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Here’s how to make the best mango smoothie: it’s got the perfect sweet flavor and creamy texture! We dare you not to take another sip.

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No, we’re not using hyperbole. This really is the perfect mango smoothie. In fact, it tastes more like mango ice cream than a healthy drink! This bright yellow puree has the best sweet flavor and the creamiest icy texture. It’s become a bit of a legend in our household. We adore our sweet strawberry banana smoothie and rich vanilla protein smoothie, but the mango smoothie…this one is the ultimate treat. Here are all our secrets!

Why it’s the best mango smoothie

Some mango smoothies are just good: but this one is great. What makes it so special?

  • It’s got pure, sweet flavor. It’s perfectly mango-forward.
  • It’s got a silky smooth, creamy texture. Just the right thickness for sipping!
  • It’s full of healthy ingredients. There’s no added sweetener: just fruit.
  • It’s easily plant based. It calls for just ½ cup of milk, which can be non-dairy milk of your choosing!
Mango smoothie

Ingredients in this mango smoothie

This healthy mango smoothie has only a handful of ingredients and is mostly fruit! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Frozen mango: Frozen mango is easy to find at your local grocery and easy to store in the freezer for whenever a craving strikes. This is typically what we’ll use for a mango smoothie. You also can use fresh mango if you have it on hand, but in that case we recommend using a frozen banana to maintain the frosty texture.
  • Banana: The banana helps with texture and to accentuate the sweetness.
  • Water & Milk: You’ll need liquid to blend and creaminess helps, so we’ve used a combination of water and milk together. You can use any type of dairy or non-dairy milk.
  • Ice: Ice makes the perfect frothy texture.
  • Fresh lemon juice: Lemon juice is the key to brightening the flavors: it’s like the salt of sweet foods!

Love mangos? Try all our Easy Mango Recipes, like Mango Salad, Mango Salsa, Easy Mango Sorbet and more.

How to make a mango smoothie

How to make it plant based / vegan!

You can make this mango smoothie plant-based or vegan by using your favorite non-dairy milk instead of dairy milk. Here’s a run-down:

  • Oat milk: The flavor is sweet and it has a nice creamy texture.
  • Almond milk: This type of milk is a little closer to water in its texture, but it’s popular and easy to find.
  • Coconut milk: Coconut milk if very thick and adds a strong coconut flavor (it would be delicious here!).
  • Soy milk: This type of milk has a nice sweet flavor and thick texture.

Mix ins and variations

This mango smoothie is perfect as is (in our minds, at least!). But if you want to add a little pizzazz: here are some options!

  • Stir in Greek yogurt. Want to add a hit of protein? Add ¼ to ½ cup Greek yogurt in place of the milk. You may need a splash more water to get it to blend.
  • Add cashew butter. A way to add plant-based protein is nut butter; we recommend the flavor of cashews here to compliment the mango. Keep in mind this can also dampen the flavor of the smoothie.
  • Swap in frozen pineapple or peaches. Swap out a cup of the frozen mango for frozen fruit of another variety.
  • Throw in coconut. Throw in a handful of coconut (or toasted coconut) for a more tropical vibe.
  • Go big on banana. Go with two bananas or opt for a Mango Banana Smoothie instead.

Smoothie storage

Smoothies are best eaten immediately. But this mango smoothie actually lasts 1 to 2 days refrigerated! Store it in a sealed container or a mason jar with the lid on. It may separate, which is perfectly natural. Just shake it up and you’re good to go! It’s nice to make this smoothie in advance so you can have breakfast or a snack on demand.

Mango smoothie

This mango smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, use non-dairy milk.

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Mango smoothie

Perfect Mango Smoothie

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 smoothies 1x


Here’s how to make the best mango smoothie: it’s got the perfect sweet flavor and creamy texture! We dare you not to take another sip.


  • 3 cups frozen mango (or fresh)
  • 1/2 banana (room temperature, broken into chunks)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk (or non-dairy milk like oat milk or almond milk)*
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, adding the liquids first, except for 2 cups frozen mango. Blend until smooth.
  2. Add the 2 cups frozen mango and blend again until smooth, adding a splash of additional water or milk to get it to blend if necessary. 


*To amp the protein, use ¼ to ½ cup Greek yogurt instead of milk. If necessary, add a few more splashes of water until the smoothie blends.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Smoothie
  • Diet: Vegan

More smoothie recipes

Here are a few of our favorite smoothie recipes:

Another healthy drink? Try our homemade kombucha!

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Jayashree says:

    yum! Best smoothie ever!

  2. Estelle says:

    So Good! I’m not a huge fan of smoothies, but this one was delicious and only took 5 minutes to make.

  3. Jacob Cagle says:

    I made a half recipe and this is the best smoothie I’ve ever had, amazing

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      So glad you enjoyed!

  4. bob says:

    Great smoothie! thx

  5. Chelsea says:

    Wow, the lemon juice makes a difference!

  6. Lucas says:

    I’m really tired and frustrated by how all these smoothie recipes fail to mention that you need a high grade blender to make these recipes. I tried your recipe, put the milk and water in first (liquids first rule) and yet nothing moved in the blender. Had to keep taking crap out until is blended. Very annoying. That kind of info is important and it’s really upsetting that you would leave it out. 1 star for not mentioning that sorry.

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Hi there! We’ve adjusted the steps a bit to account for less powerful blenders — start with less frozen fruit, then add more and a bit more liquid as necessary to get it to blend depending on your blender. A high powered blender isn’t needed for this recipe, but we would recommend using a high quality blender if you’re making smoothies regularly.

  7. Grace Boakye says:

    Tried it, very yummy 😋
    Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Diana Saldana says:

    Would tofu work instead of yogurt for protein? I’m trying to get more non animal protein.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      You could definitely use a silken tofu! You may need to adjust sweetness a bit.

  9. Becky Lawson says:

    My granddaughter has been asking me to make a mango smoothie with fresh mango. We searched online for a recipe that was easy and one that I had all the ingredients for. We came across your recipe where you could use fresh mango and at the end add frozen mango. Very easy and delicious. The frozen mango made it really creamy and now I have a very happy granddaughter. Thank you so much for making her day. I will use this recipe in the future using different variations.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Aww! Love to hear this. Thank you for making!

  10. maybelliene (may) smith says:

    THANK YOU SO SO SO SO muchhhhhhhhhhhhh