Brown sugar roasted mangos and sweet pineapples are seasoned with cardamon, cinnamon and spiked w/ a dash of cayenne pepper to create this one of a kind mango pineapple smoothie!Jump to Recipe
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WTF, a Spicy Smoothie?
We take sweet and juicy mango’s and pineapples, season them with brown sugar and a blend of spices and roast them to create this one of a kick spicy smoothie. It’s like a sitting under the sun on a tropical beach, but without the sand.
Enjoy this mango pineapple smoothie on a warm summer day, or on chilly winter afternoon when you’re feeling complicated. Anytime is the right time to slurp down this creamy fruity blended concoction. So hold onto ya butts, we smooth’n!
Best Mangoes for Smoothies
There are all kinds of mangos out there, something like 1000 different species, 350 of which are grown commercially. So how do you know which one to pick? No worries, we’ll go over few varieties to help with that.
First off, we have the Tommy Akins mango. This red blushed colored fruit is probably the most common mango in the United States. It has a sweet flavor with a hint of tartness and smells of citrus. It’ll make a fine smoothie
Then there’s the Ataulfo mango who boasts flavors of sweet and sour with notes of PEACH! How fun! Its vibrant yellow skin starts to wrinkle when it’s ripe. With a firm texture, an no fibers, these mangoes will make great mango and pineapple smoothies.
Lastly, for us anyway, there is the Kent mango. This dark green and red blushed mango tends to be on the larger side of most mangoes. It has a sweet flavor with hints of sour and is most widely available in the winter months.
You really can’t go wrong when you’re mango hunting. Just make sure its ripe and you’ll be fine. If you want to continue this deep dive into mango varieties, check out Mango.org, they know what’s up!
MANGO PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE
Mango Pineapple Smoothie Ingredients
Here’s a list of everything you’ll need to make this mango pineapple smoothie.
- Brown Sugar: Light or Dark brown sugar is fine.
- Fruit: Use fresh, ripe, mangoes and pineapple for the best results. Canned pineapple will work in a pinch.
- Yogurt: Regular plain yogurt is going to give this mango pineapple smoothie a great funky tart flavor that you won’t get from using greek yogurt.
- Spices: Cinnamon, cardamon, a dash of curry powder and a pinch of cayenne is what will really bring this mango pineapple smoothie alive!
- Milk: We like to use coconut milk for this recipe, it helps balance the spice and pairs great with the mango. However, you can use oat, almond, or whole milk.
- Ice*: You won’t have to use ice in this smoothie recipe, as long as you freeze the roasted fruit after roasting it. Which is ideal, because ice will dilute the flavor.
How to Make a Mango Pineapple Smoothie
Follow these step by step instructions to make this mango pineapple smoothie.
Step 1: Season Fruit
Preheat your oven to 350F degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the diced fruit, brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamon, curry powder, and cayenne pepper. Use a rubber spatula or your hands to make sure all the fruit is covered evenly.
Transfer to a baking sheet and spread the fruit so it’s not piled on top of each other.
Step 2: Roast Fruit
Transfer the fruit to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. The fruit should should dry out and the sugar should start to caramelize. Crank up the oven to 400F degrees during the last 5 minutes.
Remove and let cool completely. Transfer the cooled fruit to an airtight container and store overnight in the freezer. If you can’t wait that long, let the fruit chill in the freezer for at least an hour, and add ice to your smoothie recipe.
Step 3: Blend & Enjoy
The next day, combine the frozen fruit, yogurt, and milk into a blender and pulse until smooth. Transfer to a serving glass, and garnish with a lime wedge and a dash of cayenne pepper.
Make Ahead or Leftover Mango Pineapple Smoothie
So this mango pineapple smoothie definitely takes some forethought to enjoy properly. Roasting the fruit really brings out a ton of flavor and is a step that shouldn’t be skipped.
But warm fruit doesn’t make for a great smoothie, and having to freeze the fruit before you can enjoy one is an obvious bummer.
To mitigate this, we make a big batch of the roasted mangoes and pineapple and then portion out servings into freezer safe ziplock bags. That way we can just pop out a bag of frozen fruit and enjoy this smoothie within minutes.
When it comes to leftovers, this smoothie will hold up pretty good in the fridge for a day or so. It has a yogurt base so it stays pretty thick. Just cover it with cling wrap or in a sealed container.
You might be tempted to just pop this smoothie in the freezer and keep it for later. But you shouldn’t. Don’t freeze this mango pineapple smoothie. Weird things happen when you freeze milk and yogurt. The cream can separate and icy milk is just gross.
Mango Pineapple Smoothie Variations
We love this mango pineapple smoothie the way it is. But if you wanna customize it go on and get wild! You could add some blueberries or a banana. You could also play with the types of milk and yogurt.
You could even make this into a milkshake, it’s sure to bring all the boys to the yard. Just use vanilla ice cream instead of milk and yogurt. Just know it won’t store the same in the fridge.
Something fun we like to do with our mango pineapple smoothies is to make them into smoothie bowls! Just add whatever toppings you like for a kick ass morning meal. I like peanut butter granola and dried cranberries on mine.
More Sweet Treats
If you have a sweet tooth like Frankie and I do, then you’ll be right back in the kitchen cooking up something tasty. If you need some ideas and inspiration we got you covered. Check out these recipes for some more sweet treats.
Or check out our Pumpkin Spice Pears. They’re so tasty so easy to make. The best part is you don’t have to wait until autumn to make them! Take that Starbucks!
If you make anything let us know what you think! We hope you enjoy, thanks for stopping by married for the meals. Cheers y’all!