This easy 3 ingredient Mango Pineapple smoothie celebrates the delicious flavours of tropical fruit that can be enjoyed all through summer or when you need an escape from the cold weather outside.
On a dreary day I often find myself daydreaming about summer holidays and longing to be on a beach somewhere far away. The warm sun on my skin, sandy toes and the unmistakable sweet fragrance of tropical fruit that’s in such abundance during the summer months.
Whether you’re lucky enough to be able to pick fresh mango, pineapple and coconut straight from the tree or if you buy it from a local store, this mango and pineapple smoothie recipe is undeniably the taste and smell of summer.
Mango Pineapple Smoothie Ingredients
In our home it’s difficult to keep a mango long enough to use it in a smoothie. They are just so juicy and refreshing to eat when they are ripe.
Mangoes are enriched with vitamins A, C and E making them beneficial to the health of our eyes, skin and immune system. Mangoes 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.
They can be enjoyed 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, they can be enjoyed as a topper for oats, smoothie bowls and yoghurt. I love the sweet flavour of ripe mangoes but they are only available in good supply to us Brits during our summer months sadly. I’m glad to say that frozen mangoes are available all year round and are a great substitute if you can’t get fresh.
Another sweet tropical delight that is well loved in our household is pineapple. My family and I visited Costa Rica a couple of years go and one of the many highlights was seeing acres and acres of pineapple plantations in every direction I looked. The smell of ripe pineapple was simply divine. That unmistakable sweetness was intoxicating and a smell that takes me back to beautiful, vibrant Costa Rica every time I smell it.
Pineapples are rich in vitamin C making them a good choice to support a healthy immune system and help our bodies absorb all important iron. They are 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 will contain added sugar and the canning process also reduces the overall vitamin C content of the fruit.
Don’t confuse coconut water for coconut milk. Both are naturally occurring products of coconuts. However, coconut water is found in young coconuts and is made up of 94% water and much less fat. Coconut milk and also coconut oil is derived from the flesh of the developed coconut.
On it’s own coconut water is a great tasting and refreshing drink. It contains some nutrients and minerals that are important to our health and that some of us don’t ordinarily get enough of. It also contains potassium which is good for heart health and development and repair of muscles.
The main reason I’ve included it in this smoothie is because it is a tropical taste sensation when combined with mango and pineapple. You’re welcome!
How To Make A Mango Pineapple Smoothie
This delicious and nutritious mango pineapple 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 water.
Pour into a serving glass and enjoy!
Always use ripe mangoes for this recipe. 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. Slightly overripe mangoes are fine to add to this smoothie although their flesh tends to brown a little and their skin will look wrinkled. An underripe mango will be firm to the touch and will not blend well. Underripe mangoes also have a slightly sour taste.
Mango Pineapple Smoothie Recipe Variations
Mango Pineapple Smoothie with Greek Yogurt
Of course, this is a smoothie made without yogurt. If you’re looking for a creamier texture to your smoothie then you could swap half the quantity of coconut water for plain Greek yogurt in this recipe. Prepare all the ingredients as before but just remember to give the inside of your blender jug an extra scape to ensure the Greek yogurt is completely blended.
Mango Pineapple Smoothie with Banana
Rich in potassium, magnesium and fibre, bananas make a great addition and 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 keep my hunger pangs and sugar cravings at bay.
More Delicious Smoothie Recipes
I can’t get enough of the sweet-tasting and fragrant smelling goodness of tropical fruits. Click on the links below to explore some of my other recipes that call for frozen tropical fruits: Mango, Pineapple and Passion fruit Smoothie Bowl, Avocado and Banana Smoothie, and Broccoli Smoothie
Mango Pineapple Smoothie Recipe
- Blender or Food Processor
- 130 g fresh or frozen mango (cut into chunks)
- 130 g fresh or frozen pineapple (cut into chunks)
- 200 ml coconut water
- ice cubes to serve (if desired)
- Put the mango and pineapple chunks into a blender or food processer
- Pour in the coconut water
- Blend the ingredients until smooth
- Add more coconut water if the smoothie is too thick
- Pour into serving glasses and pop in a couple of ice cubes to serve (if desired)
Mango Pineapple Smoothie Ingredient Substitutes
What can I use to substitute coconut water?
This smoothie recipe is both dairy-free and vegan and you could substitute the coconut water liquid for the same quantity of oat, soy, or almond milk for an equally delicious and healthy vegan smoothie.
Adding Greek Yogurt to a Mango Pineapple Smoothie
To make a creamier version of this smoothie, you could substitute 100ml of coconut water for 100ml of Greek yogurt. This is a great way of adding protein to your smoothie and will help you feel fuller for longer.