Try this Mango Banana Smoothie with Passion Fruit for a burst of tropical flavor. For a quick breakfast on a hot day, a creamy mango smoothie is just what you need.
This recipe is made with locally grown tropical fruits including Valencia Pride mangoes, Manzano bananas, and a passion fruit I plucked from a tree. I added a little local honey, key limes, and a healthy dose of plain yogurt.
My Trip to the Sleepy Lizard Avocado Farm
This morning I visited The Sleepy Lizard Avocado Farm in The Redlands, north of Key Largo. I came home with a big bag of fruit that I picked right off the trees.
Tom Siddons, the owner of the farm, was a very gracious host and gave me a grand tour. The avocados that the farm is known for weren't quite ready to be picked, but the mangoes were ripe and juicy!
Tom has a wildly successful YouTube channel where you can learn all about growing avocados and mangoes at home.
Did you ever have fresh mangoes?
What about fresh bananas?
Sure, you might get mangoes and bananas from the supermarket, but when they ripen on the tree, they're warm, sweet, and have a creamy texture, much different than store-bought fruit.
You can order fresh mangoes and avocados from Tom. He ships every Monday and Tuesday. Go to The Sleepy Lizard Avocado Farm for more information.
Once you have fresh mangos, you'll have to think long and hard before buying another mango at the grocery store.
If you're down in the upper Keys, you can pick up Sleeping Lizard and other local fruit at Robert is Here, a local produce market in Homestead.
A Mango Banana Smoothie is a Combination of Fresh Tropical Fruit
- The Mango in this recipe is tree-ripened and so sweet. It's the kind of fruit you can't take one bite of.
- Passion Fruit looks like a wrinkled plum and tastes a little like Hawaiian Punch.
- Fresh Manzano Bananas, tiny in size, are available year-round and ripened on the tree. They're sweet and custardy.
- Key Limes from Mexico. Actually, Publix. I can't have everything (shrug).
I blended all these fruits with a little honey, thick Greek yogurt, and a cup of ice.
The resulting smoothie was fruity, creamy, and refreshing.
About the smoothie
These tropical fruits not only offer a delightful taste but also provide a lot of vitamins C and A, E, B6, and fiber. The yogurt has loads of probiotics. The banana has prebiotics, which provide food for the probiotics. Good stuff!
- Mango: If you don't have fresh mango, you can get frozen mango chunks.
- Banana: I used a few fresh Manzano bananas. You can use one ripe banana in its place if you don't have access to a really cool farm.
- Passion Fruit: Short on passion fruit? Add another piece of mango, a few chunks of pineapple, or half of a ripe peach.
- Key Limes: 5 key limes equals 1 lime.
- Yogurt: You can make dairy-free smoothies with almond milk yogurt, coconut yogurt, goat's milk yogurt, or kefir, which is a drinkable yogurt. The choice is yours. I like to use Cabot 10% Greek yogurt. I used plain yogurt but I'm sure vanilla would be great too. There's also ice cream!
- Honey: I like to eat a little local honey every day. I use Keez Beez local raw honey.
How To Cut a Mango 1-2-3
It's no doubt that smoothies are super easy to pull together. The hardest part is peeling and cutting the mango.
Make sure you have a sharp knife and a clean cutting board. I'm going to show you how to cut a mango.
- Slice the mango cheeks off the two sides of the pit.
- Score the flesh in a checkerboard pattern without cutting through the skin.
- Fold the fruit backward and cut the fruit off, making an incision between the flesh and skin.
How to Make a Banana Mango Smoothie
Making a fruity smoothie is really easy! Measure out all of your ingredients, dump them in a blender, and whirl on high speed for 30 to 60 seconds.
- Pour into a chilled glass
- Garnish with fresh fruit slices or mint leaves
- Serve with a colorful straw or an umbrella for a tropical touch
Storing and Freezing Tips
Leftover smoothies can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for one day.
Or, place the smoothie in the freezer where it will keep for up to one month.
After the smoothie comes out of the freezer, you can give it another whirl in the blender to whip it up.
Smoothies have become incredibly popular for their versatility and health benefits, and this particular blend of mango, banana, and passion fruit is a flavor combination that will leave you craving more.
For the best flavor and nutritional value, look for locally grown fruits and vegetables.
This mango banana smoothie is sweetened with local honey and makes a healthy breakfast with tropical flavors.
Between the fiber in the mangoes and the probiotics in the yogurt, your day will be off to a great start with this homemade smoothie.
A whirl in the blender and all of these fresh and locally grown fruits made the best mango smoothie ever!
Try These Recipes Made with Local Mangoes
- Mango Pico de Gallo
- Skirt Steak with Mango Salsa
- Oven Baked Coconut Shrimp with Mango Sauce
- Mango with Chile Lime Salt
- 17 Ways to Use Ripe Mangoes
More Florida Seafood Recipes
Frequently Asked Questions
The Manzano banana, also known as an apple banana, is a smaller and sweeter variety than the standard yellow Cavendish banana we get in grocery stores. Wait for the skin to darken for the fruit to be at peak sweetness.
Yes! Key limes are about one and a half inches wide and have less juice than Persian Limes. I got 2 tablespoons of juice from 5 key limes. One Persian Lime yields 2 tablespoons of juice.
Try Robert is Here produce market in Homestead. You can feed the animals and enjoy fresh milkshakes and smoothies too! There are several farmers' markets on Overseas Highway, between Key Largo and Key West. You can try the Florida Keys Farmers Market in Islamorada on Sundays or the Key West Artisan Market every Sunday in Key West.
Mango Banana Smoothie with Passion Fruit
- 10 ounces Valencia Pride mango (they're huge) or pulp of 2 regular size mangoes
- 3 Manzano (tiny) bananas or 1 Cavendish yellow banana (a regular banana)
- 1 passion fruit sliced in half and contents scooped out
- 5 key limes or juice of 1 regular lime
- ½ cup Greek yogurt (I use 10% milkfat)
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon honey I used a local Key West honey
- Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend at high speed for 30 to 60 seconds, or until ice is crushed.
- Pour into a chilled glass. Garnish with fresh fruit slices or mint leaves. Serve with a colorful straw or an umbrella for a tropical touch