Despite the gloomy rain in San Francisco that has me dreaming of Tropical vacations, this recipe was inspired by a less romantic desire: to use up the frozen mango that has been sitting in my freezer for weeks.
Use up the mango I did, and now I’ll probably buy more because the mango-chia pudding in this “smoothie” was divine and reminded me slightly of an Orange Julius, which is one of the happiest flavors from my childhood. (If you’re not in the mood to do the whole layered thing, just make this chia pudding to top yogurt or eat on its own.)
This was also my first time trying Coyo yogurt. (I’ve had other coconut yogurts that were not great.) This, however, was delicious. It tasted like fresh coconut and is free of the chemicals and fillers that are present in other dairy alternatives.
And one last note! This actually isn’t a smoothie at all. It’s too thick to sip, so it’s more of a layered pudding(?). But “smoothie” has a nicer ring, so that’s what it will be called. Enjoy!
- 3 cups (1 Whole Foods bag) frozen mango cubes
- Juice of one navel orange
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1 avocado
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 green apple, diced
- About 10 mint leaves
- 1/4 cup cucumber slices
- 1 1/2 cups Coyo plain coconut yogurt (or yogurt of choice)
- Toasted coconut slices and additional mint for topping
Puree the mango with orange juice in a blender until smooth. Combine the mango puree with the chia seeds, stir to combine, and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, for about 5 hours or overnight.
Clean out the blender, and combine the avocado, lime juice, mint, apple cubes, and cucumber slices. Puree until smooth.
When the mango-chia concoction has gelatinized, it’s time to prepare the smoothies. Stir the coconut yogurt, and add a tablespoon or two of water to loosen slightly. In three small glasses, start by dolloping a few spoonfuls of the mango chia pudding in each. Smooth out with the back of a spoon. Then add a few spoonfuls of coconut yogurt to each glass. Next, add the avocado puree, followed by more yogurt, and finish with more chia pudding. Top with toasted coconut and mint sprigs and serve immediately!
*save any leftover smoothie components to top yogurt or eat on their own!