Mango Pineapple Smoothie
Give your morning a boost with this easy mango pineapple smoothie! It tastes like the tropics, but it’s also packed with vitamins and minerals.
“Sunshine in a glass” is such a cliché, but the description definitely fits this mango pineapple smoothie. Close your eyes, take a sip, and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation. For just a moment, you can imagine you’re sitting poolside with the warm sun on your legs, and not nagging your kids to brush their teeth. Ahhh.
And if that doesn’t sell you, well, this mango pineapple smoothie is full of nutrients that have big benefits too. Mangoes are high in vitamin A, which helps keep your skin and eyes healthy; pineapples have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce joint pain and improve digestion; flaxseed adds healthy fiber to the mix; coconut milk brings plenty of MCT fat to the table too.
About this mango pineapple smoothie
What’s more, this smoothie is super easy to make and customize—you can add ingredients to change the flavor, adjust the consistency to make it thicker or thinner, and no matter what changes you make, it’ll still be ready in a matter of minutes.
While smoothies are generally regarded as breakfast food, there’s no reason you can’t whip one of these pineapple mango smoothies up for an afternoon pick-me-up or even as a healthy dessert. (Yes, it totally tastes like a dessert. Another bonus!)
What you need
- Frozen pineapple chunks – You can freeze fresh pineapple just for this recipe, or buy a bag of frozen pineapple. Although you can freeze canned pineapple too, note that it’s much sweeter than fresh or frozen, so you might want to hold off on adding sweetener until you give the smoothie a taste.
- Mango chunks – We love a fresh mango, but they can be so hit-or-miss. Using frozen mango helps you make sure you’re getting fruit at the peak of ripeness!
- Lite unsweetened coconut milk – Using light coconut milk gives this smoothie some healthy fats, without making it a calorie bomb.
- Ground flaxseed meal – You can leave this out if you don’t have it on hand, but you’ll be missing out on some extra fiber and healthy fat.
- Honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup – Basically, any sweetener you like or have on hand.
- Salt – Just a touch will bring balance to the flavor of this mango pineapple smoothie.
- Shredded coconut – Use unsweetened here.
- Fresh or frozen berries – These add visual appeal and an antioxidant boost!
How to make it
Combine the ingredients. Add the fruit, coconut milk, flax, sweetener, and salt to a blender.
Tip: When you’re making a smoothie, always add the liquid at the bottom, then layer in the solid ingredients. This helps create a vortex in the blender, which pulls the ingredients towards the blade, preventing your machine from getting stuck.
Blend. Process the ingredients until they’re smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down sides of the blender as needed.
Serve. Pour the smoothie into a glass and serve with the optional toppings, if desired.
Mango and pineapple are two fruits that work well with a variety of other flavors and fruits. Try them with bananas, coconut, kiwi, lime, peaches, or strawberries.
Mangoes are high in natural sugar, which is why they’re so sweet. But they pack in nutrients that help offset the sugar content—namely, they’re loaded with vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber, and they contain compounds with anti-inflammatory properties.
Flaxseed should be ground before you eat it for optimal nutrient absorption. You can either use a coffee grinder to grind the seeds yourself, or purchase pre-ground flaxseed meal.
How to make this mango pineapple smoothie your own
It’s hard to improve on the original mango pineapple smoothie formula, but as with most smoothies, there’s a lot of room for customization here. Try some of these variations, or come up with your own!
- Make it with milk. Swap the coconut milk with dairy milk or your favorite plant-milk. Vanilla flavored plant milk adds another layer of flavor to the smoothie.
- Add some cayenne. Really? Yes, really! Cayenne will help give your metabolism a boost, and it works especially well with the mango and pineapple in this smoothie.
- Give it a protein boost. Add Greek yogurt or your favorite vanilla or unflavored protein powder to amp up the protein in this recipe.
- Swap the ground flax for chia. Chia is one of those love-it-or-hate-it foods, but if you like the texture, it makes a fun addition to this smoothie, either instead of or in addition to the flax.
If you have any leftovers, store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a day. The smoothie will separate as it sits, so be sure to give it a good stir or shake before drinking again.
Another idea is to freeze smoothie leftovers in a popsicle mold or in an ice cube tray to use in cocktails and mocktails.
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Get the Recipe: Mango Pineapple Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- ½ frozen mango chunks
- 1 cup lite unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal
- ½ tablespoon honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup
- pinch salt
- Shredded coconut
- Fresh or frozen berries
- Add all smoothie ingredients to a blender. Process until smooth and creamy, scraping down sides as necessary.
- Pour into a glass and serve with optional toppings if desired.
- Nutritional information does not include toppings.
- If you have any leftovers, store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a day. The smoothie will separate as it sits, so be sure to give it a good stir or shake before drinking again. Another idea is to freeze smoothie leftovers in a popsicle mold or in an ice cube tray to use in cocktails and mocktails.