Have I ever mentioned that we house a handful of picky eaters? And by “handful” I mean the firstborn and me? It’s true. It only took me about 32 years to outgrow a few of my idiosyncrasies, so, to be fair, Toodle’s got time. This means we often drink smoothies, more smoothies, and then a few smoothies more. Thank God for Pineapple Mango Smoothie because it’s nothing if not versatile. And we need all the flexibility we can get!
This may be a go-to smoothie now, however, that wasn’t always the case. For a while, Toodle would only drink smoothies that were pink. It didn’t matter what we put in the drink so long as the final color remained some sort of pinkish, reddish hue. That was a creative time in our lives.
Smoothies were (and sometimes still are) the only way we could get the girls to eat. So not only did the smoothies have to be pink, they were also sometimes the only meal at dinner. Precious moments are made right here, Spiriteds. I will forever have images of K-Hubs standing at the counter, blending away his feelings as he tried to add one more collard green while still keeping the smoothie the requisite shade of pink. It was a whole thing. So, if you are hanging on by a smoothie thread, don’t give up, parents of smoothie-obsessed littles. This, too, shall pass.
We progressed through the various stages of smoothie life, and now we have upgraded to yellow, orange, blue, purple, and even green smoothies. It is as though the heavens opened, bestowed mercy upon our kitchen, and angels said, “Go forth in your faith, spirited family, for you shall no longer eat only pink foods.” It was then that I wept.
Well, not really. But I did get pretty euphoric.
And now Pineapple Mango Smoothie is in our lives. A regular fixture. Also, Spiriteds, it is so ridiculously good. I made three batches inside 24 hours, if that tells you anything. K-Hubs proclaimed it, “In-freaking-credible!”
I LOVE this little bit of springy, summery heaven at breakfast or mid-morning. The mango and almond milk make it extremely filling. So if I get pulled away because of kids, work, or whatever falls into my lap before lunch, I’m less likely to be hangry and lose my chill. It’s super sweet and deliciously creamy in spite of being completely dairy-free!
Also, we’ve had a lot of smoothies on the blog as of late because in that post-holiday lull, I have been trying to rebalance and reenergize. This is often how I get my daily nutrients without grabbing something more convenient but less healthy. And I’m, shall we say, “particular.” Toodle inherited her picky palate from someone, and it wasn’t K-Hubs.
Let me throw an additional smoothie your way, too, in the event you’re rebalancing and reenergizing for spring. If you need a smoothie that tastes a little more mature or like a guilty pleasure, then you can’t go wrong with Single-Serving Chocolate Chia Smoothie (which, let’s be real, is like a mousse or a pudding – so delectable!). As for today’s recipe? The money is in the variations, Spiriteds. Pineapple Mango Smoothie is here for every occasion. It respects your tastebuds.
It also respects your time. It’s the perfect on-the-go smoothie. When I know dinner will be hours away, I’ll add full-fat coconut milk in place of the almond milk for extra fat and satiation. You will likely find full-fat coconut milk in a can in the baking section of your grocery store near the condensed milk.
I mentioned variations for this recipe, and I wasn’t lying. In addition to adding any varieties of milk, you can also make this an after-hours drink. Think summer parties for those over the age of 21. For each 8 ounces you pour, add approximately 1-2 tbsp of rum or rum extract. So delicious. But beware the rum. It is super sneaky in this recipe. The delightful, summery sweetness belies the buzz that will catch you when you least expect it.
This variation also absolutely leaves me in tears of laughter, because while our family isn’t supposed to consume gluten, soy, dairy, large amounts of sugar, eggs in large quantities, nightshade vegetable and fruits on a regular basis, certain nuts, and some seeds, those of us over the age of 21 can have hard liquor. Yes, hard liquor. Dead. On. The. Floor. I literally died, got back up, and died again when I learned that about our diet. Out of everything in the world, hard liquor makes the cut. Seems fair.
Because of these variations, this smoothie is perfect for get-togethers when children and adults will share the same space. Make two batches, one with just milk, the other with rum. However, may I also suggest you label the drinks clearly so everyone gets the correct version. And put them up high, far out of reach of little fingers. This unlike the time I was three and no one could find me in the house. Alas, someone did find me in the backyard, suntanning on a lawn chair. I proudly perched Dad’s sunglasses on my nose, his magazine in one hand and an empty beer can in the other. Good times, Spiriteds.
Finally, for another summer-friendly variation, trade out some (or all) of the milk with ice cubes for a slushy Pineapple Mango Smoothie (it’s up to you whether you want to keep the rum. I say yes!). Replacing liquids with ice cubes may depend on your blender and how well it operates. In my case, I add a little water to encourage blending.
As for sweetener, it’s up to you. I add sweetener to my Pineapple Mango Smoothie, especially if the mango isn’t quite ripe enough. Agave nectar or 100% pure honey work well. I have tried stevia, and although it is often a go-to sweetener of choice and would work, I don’t love it for this recipe. I blame the mango. But I encourage you to experiment. This smoothie is so tasty, you won’t mind making various batches for “research purposes.”
And now that I have written about this Pineapple Mango Smoothie, I want to go sit on the deck with it in one hand and a book in the other. Never mind the snow on the ground. Kiddos, you’re on your own. Mama’s gonna go read her book and drink her smoothie. The kind with a little rum in it. 🍍🍍🍍
- ½ cup ice cubes
- ½ cup almond milk (or other milk of your choosing)
- 1 mango, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 3 mandarin oranges, peeled
- 3 tablespoons agave nectar (vegan) or 100% pure honey (paleo), optional
- Add ingredients to blender in the order listed.
- Blend on medium to high speed until smooth.
- Top with fresh fruit, chia seeds, or leave as is.