Ask any Indian and they will tell you the king of all fruit is the mango. Most homes, in South India, that have fruit trees, will almost always have a mango tree, a papaya tree and a banana tree. I guess that’s the reason I love this tropical smoothie recipe- it reminds me of home. Or as I love to tell the kids when I eat or drink something that invokes a special memory, “it’s a hug to my throat.”
With our Texas summers continuing to be real scorchers, I like to find ways to whip up smoothies that are nutritious and refreshing for my family. This particular smoothie is just that with three of my favorite fruit, chia seeds, flax seed, vanilla yogurt and milk.
Pop everything into your blender (I use my sturdy, reliable Ninja blender) and once blended, serve chilled, into tall glasses, mason jar glasses (this is a fantastic deal for a set of 12!) or even cute milk bottle glasses. You can pour your smoothie into a coffee cup, it doesn’t change the flavor but I always feel being able to see your smoothie adds that extra special punch to enjoying it.
3 fruit Tropical Smoothie Recipe
Now based on preference you can add more or less of a fruit. Your smoothie will still taste great. This recipe is based off what my family enjoyed. The mangoes, banana and papaya chunks were naturally sweet so I avoided adding any additional sweeteners. If you do want to make your smoothie sweeter, add a little honey for taste.
- 2 large mangoes (chopped)
- 1 banana chopped
- 3 cups chopped papaya
- 2 cups vanilla yogurt
- 2 cups whole milk (chilled)
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup flaxseed
- 1/2 cup honey (optional)
Blend everything in your Ninja, and once you notice no fruit chunks remain, serve cold.
If you would like to make this more of a milkshake, sway out the 2 cups of vanilla yogurt with 2 cups of vanilla ice cream.
Don’t forget to also print off our Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie recipe and let me know which one you prefer.