Start your morning on a sunny note with this naturally sweet vegan Mango Chia Seed Smoothie made with turmeric, agave, dairy-free yogurt, and almond milk. It truly tastes (and looks!) like a tropical sunrise in a glass.
Everyone can use more sunshine in their lives. Whether you already live in the tropics or are buried under a pile of snow at the moment, this sunny mango and chia seed smoothie recipe is the best way to instantly brighten up your day. Despite being plant-based, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free, this drink truly tastes as decadent and creamy as it looks. It’s packed with fresh fruit and healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast. But it easily satisfies any sugar cravings that might be nagging at you. Cheers!
How to Make Mango Chia Seed Smoothie
The only piece of kitchen equipment you’ll need to whip this mango smoothie up in minutes is a high-speed blender. This is a simple dump-and-go breakfast recipe that’s ideal for busy weekday mornings.
Once you have your blender out and ready, add the following ingredients to start making your smoothie:
Mango. You can use fresh or frozen mango for this smoothie. Cut it into chunks for easier blending. Frozen mango will add a thicker, creamier texture to your drink.
Frozen banana. This is the key to a thick, creamy, and naturally sweet mango. I recommend keeping ripe bananas in the freezer at all times. You’ll always be just a few minutes from a filling and delicious smoothie!
Chia seeds. These add a ton of gut-healthy fiber and omega-3 fatty acids to your smoothie. Plus, chia seeds absorb liquid, which helps your smoothie thicken up naturally without melting, even as the ingredients warm up out of the freezer.
Turmeric powder. This golden spice adds a hint of earthy flavor to balance out the sweetness of the fruit. It also adds a brighter color and has natural antioxidant properties, thanks to the curcumin in turmeric. You can omit the turmeric if you don’t have it on hand.
Agave syrup. Agave is a vegan-friendly liquid sweetener that’s great for adding to drinks. It has a mild flavor that won’t overwhelm the smoothie and dissolves easily. You can use more or less agave in the smoothie to suit your taste preferences.
Dairy-free yogurt. This adds extra protein to make this smoothie super satisfying. You can use coconut, almond, or oat yogurt depending on what’s in your fridge! If you’re not vegan, regular yogurt will also work.
Dairy-free milk. Use your favorite vegan milk to help the smoothie blend up. You can also use coconut water for an extra tropical vibe.
To make your mango chia seed smoothies, simply blend away! You can add more liquid if necessary to help your blender blend and reach the consistency you’re looking for. For a thicker shake, add ice cubes.
I like to turn my tropical mango smoothie into a treat by adding a few garnishes. A sprinkle of chia seeds adds a bit of crunch to the top of the smoothies, while mango adds a festive touch. You can also add coconut chips, a scoop of your favorite granola or cereal, or a sprinkle of turmeric to make your smoothie pop.
Storing Mango Chia Seed Smoothies
The chia in these smoothies helps them maintain their creamy texture, even you don’t finish the drink right away. Store leftover smoothie in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge. They’re best enjoyed the same day they’re made.
More Delicious Vegan Smoothie Recipes
Once you’ve tried these sunny mango chia seed smoothies, give these other recipes a go next:
1cupAlmond milk or coconut water(You can use your fave plant-based milk!)
Mango chunks, fresh or frozen
Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender (adding the frozen mangoes first, then the rest following) and blend until smooth.
Adjust the amount of milk (or add ice), depending on desired consistency, adding 1 Tbsp more at a time, if needed.
To serve—grab a glass and pour smoothie into each and grabbing a straw. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly sealed or in a covered mason jar, ensuring that you drink it within the same day for best taste and consistency.
Sip and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
SWEETENER: You can always use maple syrup, Vegan honey, or organic brown sugar as a substitute for Agave. For vegan honey—-Bee Free Honee, click link.TURMERIC: For health benefits of using turmeric, ensuring that it is paired with black pepper, helps to aid in curcumin absorption.