Mangoes are one of those fruits at the top of the list when it comes to tropical foods. Full of a vibrant yellow flesh and a sweet addictive flavour, most of us don’t realise how nutritious they are. While growing up, I’ve always associated mangoes with summer. For me that was the one time of the year that we’d wait on crates of farm fresh mangoes and stuff our faces with it for hours on end. Now, everyone’s in a rush and in need of a quick and easy option for a healthy breakfast. And smoothie bowls make for the perfect way out: a great way to start your morning on a hot summer day!
PREPARATION TIME: 10 minutes
- 1 whole ripe mango (fresh or frozen)
- 1 large chopped banana (fresh or frozen)
- 2 tablespoons porridge oats
- 3 tablespoons low fat yoghurt
- 2 tablespoons skimmed milk *(Note: You could swap this out with almond or soy milk as well for a healthier vegan option)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 table spoon ground/flaked almonds or any nuts or your choice
- Juice of half a lime
- Few raspberries and mint leaves as toppings *(optional)
- 1 teaspoon of honey *(optional)
Start by preparing the mango by slicing it down on either side of the seed and cutting up the flesh into cubes. Save one cheek of the mango for the topping and pop the rest into the blender. If using frozen fruit, then you’ve just saved yourself from the trouble of prepping your mango! Frozen fruits actually work better with smoothies, they instantly make it cold and much thicker as well. But if you don’t have any, fresh works just as well!
Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and blend for a few minutes. Mangoes are naturally incredibly sweet in flavour and that helps avoid those artificial sweeteners altogether. If you still feel the need to sweeten up your smoothie, you could always add honey as an alternative.
Pour the mix into a bowl and top it with mango cubes, raspberries, flaked almonds, mint leaves and a sprinkle of chia seeds.
Thats all there is to it! It only takes a few minutes and saves you from skipping breakfast and a whole lot of dreaded dishwashing as well.
If you give this recipe a go, I’d love to see how it turned out. Leave a comment below and share your pictures on Instagram using the tag #thecookbooklife!