I go through phases with smoothies and this is my current favourite recipe. While many include fresh, local ingredients like blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries, this one is all about mangoes. It’s thick and delicious and a meal in itself. Love it!
What Makes This One Great?
This secret for kicking smoothies up a notch may not be news to some of you, but I admit I was very late to the party: add nut butters! By adding a heaping tablespoon of a nut butter to a smoothie, it goes from being a snack to a meal. The nut butters add a much richer flavour and (more calories) which makes it more satisfying.
My favourites are macadamia butter, hazel nut butter, and almond butter, and the old standby of organic peanut butter (just peanuts, no additives) works really well too.
Best Blenders For Smoothies
The two blenders said to be best for smoothies are the Blentec and Vitamix. I’ve never owned either one. A runner up with a good reputation for considerably less money is the Breville. If you’ve owned or use any of these, I’d love to hear your opinion.
- Milk, juice, or water: Just enough to cover the blender blades
- 1 small banana (fresh or frozen, cut into small pieces)
- 2 cups diced, frozen mango
- 1 heaping Tablespoon nut butter: peanut butter, hazel nut butter, macadamia nut butter, or almond butter
- Add just enough liquid to the blender to cover the blades.
- Add banana, mango, and nut butter.
- Blend until completey combined: thick and delicious.
Tip: If the fruit is really frozen, let it sit in the blender for 15 minutes before blending. Unless you have a good quality blender like the Vitamix, in which case you can blend right away!
What’s Your Favourite? I’m all about trying new combinations. If you have a fave, let me know in the comments.