A thousand apologies for my absence! No, I have not dropped off the face of the earth -- merely relocated to another gorgeous piece of it. I moved to L.A! 

I am writing a new chapter in my life and am determined to make it full of joy, laughter, and of course, delicious food! I am just absolutely basking in the extraordinary variety of fresh local produce on offer at Whole Foods and the various farmer’s markets. I had forgotten how exquisite the fruits and vegetables are out here. I lived here for 5 years when I was a college student at UCLA and gobbled down more than my fair share of fresh fruit as I was touring the various markets! I am determined to deliver an encore performance during my return season! It is a feast for the senses and provides endless inspiration for story-telling in the kitchen. I picked up some gorgeous plump ripe mangoes and was compelled to recreate the mango coconut smoothie I devoured at my favourite smoothie bar in Kauai about 8 years ago.

Fresh and frozen mangoes work s’blendedly. I have put the coconut nectar and coconut essence as optional extras. You can also substitute vanilla extract. But this smoothie tastes fantastic without the extras. But I was in a decadent, celebratory mood and wanted to heighten the nutty flavour and sweetness. 

It is pure bliss.

Now…..for the 225 other exotic fruits on offer at the market today…..Look out California fresh produce! My blender carriage is a’comin!

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Vegan Mango Coconut Smoothie

Mango Coconut Bliss

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen mango sliced
  • 1 cup orange cubed (about 1/2 large orange)
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 Tbsp coconut nectar (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp coconut essence (optional) can use vanilla extract
  • a pinch of Celtic sea salt
  1. Throw everything in the blender (I always use my Vitamix) and puree until smooth and creamy. YUM!
  2. Serves 2. 

Tips!

mangoes ripe for the pickin!

If you are using the mango immediately you want to pick a mango that is plump and feels heavy. Ripe mangoes will yield to a slight amount of pressure when you take your thumb and slightly indent the top where the stem is. A ripe mango will be wonderfully fragrant when you bring it to your snout. Yum! Avoid mangoes that have bruising or feel soft. They are not for discerning piggies. Store your precious mangoes in the fridge to prolong their life. If you buy mangoes hard and green, leave them out on the counter top for a few days to ripen.

Hi Tess, first of all your website design is cool and easy to navigate. Love the categories icons on right hand side. Overall it’s nice layout! :)

Mango-coconut smoothies…slurrrpppp…!

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This is REALLY good, Thanks! I didn’t have the oranges, so I used orange juice and it was still really good…

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Cant wait to try this, as everything, I am sure it is a heaven sent! New web design is awesome! Thank you for being here!

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Oh! This was so delicous!

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This is absolutely fantastic. I had never used coconut essence before and it is great.

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bliss it sure is!!! And EASY too.

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Gotta love mangoes and coconut together. This is delish!

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Clarification needed
Since i think you said you are an Aussie,
I want to know what you mean by coconut water,
Is it the clear water inside the coconut before you open it,
Or is it the white extract you make from the white meal of the coconut, sometimes called coconut cream? Thanks.

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Hey Nati
I am an Aussie and Yes, I mean the clear water inside the coconut. Lots of my recipes use coconut cream (or coconut milk ). But this recipe uses the water. Thanks for following :)

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This is absolutely delicious. I used the beautiful fresh mangoes we have here. I had never used coconut water before I made your coconut date shake. I had some left over so decided to make this one too. Yummy…

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Making my way through your smoothies and haven’t been disappointed yet! This is sublime!

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Oh Yum….this smoothie ROCKS! And so does your site!

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This smoothie really is the perfect combination for a refreshing summer drink! Absolutely delicious.

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I was a little skeptical of this recipe at first. I really don’t like mangos….but this was amazing!!!

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I have a life long aversion to bananas.  (Yes, even as an infant.)  I suspect I may be allergic to them.  My question is: What suggestions do you have for substituting bananas in things like smoothies?  Thanks!!!

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Hey Colleen
My favourite way to thicken and cream up healthy smoothies is with avocado.
You could also add fresh coconut meat and coconut water, or organic non gmo silken tofu.
Raw nuts such as cashews, macadamias, almonds or Brazil nuts cream and thicken smoothies too.
All of these options will yield a smoothie of a different personality to bananas.
But a lot less sugar.
For sweetening smoothies, try dates, raisins, raw agave or yacon syrup.
Please feel free to email me (email in FAQ section) for any support or additional suggestions.

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How do you freeze your bananas? After ripened, before ripened, with peel or without?

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I do it two ways:
I just throw the whole banana into the door of the freezer and run it under cold water before cutting to use in smoothies.
Or I peel them, roll them in a little lemon juice and freeze them in plastic freezer bags or containers.

Love this recipe! I make a shake every morning to take to work, and whizzed this one up in my Vitamix the other day. The taste was amazing and considering I substituted coconut water for water and added no additional sugars or essence, it was DElicious!!! I am loving my new Vitamix and thankyou for the recipes :)

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Oh, I am so pleased you are enjoying the recipes. I really love this one too :)

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