweeteners.
Ingredients for Mango Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- 1 cup chopped mango (either fresh or frozen). I personally usually opt for frozen. Frozen mango is already peeled and cut into perfect little cubes. Pre-prepped = time saver!
- 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries - Strawberries are easy to prep. All they require is a quick rinse, remove the stems and they are ready to go.
- 1 frozen or fresh banana (fresh bananas will make the smoothie slightly less thick).
- ¼ cup yogurt - Preferably Greek yogurt because it has a nice thick consistency and a higher amount of protein
- 2-4 Tablespoons liquid juice - I usually use milk or orange juice. Coconut milk or any dairy/non dairy milk work just fine. Or you can get even more tropical by adding pineapple juice
- 2-3 pitted dates - this is an optional ingredient but I find that adding dates with fresh fruit smoothies helps to thicken the beverage
- (Optional) Protein Powder - Sometimes I like to throw in a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Increases the protein content of this smoothie and makes it more filling!
Blender Tips & Tricks for the Creamiest Smoothie
When it comes to creating a smooth and creamy texture for your smoothies, the blending technique is crucial. It might seem simple to throw all the ingredients into the blender, but here are a few tips and tricks:
- Firstly, ensure that your blender is up to the task. A high-quality blender with a powerful motor will make all the difference in achieving a smooth and velvety consistency. Its also important to use the blender correctly when making a smoothie.
- Many blenders come with a tamper accelerator tool. This tool helps to push ingredients down into the blade. While the tool is not necessary for all recipes, it comes in particularly helpful for smoothies as it is a thick mixture. It helps to push the fruits down and therefore ensuring a smoother blend.
- Next, consider the order in which you add your ingredients to the blender. Start by placing the liquid base at the bottom, followed by the softer fruits like strawberries and mangoes, and then firmer ones like bananas. This layering technique allows the blender to work more efficiently by ensuring even distribution of the ingredients and reducing the chances of any chunks forming.
- Once everything is in the blender, start on a low speed and gradually increase it to high. This gradual ramp-up will help break down the fruits and create a smooth consistency without overtaxing the blender motor. Additionally, periodically pause and scrape down the sides of the blender with a spatula to ensure that all the ingredients are adequately mixed.
- If you prefer an even smoother texture, consider blending for a slightly longer duration. This will help further break down the fibers and result in a creamier, more luxurious mouthfeel. However, be careful not to over-blend, as this can lead to a thinner consistency or even warm up the smoothie due to the friction generated by the blender blades.
Adding the Right Liquid for Optimal Consistency
When it comes to creating a perfectly creamy mango strawberry banana smoothie, the choice of liquid is key.
One popular option for the liquid base of a smoothie is dairy milk. Dairy milk adds a rich and creamy texture to your smoothie. It also lends a subtle hint of sweetness that complements the natural flavors of the fruits. If you're a fan of dairy, this is definitely a delicious choice to consider.
For those who are looking for a dairy-free alternative, almond milk and coconut milk are excellent substitutes. Almond milk adds a slightly nutty flavor to your smoothie. While coconut milk lends a tropical twist that pairs perfectly with the mango and banana.
If you're aiming for a lighter smoothie, try using fruit juice as the liquid base. Orange juice or pineapple juice can bring a burst of tanginess to your smoothie, balancing out the sweetness of the fruits. Just be mindful of the sugar content.
Enhance Flavor & Creaminess With These Ingredients
One optional ingredient that can elevate the taste of your smoothie is a sweetener. Honey or maple syrup are popular choices to add a touch of sweetness and complement the fruity flavors. I like to have dates on hand for a bit of additional sweetness but also a creamier texture.
For those who are looking to add a hint of freshness and zing to their smoothie, add a squeeze of lime juice. The tangy citrus flavor of lime perfectly balances the sweetness of the fruits and adds a twist to every sip.
If you're a fan of spices, consider adding a little cinnamon or vanilla extract to your smoothie for a lovely aromatic touch. Warm flavors can enhance the sweetness of the fruits and add depth to the overall profile of your smoothie. This Mango Shake incorporates mango, milk and cardamom for an equally refreshing treat!
You can also add in protein powder. A neutral flavor like vanilla is the perfect compliment to the sweet, fresh flavors. Protein powders not only increase the protein content of the smoothie but make the smoothie creamier and even more filling.
This creamy, dreamy tropical Mango Strawberry Banana Smoothie is the perfect way to start warm summer mornings!
Mango Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- 1 cup mango peeled and cubed, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup strawberries fresh or frozen, destemmed
- 1 banana
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¼-½ cup milk or juice any type
- 2-3 dates pitted, optional
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder optional
- In a blender jar, combine all ingredients.
- Blend until smooth. If the consistency is too thick add another tablespoon of milk and blend until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and serve immediately.