Brighten your day with this smoothie juice drink made with tropical fruits, creamy natural yoghurt and packed with vitamin C. It tastes like you’re sipping on sunshine!
I know what you might be thinking. A tropical fruit smoothie, what about pumpkin and other seasonal recipes? Yes, I know, but I’m a summery person at heart. I like autumn for many reasons, just not the chilly, grey days. So from time to time when I need a sweet reminder of what are now distant summer days, I will make this gorgeous, fruity smoothie.
I love all different fruits, but it’s the tropical fruits that are my particular favourite. There’s something about the taste of mango, pineapple and orange that just transports my taste buds to a tropical corner of the world away from cold and rainy UK.
Smoothies remain one of my favoured foods to make because they don’t require much effort and take just a few minutes to prepare. As with most smoothies all you’ll need to do to make this tropical version is place the ingredients in a blender or smoothie maker, whizz it all up, pass through a fine mesh sieve (this step is optional), blend again with the yoghurt and finally pour your homemade smoothie into a glass. So simple and you’re just minutes away from tropical heaven!
Like I mentioned above, for this smoothie I like to pass the blended fruit through a fine mesh sieve before blending with the yoghurt. This catches all the pulp and it will make a smoother textured smoothie. A lot of recipes I’ve seen don’t go to the bother of passing the pulp through a sieve, but I’m not too keen on bits/pulp in my smoothies or OJ, however it’s all down to your own personal preference.
This deliciously easy recipe is also optionally vegan. Swap the natural yoghurt for dairy-free yoghurt or just leave it out entirely and enjoy a homemade tropical juice! If you want an even healthier smoothie, try adding a couple of handfuls of fresh spinach.
Now grab yourself one of these smoothies and start dreaming of somewhere tropical you’d like to escape to!
225g (1 cup) fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
1 medium ripe mango, cut into small chunks
2 large oranges, peeled, segmented and cut into small chunks
125g (1/2 cup) natural yoghurt (you can use mango or pineapple flavoured yoghurt)
- Place the fruit in a blender. Blend until smooth and well combined. Pass the fruit purée through a fine mesh sieve. Discard the pulp.
- Add the sieved fruit purée back to your blender and add the yoghurt. Blend again until smooth.
- Pour smoothie into glasses and serve.
- Natural yoghurt can be substituted with Greek yoghurt, another flavoured yoghurt such as mango, pineapple or dairy-free coconut yoghurt if you want to make this smoothie suitable for vegans.
- If you prefer your smoothie on the slightly thicker side, try using frozen mango and pineapple chunks. Just remember to thaw the frozen fruit for a while before making your smoothie. Alternatively you can add a couple of ice cubes if your blender is powerful enough.
- This smoothie is at its best eaten straight away, but it will keep covered in the fridge for a few hours.
- Fruit should be sweet enough, however if you think your smoothie needs a bit extra sweetness add a drizzle of agave nectar, honey or another sweetener of your choice.
- Recipe makes two small smoothies or one larger serving, but it can can easily be doubled to make more.
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