Refreshing delicious coconut water and creamy coconut yogurt are the base for this tropical tasting delight of a coconut smoothie. It’s a sweet treat to indulge in when you need a sugar fix but it’s way healthier than reaching for the biscuit tin because it doesn’t contain refined sugar.
Coconut Smoothie Ingredients
Coconut milk is made from the flesh of a mature coconut. It contains the type of nutrients and potassium that are good for heart health and repairing muscles. It is widely available in supermarket chillers these days and can be used as a non-dairy milk alternative in recipes. It tastes great in coffee, with oats or smoothies for breakfast and is a delicious addition to curries and lentil dishes from Thai and Indian cuisines. Aside from all the great ways it can be enjoyed, there is no question that it is a tropical taste sensation when combined with mango and banana in this coconut smoothie.
Coconut Yogurt is used in this smoothie to make this a great tasting vegan smoothie but cashew yogurt would be another great non-dairy alternative. Coconut yogurt is made using coconut milk with active probiotics added to it. These probiotics are known to deliver good bacteria to the gut, making coconut yogurt a good choice for supporting a healthy digestive system and immune function.
Mangoes don’t last long in our home. They are just so juicy and refreshing to eat when they are ripe. They are a fruit that my kids are happy to eat at any time of day and I never hear any objections from them when I serve them up as a healthy snack.
Mangoes are enriched with vitamins A, C and E making them beneficial to the health of our eyes, skin and immune system. Mangoes also contain vitamin B6 making them a rich source of iron. They are low in calories and high in fibre making them an excellent fruit to support weight loss.
Enjoy them as a healthy snack or lunch box treat or added to all sorts of bakes for a pop of colour and added sweet flavour. Alternatively, enjoy them as a topper for oats, smoothie bowls and yoghurt. I love the sweet flavour of a ripe mango when they are in season. At all other times of the year, I’m glad to say that frozen mango is available and is a great substitute if you can’t get fresh.
Rich in potassium, magnesium and fibre, bananas make a great addition and bring even more tropical goodness to this recipe. Bananas are great for your digestive health and can boost heart health too by helping to reduce blood pressure. Bananas are good for weight loss too. They have a relatively low GI index meaning they will help you to feel fuller for longer.
I find that their sweet taste and dense texture definitely help to keep my hunger pangs and sugar cravings at bay.
How To Make A Coconut Smoothie
This delicious and nutritious coconut smoothie recipe takes just 5 minutes to prepare. Jump straight to the full recipe instructions for specific details but if a quick heads up will do, here goes:
Add all of the ingredients to a blender. Blitz until smooth. Check the consistency of your smoothie. You can adjust the consistency by adding more of the coconut milk for a thinner consistency or up the amount of coconut yoghurt for a creamy finish.
Pour into two serving glasses and enjoy!
Coconut Smoothie Recipe Variations
Coconut Smoothie with pineapple
When all the mangoes have vanished from my fruit bowl I use pineapple instead. They have an unmistakable sweetness and still provide the tropical sweetness that I often crave.
Pineapples are rich in vitamin C making it a good choice to support a healthy immune system and help our bodies absorb all important iron. It’s also high in manganese which is a mineral that supports our metabolism to work effectively.
Pineapples are also a great source of antioxidants that can help to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
If you are unable to buy fresh pineapple then frozen is a good substitute and available in most good supermarkets. Beware of tinned pineapple, especially those canned in syrup as they contain additional and unnecessary sugar. The canning process also reduces the overall vitamin C content of the fruit.
More Delicious Tropical Smoothie Recipes
If you love the great taste of this coconut smoothie, here are some more of my smoothie recipes that include the delicious flavor of tropical fruit and want some other smoothie suggestions, head over to my blog or click on the link for my Easy Mango pineapple smoothie and my Passion Fruit Smoothie Bowl with Delicious Mango and Pineapple.
Coconut Smoothie Recipe
- Blender or Food Processor
- 200 ml coconut milk
- 50 g coconut yoghurt
- 130 g fresh or frozen mango cut into chunks
- 1 fresh or frozen banana cut into chunks
- 50 g oats
- Pour the coconut milk into a blender or food processor
- Add the coconut yoghurt
- Add the mango and banana chunks
- Add the oats
- Blitz until you have a smooth consistency
- Add more coconut milk or yoghurt to get the consistency that suits you
- Pour into a serving glass and serve
Coconut Smoothie Ingredient Substitutes
H4 What can I use to substitute coconut milk?
Keep this smoothie dairy-free and vegan by substituting the coconut milk for coconut water. On its own coconut water is a great-tasting and refreshing drink. It’s loaded with nutrients that are important for good health and also contains minerals that some of us don’t ordinarily get enough of. It is said to help replenish electrolytes that are lost during a workout too. It’s lower in fat than coconut milk and is made up of 94% water.
Alternatively, you could substitute the coconut milk for the same quantity of oat, soy, or almond milk for an equally delicious and healthy vegan smoothie.
Using Greek yogurt instead of coconut yogurt
Using Greek yogurt instead of coconut yogurt would make a great vegetarian version of this smoothie. I do find Greek yogurt adds additional creaminess but would provide a less coconutty taste. You could substitute 50g of the coconut yogurt for 50g of Greek yogurt. This is a great way of adding protein to your smoothie to help you feel fuller for longer.
Calories in A Coconut Smoothie
Always use ripe mangoes for this recipe if you are opting for fresh. You can tell if a mango is ripe if the skin is smooth and the mango has a slight give when the skin is pressed. Overripe mangoes are fine to add to this smoothie although their flesh tends to brown a little and their skin will look a little wrinkled. An underripe mango will be firm to the touch and will not blend well.