This mango turmeric ginger smoothie is the perfect balance between incredibly delicious and good for you! Sweetened with fruit and a little bit of optional honey, with a bright layer of flavor from fresh lime juice to wake up your taste buds. Tropical, creamy, and filled with anti-inflammatory benefits. This vegan, dairy free, naturally sweetened, gluten free, and paleo friendly smoothie is ready in just 5 minutes!
The best mango turmeric smoothie
There is nothing quite as satisfying as a fresh fruit smoothie that is naturally sweetened and nourishing, too!
This healthy smoothie is made with good for you, anti-inflammatory ingredients that will wake up your taste buds and make you feel your best from the inside out.
It’s made with a simple and easy line up of ingredients. Frozen mango, fresh ginger, turmeric, coconut milk, and a little bit of optional honey.
Plus plenty of lime juice. Enough that this drink could almost pass as a tropical cocktail from your last beach vacation. The lime juice also packs a serious dose of vitamin C and brings a certain brightness that pairs perfectly with the honeyed sweetness of the mango.
If you love mango smoothies, be sure to check out this recipe for a simple mango smoothie after you make this one!
Why you’ll love this simple mango smoothie
- Easy to make
- Perfectly sweet & bright
- Packed with healthy ingredients
- Plant based + dairy free
- Creamy and refreshing
- Made with real fruit
- So incredibly delicious!
Ingredients and substitutions
All you need to make the best homemade mango smoothie is just a handful of healthy ingredients!
It’s made without dairy, yogurt, or juice, as I prefer making smoothies with whole fruit instead of fruit juice to help balance blood sugar and retain fiber.
You can find the full list of ingredients along with measurements in the recipe card below. These are just my ingredient notes and recommendations for easy swaps and substitutions!
- Frozen mango – Either pre-packaged or cut fresh and frozen. You can also opt to use fresh mango, but if you go that route you’ll want to add some ice for thickness and to keep it nice and cold.
- Lime juice – To brighten up all the flavors and add Vitamin C. Equal parts lemon juice can be used instead!
- Fresh ginger – Either grated or chopped, fresh ginger adds flavor and some health benefits.
- Turmeric – I typically reach for dried powdered turmeric, but fresh can also be used if you have it! Measurements for both are included in the recipe below.
- Black pepper – I know it sounds strange, but you can’t actually taste it and it may help increase the bioavailability of the turmeric. Feel free to leave it out if you prefer!
- Coconut milk & water – If you use only coconut milk the smoothie will end up a little too thick. By mixing it with a bit of water you get just the right consistency.
- Honey – An optional addition, honey adds a little extra aromatic sweetness. Feel free to omit if your mango is especially sweet or you’d rather not add any additional sweetener. Use maple syrup or agave instead of honey to keep the recipe truly vegan.
What is turmeric?
Turmeric is an amazingly bright-and-bold golden hued spice with a mild, slightly earthy flavor from the ginger family that originates in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia.
It is not only used as a spice ingredient, but also as a natural dye. So make sure to keep it away from your white towels and wash your hands well when using it!
Many studies have shown its potential for an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, and because of this it has gained quite a bit of notoriety as a food-as-medicine ingredient.
How to use turmeric in fruit smoothies
Despite its bold color and potential health benefits, a small amount of turmeric won’t actually alter the flavor of most recipes.
Which makes it an easy superfood addition to many types of fruit smoothies!
It pairs beautifully with the ingredients of this mango smoothie, but can also easily be added to other smoothie recipes, too.
Anywhere between 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of dried turmeric is a great place to start.
If you’re using freshly grated turmeric you can increase the amount to 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons.
What fruit goes well with mango in a smoothie?
This smoothie is made with mango as the only fruit, but if you’re feeling adventurous it can be made with the addition of other fruits, too!
Some fruits that pairs well with mango are:
Coconut milk alternatives
While coconut milk adds a lovely tropical note of flavor to this smoothie, other milks can easily be used instead!
Feel free to swap it out with almond milk, oat milk, hemp milk, or soy milk.
How to freeze fresh mango for smoothies
If you have some deliciously ripe fresh mango you would like to freeze to use for smoothies I fully encourage it!
The main thing to keep in mind when freezing mango (or any fruit), is that you want to keep the individual pieces from sticking together once frozen.
The best way to do this is to cut your mango and then spread it out on a large plate or tray and pop it into the freezer for 30-45 minutes before transferring to a bag or freezer safe container.
This allows the exterior surfaces of the fruit to freeze first, and will prevent the individual pieces from clumping together.
How to make a homemade mango turmeric smoothie
All you need to make this smoothie is a blender and the ingredients listed above!
If you’re ready to start you can find the whole recipe in the recipe card below.
Here’s the step-by-step
- Add all ingredients to your blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy, adding a little more frozen mango for a thicker smoothie, or a little more coconut milk or water for a thinner smoothie as desired.
- Divide between 2 glasses and serve!
How to make a thicker version of this smoothie
As the recipe is written, this smoothie falls into the creamy but drink-able category of thickness.
If you prefer a thicker smoothie you can do that a few different ways.
- Add a little more frozen mango – an extra 1/2 cup should do the trick
- Use a frozen banana in addition to the frozen mango
- Include about 1/2 cup of ice
Health benefits of this smoothie
This smoothie is made with a variety of real food ingredients.
Which means that it boasts a wide array of potential health benefits! It contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory ingredients, healthy fats, and fiber.
Can you make this smoothie ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for later?
You can definitely make this smoothie in advance and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy!
It may lose a little bit of the thickness as the frozen ingredients thaw, but it will still be creamy and delicious.
Love this healthy smoothie recipe? Here’s some other simple fruit smoothie recipes to try!
- Easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- The Best Tropical Green Smoothie
- Beet and Berry Smoothie
- Simple Mango Smoothie
- Raspberry Mango Healthy Gut Smoothie
- Watermelon Strawberry Quencher
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This mango turmeric ginger smoothie is the perfect balance between incredibly delicious and good for you! Sweetened with fruit and a little bit of optional honey, with a bright layer of flavor from fresh lime juice to wake up your taste buds. Tropical, creamy, and filled with anti-inflammatory benefits. Vegan, dairy free, naturally sweetened, gluten free, and paleo friendly.
- 1 10 ounce package frozen mango (about 2 1/2 cups)
- Juice from 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric powder or 1 teaspoon fresh grated turmeric
- Pinch of black pepper (optional)
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons honey (optional – maple syrup or agave can be used instead of honey for a truly vegan swap)
- Add all ingredients to a blender container and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
- Taste and add a little more honey if desired.
- Divide between two glasses, serve, and enjoy!
If you prefer a thicker smoothie you can do that a few different ways.
Add a little more frozen mango – an extra 1/2 cup should do the trick
Use a frozen banana in addition to the frozen mango
Include about 1/2 cup of ice
You can make this smoothie in advance and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy! It may lose a little bit of the thickness as the frozen ingredients thaw, but it will still be creamy and delicious.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: drinks
- Method: blender
- Cuisine: healthy
Keywords: mango, turmeric, ginger, lime, smoothie, breakfast, snack, dairy free, naturally sweetened, gluten free, kid friendly