This Mango, Grapefruit and Banana Smoothie marries the strong, tart flavours of grapefruit with the soft, creamy taste of banana and tropical, sweet mango. Filling, fruity and just perfect to inject some sunshine into your day!
Let’s talk about mango.
I know this recipe has mango in, but embarrassingly, it’s the first time I’ve actually used fresh mango.
Yes, you read that right…
You see, I thought I didn’t like it… But I liked dried mango, mango purée and mango juice drinks. So, I finally thought “Heck, I should just try fresh mango again”
I think I probably had a bad experience as a kid as I definitely remember trying it and not liking it. BUT, would you believe, once I cut into that bright, soft flesh and tried it, I fell madly in love.
Hence, this smoothie. I know that mango pairs well with grapefruit, but I also wanted a creamy base to my smoothie: enter frozen banana.
If you haven’t tried slicing and freezing banana to make smoothies and healthy milkshakes then you are really missing out friends!
It’s life changing.
Do you remember this? Heaven in a glass.
When frozen banana is blitzed in you blender, it creates the most dreamy, creamy, ice cream like mixture. Basically soft serve ice cream, without all the calories.
Normally I put milk or water in my smoothies, but for this recipe, I really wanted that creaminess as grapefruit is quite watery and if I’d have just blitzed mango and grapefruit, I was worried I’d have a runny, mess which had texture issues.
The addition of frozen banana was exactly what this smoothie needed. And it works perfectly with the tart grapefruit, you still get a slight hint of banana and it’s sweetness helps bring the whole smoothie together into one delicious drink!
Now, for some people (like me) with a really sweet tooth, you might still want to sweeten this a bit. I do love a little tartness, but I have such a sweet tooth I ate those cubes of pure sugar as a child.
No, my dentist doesn’t know and I’m certainly not going to tell him. Can it be our little secret? 😉
There are many different ways of sweetening this smoothie – for example, I chose natural sweetener (Truvia) and OH chose to sweeten his with agave. I do have to say, agave did give it a really nice taste. Honey is out for us as I’m pretty sure I’m allergic, but you could use it of course.
Then there’s that white stuff that everyone knows isn’t good for us, but it still just tastes so damn good: sugar.
The choice is yours, but promise me one thing: you’ll trust me on the flavour combo here and go and make it – it’s absolutely divine, smooth, sweet, tart, creamy. The perfect smoothie to compliment yesterday’s round up!
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Mango, Grapefruit and Banana Smoothie
- 1 small red grapefruit, segmented and peeled
- 1 large mango, with flesh scooped out
- 1 large banana, previously sliced and frozen
- 1-2 tbsp sweetener of your choice; (I used Truvia, my partner used agave)
- Place grapefruit, mango and frozen banana into your blender and blitz until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute.
- Add in sweetener, if using, a little at a time until the smoothie is sweet enough.
- Serve immediately.
Recipe by Annie of Annie's Noms