Got a sweet and fruity, tropical smoothie for you to try sometime this weekend - Tropical Pineapple, Mango & Orange Smoothie (with a super-orange, vitamin-packed twist!)
(By the way, I didn’t think it was possible, but orange food is even more impossible to shoot than red food, which is really saying something!)
Anyway! The inspiration behind this recipe came from McDonald’s Pineapple & Mango Smoothie. I know. Judge me. I had a sample of it at the BlogHer conference I went to several years ago and have legit been thinking about it ever since. On the 5+ hour drive home from Chicago last weekend I was super restless and needed something to take my mind off the blinding rain coupled with cars who don’t use cruise control, so I pulled off the road a couple hours away from home and ordered a big and frosty smoothie to sip on. Ahhhh. It was just as good as I remembered!
Back at home I set out creating a copycat recipe that ended up tasting just like the Mc-E-Dees version – except I added a bright orange veggie to provide a little boost of nutrients and color. Carrots! The result is a thick, smooth-as-silk drink that’s great for breakfast, an afternoon treat, or cool evening snack. This was so good – very tropical-island tasting!
Start by combining 1 cup frozen mango chunks (about 1 mango,) 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, and 1/2 frozen banana in your blender. No, you can’t taste the banana – it just helps amplify the tropical flavor of the smoothie.
Next add 2 chopped raw carrots for a boost of vitamins and vibrant orange color.
Now, this ingredient is optional and I only recommend adding if you have a blender that has a “whole juice” or “juice” setting like a Blendtec > (which is what I have) Vitamix, or something comparable. Throwing raw carrots into a standard blender will not turn out well, me thinks. No worries if you can’t include it – this smoothie will still taste GREAT, it will just be more yellow in color instead of orange.
Next add a 6oz Pineapple Chobani Greek Yogurt.
Finally add 1/2 – 3/4 cup Orange-Mango Juice. I used about 3/4 cup but use whatever works for your blender. Some need more than others to get goin’. And if you can’t find this particular juice, just use regular orange juice.
Pop a lid on your blender and let ‘er rip! FYI – I used the “whole juice” setting on my Blendtec.
The result is an impossibly thick and creamy smoothie. Like silk!
Pour the smoothie into glasses, and enjoy!
Tropical Pineapple, Mango & Orange Smoothie
1 cup frozen chopped mango (about 1 mango)
1/2 cup frozen chopped pineapple
1/2 frozen banana
2 small carrots, chopped (about 1/2 cup. Optional – use only if you have a high-powered blender with a juicer setting)
6oz Pineapple Chobani Greek Yogurt
1/2 – 3/4 cup Mango-Orange Juice (I used Simply Orange brand)
- Add mango, pineapple, banana, carrots (if using,) yogurt, and 1/2 cup juice to a blender. Blend until smooth, adding up to 1/4 cup more juice if needed. (Different blenders require more or less liquid to get going.) Serve immediately.